Is the Hsiehkovian claim about US "theocracy" unfalsifiable? Or how shall we measure...?

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Submitted by Orson on Fri, 2006-12-01 12:47

Diana Hsieh and likely others, have said that imminence of theocracy is not a part of what Linz has dubbed "the Hsiehkovian’s" argument. But if there is no practical or measurable threat, and Republicans are still ominously “the party of religion,” as Peikoff says, how else is this large claim any different than any other unfalsifiable claim?

Recent Comments:
I'm glad ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-12-01 21:47
Orson said: "Diana Hsieh and — by DianaHsieh on Fri, 2006-12-01 21:00
Wait and see — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-12-01 14:22

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"From Beirut to Baghdad" Christopher Hitchens on "The ghastly predictability of nihilist violence."

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-12-01 07:36

From Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at 4:30 PM ET

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Free Radical 73: The Assault on Free Speech

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-12-01 00:12

The new Free Radical is out today!! The Free Radical with the free speech cover, and the inside word on the latest threats to free speech and freedom in New Zealand and around the world is out now, and in shops and letterboxes from Monday.

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From the horse's ... err ... mouth

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-11-30 23:07

Jihad enters the digital era with Inshallahshaheed, a blog by an anonymous Islamic fundamentalist.  I'm currently trying to get an answer out of the guy regarding his urging American Muslims to "act accordingly" ...

Recent Comments:
It may only be a rumor, Jeff... — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-12-04 01:17
Dogs are Good — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-04 00:16
Avowed Liars — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-12-03 23:54

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SOLOC 5—Roll Up, Roll Up!!

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-11-30 18:10

I know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting more details regarding SOLOC5. The following should give you a good starting point to begin making plans.

Recent Comments:
Rattle Your Dags SOLOists! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-12-12 00:35
"Centurion... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-01 01:29
Python — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-01 00:37

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Rights and Game Strategies – §B

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Submitted by Stephen Boydstun on Thu, 2006-11-30 13:18

B. Moral Aspect of Rights

David Hume surmised that the moral quality we attach to principles of justice is due to a generalization of the sympathy we feel for victims of injustice. We sympathize, to limited degree, with the interests of the general public. Because justice secures the public interest, we count principles of justice as moral principles.

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Displaced millions will settle in Britain and Ireland :-)

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-11-30 08:47

The constant barrage of Global Warming scare-mongering and insanity that I read and hear in the news day after day generally makes me want to tear my hair out.

However, a Global Warming article I read yesterday was so insane and wacky that it made me laugh out loud.

Recent Comments:
Paul Ehrlich... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-12-05 17:19
Ehrlich the Immunologist — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-04 16:08
Jeff means Paul R Ehrlich.. — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-12-04 07:54

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SOLOC 5 - Pay your deposit today!

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-11-30 01:26

SOLOC5 is on the way!

You can find out more by clicking on the SOLOC5 link in the navigation bar, or here.

We have now added payment options so you can pay your deposit, and secure your place in the conference. There are also still spaces left in the conference house, but you'll have to be fast.

Recent Comments:
Bubbles, darling. — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-12-12 04:08
Rattle Your Dags, SOLOists! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-12-12 00:36

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Letter from Afghanistan

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2006-11-30 00:25

I recently found this letter and thought it worth posting on behalf of the 1-32 Infantry...

Recent Comments:
Strategy — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-04 15:04
Afghanistan Could Be Next — by Mike_M on Mon, 2006-12-04 06:47
Hmm... — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-12-04 04:31

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Rights and Game Strategies – §A

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Submitted by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2006-11-29 17:59

Russell Hardin (1982, 1986, 1988) and Robert Sugden (1986) have independently employed game theory to expand our understanding of human rights.

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Is beauty a virtue?

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-11-28 18:57

After watching Ayn Rand's Donahue interview, Right Thinking Girl asks whether beauty is a virtue:

"Still, after watching the videos of Rand, I took a bath and while looking at the shape of my calves, a question formed: is beauty a virtue? An hour later, I was googling like mad, trying to find out if Ayn Rand ever said anything about physical beauty and what emphasis she put on it."

Recent Comments:
A Rand-like contemporary view? — by Orson on Fri, 2006-12-01 21:40
A Virtue is an Excellence — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-29 08:40
Contextual — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-11-28 21:46

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Peace officers vs. "standing army"

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Submitted by Mario on Tue, 2006-11-28 17:28

I have posted an article on my blog dealing with the increased use of S.W.A.T. teams to perform routine police work. It's the current post:

I link to a very good podcast from the Cato Institute discussing the threat to civil liberties, and have tried to give a brief account of the philosophical underpinnings of this trend.

Recent Comments:
Listen? — by Mario on Thu, 2006-11-30 05:37
This is a highly disturbing — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-11-28 17:43

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Natural Rights as Derived from Ethical Egoism: Tibor R. Machan's Randian Approach

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Submitted by younkins on Tue, 2006-11-28 15:56

Unlike Rasmussen and Den Uyl, prominent philosopher of human flourishing, Tibor R. Machan, approaches the derivation of natural rights by way of ethical egoism.

Recent Comments:
Rights and Game Strategies — by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2006-11-29 14:07
Norms of Liberty — by younkins on Wed, 2006-11-29 13:32
Why call them "rights" — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-11-28 18:43

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A REAL moral dilemma for anti-multi-cult atheists -- Bible oath or Kor'an for oath of office?

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Submitted by Orson on Tue, 2006-11-28 11:39

The first Muslim elected to the US Congress wants to take his oath of office with a Kor'an instead of the Bible. We all saw President Bill Clinton get impeached, and people wildly trashed the significance of his oath of office.

Recent Comments:
A Christian or a Follower of Jesus' Teaching? — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-12-03 23:09
Bad URL — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-12-03 18:30

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Meet the new boss...

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-11-28 04:27

...same as the old boss. Well, actually, same as all the other bosses.

Today, John Key gave his first speech as National Party leader, and it was as bad as I thought it would be. Filled with nothing but bland, soporific pragmatism and third-way, warm 'n' fuzzy, political code-speak, Key's speech says nothing and adds up to nothing. It does, however, reveal everything.

Recent Comments:
Mmmmm ..... hangi.  Now I — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-11-29 22:39
one citizenship — by Scott Wilson on Wed, 2006-11-29 21:29
Hey, don't get me wrong... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-11-29 05:49

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Penn and Teller Send Recycling to the Dump

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Submitted by George Reisman on Tue, 2006-11-28 02:07

I’ve never had much use for Penn and Teller, a pair of comedians that I’ve seen from time to time on television and then have quickly turned off. But the other day, a reader of my blog, Mr. Robert Groot, a Canadian Ph.D. student, was kind enough to send me a link to their internet show on recycling.

Recent Comments:
Feng Shui episode is also great — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-11-29 22:12
— by gone on Wed, 2006-11-29 18:02
Everybody Wins — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-29 04:00

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(More) Foie Gras Fascism

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-11-27 21:38

The bastards are at it again. A proposal is being introduced to the New York City Council on Wednesday, November 27 to ban foie gras sales. I went on a complete rant about this today on Food Philosophy, as well as advocated the ideal of guilt-free pleasure, so the next few days should be interesting. Smiling

Recent Comments:
Politics as Usual — by Prima Donna on Fri, 2006-12-01 13:27
"...relocate their facility to Canada." — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-12-01 11:37
Reprieve...for Now — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-11-30 16:29

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The God Debate Reloaded with the Old Moral Brickwall

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-11-27 17:42

Recently in the "Time Magazine" (Nov 13th), there was a Debate between two scientists - Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins (Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute since 1993) on the existence of God. These debates always run aground for Atheists at the merest whiff of the argument for morality. What typifies the Atheist argument is a rejection of an "absolute morality" - inherently associated with religion.

Recent Comments:
"Have I not been paying attention?" -- Cresswell — by William Scott Scherk on Fri, 2007-12-28 05:44
Spinoza — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-05-01 12:27
Atheists who happen to be Objectivists? — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-12-11 00:32

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Suicidal cowardice

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Submitted by Phil Howison on Sun, 2006-11-26 22:41

The Australian, “Islamic fears kill off children’s thriller”:

A LEADING children’s publisher has dumped a novel because of political sensitivity over Islamic issues.

Recent Comments:
A question of Values. — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2006-12-11 06:27
1D Richard — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-12-06 00:55
So, — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2006-12-04 07:47

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Kirk & Uhura Kiss on Star Trek and cause Controversy...let me see if I understand this correctly...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sun, 2006-11-26 09:00

Back about 40 years ago, Kirk & Uhura made television history by sharing an interracial kiss on Star Trek, and it's considered to be a monumental moment in history.

I have a question-WHY?

From what I've been hearing( I'll confess- I've seen the MOVIES with the original crew, but never actually sat thru an episode), Kirk managed to bang dozens of alien chicks throughout the universe....yet when he kisses a BLACK HUMAN WOMAN it's considered to be a moment of inspiration?

Recent Comments:
I did get transported to the — by wngreen on Thu, 2006-11-30 13:23
Me too — by Mario on Thu, 2006-11-30 05:32
I found the original series — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-29 08:57

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Nathaniel -- oh dear

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-11-26 08:27

Well, I suppose it's appropriate to the man's sleazy history.

(WARNING: some may surely find hilarity; others may be offended at the explicit material therein. WARNING - explicit material. Also possibly a temporary hack....)

Recent Comments:
Orson — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2006-12-08 19:42
Orson, the 800 Ib gorilla — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-12-08 05:39
It's good that you are — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-12-08 04:55

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Internet Dating

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sun, 2006-11-26 07:34

A lot of people seem to complain about how "dangerous" internet dating is, saying "you don't really know who you're talking to" or "you don't really know what the person is like in real life, on these things". They seem, however, to have no problem championing just meeting people in real life. While that's fine eventually, I still see no problem with dating via the internet.

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Living Through Your Kids

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sun, 2006-11-26 07:26

I got into work on Black Friday, and was told by the boss working the toy section that "we sold out of the Millenium Falcon by 8 AM". I found that interesting as I believe Star Wars has cooled down considerably in popularity.

Recent Comments:
You do make a good point- so — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2006-12-05 06:47
Food Stamps for Crackheads, Oil for Food? — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-12-02 21:15
First off, I thank you for — by KingRandor82 on Sat, 2006-12-02 07:53

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Did we win WWII due to American competence...or German INcompetence?

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sun, 2006-11-26 07:21

I keep discussing the current war with my Dad, and how we're losing due to modern day bad philosophies that have hit their peak at one of the worst possible times in history. Well, SUPPOSEDLY- hear me out.

Recent Comments:
So a 50-year war of — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2006-12-05 06:45
Not on May 8, 1945. Nuking — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-12-05 04:18
But... — by Bill Visconti on Tue, 2006-12-05 02:09

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Who Said That?

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Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2006-11-26 02:31

Who said that? I would like to know who said “anything may be followed by anything.” Rand said that Randall said that Whitehead said the Hume said that “anything may be followed by anything.”

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Ayn Rand - Donahue Interview

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Submitted by JulianP on Sat, 2006-11-25 20:09

For your viewing pleasure, via YouTube:

Recent Comments:
M, — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-11-27 10:33
Rick... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-11-27 07:56
Safran — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-11-27 03:26

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Gizoogle SOLO (fo' shizzle)

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-11-25 07:42

Ya hafta check dis bizzle out, yo:
Gizoogle. Yo, ya hasta enter the URL to the izzle for and check dis out what comes up on the other side. Peace out, y'all.

Recent Comments:
Tizzle be so damned funny — by Greg Perkins on Thu, 2006-11-30 17:30
Yeah...this is by far the — by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-11-29 08:59
Real Chrizonic Shiznit, Ya hea? — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-11-25 08:09

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Atlas Shrugged Casting Call

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-11-24 20:36

I've begun this thread for people to post their suggestions for casting the movie version of Atlas Shrugged. People, including me, have also been submitting such suggestions under Lindsay's Russell Crowe thread. I have started this one simply to make the title match the posts.

Recent Comments:
And also try — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-11-27 00:16
Glossy — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-11-27 00:15
Where does one get a glossy? — by Mario on Sat, 2006-11-25 20:01

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London is a magnet for Billionaires $$$$$ :-)

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-11-24 12:40

No wonder the majority of SOLO-UK members live in London. No wonder I enjoy visiting them too Smiling

"London is not just a good place to do business. It boasts a luxury industry designed to cater for every whim of the wealthy, Mr Maidment added.

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Progressive Metal

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Submitted by Omniverse on Fri, 2006-11-24 06:08

Is Progressive Metal a popular genre among Objectivists? I know that I personally can't find music that moves me more than the best this genre has to offer.

Recent Comments:
No, probably not popular, though... — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-11-24 18:17

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