Eddie Willers

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-10-25 11:34

Is there a place for Eddie Willers in Galt's Gulch. He represented the 'best of the rest'. Yet he doesn't make it in the novel. Is Galt's Gulch purely for the 'prime movers'? I understand that Gal

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Mike Mentzer

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Wed, 2006-10-25 11:25

How many of you came to Ayn Rand's writing through the body-builder Mike Mentzer?

I became aware of her through his writings though he was a fan of the ARI and Peikoff.
Thanfully I have an averiso

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 My friend Dean was — by Plasmatic on Fri, 2008-08-01 05:58
X — by l on Sun, 2006-11-19 00:59
Mentzer and Objectivism — by John Drake on Wed, 2006-10-25 17:41

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Chronic anti-semitism on Islamic television

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-10-25 03:34

Many times, I've heard the argument that those protesting against Israel aren't motivated by hatred of Jews.

Those honestly holding that opinion would do well to have a look at some of the Memri TV clips (many of which you can find with a YouTube search). This is one of the worst ...

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Dinther... — by Kevin on Thu, 2006-10-26 09:15
Duncan, there are and have — by Kevin on Thu, 2006-10-26 09:00
Propaganda — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-10-26 08:49

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Clintoniad: a little speculation

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-24 23:37

Section 1 of the twenty-second amendment to the United States constitution:

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once... [emphasis mine]

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ick god please no — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-10-25 04:50
I would love to see her go — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-25 04:49

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ARI on Skilling

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2006-10-24 22:42

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
The Media's Mistreatment of Jeff Skilling
October 23, 2006

Irvine, CA--Upon hearing the news that former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced to 24 years, most Americans, trusting the newspaper articles and books they have read on Enron, think that justice has been served. But, said Alex Epstein, a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, "Jeff Skilling has not gotten justice, and the media bear a major portion of the blame.

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Peter and Fred W. — by Merlin Jetton on Fri, 2006-10-27 12:20
Peter — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-10-27 01:01
The sentence and the mob — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-10-26 22:38

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SOLO conference

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Submitted by User hidden on Tue, 2006-10-24 22:23

Any news on this? Even just dates and an approximate cost would be a help for me in planning. I'm determined to go. I have to meet Lindsay in person or I will just die! Smiling

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What?! — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-10-25 00:36
Kelly — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-10-25 00:19

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Why is Ayn Rand Respected More in India?

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Submitted by Ergo on Tue, 2006-10-24 20:52

Ayn Rand is rather well-known in India, though of course not as widely known as she is in the US; however, it can be argued that Rand is certainly viewed more respectfully and with admiration here in India than in the US.

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English is an official language in India — by seymourblogger on Sat, 2012-01-07 01:55
Rudolph Steiner — by seymourblogger on Sat, 2012-01-07 01:43
Howard Roark in New Delhi — by gregster on Thu, 2012-01-05 23:33

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Humanity: An Unacceptable Risk to the Environment?

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-10-24 17:20

A report jointly released by the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Footprint Network states that human development poses an unacceptable risk to the earth’s natural environment.

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And then some. — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-10-25 01:46

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Barolo e bene!

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-10-24 16:11

I've just returned from a press trip to the Piemonte region of Italy, and I must say that I've developed a passion for Barolo.

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Truffles, truffles, truffles — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-11-01 02:19
Excellent wine — by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2006-10-27 19:05
Falling in love — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-10-26 15:57

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Education in the free market

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Tue, 2006-10-24 14:39

I've often wondered how education would work under the free market.
How would the children of families, who can't afford school fees and who also can't aford to give up work to educate their children, be educated?

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"Private enterprise is more efficient — by 0 on Fri, 2007-07-27 08:04
Contrast this with your "opt out" comment — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-10-27 01:24
welfare oh my — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-26 04:21

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Objectivism and labor Unions

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:36

Do Objectivists join Labor Unions?

If so, is there a limit on how far an Objectivist can climb up the ladder of Union heirarchy?

If you join a union should be bound by Union democracy?

If the majority agree, after a ballot, to go out on strike would you respect that decision?

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I have opted out of the — by Piksmeat on Thu, 2006-10-26 11:05
Linking the Obvious — by RL0919 on Wed, 2006-10-25 23:28
"Piksmeat" — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-10-25 18:59

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Bertrand Russel in the Intro to Obj. Epistemolgy

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Submitted by Piksmeat on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:32

For the life of me I can't understand what Ayn Rand meant when she wrote this on pp50-51:

As an illustration, observe what Bertrand Russel was able to perpetuate becasue people thought they "Kinda knew" the meaning of the concept of "number"...

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Piksmeat - Read Principia — by Aaron on Thu, 2006-10-26 11:00
Piksmeat — by Lanza Morio on Thu, 2006-10-26 07:59
I don't know about his number theory... — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-10-25 22:24

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Consider THIS before voting...

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Submitted by Kevin on Tue, 2006-10-24 06:08

I am amazed that there has been no discussion of the new "Military Commissions Act" by any American here. (maybe I missed such)
Could it be that they are totally ignorant of it or is it a subject which they prefer to ignore?
How can you ignore an Act which allows your Government to arrest you and, without charge, throw you in a secret prison and hold you for
Please, can anyone explain this attitude to me?

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A bit of econ. reasoning about gas prices

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-10-24 05:03

On several occasions recently, I've heard people say that the fall in gas prices is a result of manipulation and that they'll be going up after the elections. I only have one question in response to this: are oil futures traders (the ones who'll put their money where their mouths are) actually betting that this will happen?

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Nope — by Kendall J on Tue, 2006-10-31 02:14
Watching the futures markets — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-10-26 03:13
Plus... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-24 08:34

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Half-naked men for a good cause...

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Submitted by Robert on Tue, 2006-10-24 01:51

Freedom is not free is a non-patisan US charity set-up to raise money to help ease the load for wounded warriors as they make the transition back to civilian life. Currently, Freedom is not free is selling a calendar which may err... "interest" the ladies and many of the lads on this website.

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 2007 promises to be a very — by Summer Serravillo on Fri, 2006-10-27 13:25
Why I should have known! — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-10-25 05:28

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Tristan, Isolde, Wagner and I. "Must I waken?"

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-23 23:15

I saw the opera Tristan and Isolde on the weekend (staged by the Welsh National Opera), my first Wagner opera. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and see (with an open mind) if Wagner was really the operatic genius that some people claim he is.

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Siegfried's Funeral March & Hitler's Suicide — by Ted Keer on Tue, 2006-10-31 07:51

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ARI's Epstein KASSes!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2006-10-23 22:35

"Cultures are not of equal value: prosperity is superior to poverty, happiness is superior to misery, freedom is superior to slavery, and a visible face is superior to a slit revealing two anonymous eyes."

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Cultures are NOT equal. — by Ergo on Tue, 2006-10-24 20:10
If they continue — by LWHALL on Tue, 2006-10-24 16:42
I shall never compromise my culture ! — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 06:44

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Debate Over the Iraq War: Liferaft or Ship Wreck?

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-23 22:08

A debate over the Iraq War has started between two writers for the Times (I hope they continue). So, I thought it would be intersting to post the two articles here and see what people think. Lately there is talk in this country that the whole Iraq war project has just turned out to be another Vietnam.

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debate? NOT in the US. Civil war? Not in Iraq (but — by Orson on Mon, 2007-07-23 12:53
I prefer the "remove all stains" - cycle. — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 20:29
Tim Hames writes: "The — by mckeever on Tue, 2006-10-24 12:03

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New Member

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Submitted by Matt33 on Mon, 2006-10-23 07:12

Hello there everyone, thank god Im not alone with my thoughts. Nice to meet you.

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Hi Matt,I also discovered — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 04:14
Excellent call — by Matt33 on Tue, 2006-10-24 01:13
I rest... — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-24 00:51

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VIDEO: McKeever on Rand vs. Libertarianism

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Submitted by mckeever on Mon, 2006-10-23 01:44

Hi all:
I've posted a video to YouTube.com in which I discuss Rand vs. Libertarianism while on my drive to work (it's actually part 3 of a 4 part video on http://www.youtube.com/fpontario ).  The intention of the video is not to teach objectivism (it's more part of a "get to know Freedom Party people" series of videos).  However, I thought you all might enjoy it just the same.  Here's the link (feedback encouraged of course):

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Petition: No Royal Assent to Electoral Act Violations

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Submitted by JulianP on Mon, 2006-10-23 01:28

This is a call to all the SOLOists who are eligible to vote in New Zealand. Could you please have a look at this petition:

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How many signatures — by Troy Martin on Sat, 2006-10-21 09:45
Hang on a minute... — by Stephen Davis on Fri, 2006-10-20 01:22
Intense blog discussions — by gone on Thu, 2006-10-19 09:03

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Environmentalism: Finding the Missing Valuer

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2006-10-22 23:29

New Scientist asks us to "Imagine Earth without People". All it takes is a read of the opening to get the gist of the article:

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May I change your quote just a mite? — by VSD on Tue, 2006-10-24 09:09
Oh and the deceptiveness is — by Marnee on Mon, 2006-10-23 05:18
Beyond Revolting — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2006-10-23 03:58

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The Hostage Principle

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Submitted by PhilipC on Sun, 2006-10-22 17:52

During the 70's, after leaving school, I moved to New York and audited courses from both Leonard Peikoff and Murray Rothbard. (They both taught at Brooklyn Polytechnic.) I apparently was the first Objectivist to develop a key principle regarding the ethics of the use of force.

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> 'Never heard of your — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-10-24 23:18
Phil, — by Casey on Tue, 2006-10-24 15:23
where? — by Mike_M on Mon, 2006-10-23 01:20

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Casey Fahy in the Movies! :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-22 11:04

We know Casey's fiction will hit the Hollywood big-time soon enough. What he hasn't told us is that he's already been in the movies.

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Yes, Scott, — by Casey on Tue, 2006-10-24 02:33
...or consecrated in mirth? — by l on Tue, 2006-10-24 01:07
Separated at birth? — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-10-23 23:52

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Double Posting

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-10-22 05:25

Not sure if its me, my machine, the damp or those pixels hitting the anti-freeze again.
However, if it is of any help regarding gremlins, some posts including my own, only display about a quarter of the (facial) image. Likewise I still don't see the headline of some posts, which disappear and I need to click onto the comments column in order to read these posts?

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Thanks Ross — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-10-24 22:04
You may have partially — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-10-23 03:40
Hi Ross — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-10-23 02:40

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One in five British pupils can not pinpoint the UK on the Map

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-10-22 05:14

A tradgedy that ends in a comedy.

"They are better-travelled than any other generation and are constantly told they are part of the "global village". But millions of today's schoolchildren do not even know where the British Isles are on a map. Despite living in a country whose empire once stretched to every corner of the globe, one in five British pupils questioned in a survey could not pinpoint the UK and one in 10 were unable to name a single continent. Forty per cent did not know where the United States was and nearly half failed to identify China, in the poll of six- to 14-year-olds. The survey of 1,000 children, by National Geographic Kids magazine, found that while many children were ignorant about the nations of the world, nearly half were "very concerned" about the environment.

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"...while many children were — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-22 21:23

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P.C. Ramadam in The UK Police

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Submitted by Sandi on Sun, 2006-10-22 04:51

Two interesting stories in one here.

University officials are to launch a "counter-terrorism" group to tackle the spread of Islamic fundamentalism on campuses. "Officials at every university will work with the Government, the police and the security services to monitor the activities of Islamic student societies that might be targeted by extremists. Barry Jakeman, the head of security at the University of Surrey and chairman of the group, said that extra vigilance was essential in light of growing concerns that terrorist organisations are recruiting from campuses. "We know that leading figures in the terrorist field have studied at British universities and, because of our large population of international students, we are vulnerable," he said.

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Flirting with Friedrich

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-22 00:18

[First published in The Free Radical]

"Be Thou Thyself, that which thou art!"

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Illiberal Nietzsche — by F L Light on Sun, 2006-10-22 04:00

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Nietzsche and the Nazis by Stephen Hicks

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Submitted by seddon on Sat, 2006-10-21 21:15

What follows is not a review of Stephen Hicks’ new video NIETZSCHE AND THE NAZIS but rather a recommendation to buy it.

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Philip — by seddon on Tue, 2006-10-31 15:14
Academic Writing — by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-10-31 01:05
Linz, — by seddon on Sun, 2006-10-29 13:08

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Saving Versus Hoarding

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2006-10-20 23:50

Saving is the use of revenue or income by a business or individual for purposes other than expenditure on consumers’ goods (or consumers’ services). It is revenue or income that is not consumed.

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Some points to consider — by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-10-22 03:36
Keynesianism on saving — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-10-21 17:41

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