The wrong kind of freedom endangers the West.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2007-01-28 22:12

Francis Fukuyama has in the past been described as a neo-con, but I have always thought of him as a bit of a lefty liberal.

However he writes a good article in the Times today arguing the case for the US based Lockean "individual rights" instead of the age-old "group rights mentality" to combat Muslim fundamentalism.

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EU Smoking Ban!!! — by Marcus on Wed, 2007-01-31 13:22
Good Luck — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2007-01-30 14:07
Luke — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2007-01-30 05:24

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Atlas Shrugged published in Penguin!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2007-01-27 17:01

I was delighted to see Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" published as a penguin Modern Classic (offered 3 for the price of 2) - at my local Borders bookshop in Oxford.

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Gold and Second-Hand Souls — by Marcus on Thu, 2007-02-01 10:28
What the Pelican said to the Penguin — by 0 on Thu, 2007-02-01 01:14
> Don't let me ruffle your — by PhilipC on Thu, 2007-02-01 00:54

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The time has come to chatter

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Submitted by William Scott Scherk on Sat, 2007-01-27 04:31

The horror and the valour. A review of the week at SOLO.

0:22 minutes (85.11 KB)
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Who wants a hoedown? — by William Scott Scherk on Tue, 2007-02-06 01:25
Killing incentives — by William Scott Scherk on Sun, 2007-01-28 00:08
Oy. — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2007-01-27 06:43


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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2007-01-27 03:18

Seeing as it's been 6 weeks (!) since the last posting in Thrust . . .
(Jeez, what have people been doing in the meantime? Debating how to vote or something?)

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Stuuuuuunnnnnnning!!!!!!!! — by Kasper on Wed, 2008-05-07 21:35
The momentum is gathering steam — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2007-05-29 14:20
Here — by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2007-01-29 16:39

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Brook on TV Tonight!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2007-01-26 23:05

Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, is scheduled to appear on CNBC's program "On the Money" today, January 26, 2007, between 7:00 and 8:00 PM Eastern time (4:00 to 5:00 PM Pacific time), to discuss a demand to government regulators from large investor groups for laws to regulate executive compensation.

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Objectivism Infiltrates Talk Radio

Submitted by wngreen on Fri, 2007-01-26 05:06

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been quoting a lot of Rand lately.

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Chris — by Mark Dow on Sun, 2007-01-28 15:43
I do admit, though, — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2007-01-27 15:35
BTW, you can count on — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2007-01-27 15:27

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News of Success in Iraq

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-26 04:08

If you go to national review online right now, there is an eye-opening article by Bill Crawford called "Reconstruction".

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America — by Ray Bronski on Sat, 2007-02-03 22:32
Burning Bushes — by Ray Bronski on Sat, 2007-02-03 22:23
Delay — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:01

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Hi Fi

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2007-01-26 01:03

I have a lot of quirky hobbies and interests. By far the most expensive among them is my audiophile habit (fetish). As I write this I suspect I will start to sound like the stalker guy that showed up on the romance thread when I talk about what attracts me to each of my system components. Luckily for others my own obsession only involves obscure pieces of electronic equipment Smiling

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Hi-Fi digital audio — by wngreen on Sun, 2007-01-28 16:14
A company you should be aware of — by Pete L on Sun, 2007-01-28 02:10
The idea behind using... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2007-01-28 01:05

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Is anyone else...

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2007-01-25 20:00

...familiar with the savethehumans website?

It is one of my favorites...the man is a genius.

A profane, sometimes inappropriate genius...but entertaining nonetheless.

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Melissa — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2007-02-01 04:41
And... — by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2007-01-31 16:32
Oh Yes — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2007-01-31 05:34

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Anti-Smoking Nazis

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2007-01-25 03:31

The stars finally aligned and I was able to listen to Linz's radio program the last two days.

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Don't be so sure it's — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2007-01-25 08:36

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North Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing

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Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2007-01-24 09:31

Does This Come As A Surprise?

N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing

Recent Comments:
Do as you are told, Sandi... — by Kevin on Fri, 2007-01-26 06:28
Sandi, don't feed the troll. — by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-26 01:57
Open the OTHER eye, — by Kevin on Thu, 2007-01-25 22:11

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"Evil" Bush's State of the Union Address

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-01-24 06:30

A mixed bag to be sure, but "evil" (Hsiekovians)?!—Linz

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. And tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own -- as the first President to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madam Speaker. (Applause.)

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I would if — by Bill Visconti on Sun, 2007-01-28 06:42
Bill wrote: — by Robert on Fri, 2007-01-26 20:13
On Bush — by Bill Visconti on Fri, 2007-01-26 08:13

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'Altruism' in the News

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Submitted by William Scott Scherk on Tue, 2007-01-23 03:58

A study out of Duke University is making world media rounds today, with some outlets going for the gusto:

"Belief in People Presages Altruism," blurts PsychCentral; "Are you a giver? Brain scan finds the truth," exults Scientific American; "Why Do Good? Brain Study Offers Clues," says the Washington Post.

I'm sure this study will garner some reaction from the Objectivist world (me, I'm hoping for Diana Mertz Hsieh).

Here's the abstract of the 'Brief Communication' "Altruism is associated with an increased neural response to agency" as it appears in Nature Neuroscience.

Here's the full text of the Duke press release (link), with a google newslist link down below for the absolute junkies.

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The Dangerous Book For Boys.

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2007-01-22 14:44

A rare bred of children's writer, Conn Iggulden, celebrates the heroic in his non-fiction bestseller - "The Dangerous Book For Boys".

"For the moment what he is really concerned with is trying to get boys to be inspired by the idea of the heroic; it’s the theme that runs through all his writing.

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One Question? — by VSD on Tue, 2007-02-27 14:25

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National Health Care in the USA...some questions

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2007-01-22 06:39

I've been hearing politicians left and right talk about the impending implementation of this.

I figured I'd ask those, here, in the know:

How close ARE we to this going into effect?

Also, what are the actual CHANCES of it happening, and STAYING in effect?

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The State Against Economic Law: the Case of Minimum Wage Legislation

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2007-01-22 03:55

When it comes to matters such as the theory of evolution and stem-cell research, so-called liberals—i.e., socialists who have stolen the name that once meant an advocate of individual freedom—ridicule religious conservatives for their desire to replace science with the dictates of an alleged divine power.

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Overmuch — by F L Light on Mon, 2007-01-22 05:13

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Life's Rational Meaning

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Submitted by Martin G. Walker on Sun, 2007-01-21 13:49

I'm new to this forum, but not new to the idea of looking at life objectively. I'm looking forward to conversing with people here.

If anyone is interested in a new philosophy that arrives at a rational explanation for life's meaning and purpose, beginning from an objective exploration of the laws of space and time, I've got a website and book that presents one:

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Amazon Wish List — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2007-01-21 23:23

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G K Chesterton

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2007-01-21 04:02

"Chesterton carried a small loaded revolver which he purchased before his wedding to protect his bride. The only use he found for it was to offer to those who complained life was meaningless. He found no takers. He carried a dagger, which he admired because like logic, it cut both ways, and like a good argument, it came to a point." - Dale Ahlquist, from memory.

Recent Comments:
Grow Up Marcus — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2007-01-25 04:06
The Wikipedia entry starts... — by Marcus on Tue, 2007-01-23 17:16
Don't Judge an Author by his Detractors — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2007-01-21 18:37

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Rand's Ontological Failure

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Submitted by Bill Tingley on Sun, 2007-01-21 03:23

[NOTE: I originally wrote this to Chris Cathcart in response to his argument that only adult human beings possess rights. Because I address at length key aspects of Rand's philosophy, I thought this was better suited for display as a separate article.]

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It's only a word, Bill... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:52
Not the "Construct" word !! — by Bill Visconti on Fri, 2007-02-02 23:09
Ross ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-02-02 22:53

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Policy Statement—Banning

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Submitted by William Scott Scherk on Sat, 2007-01-20 20:11

A link and a couple of excerpts from the official August 11, 2006 policy:

Policy Statement -- Banning.

"In light of today's kerfuffle about my (non-)banning of Kenny, I

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Cathcart: "Sherk is a real-life example of a borderline case." — by William Scott Scherk on Sun, 2007-05-27 21:53
From the Bulgarian — by William Scott Scherk on Sun, 2007-05-27 21:30
Ya see, — by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2007-01-22 21:29

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Where Tracinski Went Right

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Submitted by Mark Tammett on Sat, 2007-01-20 14:54

In his recent series of articles “What Went Right”, Robert Tracinksi makes some original, and I believe brilliant formulations.

I will not try to describe all these - as the author has done that far more eloquently than I could.

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Jim — by Boaz the Boor on Wed, 2007-05-30 23:58
Phil, Thanks for this — by 0 on Tue, 2007-05-29 16:00
Are There Historical Parallels? — by PhilipC on Mon, 2007-05-28 16:34

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Attention Californian SOLOists!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2007-01-20 02:16

2121 Alton Parkway, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92606

Immigration: Let Them In or Keep Them Out?

Who: Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Mr. Carl Braun, executive director of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of California

What: A panel discussion and Q&A on the issue of immigration

Where: UCLA Campus: Moore 100, Los Angeles, CA

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Admission is FREE.

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Muqtada Al-Sadr Captured?

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sat, 2007-01-20 00:07

I have been sick in bed all day, but awoke to see on ABC News that Muqtada Al-Sadr, several high-ranking members of his militia, and several other bad guys not necessarily related to the Al Mahdi Army have been captured - or "arrested" if you look on a leftist slanting website.

Recent Comments:
Phil — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2007-01-21 01:42
Please don't post things — by PhilipC on Sat, 2007-01-20 20:56
On the other hand — by Robert on Sat, 2007-01-20 19:34

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Globalization: The Long-Run Big Picture

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2007-01-19 22:42


Globalization, in conjunction with its essential prerequisite of respect for private property rights, and thus the existence of substantial economic freedom in the various individual countries, has the potential to raise the productivity of labor and living standards all across the world to the level of the most advanced countries.

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> The book Capitalism is — by PhilipC on Sat, 2007-01-20 21:10
Wow — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-01-19 18:06
Globalization — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 17:55

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ARI—Don't Revive the Fairness Doctrine

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2007-01-19 22:31

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Don't Revive the Fairness Doctrine
January 22, 2007

Irvine, CA--At the National Conference for Media Reform last weekend, several lawmakers called for the return of the "Fairness Doctrine," which demands that television and radio broadcasters give a balanced presentation of all sides of controversial issues.

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Pertinent timing — by Sandi on Sat, 2007-01-20 00:26

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What Causes History

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-19 22:22

The recent discussion of intellectual causation in Ancient Greece by several Objectivists is fascinating. Here is my own view of the sequence (and components) of historical causation that one will find not only in the ancient world, but over and over in different countries and eras in the modern world:

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Thanks, Stephen for that.A — by PhilipC on Sat, 2007-08-18 21:11
Russell 1945 — by Stephen Boydstun on Sat, 2007-08-18 17:05
Addendum — by Stephen Boydstun on Sat, 2007-08-04 13:37

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Britain needs “more millionaires and more bankrupts”.

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:43

Good article from Jamie Whyte on the negative consequences of compulsory insurances and meddling with Bankruptcy laws.

"Sam may neither know nor care that he is paying a little over the odds. But as bankruptcy laws become more forgiving, so the number of defaulters increases."

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800 Pound Guerilla Part Deux

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-01-19 07:49

From SOLO's friends at Cox & Forkum:

C&F can speak for themselves, but let's never forget that you either get tough or you get going.

Recent Comments:
Good post Robert. — by Sandi on Fri, 2007-01-19 20:43
And let's also remember — by Robert on Fri, 2007-01-19 19:06

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I Guess PARC Hasn't Reached Canada Yet

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 02:35

Wayne Simmons sent me the following link to an article titled "Sex! Power! Politics! Money! If only Ayn Rand's novels were as filmable as her life" by Robert Fulford, which was published in Canada's National Post on Tuesday, January 16, 2007.

Recent Comments:
Jim — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:34
To the point — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:20
The Difference — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-19 21:09

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Blitz: The League

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2007-01-19 01:40

Seeing as it's playoff time I've been thinking a lot about (and playing) my favorite video football game "Blitz: the League."

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