I'm sorry

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Submitted by eg on Fri, 2006-07-21 00:02

okay.

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Ah, well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-21 23:02
Brant ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-21 08:09
Fuck, — by Casey on Fri, 2006-07-21 07:29

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Turgot on Progress and Political Economy

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Submitted by younkins on Thu, 2006-07-20 17:01

Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot (1727-1781) was a major political and intellectual figure in pre- revolutionary France. He was a man of wide-ranging intellectual interests and is considered to be a symbol or exemplar of the Enlightenment. A.R.J. Turgot was a well-respected social philosopher and political economist despite having written no books. He was a man of letters who was actively involved in pubic life. Turgot’s breadth of interest, enormous erudition, and powers of analysis and synthesis were of the highest order.

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References — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-07-23 22:45

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How Big Can You Think

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Submitted by Rex Wilkinson on Wed, 2006-07-19 20:53

To see life from the individuals point of view is thinking small.To include family and friends is about average but not many think about humanity.Most of us are far too busy chasing individual desires

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Why bash capitalism on a religion thread? — by personallydisinterested on Mon, 2007-12-17 18:01
Innovation incentive — by gregster on Mon, 2007-12-17 03:17
I'm not embarrassed! — by Rex Wilkinson on Tue, 2006-08-15 03:11

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Open-Mike Night for George & Tony Reveals ... Hard Sense and Straight Talking

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-18 04:17

If you haven't yet seen or head the video of Tony Blair and George W at the G8 summit discussing international events between themselves ... here's a transcript, courtesy of The Times. Videos are a little more difficult, but this site is loaded with them. What's more difficult to find is intelligent journalistic commentary on this.

For the site hosting the videos for example, the straight-talking seen here is a sign of the curtain getting lifted from the "moral majority" act. Glory be but someone should call what Hizbollah is doing is "shit" when shit is what Hizbollah is clearly doing, and clearly is.

Recent Comments:
Blackmail — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-07-22 22:42
Scott read my post — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-07-19 19:47
Thatcher — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-07-19 18:40

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Israel-Hezbollah: A War of Self-Defence

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-07-18 04:11

As Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning, if anywhere else had been attacked, if Chicago, Moscow, London, Paris or Berkelely, California had been attacked for example, then no-one would deny the right of the countries in which those cities reside to defend themselves. So why do citizens of those cities deny the right of Israel to defend its own citizens? Once again a Cox and Forkum cartoon (right) makes the point: the defence is being carried out against an undeclared proxy war controlled in Tehran and Damascus.

And once again, those defending themselves from violence are themselves criticised for doing what's necessary to end the ongoing violence of murder by mullah, and of war by proxy.

Recent Comments:
Over there — by eg on Fri, 2006-08-11 06:42
Fred — by LWHALL on Tue, 2006-07-25 13:40
That is Ok, in parts. This is far, far better. — by Richard Wiig on Tue, 2006-07-25 06:26

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Something Beautiful for Ayn

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-07-16 23:50

I left Auckland, New Zealand, on July 4 at 7.30 pm. I arrived in Los Angeles, California, on July 4 at 12.30 pm!

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Mr. Kay ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-07-23 12:29
Yes, please note!! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-07-21 00:12
Wow, that Jennifer! Hubba — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-07-21 00:04

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Trying to find a new home for one of my dogs ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-07-16 22:25

Today, I reached the sad decision that I'm going to have to find a new home for one of our dogs, Charlie:

charlie_sitting

Recent Comments:
Good on ya mate — by Phil on Fri, 2006-08-18 13:56
Charlie — by James Heaps-Nelson on Tue, 2006-08-08 01:28
Update — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-08-08 01:21

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Death to America! Death to America!

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-07-16 15:41

I think it is important every once and a while to watch the Friday prayer speeches delivered by Iran's Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Not only is the rhetoric absurd, but the frantic "death to ....." chants from the crowd are chilling. This is the leader of a large country and this is the propaganda which is orchestrated by the government and broadcast constantly on Iranian TV. Here are a couple of recent Friday prayer speeches made by Iran's leader in Tehran.

83670771-61.wmv

29227393-61.wmv

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I just edited your post ... — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-07-16 21:55

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All things lead to Iran...

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-07-16 14:10

I generally loathe the National Review, in part because of its religious mumbo-jumbo. However, Michael Leeden recently posted a fairly good article on the subject of the Middle East situation...Here's an excerpt from it:

Recent Comments:
Fred — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-07-23 21:05
LW — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-07-23 19:00
Fred — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-07-23 18:20

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War Philosophy and Current Events

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-07-16 04:43

These last couple of weeks have been quite turbulent. The world is a volatile place at the moment. North Korea is purposely starting trouble with Japan, America and South Korea. Israel has been attacked by state sponsored terrorists on various fronts and of course the Europeans have their heads in the sand as usual.

Recent Comments:
Win the war of ideas — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-07-23 22:08
I don't know what exactly — by Aaron on Mon, 2006-07-17 13:12
It's not that serious — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2006-07-17 10:58

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Homeopathy Is a Load of Voodoo Shit!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2006-07-15 14:27

NZer Jamie Whyte, criticises the stupidity of the British nationalized "alternative" health system that advises tourists that "Homeopathy" medicine can prevent Malaria based on no evidence at all!!!

Recent Comments:
Lindsay please call me Greg... — by Greg Mullen on Wed, 2006-07-26 17:44
And also . . . — by Lindsay Blair on Wed, 2006-07-26 01:04
Mr. Mullen: — by Lindsay Blair on Wed, 2006-07-26 00:52

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Poverty and Terrorism: Debunking the Myth

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-07-15 13:59

For years, individuals of varied political backgrounds have promoted the general notion that poverty is the root cause of war. The most recent incarnation of this idea is that poverty is the root cause of terrorism. Thus, proponents of this idea advocate a seductively simplistic solution to the problem of terrorism – assist impoverished nations in combating poverty. The means for achieving this end – usually put forth as substantial increases in foreign aid – is typically cast as the responsibility of the wealthy, particularly those enjoying the fruits of living in modern, technologically-driven, industrialized nations.

Recent Comments:
I agree with your comments John, — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-08-11 18:20
JT, LW, and Daniel — by Mark Dow on Mon, 2006-07-17 06:15
jt — by LWHALL on Sun, 2006-07-16 22:52

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Today's Reprise—Are Some SOLO Objectivists Secretly Hosperians?

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Submitted by Ross Levatter on Sat, 2006-07-15 08:49

In the latest (August, 2006) issue of Liberty magazine, an article by philosopher John Hospers appears, entitled "Remembrance of Things Past." Hospers, in 1990, had two articles in Liberty discussing his conversations with Ayn Rand. The current article relates further, as yet unrecorded discussions (or so says Hospers; for myself, I felt on reading the article that sense of deja vu that suggested I'd heard at least some of these stories before...)

Recent Comments:
Hospers and Rand — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-07-16 09:24
Aaron — by Ross Levatter on Sat, 2006-07-15 23:58
2) Draft - Hospers is wrong, — by Aaron on Sat, 2006-07-15 21:10

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Take The Moral High Ground

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-07-15 05:32

[Reprised from the SOLO-HQ archive, in small part, to provide succor to those poor SOLs sorely tested by that prehistoric reptilian species, Ignoramus Rex]

Ever get into one of those situations where some statist sympathiser is pontificating about the failure of the market, slamming individual choice and demanding some "corrective" action from government? And, you sigh inwardly, your eyes (and your mind) glaze over, and you think: Oh, dear, here we go again.

How many times have you avoided conflict by making some harmless observation, by moving away to freshen your drink, by turning the conversation to a less contentious subject? By remaining silent?

We’ve all done it. Some of us have even turned it into an art-form. But, remember what Edmund Burke said: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Recent Comments:
Glad you enjoyed it. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-08-29 04:01
Ross — by 0 on Fri, 2009-08-28 23:32
Hi Marnee, I see where you — by Jon Coster on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:15

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Greetings

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Submitted by Barry on Fri, 2006-07-14 04:30

Hello, my name is Barry. I'm fairly new to Objectivism, and I do think I have a very good understanding of it. But I certainly want to learn more, and so that's why I'm here.

I have spent the last month (off and on) reading the intellectual posts covering a diverse array of topics and it’s been very fascinating reading. I'm very excited to be here. I certainly hope to hold up my end in exchanging ideas and discussions. As to that, I do have a background in philosophy and history. But I don’t want to start my first post by flashing my credentials. Smiling

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"Barry" — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-07-16 19:15
Perhaps if Victor read more — by wngreen on Sun, 2006-07-16 13:40
Good Lord! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-07-16 10:18

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Hats off to Alex Epstein

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2006-07-12 12:39

Hats off to Alex Epstein from ARI. His editorials can be found at CapMag.com and I find them well worth my time.

Recent Comments:
ARI, "hawks" & Saddamites — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-07-16 09:39
George -- We would be happy — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-07-13 17:52
Alex Epstein offer — by George H. Smith on Thu, 2006-07-13 10:57

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Microsoft fined 280.5 mln eur

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2006-07-12 12:22

The European Commission fined Microsoft Corp a further 280.5 mln eur for continued non-compliance with a 2004 antitrust ruling. Apparently MS has yet to fufill "obligations to divulge information that allows non-Microsoft work group servers to achieve full interoperability with Windows PCs and servers." While in fact they have already been forced to release source code to competitors (!) and tried to take many other arbitrary actions put forth by the 'trustie' (thug holding the EUs club). They now face a 3 mil eu a day fine starting on July 31 if the commission feels so inclined.


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The Passion of Ayn Rand Movie

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Submitted by atlascott on Tue, 2006-07-11 22:44

I finally stooped way down and added this to my NetFlix queue.

I watched it.  What horror.  What horror.

Ayn Rand is depicted as calculating and delusional.  And rather a sex fiend.

Recent Comments:
Helen Mirren — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-07-22 23:03
You are right Casey — by Kenny on Sat, 2006-07-22 23:00
Good point Brant. — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-07-21 03:04

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Worse than 1984

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2006-07-10 22:02

The new poll on North Korea as well as the heated discussion on the principles of foreign policy have motivated me to gather more information on just what we are dealing with in North Korea. It is hard to imagine when reading through the material the depth of the evil on display. North Korea is a slave state.

Recent Comments:
Rex — by eg on Tue, 2006-07-11 21:49
Exellent indead — by Rex Wilkinson on Tue, 2006-07-11 18:35
I was listening to an — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-07-11 02:52

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Mid-Michigan Objectivists--July

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Submitted by Tenyamc on Mon, 2006-07-10 05:12

Below is the announcement of the July MMOC meeting from Chairman, Chris Evleth:

Greetings from on high!

It is once again time for the MMOC to gather at the home of Jack McHugh and regail each other with tales of our own genius. July's meeting is on Tuesday, July 18th. Social hour begins at 6, and the meeting will start around a quarter after 7. The topic is as follows:


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Taken in by a con-man

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-07-09 04:15

Well, well, well - what an interesting weekend.

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. — by 0 on Fri, 2012-03-30 07:27
Same Story — by 0 on Tue, 2010-10-05 23:45
More info on Ogle ... while — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2008-01-08 04:08

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"The Big-Bang Story of U.S. Private Business"

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Submitted by JulianP on Sat, 2006-07-08 19:10

Tax cuts good. So says Lawrence Kudlow in a RealClearPolitics article:

The Big-Bang Story of U.S. Private Business

By Lawrence Kudlow

Did you know that just over the past 11 quarters, dating back to the June 2003 Bush tax cuts, America has increased the size of its entire economy by 20 percent? In less than three years, the U.S. economic pie has expanded by $2.2 trillion, an output add-on that is roughly the same size as the total Chinese economy, and much larger than the total economic size of nations like India, Mexico, Ireland, and Belgium.

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Thats easy, becuase Bush — by wngreen on Thu, 2006-07-20 13:41
Greg — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-07-19 22:49
National Debt clock - this — by albertkint on Mon, 2006-07-10 17:22

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Summer Fun: What's your "Tiddlywink" music?

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-07-08 18:23

It's summer, time to take a break from the gestalts, the Barenboims, the Mozart effects and enjoy the music!

Something different than the traditional "what's your desert island disc" selection, since now we'd be stranded with iPods that would hold our entire collections.

Recent Comments:
summer music — by jdlimber on Thu, 2006-08-10 04:55
In the Mood — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-08-08 05:49
My tiddlywink list — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-08-08 05:47

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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

http://www.95bfm.com/default,13050,simon_pound_and_alan_duff.sm

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

Fear

 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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