UK Libz on Free Speech

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-08 23:52

In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Wednesday 8th February 2006
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The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil
liberties institute, today condemns the conviction of Abu Hamza
al-Masri, of 11 charges of soliciting murder and of stirring up

Recent Comments:
Now I'm Confusing Myself — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Mon, 2006-02-27 21:18
I wonder how advocates here — by Derek McGovern on Tue, 2006-02-21 10:15
Libel and slander are fraud — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Fri, 2006-02-17 13:59

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New Day, New Lesson

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Submitted by Alex Sagan on Wed, 2006-02-08 23:00

I am very vigilant when it comes to trying to extract as much information out of every experience that I have. Each day that is somewhat like the last still bears fruit, usually in more-than-manageable quantities.

However, I have only recently undergone some very large changes in my life; ending a relationship with a man who claimed to stand for an Objective viewpoint but lived his life in an entirely different manner (it took me a while to understand this, and I hope that I recall my past ignorance should the same situation rear its head in the future); beginning my graduate career in a field that takes my breath away with its magnificence, wonder, beauty and truth---mathematics (spec. mathematical physics).

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Welcome aboard, Abigail! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 00:42

Man vs Tree

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Submitted by Jameson on Wed, 2006-02-08 21:10

This whole George Bernard Shaw incident has exposed the worms gnawing into the pillars of life, liberty and private property.

When a man spends his life in work, converting his time and labour into material wealth, and the community declares that material to have cultural significance, the community appropriates his material, labour, time and ultimately part of his life.

That my community has deemed a tree's right to life to be more important than my own confirms the worst: this country has gone to the logs.

Glenn Jameson
Northcote Point

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Bert and Osama?

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Submitted by Marty on Wed, 2006-02-08 07:15
Recent Comments:
yep — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-02-10 08:09

Johansson and Knightley Naked on the cover of Vanity Fair

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-02-08 04:43

Oh boy! I think I need a cold shower!

Recent Comments:
I agree. — by stormyeyes on Sat, 2006-02-18 23:57
Alas, I'll never travel again... — by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-02-16 04:06
Pride and Prejudice is a — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:38

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Daily Linz 24 - It's the Integration, Stoopid!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:52

“A concept is a mental integration of two or more units possessing the same distinguishing characteristic(Drunk, with their particular measurements omitted.”

–—Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology

Somewhere in his prodigious output Leonard Peikoff tells a hypothetical story that is highly instructive. From memory, it goes like this: A group of men sit around and discuss whether it would be moral to rob a bank. The discussion rapidly degenerates into competing suggestions as to which bank might be the most practical to rob—which offers the most loot, the most lax security, the quickest escape route, etc.. The issue of whether they should or should not rob a bank becomes an issue of “Which bank are we talking about?” No one speaks up to say, “Wait a minute! We shouldn’t even be having this discussion. Robbing any bank would be wrong! It would represent the taking of other people’s property, without their permission, by force—force initiated by us. Initiating force is always wrong, if human life is our standard of right and wrong.” To say such a thing would require an ability to derive abstract principles from concrete life experiences and repair to those principles in evaluating possible future actions. It would require the identification of the same distinguishing characteristic in all the proposed robberies—initiated force—and their integration into the concept “wrong,” with a few narrower integrations along the way. Alas, people generally just don’t think that way any more. They don’t think in principles; they don’t integrate—the point of Peikoff’s story.

Recent Comments:
Thanks John — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:25
Proposition Accepted — by Bikemessenger on Sat, 2006-02-11 10:20
Agree to Disagree... — by jtgagnon on Fri, 2006-02-10 18:11

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Beyond The Glory

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Submitted by Ashley on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:41

I was watching FoxSports' "Beyond The Glory" tonight and saw one of their 5 part series on sex in sports. They were talking about homosexuality in sports, and then specifically the NFL. I didn't really watch it all, and I can't get the video to work on my computer, but here's a link:

It was interesting because they mentioned an NFL player who came out as gay in a magazine article in the mid-70's, and I think he came out after he retired although I am not positive. He said he thought he was opening a door for others, but apparently not because I don't think it has happened since. In the next segment NFL players were interviewed and gave many reasons that there won't be any openly gay active players in the NFL, including various sorts of peer discomfort and discord which would affect the "teamness" of the team.

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"I suppose it is up to every — by Robert on Wed, 2006-02-08 05:24

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One country. One law. One constitution.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:29

Another Waitangi Day in New Zealand and (no doubt) another set of protests and claims for more legal privilege. Another Waitangi Day in which the the usual parade of politicians and protestors confront and avoid each other, and the professional grievance industry discuss and issue their demands for the taxpayer to give even more -- (for those interested in such things, this year's fashionable demand seems to be for a separatist Maori General Assembly.)

Frankly, we don't need another taxpaid gravy train or another grievance industry or yet another charter for separatism or a forum in which to demand it; we simply need good law.

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Very good — by David Bertelsen on Thu, 2006-02-09 06:40

Left and right and other nonsense

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:27

I've tried telling you lot I'm neither left nor right (though you continue to put me on the 'Right' on your blogrolls). I've tried telling you that libertarians are neither Right nor Left, but 'North' (but I still hear people calling libertarians "extreme right"). And I've tried pointing out that your traditional Left-Right spectrum is simplistic and one-dimensional and blurs too many important distinctions to be worth a pinch of shite, as compared to the diamond-shaped 'Nolan' spectrum that has real depth, and great descriptive power. (See for example here, here and here, and that picture of NZ's political spectrum over there on the, ahem, right.)

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U2? — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-02-08 09:21

Liberty lost out in Costa Rica

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:23

I mentioned the Costa Rican elections on my main blog last week, and you might be wondering how the Costa Rican 'Libertarians' got on. Former Moviemento Libertaro activist Jorge has the news, and plenty of criticism. The MLs went soft in a bid for power over principle ... and the bid failed, and with it went the principles:

[Party leader and Presidential candidate Otto] Guevara and his group expelled the hard core libertarians, or as he called them “radicals”, from the party, saying that they were responsible for the impeding the growth of the party. He said that by becoming “moderate” they would move closer to the Costa Rican people, thereby gaining many more votes.

Cartoons and the Negation of Reason

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-02-07 20:01

“Faith … is the negation of reason.” (Playboy's Interview with Ayn Rand," Playboy, March 1964)

In September 2005, a Danish newspaper published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad wearing a turban shaped as a bomb. It caused great insult to Muslim communities in Denmark because it is against Islam to portray the Prophet Muhammad. In an effort to “internationalize the issue” Abu Laban, a Palestinian and former assistant to Gamaa Islamiya leader Talaal Fouad Qassimy, formed a delegation to meet with the Arab League, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi, and Sunni Islam’s most influential scholar, Yusuf al Qaradawi.

Recent Comments:
Thanks — by jtgagnon on Fri, 2006-02-17 18:26
Great post. Great thread. — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Fri, 2006-02-17 14:53
Attn Mr. Gagnon! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-16 21:47

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Angry photos

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 16:55

(Due to some of the discource going on in some of the threads on SOLO) I am reading these obviously hostile/agressive/angry posts, but there is a smiling-happy-person's picture of the person sending it. Perhaps we could have a few pictures that we could choose from while making a post: a happy picture, a jesting picture and an angry picture...or something akin to smiley icons? just a thought.

Recent Comments:
I was pissed when this pic was taken. — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-02-10 23:45
I have a mean looking face on ROR — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-10 01:16
Outrageous! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 00:55

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The first Brokeback Mountain cartoons

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-07 08:20

Lindsay sent these to me a few days ago ... in addition to being hilarious, they're also responsible for the "Post gay cowboy cartoons to SOLOPassion" entry in my scheduler Smiling

Recent Comments:
'Toons (no, not Mo-ham's) — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:44

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Daily Linz 23: Dining with the Enemy - Lunch with a Bishop!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-07 05:50

Daily Linz 23: Dining with the Enemy - Lunch with a Bishop!

by Lindsay Perigo

One of the (mostly) nice things about being a broadcaster is that it enables one to rub shoulders with the rich, the famous, the powerful and the influential. One of the nice things about being an Objectivist broadcaster is that it enables one to judge them unawed by their status, unblinkered by conventional bromides.

Recently I had lunch with a bishop. A Catholic bishop. Not a small-fry New Zealand Catholic bishop, but a Catholic bishop from overseas. A bishop who, if he has anything to do with it, will end up a cardinal. “No one deserves a biretta [cardinal's red cap],” he observed as we dined. “Except me. I’m working on it.”

Recent Comments:
Out to lunch — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:43
Ed, I think the official — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-02-07 08:00
Out to lunch — by Ed on Tue, 2006-02-07 07:34

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Activism: Waitangi Day

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-07 04:06

Well, I've just come back from the Libertarianz activism at Waitangi. Spirits ran high, but it was noticeably more peaceful than last year. Yes, there were the usual displays of tribalism, marching, chanting and a heavy police presence.

For such a small group of people, we always seem to attract a lot of attention. The big 'END WAITANGI APARTHEID' banner might have something to do with it. Smiling Usually people just stare and give us a wide berth. Some angry people sometimes berate us, but it was not nearly as bad as last year. And there were also the brilliant conversations we had with people who ended up agreeing with the common sense of what we said.

Recent Comments:
950 years Before Cook? — by David Bertelsen on Thu, 2006-02-09 06:30
Julian, — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:40
Thanks Linz! — by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:29

Dark Matter

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Submitted by Frizzy on Mon, 2006-02-06 22:57


I thought this might be of interest to people here.

An article on Dark Matter, which claims to have measured some aspects of Dark Matter.

Recent Comments:
My apologies, — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:23
No... — by Utility Belt on Tue, 2006-02-07 18:59
Theory versus Observation — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-02-07 18:27

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The Thinking Man's computer game ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-02-05 20:34

Recently, I've rediscovered a genre of computer game that I first came across as a child: the text adventure, or as they're more commonly known nowadays, interactive fiction. The idea is simple - there's a goal (say, preventing a missile launch, or simply surviving the adventure), many locations (known as rooms, even though they may be rooms, fields or dungeons), and a series of items you can collect or manipulate along the way.

Recent Comments:
If you're talking RTS... — by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-08-20 16:14
I tend to prefer turn based — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:58
Along the same lines, — by Andrew Bissell on Mon, 2006-02-20 00:20

Archive Relocated: The Writings of Ronald E. Merrill

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-02-05 06:02

I have finally re-located the web archive of the writings of the late Ronald E. Merrill. The archive is now at

and is linked from my university web page,


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Thank you Adam, you're — by Charles Henrikson on Mon, 2006-02-06 22:00

The George Reisman Blog

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-02-05 05:16

Dr. George Reisman, the eminent economist and Objectivist has in the last week initiated a blog.  It can be accessed at  His insights on current events and economic theory are highly valuable contributions to the fight for liberty and capitalism.

 - Jason

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Reisman is the MAN when it — by Titan on Thu, 2006-02-16 19:56

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Islamic Caricatures

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-02-05 00:39

It was bound to happen. The current hot debate over the cartoons depicting Mohammed, which is forbidden by Islamic law, illustrates once again the fundamental incompatability between western and Muslim culture.

A press release from the org Reporters Without Borders:

"Reporters Without Borders has appealed for calm and reason as the controversy over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed moved in disturbing new directions: "While we understand that many Muslims have been shocked by these caricatures, as Islam forbids any physical representation of the Prophet, there is no justification for calls for violence or threats of any kind."

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NZ Official Censor does it again.

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-02-04 07:31

I haven't had time to comment much lately, but here is an item so preposterous it even made headlines in the staid, US-based Chronicle of Higher Education. Some time ago, on old SOLO, I was told that I was unfair to New Zealand's chief censor, Bill Hastings, when I referred to him as a man so depraved that he would take on the job of censoring what other people are allowed to read. Last week, the same Chief Censor made it a criminal offense, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 (U.S.) or three months' imprisonment, to own or distribute any of the 5,500 copies of a

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OK — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 18:29
Again I say, Adam ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 10:23
An apology and a request — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 01:44

Selective Muslim outrage

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-02-04 03:00

Neal Boortz provides an excellent summary of the Muslim outrage over cartoons that mock Islam ...

Dead children. Dead tourists. Dead teachers. Dead doctors and nurses. Death, destruction and mayhem around the world at the hands of Muslims .. no Muslim outrage ... but publish a cartoon depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban and all hell breaks loose.

Come on, is this really about cartoons? They're rampaging and burning flags. They're looking for Europeans to kidnap. They're threatening innkeepers and generally raising holy Muslim hell not because of any outrage over a cartoon. They're outraged because it is part of the Islamic jihadist culture to be outraged. You don't really need a reason. You just need an excuse. Wandering around, destroying property, murdering children, firing guns into the air and feigning outrage over the slightest perceived insult is to a jihadist what tailgating is to a Steeler's fan.

Recent Comments:
Gotcha — by Joe Idoni on Mon, 2006-02-06 16:09
This site provides a — by Tim S on Sun, 2006-02-05 22:59
Flag burning *is* symbolic ... — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-02-05 20:05

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Roderick Long on "Ayn Rand's Left-Libertarian Legacy"

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Submitted by jriggenbach on Sat, 2006-02-04 01:03

The editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies makes some interesting points.


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Ayn Rand's 101 Birthday Celebration at New York Junto

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Submitted by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-03 22:28

I attended the New York Junto's celebration of Ayn Rand's 101st birthday last night and had a blast. Ed Hudgins talked about TOC's plans to use the new Bidinotto edited The New Individualist to influence Washington lawmakers and think tanks. Marsha Enright gave her spiel about plans for a new Objectivist College of the United States based on a Great Books curriculum and Ayn Rand's epistemology. Also Erika Holzer spoke by phone conference about her new book: Ayn Rand My Fiction Writing Teacher.

There were about 100 in attendance and a good time was had by all. Also, Marty Lewinter gave an excellent short presentation on the Development of Western Civilization through the eyes of Ayn Rand. We will have to nudge him to post it here at Solopassion Smiling.

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Machan's Musings - Revisiting Objectivity

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Submitted by removed on Fri, 2006-02-03 21:37

Revisiting Objectivity

Tibor R. Machan

In ordinary terms, to achieve objectivity one needs to check one's own
likes and dislikes and guard against their influence and also check for
influences coming from outside, such as flattery, on the psychological
front, or obstruction of visibility on the perceptual. To avoid bias one
needs discipline and self-understanding. If I know that I am partial to
those who are tall, blonde or athletic, while working as a teacher, juror
or judge, I need to make doubly sure that what I think of their
performance, the merit of their work or their legal status isn't based on

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Clarification — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-07 18:26
Shayne, — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 16:39
Clarification — by Wes on Tue, 2006-02-07 15:23

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Machan's Musings - Cultural Relativism and Freedom

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Machan's Musings - Cultural Relativism and Freedom

Tibor R. Machan

In one area, classical and modern liberals have tended to agree, namely,
that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, expression, speech, and
so forth. Both types of liberals have been supporters of the spirit and
letter of the US Constitution’s First Amendment (although modern liberals
have been known to cave in when it comes to the demands of political
correctness). At least when it comes to political ideas, both groups
champion the position that people may not be censored and otherwise
intruded upon in their beliefs and in their efforts to express these

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Announcing the SOLO Store!

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-02-03 06:55

I'm proud to announce the debut of the SOLO Store! As it stands, you can buy subscriptions to The Free Radical, and digital copies of Chris Sciabarra's monograph Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation. We'll be adding many more products added over the next few days and weeks ... stay tuned!

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Andrew Bernstein's "The Capitalist Manifesto"

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Submitted by sjw on Fri, 2006-02-03 03:20

There is some good stuff in this book. In particular I've liked the anecdotes of famous and not-so-famous capitalists (but I really did *not* like the short-shrift that Tesla, the man whose AC motors and other inventions largely power the information age, got).

However, not long after I started reading it, I found myself disappointed, and started skimming ahead to see if the book was going to include what I thought was so sorely missing in this class of writing.

Frankly, I don't think that Bernstein's book adds much in the big picture. I don't think it warrants the title. Rand's writing is sufficient to establish Capitalism as the only moral economic system. I really doubt that anyone who's not been convinced by Rand is going to be convinced by Bernstein.

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Phil — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2007-01-26 03:11
Jim I don't like lawyer-type — by PhilipC on Fri, 2007-01-26 01:46
Phil — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-01-25 00:05

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-03 01:10
Recent Comments:
Evader! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-03 08:38
From here on out I will just — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-03 04:15
Leave it there, leave it — by Ashley on Fri, 2006-02-03 03:53

Cue Card Libertarianism: 'No man is an island'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-02 22:36

No man is an island, says the poet... As for myself, I like to see myself as a sort of a peninsula -- with a good bar located near my connection with the mainland.

The thing with the 'no man is an island' argument is that those who normally use that line have a wrong idea about individualism. They have an idea that 'individualism' is some kind of 'atomistic individualism' -- another line frequently used. But a genuine individualism has no need to be 'atomistic'; one of the pleasures of life is interacting with others, enjoying the pleasure of their company (and their drinks cabinet), gaining knowledge from those who have it, and trading with others to help achieve our values. Life without other people would be a pretty miserable existence.

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Thank Tibor — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-02 20:25
Terminology — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-02-02 17:44

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