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Who Should Be the Republican Nominee?
Total votes: 20
Submitted by Pete L on Fri, 2006-11-24 05:07
I read Atlas Shrugged six years ago, and only once. I don't have a copy of it on hand (I lent it out). Can someone remind me how contract enforcement and dispute resolution were handled in Galt's Gulch?
For the record... — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-11-26 18:07
It was Judge Narragansett!! — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:55
Specifics — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2006-11-23 02:41
Submitted by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2006-11-24 02:07
I'm not sure how many fellow SOLOists were (or still are) lovers of the tabletop RPG, but I still get together every weekend in a friend's living room for a good game of Shadowrun. Roleplaying as a hobby gets a lot of bad press, especially in the States, and is generally regarded as a hobby for teenagers and college students. There are, however, several games worth mentioning that can be great fun even for adults. It can be particularly fun for Objectivists because in many of these games, you play the larger-than-life heroes who save the world for fun and profit. Some of my favorites:
Self confessed MMORPG addict — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-24 21:05
Yes — by ethan_dawe on Fri, 2006-11-24 05:21
Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:59
Should you tell harmless lies to your kids? I would definitely try not to propagate these.
Here are the top ten "white lies" from the Times.
It brings back childhood memories.
"The Times November 23, 2006
Penetrating — by Ptgymatic on Thu, 2009-01-01 23:33
Spoilsport — by gregster on Thu, 2009-01-01 11:40
Some of you aren't parents, I suspect — by Ptgymatic on Wed, 2008-12-31 20:01
Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2006-11-23 15:12
Creating Our Own Blessings
November 26, 2002 -- We’re told that Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings, as the Massachusetts Pilgrims did in 1621 after a harsh year that saw half of the Mayflower’s original passengers perish. Today we mark Thanksgiving with parades and football as well as family gatherings, but few of us have ever experienced the Pilgrims’ near-starvation. What are the blessings we’re suppose to count today? How, exactly, are Americans blessed?
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-23 12:25
Don Brash has resigned as leader of New Zealand's main opposition party, the National Party, in order to save it from the distraction of deflecting allegations about him in a new book by communist "peace activist" and all-round conspiracy nutter, Nicky Hager.
After a week... — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-12-01 09:56
Linz had a fascinating — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-11-28 20:35
"Lunch-time for Don" — by Kevin on Mon, 2006-11-27 09:52
Submitted by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 05:56
May God & she forgive me for the lateness of this post, but I would like to thank SFC Cheryl Dupris, proud American Sioux Indian and Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, and all her comrades in arms, and all our allies who are fighting and risking everything for us now in Afghanistan and in Iraq and around the world. I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Dupris who has voluntarily served tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, in the Federal clean-up effort after Hurricane Katrina, and again in Afghanistan all while my acquaintance.
Seconded - thank you Ms. — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-11-24 09:19
From http://www.82airborne-assoc.com/ — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 06:23
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-23 01:16
I want to join our American friends this weekend in giving thanks to their Pilgrim Fathers, and more importantly, their Founding Fathers (I hope they are doing that!), for creating the greatest country on earth, Western Civilisation's highest achievement: the United States of America.
See... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2007-11-10 09:37
Thanks, Linz — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:43
America — by F L Light on Thu, 2006-11-23 05:29
Submitted by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-11-22 18:16
This morning I read an excellent essay by a gentleman named Paul Graham, which really hit home.
Although I had my social — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 17:32
Politics is less important than you suggest — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-11-23 03:42
Secondary School, The Government and Social Conformity — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-11-23 00:53
Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-11-22 15:35
Well, i cenrtainly think so.
I'm talking about the part in Atlas Shrugged where a man breaks the jaw of a woman who suggests that her son share his toys with other children.
Well my wife says the same and I hear that all the time from friends and from other women to their children in local parks in my area.
Approximation — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-11-24 00:45
What page? — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-11-23 17:53
Don't feed the trolls. This — by Adam Buker on Thu, 2006-11-23 02:03
Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-11-22 14:40
Should Objectivists marry or date non-Objectivists?
Say you become an Objectivist after getting married. If your partner refuses to follow you should you seperate and/or get a divorce from your partner.
Proposed pictures — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-11-22 16:59
You are right I had — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-11-22 16:56
Submitted by younkins on Wed, 2006-11-22 01:39
Natural law is an older concept than the idea of natural rights. John Locke and his predecessor, Hugo Grotius, are frequently credited with ushering in the modern concept of natural rights. Historically, the doctrine of natural rights appears to have developed either within, or at least consonant with, the framework of the natural law tradition.
I do not know... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-11-22 20:59
Darn — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-11-22 16:04
Submitted by Greg Mullen on Tue, 2006-11-21 19:59
The Economist — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-11-22 00:54
Good article... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-11-21 22:05
Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-11-21 19:15
Jeff Jacoby, of the Boston Globe, provides a few snapshots from the global jihad. The following is from his November 1 commentary
"Australia's foremost Muslim cleric triggers an uproar when he likens women who don't wear an Islamic headscarf to "uncovered meat" and blames them for attracting sexual predators. "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or the park . . . and the cats come and eat it," says Sheik Taj al-Din Hilali, "whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat? If [the woman] was in her room, in her home, in her headscarf, no problem would have occurred."
Very Interesting Question... — by atlascott on Sun, 2007-01-14 17:13
Don't Question Their Character or Motives--Unless You Have Proof — by PhilipC on Thu, 2006-11-30 23:00
Linz — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-30 15:00
Submitted by Mario on Tue, 2006-11-21 17:09
An article running on the Scientific American Web site entitled, "The Social Welfare State, beyond Ideology," claims that the evidence is now in: socialism isn't the bogeyman Hayek, Mises, et al. have made it out to be.
Interventionism leads to socialism — by Mario on Thu, 2006-11-23 15:35
Piksmeat, Well, perhaps — by 0 on Wed, 2006-11-22 14:52
The welfare state is socialism? — by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-11-22 14:46
Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-21 16:18
David Horowitz is a staunch conservative. As such, his views are to be taken with a very critical eye. But, he (and his colleagues) often write on the state of the universities in a way that matches my own experience.
I was lucky — by 0 on Wed, 2006-11-22 19:11
Correction — by Mario on Wed, 2006-11-22 03:48
Helpful — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-11-22 00:59
Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-11-21 09:18
Today, I received my first cheque from CafePress - of which US$9.20 will shortly be deposited in SOLO's PayPal account. To celebrate, I've added two more products:
Visit the InfidelGear Store to buy, & remember, 25% of the profit from each item goes to SOLO.
If my own experience with — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-11-22 09:04
Wonderful! — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-22 02:03
Thanks - I'm quite proud of — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-11-21 22:50
Submitted by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-21 03:35
God, I do detest KoRn. But does, or even should that, make you like them any less?
Life is your mission, Kori, search and enjoy.
How could I have forgotten Camille Paglia? — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-29 04:19
Commager & the movies — by 0 on Thu, 2006-11-23 06:20
My last comment was addressed to Kori, as is this one... — by 0 on Thu, 2006-11-23 04:37
Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-11-20 21:49
By accident I stumbled upon these two items at once.
The first is a video clip from March this year of an interview on a Manhattan Libertarian TV programme called “Hardfire” with the author Frederick Cookinham about his book “The Age of Rand – Imagining an Objectivist Future World.” The author claims that there will be an “Age of Rand” 50-100 years from now.
No, I don't think so... — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-11-21 21:03
Is Cookinham a Brandenite? — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-11-21 17:37
Act I, Sc 2 — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-21 02:21
Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2006-11-20 20:12
Democrat Congressman Charles Rangel of NY is proposing reinstating the draft, on the grounds that it would discourage U.S. involvement in wars. Curious-looking rationale for conscription. Why not propose all kinds of egregious government controls on the grounds that they'd lead to unpopular results?
See, I partially don't think — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2006-12-05 06:54
In what capacity... — by Robert on Wed, 2006-11-22 03:03
Downsizing — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-11-21 23:10
Submitted by Mario on Mon, 2006-11-20 18:49
I have a new post on my blog discussing organ donation and the altruistic motivations against free-market solutions. It contains a good link to a podcast from the Cato Institute.
Measurement Ommission — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-11-21 01:48
Thanks for the offer. — by Mario on Mon, 2006-11-20 21:44
Feel free... — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-11-20 19:15
Submitted by Fifth of November on Mon, 2006-11-20 08:29
One of the members of the facebook group: "Abolish the PATRIOT Act Now!" just happened to send a link which directs to a lecture by Mike Ruppert about...well, it's in the title. Before I link the video, I must admit that some of the information he brings up was simply lost on me, simply because the previous positions and actions of some of the people now more or less in power were orchestrated while I was still a child, but of course this won't be the case after I do some more research.
I've spent several hours on — by Orson on Tue, 2006-11-28 10:47
I'll give you a rundown — by John Armaos on Tue, 2006-11-28 08:10
More 9/11 conspiracy theory fantasies? — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-11-21 01:47
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-11-20 07:35
Russell Crowe, Kiwi actor (not Australian as Australians & ignorant Americans keep reporting) has just appeared in a 60 Minutes interview in the wake of some new film he's done with Ridley Scott.
How about — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-24 19:36
No, I see Taggart as... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-11-24 05:50
Kevin Spacey... eeew — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-11-24 00:18
Submitted by PhilipC on Mon, 2006-11-20 04:48
Despite my many strong disagreements with Diana Hsieh, there is one area where her intellectual method is one that Objectivists should emulate far more often.
It has to do with diligence, thoroughness, and seriousness about Objectivism and about ideas.
I cast no aspersions... — by Orson on Wed, 2006-11-29 01:22
A fundamental difference in "psycho-epistemology" — by 0 on Tue, 2006-11-28 19:39
How, Fred? — by Bill Tingley on Sun, 2006-11-26 21:04
Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-11-18 23:18
For those who love the paintings of John Singer Sargent, you will want to investigate a painter you may not know: Joseph Sorolla
The Spanish artist knew and admired Sargent and his work often bears a strong similarity to that great American painter.
Absolutely gorgeous, Jeff ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-11-20 03:19
Sorolla Museum — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-11-19 19:22
Yes — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-11-19 05:17
Submitted by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-18 18:27
Some choice quotes from this report:
"Intensive family therapy - which can include removing members from their home - is one option the Social Development Ministry is examining as it works to deal with dysfunctional homes in which drug and welfare dependency is rife.
"Those who grant sympathy to — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-20 08:44
Just as much bullshit from the UK — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-20 08:40
Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-11-18 17:06
What is the Objectivist view of the role of philosophy in history? Does it need modification? Robert Tracinski asserts his views in a recent series of TIA articles.
On Cause and Effect — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-29 21:59
George Baker on Tracinski — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-27 20:09
Tracinski's triad — by 0 on Wed, 2006-12-27 19:47
Submitted by Mario on Sat, 2006-11-18 01:38
I have an existing blog covering politics, education, and other cultural topics from an Objectivist viewpoint to which I would like to extend an invitation: Coarsely ground at http://blog.mariodiana.com.
Great to be on board! — by Mario on Mon, 2006-11-20 18:46
Mario — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-11-19 01:09
Submitted by TRowland on Fri, 2006-11-17 20:09
When I was a kid my relatives on my Mother's side would -- on occassion (don't ask on which)-- sing the following bit of dogeral:
Get outta the way, old Dan Tucker;
Thanks, Jeff — by TRowland on Mon, 2006-11-20 13:35
Tom, — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-11-17 21:30
Thanks — by TRowland on Fri, 2006-11-17 20:46
Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-11-17 20:08
This blog post from an allegedly serious source makes a ridiculous suggestion about how to cut CO2 emissions - by changing code in Microsoft's operating system. These yahoos never give up.
Convince all of the folks — by Summer Serravillo on Mon, 2006-11-27 11:09
Right you are — by Laure Chipman on Mon, 2006-11-20 17:45
Not to worry — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-11-18 17:27
Submitted by KingRandor82 on Fri, 2006-11-17 04:53
Left and right I hear "...is the reason we're not gonna win this war". First of all, I hate to tell you all, but part of me doesn't even believe most OBJECTIVISTS know what's truly at stake here- they're not simply gonna nuke some major cities, and that's it, along with putting us under Islamic Law- no siree...they're likely to knock out our POWER PLANTS, and render us completely helpless, as we rely on such power so heavily. I believe, THAT, they know is the golden ticket. I hate to say it, but I don't think we've "seen anything yet", when it really comes to what they WANT to do( though something tells me I don't think it's gonna get to that, regardless...).
Yes, but not proven... — by Orson on Mon, 2006-11-20 09:55
Power plants and water reservoirs — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-17 22:45
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