Objectivism and rage

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-08-10 05:57

I saw the link to Barbara Branden's presentation on the subject in a RoR discussion. There are points where I think I'd disagree -- namely with characterizations of particular individuals or their arguments where names are named -- though many of the general points look good, even though I didn't find them highly surprising or original; I've seen the kind of advice offered here presented in various forms by various people from different "factions" over the years, including Peikoff's much-lauded Understanding Objectivism. If you can, just for a moment, ignore the fact of who it is that's presenting (and associated issues as to whether the presenter follows the presenter's own advice or not, or has some agenda behind the words), and I'd like to see some commentary on whether the overall points are pretty good or not.

Recent Comments:
Then ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-08-10 06:24
Sorry, — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-08-10 06:15
Um, Chris ... hello? — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-08-10 06:13

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Remote History Program

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Thu, 2006-08-10 05:39

Earlier today, I posted some comments and an announcement about Scott Powell's new "Remote History Program" for homeschoolers. Since I just received this press release, I thought I should make it a thread of its own. And once again, I cannot recommend highly enough Scott Powell's "First History for Adults." I'm really enjoying it, mostly because I'm actually learning the essentials of history for the first time ever.

Recent Comments:
Thanks — by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-08-12 04:07
You can listen to Lisa — by Mike_M on Sat, 2006-08-12 02:09
Powelll in 'Hierarchy of Knowledge' article — by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-08-12 00:14

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Popular Posts at Peter Cresswell's 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-08-09 22:48

These are the top dozen most popular posts at the minute over at my main blog, 'Not PC':

Frank Lloyd Wright: Broadacre City
"Urban sprawl is one of the greatest enemies of good urban design," say some. I don't agree. Lack of choice created by a lack of freedom is the greatest enemy -- 'sprawl' gives people choices... Frank Lloyd Wright's 1932 concept of the 'Broadacre City' -- while somewhat nebulous, and by no means a libertarian vision -- demonstrates that sprawl is not the enemy.

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A request

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Submitted by John Drake on Wed, 2006-08-09 16:48

Does anyone know where I can find a copy of David Kelley's article "A Question of Sanction"?  The only electronic link to that article that I could find pointed to Wetheliving.com, which no longer exists.  So obviously, this link is broken:  http://wetheliving.com/boston/sanction.html

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A Question of Sanction — by Fred Weiss on Wed, 2006-08-09 17:24
Wow - that was quick — by John Drake on Wed, 2006-08-09 16:57
A Question of Sanction — by DianaHsieh on Wed, 2006-08-09 16:53

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Meeting Terry Goodkind & Yaron Brook too

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Submitted by William E. Perry on Wed, 2006-08-09 15:21

I met Terry Goodkind for the first time in Las Vegas recently. I attended a book signing, a "meet & greet" and a private party.

The book signing was the only one he will do for his new book _Phantom_. About 300 people attended. They were mostly hardcore fans. I met the hardest core of the hardest core who call themselves "fantards." They were called this in internet flame wars and adopted it as an act of defiance. Terry spends some time talking to each person when he signs a book. He doesn't rush people through. So this took a long time, but was worthwhile for his fans. I had a nice conversation with him. In fact I had to cut it off myself because it was late and we were holding up the line.

Recent Comments:
On the choice to read Terry — by William E. Perry on Thu, 2006-08-10 21:06
Intrigued — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-08-10 17:51
Reply to Phil — by William E. Perry on Thu, 2006-08-10 17:06

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The Counter-Protest Club

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-08-09 13:21

I am currently compiling information about pro-Israel and pro-Islamofacist protests in the NYC area.  I would like to organize a group to attend some of these functions and rally support for war against Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.  Anyone interested please respond to this post or email me through SOLO.

Recent Comments:
Jimmy Carter the Appeaser — by Dan Edge on Mon, 2006-12-11 15:15
My Letter — by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-09-15 17:30
Los Angeles Honors Islamic Propogandist — by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-09-15 17:03

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Two decades after the melt-down: Chernobyl, as it stands today

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-08-09 07:20

How time flies when you aren't being irradiated by accidents at government-owned & operated nuclear power stations. If you are old enough you might recall the day in 1986 (01:23 a.m. on April 26 to be exact) when the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant blew up. Note that unlike the privately-owned & profit-making civilian reactors in the West, this Russian reactor was built without a containment building. Another great example of Nanny-state working for the public good...

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All the News that's Fit to Fabricate...

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-08-09 06:09

Once again, the Main Stream Media has been caught in a lie. Hot on the heels of Memo-gate and plagiarism at the NYT comes the story that Reuters has been distributing doctored photographs of Israel's campaign to evict Hezbollah from Lebanon. The story is summarized best by Cox and Forkum. (Tips hat to Peter Cresswell.)

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Rob — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-08-09 14:52

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From ARI

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2006-08-09 03:52

FYI, we've updated our "About ARI" page to include the essentials of our State of ARI talks:


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Congenial Private Exchange — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-08-10 12:12
So, Luke ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-08-09 12:58
Graphics — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2006-08-09 11:48

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The Romantic Manifesto - Chapter 4: Art and Cognition - Music

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-08-08 23:31

I am hijacking the discussion for no other reason then I couldn't wait anymore to start on this chapter. What is Art? "Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value judgments." Art's purpose, says Rand, is to concretize "man's fundamental view of himself and of existence."

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** — by 0 on Thu, 2009-04-09 02:29
I just got the new Joshua — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-09-20 22:41
Identification — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-08-17 01:06

test (defunct thread)

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Submitted by eg on Tue, 2006-08-08 04:13

deleted by Brant


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Linz — by eg on Wed, 2006-08-23 14:38
Brant — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-08-23 08:32
Nice? — by eg on Wed, 2006-08-23 06:11

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Misunderstandings of Objectivism and the Search for Scapegoats

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Tue, 2006-08-08 02:24

Ms. Blair,

Your comments about Kathleen Touchstone’s book deserve a blog entry of their own.

You quote a flyer from University Press of America advertising her book.  (I received an identical flyer in the mail a couple of weeks ago.)

Recent Comments:
Liberty and Nature — by Robert Campbell on Fri, 2006-08-11 15:21
If I can find the time to — by Thomas Lee on Fri, 2006-08-11 04:30
Chris — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-08-11 01:32

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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: ARI and Misunderstandings of Ayn Rand

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Mon, 2006-08-07 15:02

Lindsay Blair's recent post deserves a detailed reply, so I'm going to make a separate blog entry out of it.

Ms. Blair,

You’ve made some strong statements.

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It's perfectly — by Thomas Lee on Sun, 2006-08-13 04:14
Oy! — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2006-08-13 03:01
Diana — by eg on Sun, 2006-08-13 01:58

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Three Cheers for Mel Smith, Defying Smoking Ban!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-08-07 10:18

Mel Smith, comedian from "Alas Smith and Jones" fame has defied the Scottish smoking ban, that prohibits him depicting Winston Churchill in a play smoking a cigar!

"Smith, who is a cigar smoker off-stage, criticised the law banning smoking in public places. He said: 'It would have delighted Adolf Hitler. Congratulations, Scotland.' He suggested that the audience could be warned before the show: 'A third of a Romeo y Julieta will be smoked during this performance. If you find that offensive, f*** off.'"

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JoeM — by 0 on Wed, 2008-12-10 02:57
Mel is righ, this smoking — by 0 on Mon, 2008-12-08 15:34
Rubbish — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-08-09 15:04

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Harassment: Is it ever force?

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Submitted by Pete L on Mon, 2006-08-07 04:36

My understanding of the Objectivist approach to law is that laws and government exist to secure the rights of individuals. The only way in which someone could infringe upon another’s rights is by initiating an act which violates the consent of another. We call this ‘initiation of force’ (IOF), and for the purposes of definition, IOF is taken to also include acts which aren’t necessarily physically coercive, such as various forms of theft and fraud. IOF is always immoral. Retaliatory acts of force, on the other hand, are of course moral: they are merely acts of self defense.

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Common Law and Conscionable Contracts — by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-10-22 12:15
Pete — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-08-10 05:31
Thanks for the feedback, — by Pete L on Thu, 2006-08-10 02:52

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Counter-protesting the Islamo-Fascists, Part II

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-08-07 04:05

Auckland Libertarian Tim Wikiriwhi and I attended the anti-Israel rally in Auckland with a different message: that Hezbollah are terrorists, that Israel is fighting a war of self defense, and that civilian casualties are Hezbollah's moral responsibility because they are the aggressors.

Recent Comments:
Can I hijack this thread — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Wed, 2006-08-09 12:31
Jesus James! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-08-08 01:55
Thank you! — by jdlimber on Mon, 2006-08-07 18:41

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Objectivist Talent Alert!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-08-07 00:27

"Edward Cline's Literary Achievement" by Nicholas Provenzo.

Read it here.

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Heeey I had no idea. — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-08-10 20:18
Signed copies — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-08-10 14:04
Get you signed copies while they're hott — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-08-10 06:05

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Strange but true: with Blair gone, Britain will be weaker

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-08-06 19:29

Bloody good article from former tory MP Michael Portillo, writing about the current Israel-Lebanon war and Tony Blair. Blair is frustratingly "bad-good" to use an Orwellian term. You just can't pin the bastard down - suddenly he's risen to the occasion once again on the issue - and is doing a good job (but for how long?).

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New Logo

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-08-06 11:16

SOLOists—as you'll see, we've put up a new logo. This is Glenn Jameson's design, though if anyone has an issue with the red, blame me. Smiling

If the blue strip at the bottom is not flush, hit Control + Refresh, or Shift + Refresh.

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Joe, Also — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-08-07 22:27
Yes — by Dan Edge on Mon, 2006-08-07 12:47
Holy Grail — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-08-07 01:01

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Executive Memo

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-08-06 09:23

At the Lord Mayor’s banquet in 1954, Winston Churchill declared: “For I myself am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”  Our world, fraught with the evils of pessimism and appeasement, stands on the brink - it may slide inexorably towards darkness or rise up in glory.  The result will be determined by whether individuals choose to think rationally and act or not. 

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Well... — by Craig Ceely on Wed, 2006-08-16 03:12
Brant & Rex ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-08-16 01:46
Linz — by eg on Mon, 2006-08-14 06:37

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Why I'm Here (And Not There)

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Submitted by eg on Sat, 2006-08-05 17:42

A poster on Objectivist Living thinks that someday I'll look around SOLO P and wonder why I'm hanging out with these people, implying I should be hanging out with a more congenial crowd. Another: certainly not with the likes of Lindsay Perigo who could crush me like a bug just by checking a box. They don't get it.

Recent Comments:
Claudia — by eg on Sun, 2006-08-06 07:08
Hey Brant? — by Olivia on Sun, 2006-08-06 06:28
Brant ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-08-06 00:38

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Red Wines of New Zealand

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Submitted by MJ on Sat, 2006-08-05 04:58

OK you Kiwi's, I've had some wonderful Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, but I've yet to drink any New Zealand reds. In fact, I haven't found any for sale in the wine shops I frequent. I'm tiring of Australian Shiraz; Can anyone suggest a good red wine from New Zealand (available in the States) that pares well with barbecued lamb tenderloins?

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Try Argentina and Chile — by Sandi on Sat, 2006-08-12 07:44
Jenn . . . — by User hidden on Wed, 2006-08-09 11:51
Of Interest — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-08-09 04:12

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Classical Experts: ID this piece, please

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-08-05 02:35

This is the site of Sonus Faber, Italian loudspeaker builders.

Sonus Faber

Let the main page load and you'll hear a lovely piece. Can anyone ID it for me? Or suggest similar?

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No, no ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-08-06 11:45
Is Vivaldi considered — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-08-06 09:04
To me that doesnt sound like — by Marnee on Sun, 2006-08-06 05:37

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Summer Travels with Leonard Peikoff

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Submitted by seddon on Fri, 2006-08-04 20:51

What did I do on my summer vacation you ask. I went to Galt’s Gulch, i.e., Ouray, Colorado. Since I drove, that means I had to find a way to use 36 hours of driving time for something more than watching white lines go by. So I took my IPod, filled with more music than I could listen to in two weeks, but, I also took Leonard Peikoff with me. Specifically, Volume Two of his The History of Philosophy, Kant to the Present. I got both volumes about 11 years ago and although I have listened to all 48 tapes at least twice, it has been a while since my last listening, so I decided now was the time, at least for Volume Two.

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Tom, — by seddon on Thu, 2006-09-28 16:44
Experience in Aristotle — by TRowland on Thu, 2006-09-28 15:58
Tom, — by seddon on Thu, 2006-09-28 13:59

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Vulgar Language

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Submitted by User hidden on Fri, 2006-08-04 15:59

I'm interested in why people get so upset at vulgar language. There are times when it is inappropriate (for instance, I know it would upset my grandma and I don't want to upset her, so I don't use it), but for times when I do want to say something ugly or do want to upset someone, why is the vulgarity of the language the focus rather than the sentiment? Why do so many people think it is wrong to call someone "Saddam's cocksucker", for example, but not wrong to feel huge amounts of anger and disgust at that person but express it politely? Basically, what are your opinions on vulgarity?

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Sgt Hartmann's tirade — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-08-18 02:37
Servicing Saddam — by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-08-18 02:29
Sgt Hartmann's tirade — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-08-11 22:56

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Counter-protesting the Islamo-Fascists

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-08-04 04:28

I am organising a counter-protest in support of Israel, to coincide with the anti-Israel protest in Auckland, New Zealand this Saturday.

Recent Comments:
Bravo, Dunc! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-08-05 09:48
Bloody good on ya Duncan (& — by Jon Coster on Sat, 2006-08-05 02:39
Amen. — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-08-05 01:26

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Letter to the Herald re. Rates & Socialism

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-08-04 01:14

With all the sheeple (well, all the productive sheeple who actually own their own property) in Auckland ranting about steep rates increases, I thought the time was ripe to point out that it's their own bloody fault ...

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Oh My! :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-08-03 22:35

Is this someone we know? Smiling

'Beyond the Words'

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Blair is all teeth and no bite

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-08-03 16:30

I am no fan of the British Monarchy, but this recollection from "the Times" of the late "Queen Mother" gives the impression that she was an incredibly clever and passionate women after all. She got Thatcher and Blair exactly right Smiling

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Indeed Marcus — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-08-04 16:42

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