ARI's Alex Epstein -- What to Do about Gasoline Prices

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2006-09-28 22:49

What to Do About Gasoline Prices
By Alex Epstein

Now that gasoline prices are below $3 a gallon, calls for the government to "do something" to force prices lower have temporarily abated. But it is crucial for us to recognize that no matter what the price of gasoline is, such calls are wrong.


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Israel, Terrorism and the Morality of National Defence

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Submitted by mckeever on Wed, 2006-09-27 18:37

Hi everyone,

This is my first post on solopassion.  Hopefully, time will permit me to at least lurk here on a regular basis, if not also post with some regularity.

A picture being worth a thousand words, I thought I might save my words and introduce myself indirectly, by providing you with a link to an excerpt from a talk-show in Ontario, Canada (The Michael Coren Show) which has shown some interest in the objectivist perspective over the years:


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Works of JOY: Barbara Stanwyck

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-09-27 03:35

Barbara Stanwyck 1907-1990 the "Ball of Fire"

Barbara Stanwyck, for a period during the 1940’s the highest paid actress in Hollywood, (and woman in the U.S.,) was a self-made woman, if ever there was one. Queen of the film noir, Stanwyck was known for playing tough broads, often the girlfriend of a mobster - Night Nurse, Ball of Fire - or a killer herself - Double Indemnity. Having lost her family at a young age, Stanwyck, born Ruby Stevens, grew up in Brooklyn and got her start on stage at age 13. Often described as ashamed of her lack of education, Stanwyck wasn’t all that ignorant. It was she who fought to have Jack Warner produce The Fountainhead, only to lose the part to Patricia Neal at director King Vidor's insistance.


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"A Craven Act of Surrender"

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Submitted by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-09-26 23:53

Not for the first time, I wish that we had someone with Tony Blair's articulateness to defend prosecuting the Iraq War through to as successful a conclusion as is now possible, rather than the linguistically-challenged George Bush. Today Blair spoke to the Labor Party and said it would be a "craven act of surrender" to simply pull out of Iraq at the present time.

Recent Comments:
Instead of reading... — by Fifth of November on Sun, 2006-11-19 11:13
"How, Robert? With what?" — by Robert on Mon, 2006-10-09 05:55
Ted — by Craig Ceely on Wed, 2006-10-04 05:07

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Creeping Sharia?

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Tue, 2006-09-26 22:55

From Deutsche Welle: German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble called the decision "crazy" and producer Hans Neuenfels protested, but Mozart's "Idomeneo" will not be performed at the Deutsche Oper because it could upset Muslims.

Recent Comments:
Islam..is terrorism — by BISHOPofSMYRNA on Thu, 2008-07-10 23:56
Peace be upon supporters of equal opportunity — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:39
For the record: — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:18

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Gameday in New Orleans - A Celebration of the Heroic

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-26 12:35

Back in February, Thomas Bowden (a senior ARI writer) observed: "The essential value of spectator sports lies in their capacity to illustrate, in a dramatic way, the process of human goal-achievement. They do this by making the process shorter, simpler, and more visually exciting than it is in daily life--and by giving us heroes to admire."

Recent Comments:
John — by Dan Edge on Sat, 2006-09-30 18:36
John G, that had to be a — by Lanza Morio on Sat, 2006-09-30 00:37

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Works of JOY: Time Bandits - 1981 Terry Gilliam

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-09-26 05:29

Terry Gilliam’s live action fantasy, Time Bandits, is currently playing on Showtime and is widely available for rent and sale. This wonderful romp tells the story of Kevin, a young English boy whose parents don’t believe where that noise in his bedroom at night is coming from. Kidnapped by a band of renegade dwarves with a map of time and space, Kevin and his abductors visit Napoleonic Europe, Robin Hood’s merry old England, Agammemnon’s Mycenae and the sinking Titanic, as well as the Time of Legend and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness, where Evil himself resides.

Recent Comments:
Heresy Exposed! — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-09-28 03:55
"One mistake a lot of — by JoeM on Wed, 2006-09-27 23:49
Taste and movies... — by Casey on Wed, 2006-09-27 20:56

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Armed and Dangerous

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-09-25 21:48

The New York Times has reported that California’s Attorney General, Bill Lockyear, is suing the six largest automobile manufacturers because of their alleged contribution to “global warming” and its resulting damage to the State of California.

Recent Comments:
One defence — by Scott Wilson on Thu, 2006-09-28 12:09
Hey, take it easy on — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-09-26 20:09
My Letter to the CA Attorny General's Office — by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-09-26 18:45

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Modernism Reviewed: 1913

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Submitted by Marnee on Mon, 2006-09-25 18:48

I just discovered what the New York Times is good for: the past! It turns out that a subscription to the NYT will get you access to nearly their entire digitized history of newspapers dating back to 1851.

Recent Comments:
X — by l on Wed, 2006-09-27 01:30

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The enemy within

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2006-09-25 18:37

Chavez applauded at Cooper-Union University. These fucks are applauding a dictator.

Recent Comments:
Ever since Guevara lost his life... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-09-25 23:49
Cooper Union — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-25 19:24
Chris — by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-09-25 18:44

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Architecture, Art and an Architectural Top Ten

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-25 01:17

[A summary of a recent debate at my blog 'Not PC' on architecture, art, and architectural favourites]

Here first up is the post that started it all:

Recent Comments:
Yeats — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-09-26 03:14
A great man in his pride... W.B. Yeats — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-09-25 02:53

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A good relationship with the Muslim community

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-09-24 20:05

I just sent the following letter to the NZ Herald in reply to this article ...

Dear Sir,

If Mr. Javed Khan wants to foster a "good relationship between Muslims and others," then perhaps he ought to consider imploring those who share his faith to recognise secular Western values - such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of sexual orientation, and the equality of men and women.

Recent Comments:
Nice letter, Duncan. — by Richard Wiig on Tue, 2006-09-26 07:02
Benevolent but unsubmissive, succinct, & well put. — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-09-24 22:13

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Britain’s Royal Society Seeks to Squelch Opposition to Greens on Global Warming

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2006-09-24 18:52

From The New York Times of September 21:

LONDON, Sept. 20 — A British scientific group, the Royal Society, contends that Exxon Mobil is spreading “inaccurate and misleading” information about climate change and is financing groups that misinform the public on the issue.

Recent Comments:
Free market "policies" for sale — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-09-27 16:42
It's already happened... — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-25 11:35

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Works of JOY: Novak in PICNIC on TCM Sep 27 11:30PM EST

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-09-24 07:07

If Objectivism is a philosophy for living life on earth, then it should have little time for quibbles, and much for joy. In that spirit, I have decided to post regularly on those things, art works, news items, and simple observations that have brought Joy to my life, in the hope to share that same Joy with others who seek it.

Recent Comments:
Kim Novak in PICNIC (on TCM Weds 27th 11:30PM EST) — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-09-25 02:00
Novak Luminous — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-09-24 15:27

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Linz on TV

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Sun, 2006-09-24 06:31

Linz was on TV on Saturday, on Willie Jackson's Eye to Eye show. The topic of the debate was Can Maori be Racist? It was a brilliant show, and Linz stood his own against Tariana Turia and Mike Smith.

Recent Comments:
Okay Phil... — by Olivia on Mon, 2006-10-02 22:19
Alternative video link — by Julian Pistorius on Mon, 2006-10-02 17:55
Cut off, Phil? — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-10-02 09:15

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TOS - C. Bradley Thompson: The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-24 04:02

Another brilliant article at The Objective Standard.

The Conservatives' "goal is to induce in Americans en masse an arrested, perceptual-level mentality, a mentality that processes all moral and political matters emotionally and then acts accordingly."

Recent Comments:
more from Thomson — by Mike_M on Mon, 2006-09-25 05:03
The Sin and Danger of Self love — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-25 03:36

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How PC Interrogations Kill Americans

Submitted by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 20:13

I've been busy at work and was surprised no one else posted this.. Most people who have talked with guards and interrogators already can confirm this:

Recent Comments:
Political Correctness and Fascism Mixed — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2006-09-26 08:19
WNGreen - of course — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-23 23:38
I assure you I am in tip-top — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-09-23 23:11

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Atheism, Ayn Rand and the BBC.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-23 18:29

Atheists are not necessarily rational or moral, but consistent mystics can never be. Therefore, atheism is in fact a necessary prerequisite for the consistent application of objectivism as a philosophy. I am convinced that if the majority of people in the world were atheists, after having rejected religious mysticism, it would be a lot easier to make the case for objectivism.

Recent Comments:
Sandi... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-04 21:39
It will eventually bawl itself out — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-03 21:38

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Kick the EU flag out of the Ryder Cup

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Submitted by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-23 11:54

The 2006 Ryder Cup is taking place at the K Club in Ireland. Europe is playing under the official flag of the European Union. But why? Golfers from Norway and Switzerland would be eligible to play in the Ryder Cup if they qualified or chosen by the captain as one of the two "wild cards". Norway and Switzerland are not members of the European Union. The Norwegian people voted against EU membership in a referendum. Several European states, especially in the former Yugoslavia, have yet to join.


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OAC Questions

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Submitted by John Drake on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:24

I'm considering applying to the Objectivist Academic Center.  I was wondering if those of you who have gone through the program or are currently in the program could answer a few questions about it. 

Recent Comments:
Adam, Some schools will give — by Mike_M on Sun, 2006-09-24 19:24
SARPO — by John Drake on Sun, 2006-09-24 15:27
SAPRO? — by Adam Buker on Sun, 2006-09-24 10:53

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How to add links to your posts...

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Submitted by administrator on Fri, 2006-09-22 23:48

Links, properly known as hyperlinks, are easy to add to your posts.

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Phil — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-09 08:29
> Links, properly known as — by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-29 19:29
Say, — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-09-29 18:48

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Dr. John Lewis Speaks at NYU Objectivist Club

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-09-22 19:39

Dr. Lewis delivered a fantastic lecture on the Islamic threat this past Wednesday (9/20) at an event sponsored by the NYU Objectivist club.

Recent Comments:
Jim - PHM. "Ferkramptedik?" — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-24 18:17
Adam — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2006-09-24 17:29
Projective hypermasculinity? — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-23 14:10

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Sauce for Moslems, Christians...

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Submitted by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-09-22 19:13

As reported by thestandard.com.hk :

Christian mobs freed hundreds of prisoners, torched cars, and looted Muslim-owned shops across eastern Indonesia after three Roman Catholics were executed Friday for leading a 2000 attack that killed 70 Muslims.

Recent Comments:
Painting all with one brush. — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2006-09-24 04:09
Kuffaar — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-09-24 01:08
Indonesia — by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-09-24 00:07

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The powerful beauty of Liszt

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2006-09-21 23:08

Not long before my mother died (aged only 53), she ordered me a CD of Franz Liszt "The Two Piano Concertos" and "The Piano Sonata" played by Sviatoslav Richter and Kirill Kondrashin with the London Symphony Orchestra (remastered from a 1961 recording).

Recent Comments:
A Faust Symphony — by JulianD on Thu, 2010-07-01 10:04
The Liszt Link — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-29 05:00
A Disproof of Materialism — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-09-29 04:02

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Top Gear's Hammond stable after 300mph crash

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-09-21 04:48

Press Association
Thursday September 21, 2006 4:23 AM

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is in a stable condition in hospital after being involved in a high-speed car crash while filming an apparent attempt to break the British land speed record.

Recent Comments:
A while back, I consciously — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-26 00:04
Marcus — by User hidden on Mon, 2006-09-25 23:25
Jeremy Clarkson on "the Blame Game" — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-24 13:09

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Britain’s Royal Society Seeks to Squelch Opposition to Greens on Global Warming

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-09-21 00:13

From The New York Times of September 21:

LONDON, Sept. 20 — A British scientific group, the Royal Society, contends that Exxon Mobil is spreading “inaccurate and misleading” information about climate change and is financing groups that misinform the public on the issue.

The Royal Society, a 1,400-member organization that dates back to the 1600’s and has counted Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein as members, asked Exxon Mobil in a letter this month to stop financing these groups and to change its public reports to reflect more accurately the opinions of scientists on the issue.

There is a “false sense somehow that there is a two-sided debate going on in the scientific community” about the origins of climate change, said Bob Ward, the senior manager for policy communication at the Royal Society.

The reality is that “thousands and thousands” of scientists around the world agree that climate change is linked to greenhouse gases, he said, with “one or two professional contrarians” who disagree.


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Dependency of Change and Entity

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Submitted by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2006-09-20 19:22

In her 1957 exposition of her philosophy, Rand maintains that in motion there is always a thing that moves. This thing that moves Rand calls an entity, and she says of it that "without the concept of entity, there can be no such concept as 'motion'." More generally, "change presupposes the concepts of what changes, from what to what, . . ." (AS 1039).

Recent Comments:
Neutrino Notes — by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2008-10-08 13:00
No entities without regularity = irregularity? — by Ptgymatic on Mon, 2008-10-06 21:30
Motion, entity, and change — by Ptgymatic on Mon, 2008-10-06 04:50

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Big Brother shouts at British citizens

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Submitted by Kenny on Wed, 2006-09-20 17:27

According to the "Daily Mail"

"Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.

Recent Comments:
Good — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-09-21 22:47
The ID cards are a dead duck in the UK. — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-21 19:54
Yes, Kenny, combine that — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-20 23:24

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Jesus and Mo

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-20 03:06

I've just found a new comic website, Jesus and Mo - although crudely drawn, some left me in tears of laughter ... in particular, I like their latest one:

Recent Comments:
Beautiful! — by Melissa Lepley on Wed, 2006-09-20 15:33

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ARI's Lockitch on Conservatives & Birth Control

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2006-09-19 23:40

The Conservatives' War on Birth Control
Opposition to birth control is an assault on the pursuit of happiness.

By Keith Lockitch

Religious conservatives are increasingly opposing birth control. The Bush administration has shifted funding from sex education endorsing condoms to programs preaching "abstinence only." And Bush F.D.A. appointees spent three years blocking nonprescription use of the "morning after" pill, despite overwhelming evidence of its safety. Shockingly, there has been an increasing number of Christian pharmacists refusing to fill contraceptive prescriptions--in some cases even for ordinary birth control pills for married women. What is behind this disturbing hostility to reproductive freedom?

Recent Comments:
Fred ... — by Bill Tingley on Fri, 2006-09-29 12:39
James ... — by Bill Tingley on Fri, 2006-09-29 11:53
Bill — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-09-29 02:43

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