Hudgins on Election

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2006-11-09 02:13

Report from the Front: Republican Election Fiasco

by Edward Hudgins

(In my article on "The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party" in the Fall, 2006 issue of The New Individualist I analyzed the likely results of a GOP turning more and more to big government, interventionist policies. In that issue TNI editor Robert Bidinotto's piece on "Back to the Future?" looked at the philosophical degeneration of the Republican Party. The results of the party's direction were seen at the polls in the 2006 elections.)

Recent Comments:
I wouldn't know, Kenny — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-11-09 21:00
I cannot agrree Chris — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-11-09 15:47
zzzz — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-11-09 05:19

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Wonderjock? What a crock.

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-11-09 00:06

You'd really have to wonder at the psychological shortcomings of any man who would buy a pair of these:


Recent Comments:
The wonderbra (TM) actually exisits — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-11-13 18:02
We're Bigger than Aussies (where it matters) — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-11-13 09:25
That's very true, Kenny. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-11-10 23:44

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ARI's Epstein—What We Owe Our Soldiers

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2006-11-08 20:01

The Ayn Rand Institute

What We Owe Our Soldiers
By Alex Epstein

Every Veterans Day we pay tribute to our fellow Americans who have served in the military. With speeches and ceremonies, we recognize their courage and valor. But justice demands that we also recognize that we should have far more living veterans than we do. All too many of our soldiers have died unnecessarily--because they were sent to fight for a purpose other than America's freedom.

Recent Comments:
"Mark" and "the Tar Baby" — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-11-11 05:20
"Mark," — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-11-11 05:07
Shame on Shamir — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-11-11 04:55

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On Arsonists and Firefighters

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Submitted by TRowland on Wed, 2006-11-08 17:40

Jeff quotes Thomas Sowell's tag line "better a third-rate firefighter than a first-rate arsonist."

I suppose I'm to take the referent in the little tag line from Sowell's article to be, in the first instance Bush and, in the second, who? Surely not the Democrats, who haven't managed, for all their trying, to destroy America's Sense of Life (forget that the same sense of life elected a third-rate firefighter) or the terrorists, who, according to almost everyone, we could wipe out in very short order if we were fighting a real war.

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Take off, light up on smokers' airline!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-11-08 12:38

Very interesting article from Yahoo about the courageous German businessman starting up an all-smoking airline, Alexander Schoppmann.

Take off, light up on smokers' airline!!!

Recent Comments:
Maybe it'll work in Europe.... — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-11-08 23:35

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Kudos to all here who voted yesterday

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-11-08 11:59

Whoever won wouldn't have done so without your vote, so thanks for making a difference.

("I chose the Republicans and got the Democrats. In philosophical terminology, this is called having a choice.")

Recent Comments:
C'mon, Chris ... — by Robert Nasir on Thu, 2006-11-09 22:34
In Spanish — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-09 07:20

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Motormouth Jay Leno on taking risks

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-11-08 11:28

Interesting article. I didn't know that Jay Leno watched Top Gear or would even write for the Times (of London).


Recent Comments:
Me Too — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-11-08 22:42
Thanks for that... — by Robert on Wed, 2006-11-08 16:09

( categories: ) apologies...I might've spoken too soon...some good might have come out of this election

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-11-08 08:21

I'm reading some more coverage online right now- I'll confess; it's on Yahoo News, but the tone is a bit different than usual- and by different, I don't mean it's "positive". I mean that this seems to be a situation of "let's wait and see what happens"- as apparently many of the Democrats elected this year are apparently somewhat more conservative than all the psycho RINOS we've had in there up till least that's what the piece implies.

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Congratulations America—Tonight, You Failed

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-11-08 07:16

Well, it appears the results are in, and the Democrats wiped the floor with the Republicans in the House, and to make things worse, they're doing a number on them in the Senate as well.

What bothers me is that they did this having absolutely no message- other than more intense statism.

Recent Comments:
Bloomberg on the subway — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 14:47
Bloomberg on the subway — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 14:47
Now Is the Time — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-11-08 14:41

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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...

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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?

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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.

Recent Comments:
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)
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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,

Recent Comments:
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.

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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

Recent Comments:
<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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