Hasty Judgment

PhilipC's picture
Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-29 21:46

One of the most widespread mistakes among Objectivists is the same as one frequently made by most people:

Recent Comments:
Phil — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-10-03 14:58
Jim,Post for me the exact — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-10-03 02:30
Phil — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-10-02 18:47

( categories: )

Question for The Objective Standard and others

Dan Edge's picture
Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-09-29 18:57

I sent this letter to the editor of TOS:


I’ve very much appreciated the TOS articles concerning the Islamic Totalitarian threat, particularly Dr. Brook and Dr. Epstein’s “Just War Theory” article and Dr. Lewis’s "William Tecumseh Sherman" article.

Recent Comments:
EXAMPLES, please? — by Orson on Mon, 2006-11-27 21:29
Welcome to the Internets — by wngreen on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:29
Yup, that about sums it up. — by Mike_M on Tue, 2006-10-24 02:24

( categories: )

Ludwig von Mises: Defender of Capitalism

George Reisman's picture
Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2006-09-29 18:55

Today, September 29, 2006 is the one-hundred-and-twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of Ludwig von Mises, economist and social philosopher, who passed away in 1973. Mises was my teacher and mentor and the source or inspiration for most of what I know and consider to be important and worthwhile in these fields—of what enables me to un­derstand the events shaping the world in which we live. I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to him, because I believe that he deserves to occupy a major place in the intellectual history of modern times.

Recent Comments:
X — by l on Mon, 2006-10-02 05:03
Our Birth in War, Documentation — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-02 02:53
The ONLY way to Peace is War — by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-01 20:22

( categories: )

"Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with" - Oliver Stone.

Robert's picture
Submitted by Robert on Fri, 2006-09-29 06:38


Proof that common sense is another thing you can't get from a Stone...

Recent Comments:
"And I fear that fanaticism — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-11 09:05
Grammar is Meaning — by Craig Ceely on Wed, 2006-10-04 02:55
Terrorism — by Phil Howison on Tue, 2006-10-03 08:34

( categories: )

Real footy tomorrow!

Peter Cresswell's picture
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-29 02:29

Tomorrow in Melbourne thirty-six high-performance athletes will chase a pointy ball around an oval field with 120,000 fans screaming them on in the stands, and millions more around the world yelling at them through their TVs and big screens -- yes, it's time once again for the annual showcase of the world's most libertarian sport: It's AFL Grand Final time!

Recent Comments:
"Surely individualistic, — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-10-02 04:51
Most libertarian sport? — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-30 09:54
! — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-29 03:20

( categories: )

Objectivism and Electoral Reform

mckeever's picture
Submitted by mckeever on Fri, 2006-09-29 00:54

Hi all,

The government of Ontario (CANADA) has assembled a committee of 103 private citizens (one from each of 103 electoral divisions) to learn about electoral systems and hear testimony from "interests" and "experts" on electoral reform.  In the spring of 2007, the committee will issue a report that either recommends that Ontario keep its "First Past the Post" electoral system, or that it hold a referendum.  The referendum, if it is held, will present Ontario voters with a choice (yes or no) to adopt the electoral system proposed by the committee in its report.  The alternative electoral system could take any form and could even be largely unique or original.

Recent Comments:
Mr McKeever, — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-09-29 03:35

( categories: )

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

Ayn Rand Center's picture
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.

( categories: )

Israel, Terrorism and the Morality of National Defence

mckeever's picture
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:

( categories: )

Works of JOY: Barbara Stanwyck

Ted Keer's picture
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.

( categories: )

"A Craven Act of Surrender"

PhilipC's picture
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

( categories: )

Creeping Sharia?

Julian Pistorius's picture
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

( categories: )

Gameday in New Orleans - A Celebration of the Heroic

jtgagnon's picture
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

( categories: )

Works of JOY: Time Bandits - 1981 Terry Gilliam

Ted Keer's picture
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

( categories: )

Armed and Dangerous

George Reisman's picture
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

( categories: )

Modernism Reviewed: 1913

Marnee's picture
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

( categories: )

The enemy within

Chris Cathcart's picture
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

( categories: )

Architecture, Art and an Architectural Top Ten

Peter Cresswell's picture
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

( categories: )

A good relationship with the Muslim community

Duncan Bayne's picture
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

( categories: )

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

George Reisman's picture
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

( categories: )

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

Ted Keer's picture
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

( categories: )

Linz on TV

Julian Pistorius's picture
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

( categories: )

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

AdamReed's picture
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

( categories: )

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

( categories: )

Atheism, Ayn Rand and the BBC.

Marcus's picture
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

( categories: )

Kick the EU flag out of the Ryder Cup

Kenny's picture
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.

( categories: )

OAC Questions

John Drake's picture
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

( categories: )

How to add links to your posts...

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

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

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

Dr. John Lewis Speaks at NYU Objectivist Club

Dan Edge's picture
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

( categories: )

Sauce for Moslems, Christians...

AdamReed's picture
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

( categories: )

The powerful beauty of Liszt

Olivia's picture
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

( categories: )
Syndicate content