The purpose of Objective Art—In Brief

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:07

Ayn Rand’s overview of the purpose of art may be a bit perplexing, perhaps I can simplify:

“Man’s profound need of art lies in the fact that his cognitive faculty is conceptual, i.e., that he acquires knowledge by means of abstractions, and needs the powert to bring his wildest metaphysical abstractions into his immediate, perceptual awareness. Art fulfils this need: by means of a selective re-creation, it concretizes man’s fundamental view of himself and of existence. It tells man, in effect, which aspects of his experience are to be regarded as essential, significant, important. In this sense, art teaches man how to use his consciousness. It conditions or stylizes man’s consciousness by conveying to him a certain way of looking at existence” (Art and Cognition, Romantic Manifesto, paperback edition, pg 45).

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ITOE — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:39
Some of her Introduction to — by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:31
D'oh! — by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:15

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Q Magazine's "Guilty Pleasures" List

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Submitted by JoeM on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:17

This is (kinda) heartening. Shortly after AOHELL did their "Wussiest Song" list, Q magazine has put out their Guilty Pleasures issue-115 Records it's ok to love! (Meat Loaf's BAT OUT OF HELL took top album, and ELO's "LIVING THING" took top song.)

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Huey — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-09-01 23:23
Guilty? — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 14:11
Damned straight, — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:29

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Dagny Taggart Answers Kant

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2006-09-01 00:13

Anyone remember the passage below from Atlas Shrugged?

We are in the train's cab at the opening of the John Galt Line.

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Melody — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:49
Olivia — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:34
Tchaikovsky on Wagner — by jeffrey smith on Thu, 2009-06-04 01:14

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Kofi Annan "keeping the peace" by wishful thinking

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:36

THE TIMES: Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, has called for all Israeli troops to be withdrawn from southern Lebanon as soon as an international force earmarked for the area reaches 5,000... Under UN Resolution 1701, signed earlier this month and agreed by both Israel and Lebanon, provision was made for a international force of 15,000 to act as a buffer between Israel and Hezbollah... The UN Secretary-General claimed that the Lebanese authorities yesterday assured him they were taking measures to stop the flow of weapons from Syria and Iran to their ally Hezbollah via sea and air...

Oh right. Well if the UN thinks everything's fine and dandy, then I guess it must be. If the hero of UN successes in Rwanda and Somalia and Bosnia informs the world that he has been "assured" by "the Lebanese authorities" that they're "taking measures" to stop Hezbollah being re-armed, then who would doubt this third-hand information passed on to a bumbling fool by provenly toothless "authorities" -- why would anyone think it might actually need people with real guns to effect a real blockade, one with proper confirmation of disarmament ...


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"Four-thousand years ago..."

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:34

About four-thousand years ago when great buildings were erected they were mainly either funerary monoliths or fortresses. Such was the nature of the world four-thousand years ago.

Back then, war and death and disaster were still largely the order of the day and the focus of much of daily life, and life for the most part was seen as simply a small part of the more important journey taking place after death. (Think for example of the Great Pyramids and the Egyptian death cults, and the Sumerian and Chinese fortresses of this period. Such was the architectural expression seen under the sun.)

Not in Crete however, under the King Minos of legend.


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'The Scream ' has been found. Two cheers.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:26

'The Scream ' has been found. The painting by Edward Munch was stolen two years ago, and was recovered this morning (our time). A shame. A great shame.

You see, here's an example of something that is good art -- very good art -- that I don't like at all. If anything better expresses the dis-ease and dislocation expressed by twentieth-century 'thinkers' -- the nausea and helpless angst of Jean Paul Sartre; "things fall apart, the centre cannot hold"; "alone and afraid in a world I never made"; etc; etc. -- then it is this piece.

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Capitalism the Unknown Ideal — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:28
Damn, Private Simovici ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:13
I'll do you one better, then. — by Boaz the Boor on Fri, 2006-09-01 01:06

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A helpful suggestion for 'random acts of kindness day'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:24

Someone tells me that today has been decreed "random acts of kindness day" -- in New Zealand at least.

Perhaps if that was to be combined with Casual Sex Friday ... ?

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Ross... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:38
Holidays — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 15:20
"It's usually about now that — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 08:29

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Monthly Update

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-08-31 21:19

This is the first of what will be many updates, posted at the end of each month.  One of my primary duties is to keep you – the SOLO community – informed.  The monthly updates will report what is going on behind the scenes, notify you of current and future site-related news, and provide any other information pertinent to improving your SOLO experience.

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Sordid, eh? — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 13:59
"Nothing but sordid sex — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-01 02:43
Peter, Daniel... — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-01 00:54

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KASS: Some Got It, Some Don't

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-08-31 17:54

Maybe this concrete example, along with follow-up response, will be instructive.

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Brant — by Fred Weiss on Mon, 2006-09-11 13:19
The word — by Brendan Hutching on Mon, 2006-09-11 09:07
Verdict — by Brendan Hutching on Mon, 2006-09-11 09:05

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Kant|Plato: Two Sides of the Same Deadly Coin

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-08-31 09:34

[This was originally to go into the "Summer Travels with Leonard Peikoff" thread, but as it developed, it warrants its own thread.]

Well, this all occurred to me in the shower (how to express it, anyway). Somehow it started out with my thoughts about Branden's snide swipe at Rand that she she didn't understand what mysticism was.

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"Why don't we move this — by 0 on Thu, 2009-03-05 22:45
Leonid — by seddon on Thu, 2009-03-05 16:40
Seddon — by 0 on Thu, 2009-03-05 14:35

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From the ARI

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2006-08-31 01:37

The Ayn Rand Institute

PRESS ADVISORY
AYN RAND INSTITUTE
2121 Alton Parkway, Suite 250 Irvine, CA 92606

Global Capitalism: The Solution to World Oppression and Poverty

Who: Andrew Bernstein, senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute and author of "The Capitalist Manifesto."


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" Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace..."

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-31 01:34

"Give me liberty, or give me death!" That impassioned speech by Patrick Henry still rings down the years from a man who would rather die on his feet than live on his his knees. It is among the top speeches from all history in defence of taking action in defence of one's liberty.

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Marcus, are you having your period? — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:46
Marcus, are you having your — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-02 01:15
Well then, I'm glad we won — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-09-01 17:37

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Has Galt's Motor arrived?

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Submitted by Greg Mullen on Wed, 2006-08-30 22:06

According to the folks at Steorn, a privately owned technology research company, they have a created technology that according to their website:

1. The technology has a coefficient of performance greater than 100%.

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Check it: Fun stuff about — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-05 20:46
To be sure... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:28
I forget who it was who — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:17

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A “Christianist Plot” Amounting to Mass Murder?

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-08-30 20:49

Adam Reed has proposed the following in his article and on the Zionist thread:

“That the restrictions and laws banning therapeutic cloning to harvest human fetal tissue implemented in all countries in the world is a “Christianist plot” amounting to mass murder.”

Recent Comments:
Apropos... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-02 15:24
Landon - risk assessment — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-02 05:55
Risk Assessment — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-09-02 04:34

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'Boston Legal' Goes Down The Tube :-(

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-08-30 07:32

I never thought I'd switch off Boston Legal, let alone the two-hour season finale. For sparkling dialogue, KASS courtroom speeches and a willingness to eschew PC, BL has long been among my fave TV shows. But I did note with alarm its ongoing sell-out to fashionable nihilism & pomo-wanking—headbanging caterwauling segueing from one scene to the next, seasickness-inducing hand-held camera-work, etc.. For the sake of lines like "The distinguishing attribute of human beings is their ability to reason" (from just last week: Alan to Denny) I was prepared to put up with it. Last night it was just too much. TV by esthetic savages with Attention Deficit Disorder for esthetic savages with Attention Deficit Disorder. It was disgusting, & I turned it off.

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Heh, Douglas Wambaugh WAS a — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-09-03 06:25
Picket Fences — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-09-03 06:05
"That doesn't mean Boston — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-09-03 03:56

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Must-have Firefox plugin for web developers

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-08-30 05:42

If you develop websites or web applications, then you need Chris Pederick's Web Developer Extension. Once installed, you can do such fantastic things as highlighting logical blocks within the HTML, enabling and disabling features like CSS and JavaScript, pulling up information about individual tags and blocks ... it really is a must-have for web developers.

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Ditto. — by Julian Pistorius on Wed, 2006-08-30 20:11
Good call, Dunc. — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-08-30 06:31

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Interesting HPO thread on Muslim immigration

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-08-30 02:15

A way of looking at Muslim immigration that I hadn't thought about before. I'm referring in large part to subsequent discussion, where it's observed that the U.S. seems to attract the better ones, and the Eurotrash attract the trash.

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If anyone if interested — by LWHALL on Wed, 2006-08-30 18:27
Welfare — by Tim S on Wed, 2006-08-30 10:24
Muslim immigration — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2006-08-30 08:24

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Brook on Debating Islamo-Fascist Filth

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2006-08-30 00:02

The Ayn Rand Institute

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
http://www.aynrand.org/

Bush Should Defeat, Not Debate Ahmadinejad
August 29, 2006

IRVINE, CA-- Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s offer to President Bush for a debate “on how to end world predicaments” is a farce, said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.


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Pross Echoes Hsieh

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-08-29 23:18

Victor Pross sees the mind-body dichotomy at work in David Kelley's ideas about judgment.

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fair enough — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:41
Landon — by eg on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:13
Brant — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-09-08 22:41

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Hopeful posting on Future Content

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-08-29 22:15

My future Plans for this blog shall be to publish my work in objective philosophy for comment by the community. Currently in progress I have three brief writings on Cosmology, personality studies, and a short on falling out of civilization; also a treatise on objective government.

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Note: — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-08-29 22:17

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Me, in 1985

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-08-29 21:24

I just logged on to OldFriends after some months, & discovered there's a new photo there ...

My 1985 class photo

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oldfriends.co.nz — by Andrew Couper on Wed, 2006-09-06 07:10
Bring on the Aqua Net — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-08-31 04:26
My, you're quite a bit younger... — by Robert Nasir on Wed, 2006-08-30 19:50

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Linz Live!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-08-29 00:50

I'll be back on Radio Live for the fortnight Sept 15-29, substituting for John Tamihere with Willie Jackson, 12-3. Bring it on! Smiling

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Eye to Eye — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-09-23 00:37
I remember being at Eden — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-22 08:49
I don't believe it!! — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-09-22 02:40

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Meet our closest neighbor

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Submitted by LWHALL on Mon, 2006-08-28 22:58

Star wise that is! This is a photograph of Proxima Centauri a star in the Alpha Centauri system and a mere 4.22 light years away. Just a hop-skip-and a jump in space. Although the obstacles to intergalactic travel are considered to be formidible, one day in the future our descendents may be able to experience the awe of entering another solar system and perhaps somewhere out there coming on an inhabitable planet.


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New ARI Weekend Conference!

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Submitted by Thomas Lee on Mon, 2006-08-28 21:52

I just received this announcement from ARI. It appears Dr. Brook's Ford Hall Forum appearance has now been expanded into a weekend conference:


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So..... Hi!

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Mon, 2006-08-28 16:19

I just realized, that I haven't introduced myself properly. So, hello SOLO people!

Hmmm, a little about me:

I currently live in my beautiful and beloved Chicago, though I'm planning to move to Indianapolis in 32 very short days. Not that I'm counting or anything. There are good reasons for me to move, but I'm going to miss my city so very much!

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Sandi, Thank you for the — by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2006-08-31 15:22
Origasmic. — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:34
Hi Melissa, Welcome. I took — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-08-31 04:31

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Faust in Auckland

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-08-28 07:31

Who wants to join me in attending the NBR New Zealand Opera's performance of Faust, at 1930 on Saturday 7th October? It's being held at the ASB Theatre (at the Aotea Centre) - details here.

I was thinking we could get together at Tanuki's Cave at 1730 for a snack and drink beforehand.

Any takers?

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Tickets booked ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-09-14 21:46
Well ... — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-09-04 20:55
I'd join you... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-08-31 06:47

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Israel vs. Hezbollah: Again, and Again, and Again

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Submitted by Phil Howison on Mon, 2006-08-28 06:13

Lindsay said the following in his otherwise very worthy editorial on Saturday 19 August:

Israel lost. For the first time since its founding in 1948, Israel lost a war started against it by Islamo-Fascist filth. Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers and sent rockets into Israel from Lebanon. Israel fired back, and sent its soldiers in.

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Exactly... — by Robert on Wed, 2006-08-30 03:44
Asymmetric warfare — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-08-30 00:40
Hard to say... — by Robert on Tue, 2006-08-29 22:24

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SOLO Fitness: Of Canines and Captains

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Submitted by Craig Ceely on Mon, 2006-08-28 04:51

Wow, the response, public and private, to the inaugural SOLO Fitness item was pretty gratifying. We have lots of ground to cover now, and all of it will captivate, I promise you that. At the risk of sounding New Age, well, the Journey is the Reward. I liked seeing comments from both sexes and from people of all ages, too. Well, almost all. That, along with the comments by the bicycling enthusiasts, sent my thoughts hither and yon...

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Craig, yes, the New York — by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-09-03 00:53
Phil — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-02 19:55
Robert, not just running, I — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-02 07:06

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Kant Was Well-Named!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-08-28 01:51

Diana has just drawn my attention to this. As a cashing-in from real life, which we seldom get in discussions of Kant, it's both fascinating & chilling. I'll say no more—my title for this post says it all!

Recent Comments:
Unselfish Emptiness — by F L Light on Mon, 2006-08-28 15:23
"She wants to die. And she wants to visit Kant." — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-08-28 02:40

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Incitement to Class War at The New York Times/Pravda

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Submitted by George Reisman on Mon, 2006-08-28 00:06

The lead article in today’s New York Times/Pravda is titled ”Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity.” The piece is a denunciation of capitalism and its offshoot “globalization” for allowing such a thing to happen. In the print edition of the newspaper, the subhead ominously declares, “POLITICAL FALLOUT IS SEEN.”

As the means of providing a thinly veiled statement of the doctrine of class warfare, the article quotes the publisher of “a nonpartisan political newsletter”:

“There are two economies out there,” Mr. Cook, the political analyst, said. “One has been just white hot, going great guns. Those are the people who have benefited from globalization, technology, greater productivity and higher corporate earnings.

“And then there’s the working stiffs,’’ he added, “who just don’t feel like they’re getting ahead despite the fact that they’re working very hard. And there are a lot more people in that group than the other group.”


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