Linz & James Valliant

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Submitted by JulianP on Sat, 2006-07-08 08:06
Linz & James Valliant

Taken during Linz's July 2006 visit to California.

Recent Comments:
Linz wore an elegant red shirt — by Casey on Sun, 2006-07-09 08:09
California dress codes — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-07-09 07:50
RSS - attn Jason — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-07-08 08:40

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My Answer to Brandroids: In Praise of Objectivist Rage—(Valliant Book-Signing Event, Borders, Orange, July 6, 2006)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-07-08 06:37

28:21 minutes (4.06 MB)
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I review 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2013-01-06 18:27
Clown Prince Valliant — by Neil Parille on Tue, 2012-12-25 21:11
Brings Back Memories — by Neil Parille on Tue, 2012-12-25 16:31

Atlas Shrugged and A Bombs

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Submitted by Ross Levatter on Sat, 2006-07-08 06:10

Over on JT Gagnon's blog on "Rand on Force and Foreign Policy," now running to over 250 responses (many of them actually substantive), I posted the following "literary challenge" relating to Atlas Shrugged. It didn't draw much response there, I suspect because it got lost in the flame war. So I thought I'd see if it interested anyone as a separate blog item.

Recent Comments:
Bombing American cities — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-07-19 22:34
I make it up as I go along, — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-07-15 08:50
George — by Ross Levatter on Sat, 2006-07-15 08:16

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Alan Duff rips into dole bludgers

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Submitted by JulianP on Fri, 2006-07-07 22:40

Alan Duff, author of 'Once Were Warriors', rips into the touchy-feely and wrong-headed culture of welfarism in a brilliant interview with bFM's Simon Pound.

He also eviscerates John Tamihere's proposal for another level of nanny-ing bureaucracy when it comes to handing out the dole.

His solution is just to get rid of the dole completely. He says that other people are not entitled to your money, just "for existing". Right on Alan!

There are so many good parts, I don't even know where to start. Just listen. Smiling,13050,

Score one for common sense!

Recent Comments:
Gov't and the Mentally ill — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-07-17 01:36
Rex, It is not the — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-07-14 12:15
Dole or jail? — by Rex Wilkinson on Fri, 2006-07-14 03:56

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Game theory - moral theory connection

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Submitted by John Drake on Fri, 2006-07-07 18:59

Many months ago, while reading Viable Values, I had scribbled on the bottom of p. 36 "Game theory = contractarianism."  As I was re-reading that chapter recently, I couldn't remember what exactly about that section triggered the game theory connection.  Today, however, I found that it was dead on the mark.  Morals by Agreement, written by Gauthier and quoted by Smith as a prominent Contractarian philosopher, has a chapter on Bargaining and Justice where he base's his arguments for justice on game theory.  There it is, in black and white, the connection between the two.  Part of me is just tickled that I was able to pick up on that connection without having it explicitly spelled out for me.  The other part wants to give major props to Dr. Smith for her wonderful analysis and dead-on description that allowed me to reach that conclusion.

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Like to see you try — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-07-17 10:27

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Anniversary of London bombings

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Submitted by Scott Wilson on Fri, 2006-07-07 08:17


 That is what terrorism is about. The murder is simply the means to that end. Today exactly one year after I have posted this, 3 bombs went off within 50 seconds of each other here in London. One each on two Circle line trains, going off between Liverpool Street and Aldgate, and another at Edgware Road. A third bomb went off on the Piccadilly line between Kings Cross and Russell Square. A fourth went off an hour later on a bus in Tavistock Square. I catch that third line regularly, as my alternate route to work. The location where the bus bomb went off is also the location of the bus route I sometimes catch as well, if the tube is closed. This morning I took the usual convenient tube route that was not bombed, but I still thought about it.

Recent Comments:
"Our true enemies" — by Tim S on Mon, 2006-07-17 09:05
Our true enemies — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-07-16 19:23
Fuck them — by Tim S on Sat, 2006-07-08 16:59

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A Request about PARC

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Fri, 2006-07-07 04:43

As I wrap up my comments** on the various false friends of Objectivism, I have a request.

Over the past year and some, many people have substantially revised their judgments of Nathaniel and Barbara Branden upon reading Jim Valliant's The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics. I've been delighted to read various statements from various people on various corners of the internet. I would like to collect some of those comments, but I'd have a terrible time attempting to find even a substantial chunk of them. I'm also interested in any new remarks that anyone might have, whether brief or lengthy. (I'm not seeking to arouse further debate about the book, although I've no objection to that.)

Recent Comments:
Integrated — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-07-15 21:19
Integration — by R. Christian Ross on Sat, 2006-07-15 18:50

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Islamic Propaganda for Children

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-07-06 02:01

This video is a shocking example of the hateful, mind-destroying propaganda that is fed to Iranian children by their theocratic Government.

Recent Comments:
I have a collection from my — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-07-10 22:26
Thanks for the advice - I'll — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-07-09 23:23
Screenshot Windows Media — by gone on Sun, 2006-07-09 22:29

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"I'm so ronery..."

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-07-05 23:29

North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il, is at it again.

The vertically-challenged, voluminously-coiffured, Marxist funny-man, has launched a small phalanx of missiles into the Sea of Japan. Nothing important was hit but several bruised & pissed-off whales have been seen protesting on the surface. Someone call Greenpeace.

It's obvious that Kim Jong Il—or as some like to call him, Menta Lee Il—is feeling very left out of things. What with the Iranians & Al Qaeda stealing all the headlines recently, he must be feeling very... ronery.

Recent Comments:
Why Kim Jong Il is throwing missiles out of the cot — by Scott Wilson on Fri, 2006-07-07 08:25
Another Cox and Forkum fan! — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-07-07 05:20
Thoughtful Gift — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2006-07-07 00:53

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No Fourth of July Celebration at The New York Times/Pravda

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Submitted by George Reisman on Wed, 2006-07-05 22:15

The New York Times does not mention Independence Day on its editorial page. And there is no word of celebration of it on its Op-Ed page. What is present on the Op-Ed page is a further demonstration of that newspaper’s hostility to the fundamental values on which the United States was built.

One article, titled “Spinning the Revolution,” seeks to undercut the value of the American Revolution by presenting it not as the kind of great world-shaking event that it was, signifying for the first time in human history the establishment of a government dedicated to the protection of individual rights, but as a matter of mere “spin,” manufactured by a collection of writers and pamphleteers. In the same vein, it belittles the value Americans have rightly attached to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution by sarcastically describing those documents as being viewed as “sacred scripture."

Recent Comments:
Traitorous — by eg on Sat, 2006-07-08 07:19
If — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2006-07-08 06:03
"It is an alien publication..." — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-07-06 01:55

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My copy of The Free Radical arrived ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-07-05 21:25

You know how you'll pick up your average newspaper or magazine, leaf through it, and be pleasantly surprised if you find a single well written, rational, passionate, informative article? How you'll take that article and show it to friends, family and colleagues, pleased that someone has addressed an important issue with a level of care and thought rare in modern publications?

Well, my copy of the 71st issue of The Free Radical arrived in the post yesterday evening - and each and every one of the 72 pages is just like that - gripping, informative, and well reasoned.

Recent Comments:
It does look great. — by Casey on Wed, 2006-07-12 05:02
:-) — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-07-05 23:08

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Fred Weiss' Objectivist Credo

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Submitted by Ross Levatter on Wed, 2006-07-05 05:39

With apologies to Pastor Niemoller...

First they came for the drug users,
and I did not speak out much because, although clearly a rights violation, drug users really aren't rational people. And besides, we still had the right to protest in this country.

Recent Comments:
Kenny — by Ross Levatter on Sun, 2006-07-16 17:46
Wrong order — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-07-16 09:35
Yeah, Brant — by Landon Erp on Wed, 2006-07-05 23:54

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Today's Reprise—What TV shows did you enjoy as a youngster?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-07-04 03:47

Wisely, my parents postponed the purchase of a television until I was around 10 (and my brother 7). Nonetheless, we still watched a fair bit of television when visiting friends or relatives, and a fair bit more once we had access to our own set.

Recent Comments:
robin of sherwood was a — by michael fasher on Thu, 2007-05-24 07:04
i was just looking up the — by michael fasher on Thu, 2007-05-24 06:56
I think you'll find it was a — by CVert on Mon, 2007-05-21 19:40

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Reflections From New Orleans On Independence Day

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-07-04 01:35

Andrei Codrescu, the famed New Orleans author, once wrote: "It's so hot in Louisiana now that if you met an alligator he wouldn't even lift his head to scare you." Every time I read that line I'm convinced he must have written it in July. There's nothing quite like July in New Orleans. A sauna-like heat crawls over your body, dragging you into a slumberous haze. And if you're not used to it, you stay inside dreading the moment when you will be forced to head out into the vaporous mystery that is New Orleans.

Recent Comments:
Sounds sweet ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-07-05 03:34
Hell Yeah! — by Jon Coster on Tue, 2006-07-04 12:17
Happy 4th — by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2006-07-04 07:05

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"...our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-07-04 01:28

So pledged the Founding Fathers.

And, they meant it.

The fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence had everything to lose. They were professional men. Wealthy men. Landowners. Many with close ties to Britain. Many with families dear to them. Young like Edward Rutledge, 26, or older like Ben Franklin, 70.

Recent Comments:
Ever upward — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2009-07-04 16:57
"...our sacred honor..." — by Ptgymatic on Sat, 2009-07-04 06:54
Correction! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-07-04 06:32

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Book signing and discussion

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Submitted by JulianP on Mon, 2006-07-03 23:08

Look what showed up in the book calendar of The Orange County Register:

Recent Comments:
It's not much exaggeration — by Matt on Sat, 2006-07-08 04:54
Linz knocked it out of the park — by Casey on Fri, 2006-07-07 10:53
Details! — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-07-07 08:55

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Reason's Evangelist

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-07-03 09:11

[Reprised from SOLOHQ, originally broadcast on The Politically Incorrect Show]

Recent Comments:
Liberty of Speech — by Olivia on Wed, 2010-11-24 22:44
Phew! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2010-11-24 09:52
Hah! — by Mark Hubbard on Wed, 2010-11-24 09:51

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To Hate America Is To Hate Mankind

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Submitted by JulianP on Mon, 2006-07-03 06:25

There is a great article from the Telegraph today which rebuts anti-Americanism: To hate America is to hate mankind. Here is my favourite bit:

To dislike a country as diverse as America is misanthropic: America, more than any other state, contains the full range of humanity between its coasts. What binds its people together is an ideal encoded in America's DNA.

Recent Comments:
Jason: Thank you. — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-07-14 05:32
Rex -- Shut up. - Jason — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-07-14 04:22
Success — by Rex Wilkinson on Fri, 2006-07-14 04:19

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Village Objectivist

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Sun, 2006-07-02 10:37

In writing up my comments on the "village atheist" epithet this past fall, I noticed a striking similarity between that smear of the intellectually serious atheist and the common smears of principled, committed Objectivists as hysterical, moralizing, unthinking, cultish Randroids typically offered by many supporters of Nathaniel Branden, David Kelley, Chris Sciabarra, and the like.

Recent Comments:
Andre — by George H. Smith on Wed, 2006-07-05 21:57
Brant — by George H. Smith on Wed, 2006-07-05 20:49
Actually Andre, in case I — by Mark Tammett on Wed, 2006-07-05 19:25

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Inspirational Article about Atlas Shrugged Fan

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Submitted by JulianP on Sat, 2006-07-01 22:54

This short article about Joy Henry, a high-school student from Florida, reminded me a lot about the story of how Cherryl Taggart started out...

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July Update

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-07-01 19:56

At the start of this month I don’t have any major announcements to make.  However, we are a week or two away from making some very important announcements so I will probably be writing another update like this in the middle of July.  Overall site activity on SOLO has been strong and I am very pleased with the wide variety of discussions that are currently taking place all over the site.  

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Aaron Spelling: American Patriot?

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Submitted by MJ on Sat, 2006-07-01 06:50

So says John Powers. Read his tribute to Aaron Spelling here, or listen here.

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Alexis was terrific. Love — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-07-08 04:39
Dynasty. And Alexis. — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-07-08 00:58
True Classic — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2006-07-06 02:51

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Excommunication Won't Deter Catholic Stem Cell Researchers

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Submitted by Marnee on Fri, 2006-06-30 19:04
    Scientists who carry out embryonic stem cell research and politicians who pass laws permitting the practice will be excommunicated, the Vatican said yesterday.

Vatican vows to expel stem cell scientists from Church

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Wonderful to hear, MJ. I — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-07-01 06:53
Marnee — by MJ on Sat, 2006-07-01 02:06
Screw the church! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-07-01 00:38

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SUPERMAN RETURNS...the second Coming? (Mild spoiler warning)

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Submitted by JoeM on Fri, 2006-06-30 06:00

"Calling all citizens from all over the world/
This is Captain America calling/
I bailed you out when you were down on your knees/
So would you catch me now I'm falling."
-The Kinks

Ok, so I quoted the wrong song (This instead of the Kink's (Wish I could Fly Like) Superman. But the song remains the same, only the name has changed.

Recent Comments:
Hero to match the world — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-07-23 03:38
Motivation — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-07-22 00:20
How you like your heroes — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-07-21 08:22

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New York City - Big Aerials #1

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-06-30 05:38

Since Jennifer started her Freedom Tower thread, I've had a barely-contained desire to hi-jack it and turn it into a New York skyscraper expose.

So, I've begun my own Smiling

For a start, here's some high aerial shots of my love. They are severely scaled down. Please click on them to get the full impact. They'll open in a new window or tab.

Recent Comments:
click — by Brant Gaede on Mon, 2010-08-09 18:11
Permission — by kylejoconnor on Mon, 2010-08-09 17:37
Yes, Chi Town has it's own — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-07-01 00:22

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Darnton vs Clark

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Submitted by Bernard Darnton on Fri, 2006-06-30 02:17

Libertarianz' most exciting project for years has just been launched. As Julian said in his earlier post, yesterday I filed papers in the High Court in Wellington claiming that Helen Clark misappropriated public money to pay for some of her election advertising.

Recent Comments:
Good on you Bernard! — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-08-18 19:55
Teflon Party Politics — by Jameson on Thu, 2006-08-17 22:05
What really needs challenging — by Phil on Thu, 2006-08-17 19:58

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Justice and the Rule of Law -- Even for Muslims

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2006-06-30 01:51

Today's Supreme Court decision regarding Osama bin Ladin's driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan is a victory for liberty, justice, and the rule of law. It's also a victory for common sense and reason. And it's a victory for America and the world.

Recent Comments:
Exactly right, Richard. — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-07-06 16:12
Muddying the waters. — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-07-06 08:30
"If a terrorist has planted — by Aaron on Thu, 2006-07-06 04:25

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Activism: Public access and property rights article

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Submitted by JulianP on Fri, 2006-06-30 00:27

In other news, my article on public access and property rights was published in The Northern Advocate yesterday. You can read it here:

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My Adventures in Sri Lanka

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-06-29 21:00

Inspired by Jason's posting of his trip to China, I thought I'd post some of my own pics from my time in Sri Lanka last year. I spent 2 and a half months working in Colombo and Kandy on judicial reform projects - easily the most memorable time of my life. Sri Lanka, as you may or may not be aware, has suffered from a 20+ year long civil conflict, which - despite a ceasefire - is currently spiraling backwards into what could very well become a state of all out war...again. I hope this doesn't happen, as "the Resplendent Isle" is truly a captivating place.

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Rand on Force and Foreign Policy

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-06-29 19:54

In the circles I run in (and around, occasionally), I regularly encounter the debate over to what extent a government should use force in implementing its foreign policy. This may very well be one of the most oft-recurring debates of the last 5 years, and certainly ranks up there as one of the prominent issues of the last half-century, especially in the aftermath of two world wars.

Recent Comments:
LW — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-07-22 05:08
James — by LWHALL on Sat, 2006-07-22 04:03
LW — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-07-22 03:19

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