FOX NEWS has declared Rick Santorum has lost his campaign for re-election

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 01:39

It's a shame we won't get a chance to see him removed from office by some sex scandal instead...

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The Space afforded by a wonderjock — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2006-11-11 04:17
"Mexicans rarely explode" — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-11-10 09:15
Mexicans rarely explode — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-09 01:14

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Submitted by Jane Dempsey on Tue, 2006-11-07 20:26

Well, I suppose I should begin with a disclaimer. I'm not an objectivist, nor would I desire to become one. I do however, enjoy reading and discussing this philosophy.

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Advice — by Mark on Mon, 2006-11-20 06:34
Objectivism and the Five Loves — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2006-11-15 17:22
Hi Jane! — by Adam Buker on Wed, 2006-11-15 09:01

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New Look

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-11-07 15:30
New Look
Recent Comments:
Great Look — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-11-08 00:11
Cute! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-11-07 20:00
Woohoo! — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-11-07 16:30

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Why I Am A Libertarian

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-11-07 04:52

I am a Libertarian because I am capable of running my own life, and think others are too. Libertarianism is the political expression of Mill's statement of harm, in other words that “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised [over citizens] ... is to prevent harm to others.” and the best way in which to build a society grounded in the philosophy of Objectivism.

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Mea culpa - that should have — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-11-30 02:39
ARI and Republicans — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-11-10 00:54
ARI and the Republicans — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-11-09 15:52

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Will He Use the "Intimidating" O-Word?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-11-07 03:57

Hudgins to Speak to DC-Area Skeptics Group

[If you're in the Washington, D.C. area on Saturday, November 11, you might be interested in attending this event.]

Objectivism & Skepticism: A Good Match?

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Outreach or sanction? — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-11-09 15:44
Good character — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-11-07 23:37
Luke... — by Olivia on Tue, 2006-11-07 22:05

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Thank You For Smoking

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Mon, 2006-11-06 20:35

I watched "Thank You For Smoking" Saturday night, and again last night...but I'm still not sure what I think about it.

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Thank you all, — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2007-11-06 12:51
Melissa, realised you had — by Sam Pierson on Tue, 2007-11-06 02:12
I did! — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2007-11-05 23:12

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Peikoff is Wrong; But I Agree With Him

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Submitted by Ergo on Mon, 2006-11-06 20:03

Obviously, the US elections tomorrow mean practically nothing to me in any direct sense. Yet, these are my thoughts–and I believe they are rather important given the kinds of misinterpretations of people’s essays/opinions floating around Objectivist discussions.

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If you lived in America? — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 06:52
Points notwithstanding — by Ergo on Tue, 2006-11-07 05:25
> it is entirely proper to — by PhilipC on Mon, 2006-11-06 22:27

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Newberry's VENUS, a Work in Progress

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-11-06 08:12

I had the pleasure of visiting Michael Newberry in his studio recently. I have been working on a write-up of my visit, but find I am being extra careful in my writing. So, rather than delay sharing this image of his most recent work in progress, I will simply post it without comment. Those who are not familiar with his work can view much, much more at

Recent Comments:
Beautiful, Michael. — by Ted Keer on Sat, 2009-05-23 06:42
Thought it would be good to — by Newberry on Mon, 2009-05-18 21:34
Master Fundamentals: Apply Your Sense of Life — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-11-11 06:58

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Republican/Christian Ethics

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Submitted by Ryan Brubaker on Sun, 2006-11-05 21:09

I'm not trying to sway anyone's vote with this post (I will not be voting for either major party on Tuesday). I just thought this series of posts was a perfect display of the Republican/Christian altruist ethics.

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Luke: — by Ryan Brubaker on Mon, 2006-11-06 02:36
Frum Claims Reason and Objectivity — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-11-05 23:45

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Kant's Mystical Plato

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Submitted by Stephen Boydstun on Sun, 2006-11-05 15:39

Merlin Jetton is partly to blame for this note. I had been reading his 1995 Objectivity essay “Time, Prescience, and Biology.” In the third section of the essay, Merlin examines Kant’s concept of a priori concepts.

Recent Comments:
Kant's Plato — by Stephen Boydstun on Mon, 2009-02-09 13:23
Rational Intuition — by Stephen Boydstun on Thu, 2006-11-16 16:41
Stephen, — by seddon on Tue, 2006-11-07 23:50

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The Military Commissions Act of 2006

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Submitted by Mark on Sun, 2006-11-05 14:31

There was little comment in Objectivist circles about the recently passed Military Commissions Act of 2006. What comment there was focused on its suspension of habeas corpus, particularly the question whether that aspect of the Act applies to U.S. citizens or not.

A new article on ARI Watch takes it for granted that the Act applies only to foreigners,

Recent Comments:
Well said Mark — by John Armaos on Fri, 2007-04-13 00:48
Reply — by Mark on Sat, 2007-03-31 21:17
The government can, in — by wngreen on Sat, 2007-03-31 00:59

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-11-05 01:44

My business partner Mark and I, from our first Gilded Fork at Home event in Soho this summer.

Recent Comments:
Oh WOW — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-06 21:57
Yum! — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-11-06 20:35
I'll order one of those — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-06 19:55

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Will you be attending SOLO Conference 5 during Feb 8-12, 2007 in San Diego?

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Submitted by administrator on Sun, 2006-11-05 00:33
15% (8 votes)
54% (29 votes)
Firm Maybe
31% (17 votes)
Total votes: 54
Recent Comments:
Kelly, you could kick things off... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-11-19 04:50
my poetry — by User hidden on Wed, 2006-11-08 05:43
Kelly — by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-11-07 12:45

Assessing the DIM(?) thesis for the present political scene

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-11-04 19:52

First off, I have to acknowledge that I have not heard Peikoff's course, but being familiar with his other courses and knowing how valuable they are, I plan to listen to it hopefully soon. I am going only on a rough-outline level of understanding as provided by other posters here, and I can only say that I find the idea discussed intriguing.

Recent Comments:
Guys — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-11-04 22:37
dim is good — by Mike_M on Sat, 2006-11-04 20:07

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Didn't think it was possible...but I actually had a civil mini-debate with a Liberal Democrat!

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sat, 2006-11-04 07:53

Yes, that's right folks- I actually had a CIVIL mini political debate with a Liberal Democrat! Didn't think it was possible- on his end OR mine.

Now, the cool thing about civil debates- sometimes, you can actually walk away learning something from whom you're debating.

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Submitted by Aaron Williams on Sat, 2006-11-04 03:03

It's funny - if you ignore the fact that it's not funny at all - how Lindsay bangs on about decency all the time when he's astonishingly indecent himself,

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Ted, my love, "The only — by Aaron Williams on Fri, 2006-11-17 18:26
The only thing your personal — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-15 19:22
Laure, I know it's a sin to — by Aaron Williams on Wed, 2006-11-15 13:35

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Brook: Sacrifice in Sadr

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-11-04 01:24

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Sacrificing our Soldiers in Sadr City
November 2, 2006

Irvine, CA--In response to the kidnapping of an American soldier in Iraq, U.S. forces imposed a blockade around Sadr City. Five days later, with the solider still missing, the United States ended the blockade at the behest of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Recent Comments:
The US Army — by Robert on Sat, 2006-11-04 21:10

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A Fountainhead of Wine.

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-11-03 08:24

This has got to be too good to be true. Cabernet Sauvingnon inspired by the Fountainhead. Check it out at I don't know about anyone else, but I'm saving up and ordering a bottle. If you've tried it already, let me know how it tastes. What follows below is from the website describing the composition of the wine.

Recent Comments:
Copyright vs. Trademark — by Prima Donna on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:48
Actually, — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:08
"Why would the estate need to sign off on it?" — by Robert Nasir on Fri, 2006-11-03 17:24

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DIM Thread

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Submitted by Mike_M on Fri, 2006-11-03 07:39

I figure I'll start a thread for discussion specifically on the DIM course, since a bunch of us are listening to it for the first time as we speak.

One of the things I've been doing before listening to each lecture is writing down how I think the categories for a subject will pan out.

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Islam, D2 or M2? — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-11-20 16:12
I won't say I'm done yet... — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-11-17 00:56
More Recommendations — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-11-13 18:46

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When Curves Were Fashionable

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Fri, 2006-11-03 06:48

Ross, this site has your name all over it.

Enjoy. Smiling

- Jennifer

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<3 — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:25
Curves are always — by Marnee on Fri, 2006-11-03 19:06
Speaking of great curves... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-11-03 11:02

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photo test

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-11-03 06:05


Recent Comments:
Landon... — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-11-05 00:01
Jennifer, our tastes diverge again! — by User hidden on Sat, 2006-11-04 14:51
John... — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-11-04 08:09

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Selling disaster: The four horsemen of the modern apocalypse

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-11-03 01:37

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed - and hence clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -H.L. Mencken

There's money and power and headlines aplenty in scaremongering (and much less and many fewer in good news), but how often is the scaremongering accurate? And does it matter? Disaster sells.

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Time to stock up on canned tuna, 'cuz... — by Summer Serravillo on Fri, 2006-11-03 11:45
Hard work ahead — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-11-03 08:24
Excellent post Peter. Thank — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-03 07:46

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Britain’s Stern Review on Global Warming: It Could Be Environmentalism’s Swan Song

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-11-02 17:00

To the accompaniment of much fanfare and hoopla, the British government has released Sir Nicholas Stern’s Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, a report that it commissioned but that it labels “independent.”

Recent Comments:
spooky — by Greg Mullen on Thu, 2006-11-16 23:21
Great post George. Not to — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-11-03 08:20
Very Timely, George! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-11-02 23:31

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Peikoff on Plato

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Submitted by seddon on Thu, 2006-11-02 16:04

At the end of OPAR, Peikoff appends an Epilogue entitled “THE DUEL BETWEEN PLATO AND ARISTOTLE.” If one expects an argument to prove such a duel, one would be mistaken. There is no argument to be found there. Yet before one faults Peikoff for what seems to be quite an oversight, one should re-read the opening paragraph of the Epilogue.

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T. R. — by seddon on Wed, 2006-11-08 20:49
I will gladly stay off your blog — by TRowland on Wed, 2006-11-08 19:04
T. R. — by seddon on Wed, 2006-11-08 00:32

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Video: Rare Ayn Rand

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-11-02 04:59

Ayn Rand is well-known as a novelist and intellectual and philosopher. But like so many in Hollywood, she really wanted to be a screenwriter. Vicki Curry talks with Michael Berliner, former director of the Ayn Rand Institute, about Rand's years as an extra and screenwriter. He also shares rare film and photographs of Rand. (TRT: 7:52)

Recent Comments:
Gotta admit... — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-11-10 21:42
A great find — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-11-10 21:02
Oh, the big brain *is* sexy. — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 10:15

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Ms. Garrison converts to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-02 04:39

It's now official, former theist, child-molester, slave-master, second grade teacher and testicle owner, Ms. Garrison has converted to the worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and/or atheism, in order to get laid. For his religious faith, Stan is seated in the corner with a dunce cap reading "I have faith." Meanwhile, Eric Cartman is transported 500 years into the future, where he finds that all religious belief has been eradicated by the Unified Atheist League. Unfortunately for Cartman, there is a war in progress in the future, between these forces of reason and...the hated United Atheist Alliance...

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Mark — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2007-01-23 19:08
Question about Bernstein quote — by Mark on Fri, 2007-01-12 07:43
Question about Bernstein quote — by Mark on Mon, 2006-12-18 00:41

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Rand sighting: "The Endless Enigma"

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-11-02 00:33

Ayn Rand is mentioned several times in a recently published book THE ENDLESS ENIGMA: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake & Palmer by Edward Macan.

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ARI's Elan Journo—Washington's Failed War in Afghanistan

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2006-11-01 23:41

The Ayn Rand Institute

Washington's Failed War in Afghanistan

By Elan Journo

America's campaign in Afghanistan was once widely hailed as a success in the "war on terror."

Recent Comments:
"...instead of focusing — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 03:16

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Incredible Firefox Add-On

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Wed, 2006-11-01 21:35

I've found a really amazing add-on for's called and what it basically amounts to is a chat program for everyone who's currently visiting a specific site. It's live feed, and runs a lot more smoothly than our own rather clunky chatbox. I'd advise all the Firefox users (and you should ALL be Firefox users) to give it a look; maybe we can make the site's chatroom a permanent part of the SOLO experience.

Recent Comments:
Daniel, if you're around — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-02 21:48
I'll check it out. — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-11-01 23:53

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Peikoff's Rude Comments

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-11-01 21:28

"In my judgment, anyone who votes Republican or abstains from voting in this election has no understanding of the practical role of philosophy in man's actual life--which means that he does not understand the philosophy of Objectivism, except perhaps as a rationalistic system detached from the world."

Recent Comments:
Marnee... — by Michael Moeller on Sat, 2006-11-04 06:12
"How much can you conclude — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-11-04 00:40
Double post... — by Michael Moeller on Fri, 2006-11-03 22:55

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