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Who Should Be the Republican Nominee?
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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2015-04-12 03:21
FREEDOM OF OPPORTUNITY NOT EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY
This essay shows that the goal of equality of opportunity is both absurd and vicious. Achieving it would require that children all be raised in the same environment and have the same genetic inheritance. In contrast, the essay shows that what we should actually strive for is the freedom of opportunity.
Submitted by tvr on Mon, 2015-04-06 22:37
The original text of the Bible was written without punctuation, without capitals, without a future tense.
Kyrel — by tvr on Sun, 2015-04-12 22:48
The Tree of Good and Bad Knowledge — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2015-04-12 05:00
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-04-06 02:35
It's ten years since I wrote Thirty Great Crapolae of Our Time, which is included in my Kindle book, Total Passion for the Total Height. I figured it was time for an update.
peikoff <3 — by Tore on Tue, 2015-04-07 11:33
Excellent! — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2015-04-07 02:44
Print it out ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-04-06 21:35
Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2015-04-04 13:55
Obama Disproves His Own Assumptions About Iran
Barack Obama is pushing for a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran because he believes “the more people interact with open societies, the more they will want to be part of an open society,” according to former NATO ambassador Ivo Daalder (quoted in the Washington Post).
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2015-04-04 03:50
Last night I watched Killing Jesus on the National Geographic Channel.
That is, I watched as much as I could stomach. It occurred to me that if I really wanted that sort of thing I should pop along to the nearest BDSM club, where the activities depicted in the movie have the status they should have—something for consenting adults in private, not to be broadcast on public television where they could frighten children and the horses.
Huh? O'Viley has directed his — by Tore on Sat, 2015-04-04 10:44
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-30 04:18
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto was a happy eventuality arising from a singularly unhappy folly.
Sometimes.... — by Olivia on Sun, 2015-04-05 22:22
End of the Reign! — by mvardoulis on Wed, 2015-04-01 12:45
Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2015-03-27 21:02
Time Again to Celebrate Human Achievement!
It is again Human Achievement Hour! On March 28, celebrate all that the modern world offers us as a result of the efforts of the human mind!
And take — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-04-25 14:13
Human Achievement — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2015-03-30 03:33
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-03-19 14:32
I call upon all cyber-warriors in the world to fight for freedom. To defend liberty, justice, and individual rights.
The Victory of the Good — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2015-03-21 13:28
Ermmm — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-03-21 07:38
Submitted by tvr on Mon, 2015-03-16 22:05
I am not one to profit from the misfortunes of others. Saturday night I made an exception, filling the seat for PC at pianist Freddy Kempf's last NZ performance because he most regrettably could not make it and did not want his ticket to go to waste.
What. A. Night. To. Remember.
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-03-13 19:46
Interesting and provocative short story about the Objectivist Movement: http://leonardpeikoff.tumblr.com/
Utter Vermin — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-03-19 14:26
My only question is, Kyrel ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2015-03-18 05:04
White-Hot Denial — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2015-03-18 04:34
Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-03-12 19:50
Google, Entrepreneurs, and Living 500 Years
“Is it possible to live to be 500?”
“Yes,” answers Bill Maris of Google, without qualifications.
Tech titans’ latest project: Defy death — by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2015-04-05 23:03
Picture Perfect — by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2015-04-05 15:53
I'm convinced that — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-04-04 10:22
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2015-03-06 04:59
The O'Lielly Factor
In a world where "journalism" has come to mean left-wing advocacy as practised by the mainstream pseudo-media (MSPSM henceforth), Fox News stands out. It is openly engaged in right-wing advocacy. While it sports some daily news programmes that are genuinely ideologically neutral (which cannot be said for the MSPSM), its star hosts and commentators unashamedly nail their colours to the mast, even as they invite ideological opponents onto their shows (which again cannot be said for the MSPSM).
More traction — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-09 07:45
And ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-09 05:34
O'Viley — by Tore on Sun, 2015-03-08 16:59
Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2015-03-05 01:51
My essay “Fundamental Insights into the Benevolent Nature of Capitalism” is now available to the general public for 99¢ as a Kindle Book on Amazon.com.
Here are the leading points of my essay:
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 06:39
"Singers should sing words, not notes. The words tell the story of the music, and should be made clear to those who want to hear them. I will never sing an operatic aria if I do not know the words, because I do not believe that the melody is enough, no matter how beautiful it may be."
—Mario Lanza, August 1959.
Yay! — by Tore on Mon, 2015-04-06 13:19
Got it! — by Tore on Tue, 2015-03-17 18:11
It's worth it! — by gregster on Fri, 2015-03-06 06:32
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 00:50
Beethoven's 5th and final concerto is one of the crowning glories not just of Romanticism in music but of Western Civilisation itself. "Emperor" is a fitting sobriquet, though it is doubtful Beethoven approved (it was not his idea) because of the endorsement such a title would have implied of Napoleon, with whom Beethoven had become disillusioned when Bonaparte assumed the moniker of a monarch.
Exquisite! — by Olivia on Tue, 2015-02-24 06:17
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-02-20 12:07
Human beings naturally, healthily, nobly, and heroically seek to live and thrive, with the maximum possible quantity and quality of life.
Steve — by gregster on Sun, 2015-03-08 03:21
But Greg! — by Jules Troy on Sat, 2015-03-07 13:19
AR — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-03-06 15:32
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2015-02-18 05:33
When I last wrote about Islamatrocities, there had just been some in Sydney, Australia, and Paris, France. In the wake of these unspeakable doings by Islamofilth, there was a heartening, unprecedented outpouring of rational rage across the globe—some of it from the most unlikely quarters, such as French citizens.
Jindal for President! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2015-03-26 03:43
Olivia the Red — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2015-02-22 03:46
Lindsay... — by Olivia on Sat, 2015-02-21 03:16
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-15 03:27
Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, to be played by Freddy Kempf at the final concert of his New Zealand Beetfest at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on March 14, was completed in 1806, six years after the Third. In the interim, the piano qua instrument had acquired new, higher notes, more volume (three strings per note) and more pedaling options (a mechanism enabling the hammers to hit one, two or all three strings). Beethoven took full advantage of the new options.
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-08 06:35
Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto was composed three years after No 1 and thirteen years after No. 2 (explained in previous posts)! Here the transition from Classicism to what we now identify as Romanticism is pronounced: I have underlined the characteristics of Romanticism, as chronicled in my Music of the Gods article, that are especially conspicuous in this concerto:
Outrageous — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2015-02-10 22:47
Wonderful presentation of the — by Newberry on Sun, 2015-02-08 08:03
Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2015-02-03 22:53
New edition out of The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict by James Belich
From the preface:
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-01 21:24
As mentioned in the discussion of PC No. 1, No. 2 was written ten years previously, between 1787 and 1789, when Beethoven was in his teens. He premiered the work himself in Vienna in 1795. While it had undergone many revisions, the version Beethoven played on that occasion is the version played today.
Freddy Kempf says:
Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 21:36
Interesting observations from
Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 19:43
Over the last few days I've been interested to see the trial of Eleanor Catton who spoke out about New Zealand's Tall Poppy/Crab Bucket mentality.
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2015-01-31 10:36
On his 94th birthday, the most beautiful tribute to Mario ever penned, by David C. Adams, included in The One Tenor:
Submitted by Rick Giles on Fri, 2015-01-30 19:42
My my count, it's 25 years since Gatto made his New York speech (31/1/1990) which led to the book 'Dumbing us Down'
Happily, and sadly, it's still a great book today. Some quotes,-
Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-01-29 19:02
Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2015
The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is now marked as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-01-29 18:58
Obama’s 2015 State of the Stupid
In his 2015 State of the Union speech, President Obama counted on the American people being too ignorant to see that he was offering the same old failed policies and sugar-coated demagoguery.
Just how stupid does Obama assume the American people are?
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-01-25 23:09
"What is in my heart must come out and so I write it down."
—Ludwig van Beethoven
Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2015-01-23 04:37
“The Toxicity of Environmentalism” is a major critique of environmentalism that was featured as the concluding, summary essay in Jay Lehr, ed., Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns. It is now available to the general public for 99¢ as a Kindle Book on Amazon.com.
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-01-23 02:17
However great a given thinker, intellectual, or philosopher is, his thought and person must always be subject to critical scrutiny by everybody.
How this freshening process works — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2015-02-01 20:03
Actually Contributing to the Discussion — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2015-02-01 19:43
Hey buddy, Rick -- However — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 20:57
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