In Good Company

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Mon, 2005-12-19 20:39

So I watched this movie last night entitled "In Good Company" and honestly I can only remember one portion of it. At the climax of the movie, the father character stood against the CEO known as Teddy K. and gave an empassioned speech regarding the treatment of people as people and not as objects. He continued to comment on 'bottom-line' thinking and how that affects morale.

I have often heard commentary from my own employees, although rarely so passionate. And honestly, I can't say that I disagree. But I suspect that my motivation is slightly different.

In my company, and I suspect many others, I'm often faced with the decision between how to keep people happy and satisfied in their job and my own responsibility to complete projects within the designated budget. I of course work for me, but as a result I produce for the company and that is why they keep me employed.


R. W. "Bill" Bradford, RIP

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Submitted by jriggenbach on Mon, 2005-12-19 19:35

I received the following e-mail about twenty minutes ago:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dear friends,

I am grieved to tell you that R.W. Bradford, founder of "Liberty," died
on Thursday, December 8, at his home in Port Townsend, Washington. He
was 58 and had fought heroically against cancer for many months.

Bill was surrounded by friends and family, and by the good wishes of his
many friends throughout the world.

An upcoming issue of "Liberty" will feature a commemoration of Bill's
life. His work will continue.

Stephen Cox
For "Liberty"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stephen Cox, professor of English at the University of California at San

Recent Comments:
Bill — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2005-12-19 03:04
"Bill initiated an — by milesian on Mon, 2005-12-19 01:04
I worked for RWB — by algernonsidney on Sun, 2005-12-18 23:47

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The social implications of fuzzy-facedness

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Mon, 2005-12-19 10:03

I'm growing a beard.

The first comment I received about this personal statement was from my girlfriend. It went something like this, "You look great either way, but you look better with it trimmed."

Well I'll be damned. You see, I don't understand where this began, but I'm pretty sure where it will end. This sort of social convention is completely baffling to me. Do people think that my unwillingness to shave makes me a lazy person? Or maybe having my face hidden (naturally, I might add) makes me dishonest?

Well I say screw that. Shaving is a serious pain in the neck. And if anyone can disagree with this, then I invite them to step up. I won't even limit this to men since women have just as much of a difficult time shaving their legs (although they may argue this point).

Recent Comments:
Damn apostrophe's — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2005-12-22 16:41
Priorities — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-22 09:10
Damnit! — by Joe Idoni on Wed, 2005-12-21 10:43

Ahh

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Sun, 2005-12-18 23:03

Well it seems that there is either no one in Maryland except myself -or- no one wants to go bowling. I can't imagine that it's the latter Smiling, so until someone steps up to coordinate for other areas, I would like to invite the Washingtonians and Virginians to speak up! I know you're out there.... If there is just one, then I will immediately set a recurring meeting date.

And I promise that bowling will not be involved.

Idoni

Recent Comments:
The congratulations should — by Tim S on Wed, 2005-12-21 09:59
Damn Rght — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2005-12-20 22:38
SOLO-UK — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2005-12-20 20:16

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This week's best from the blog that's 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2005-12-18 21:58

Here's your chance to catch up on some of the best posts from PC's blog this week, and to send this link of the week's best to everyone you've ever met.


Friend of a Friend

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Submitted by Marty on Sat, 2005-12-17 10:25

 

It mattered that he lived and died -

A wild, kicking stallion,

Who lusted, laughed, defied and cried

He roared like a battalion.

 

Friend he was to a friend of mine -

A rock! a tower! giant of a man!

In a flash, he lost life number nine

But he left a trophy in the race he ran  

Of wisdom and warmth, of dance and song

Of memories, legends, wise words to impart.

His scroll unfurls in a banner so long

Writ with his soul and sealed with his heart.

 

Soar to the stars, friend of my friend

Recent Comments:
Art — by Marty on Wed, 2005-12-21 09:26
This is beautiful Marty. — by Tim S on Tue, 2005-12-20 10:13

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Discussion And Knowledge: A Case From The Philosophy Of Law

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2005-12-17 02:55

One of my favorite quotations was from Nikola Tesla: "Be alone - that is how ideas are born." And then I learned from experience that ideas are often born from and refined by discussion. Like most people here, I first joined Internet (then usenet) discussions for social interaction, and to get questions answered by people who had information that I didn't have. But I soon discovered that if I kept my mind open to hints, discussions often led to solutions I could not have arrived at, sometimes as quickly and sometimes at all, by being alone.

A recent discussion here on SOLO makes a good case study in how this process works. Ayn Rand did not develop a philosophy of law as such, but her occasional statements in this area indicate that she considered it a fertile field for the application of Objectivist epistemology, ethics and politics. In particular, her position on the conditions for ethical application of the death penalty, as published in The Objectivist Newsletter, appeared to be a good starting point for understanding the epistemological underpinnings of rational and ethical decisions in the area of criminal justice.

Recent Comments:
Aloneness does not mean — by Robert Malcom on Mon, 2005-12-19 18:27
A different approach — by sjw on Sun, 2005-12-18 19:13

Article About Censorship of Rand's Books in the Phillippines

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Submitted by Casey on Fri, 2005-12-16 22:25

http://www.humaneventsonline.c...

Here is a fascinating article about how Ayn Rand's books were banned in university libraries in the Phillippines. Not all Rand-bashing emanates from the Brandens, of course, and not all Rand-defending consists of Branden-bashing, either. This is definitely worth a read!

Recent Comments:
Urban Legend — by AdamReed on Mon, 2005-12-19 05:02
AdamReed, to be honest, I — by Titan on Mon, 2005-12-19 04:41
Erik - you write, "in French — by AdamReed on Mon, 2005-12-19 03:13

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Machan's Musings - Capitalism and Environmentalism

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Submitted by removed on Fri, 2005-12-16 19:37

Political outlooks rarely get put into practice completely, without many compromises made in their principles. Even Soviet-style socialism had a lot of free market elements interspersed with it when nearly 40% of farming was done on the black market. And there is no such thing as capitalism in America or anywhere else, not full-blown, no-holds-barred laissez-faire capitalism.

Still these political visions can be tested by way of thought experiments and some careful history, to see which would be best to try to achieve in practice. And one of the major challenges put before champions of a fully free, capitalist political economy comes from those worried about environmental degradation.

Recent Comments:
Correct, Tibor, and let's — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2005-12-17 08:51

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An Honest Man in Hollywood

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Submitted by Max on Fri, 2005-12-16 13:20

This is a blog-entry by Ron Moore, screenwriter for ST:TNG, ST:DSN and BG (which is SF slang for two Star Trek franchises and Battlestar Galactica), who happened to be an amateur in the writer's business, but still got a job for one of the big studios. And the impression he recounts in this entry may be especially interesting to the Objectivist crowed, because it shows an honest truthful man inside a snake-pit of liars (well, Hollywood). It reminded me of Dagny's situation in Atlas Shrugged, so here is the link:

http://blog.scifi.com/battlest...


Machan's Musings - Hollywood, History, and Economics

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Submitted by removed on Fri, 2005-12-16 01:58

When Plato warned that artists cannot be trusted about truth because they deal with images, fantasies, not facts, he could have been talking about today’s Hollywood celebrities who are making movie after movie feeding the public half-truths and out-and-out misinformation. The latest one to join in this orgy of anti-capitalism and Neanderthal economics is George Clooney. Frankly I liked Rosemary much better since she tended to stick to what she knew something about: singing. George is now out there, taking over Martin Sheen’s role as the wise political sage who will awaken us to what we need to know about world economic and political affairs.

Recent Comments:
Hollywood and political fantasy — by removed on Mon, 2005-12-19 16:53
Hollywood as Fantasia — by Mark Humphrey on Mon, 2005-12-19 00:45

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"Tailgunner Joe" reviews King Kong

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Submitted by tailgunner_joe on Thu, 2005-12-15 22:09

Peter Jackson is an odd animal. His first three movies proved that, given dedication, drive, vision and a sense of humour, he could indeed make amusingly bad, unconvincing, off-the-mark parodies of splatterpunk movies. Heavenly Creatures was good, but he went straight from that to a harmless bench-piece he knocked out to demonstrate that he had the chops to re-do King Kong—but had to take a long, involved, three-picture detour when the re-make of Mighty Joe Young monkeyed Hollywood out.

His most notable failing, however, is his singular inability to grasp or respect any pre-existing narrative. The Parker-Hulme murder is a fascinating story, but he filmed it as a vehicle for Richard Taylor’s blandly impressive special effects. And this is, let’s not forget, a man who just spent five years trying to make a comic-book movie out of a 1,100-page discussion of socio-linguistic teleology. Giving him one of cinema’s most beloved properties as a vanity piece is an odd move indeed.

Recent Comments:
TGJ, Proof of One Thing — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2005-12-21 20:50
PJ has balls! — by Marcus on Wed, 2005-12-21 20:03

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Emerson and "compelled" testimony

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Submitted by removed on Thu, 2005-12-15 21:54

The following is actually wrong: "Emerson called consistency the bugbear of small minds." Emerson said that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" (http://www.bartleby.com/59/3/f...).
As to compelling information of a crime or testimony about it, it is arguable and fully consistent with the principles of citizenship in a free country that when a matter of justice is at hand, anyone who is aware of material information has in fact committed himself or herself to making that information available. Anything else would be obstruction of justice. This is a complicated matter, of course, which cannot be fully hashed out here.

Recent Comments:
None of this "we" bit for me! — by removed on Sat, 2006-01-14 04:55
Don't Feed the Troll — by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-01-14 01:08
Government, States, and Credit Where It's Due — by jriggenbach on Sat, 2006-01-14 00:37

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The Pope, Objectivism ... and "The Best Within."

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-15 05:18

[Reprised from SOLOHQ]

Recent Comments:
O/ism & Xianity — by 0 on Wed, 2011-10-19 11:40
Good — by James Heaps-Nelson on Sun, 2005-12-18 02:36
That which is true of — by Robert Malcom on Sat, 2005-12-17 22:20

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Gay Films

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Wed, 2005-12-14 19:53

I started a thread on this at the old SOLO. Got a lot of informative info thought it was worth reposting.

I may as well be honest about my reasoning for this... in my comic the first and highest profile romantic couple in my comic is a lesbian couple... not being a lesbian myself, I'm positive that without proper research I'm going to be getting things wrong right and left.

Recent Comments:
Beautiful creatures? — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2008-01-14 06:39
Transgender Films — by thewingmaker on Sun, 2007-04-08 19:21
Priest — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2007-04-01 23:44

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Machan's Musings - Death Penalty for a Reformed Man

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2005-12-12 22:32

The decision by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger not to commute the death penalty sentence of multiple murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams was as right and it could be under the circumstances. The case had attracted much attention because the man had been something of a model prisoner though not because he had asked forgiveness—he never admitted to the crime—but because he had become a rather well-regarded children’s book author.

Whatever the details of this case, there should be no death penalty, however. Not because some people do not deserve it or it’s cruel or barbaric but because we ought to reduce the chances of a mistake as much as it is possible. It’s a matter of prudence, not justice. (If we had infallible knowledge, it would make sense, though. But we do not.)


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Trade versus Conquest

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2005-12-12 21:47

Here's a lesson from history on the subject of trade and conquest, and which one of the two methods of inter-human interaction works best. Think about it:

Recent Comments:
That's presuming — by Robert Malcom on Sun, 2006-01-08 22:51
A very eloquent example — by Phil on Sun, 2006-01-08 06:46
Excellent Post — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2005-12-14 19:48

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Happy Birthday, Frank!

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2005-12-12 06:34

Born on 12 December, 1915, if Francis Albert Sinatra hadn't died in 1998, he would be 90 years old today.

A man possessed of a magnificent, swaggering confidence, a supremely powerful yet wonderfully controlled & precise voice and a sense of life that manifested itself through his interpretation of popular song, dedication to his craft & a palpable ebullience that's inspired three generations of fans & imitators galore.

And in that spirit here are three of Frank's best swinging albums. Put these on for Christmas & let The Chairman of the Board rock your house the way only he can.

Happy birthday, Frank!

Recent Comments:
Jeff, yes, we have a couple — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2005-12-13 21:11
I have loved Sinatra for as — by seddon on Tue, 2005-12-13 17:45
Sinatra on DVD — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2005-12-13 15:44

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Volunteer webmaster needed

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2005-12-12 06:21

SOLO needs a third webmaster! Julian & I are both going to be away for much of the Christmas period & New Year, which means there won't be anyone 'on deck' to deal with technical problems.

So - is there a SOLOist out there with some time & expertise to donate? Please feel free to email webmaster@solopassion.com with any questions. If you're interested, we're running a PHP-based content management system with a SQL backend. There's little to no coding required on a regular basis, as most of the configuration handled through the CMS.

Any offers would be greatly appreciated, & would go a long way to lowering Lindsay's blood pressure Smiling


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Reprise—Provocative Post!

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Submitted by Casey on Sat, 2005-12-10 21:15

[Note from Linz: Here is a gauntlet being laid down by Casey Fahy.

Recent Comments:
Hmmmmm... — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-17 19:52
Edit — by eg on Sat, 2005-12-17 17:02
The same to you — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-17 10:10

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Homosexuality and Feminism in Objectivism

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Submitted by Stephen Whittington on Sat, 2005-12-10 10:47

From my limited readings of Ayn Rand's novels, it seems to me that her view of the female (as lesser than the man - at least, that's the case that Nathaniel Branden formulates) is somewhat bizarre. If this is the case, does this suggest women are of less moral worth than the male? If that is not the conclusion one can draw, then what is?

Recent Comments:
Ted - "Tekla" — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-10-05 18:12
I'd love to pick your brain at dinner some time — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-10-05 09:37
Ted - "Sookin" — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-10-05 07:34

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New Web site for TOC

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Submitted by bidinotto on Fri, 2005-12-09 18:30

The Objectivist Center has unveiled a brand-new Web site -- updated, more contemporary, far easier to navigate -- at:

www.objectivistcenter.org

The Objectivist Center

A vast archive of information about Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and TOC is available on the site -- including all past issues of its magazines Navigator and The New Individualist. The separate Web site of The Atlas Society has also been folded into the new design.

Enjoy!

Robert Bidinotto, Editor,
The New Individualist

Recent Comments:
New TOC web site — by Kenny on Mon, 2005-12-12 21:15
Latest TNI — by bidinotto on Mon, 2005-12-12 18:49
I assume that latest issue — by Robert Malcom on Mon, 2005-12-12 03:03

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Submitted by Titan on Fri, 2005-12-09 03:42
Recent Comments:
A LOT! — by Titan on Fri, 2005-12-09 19:30
How many do you need to — by stormyeyes on Fri, 2005-12-09 15:00

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SOLO Announcement (2005-12-09)

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2005-12-08 20:14

Hi guys,

We've made a few changes that should be of interest.

1. SOLO Blogs
I've enabled personal blogs. This means that besides the likes of articles and forum topics, you can now also add personal blog entries. You can access your blog via the menu item 'my blog', on the side. Other SOLOists can comment on your blog entries, as in the forum. Each personal blog also has an RSS feed. As with forum topics, editors can promote good blog entries to the front page. So, if you don't have a personal blog yet, unlike the esteemed and prolific blogger, PC, then feel free to make SOLO Blogs your home on the web. Have fun! Smiling All blog entries will be viewable here: http://www.solopassion.com/blog


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The very best of this week's 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2005-12-08 10:03

Here's just some of the scintilating, sparkling and occasionally excoriating writing you've missed at 'Not PC' this week by not tuning in as regularly as you should. Don't let it happen again!

Freezing their globes off in Montreal - when warming meets cooling
If you've been wondering why the UN's Montreal mega-conference on Global Warming has received little coverage -- "what f'ing conference?" I hear you cry -- Rex Murphy has the answer. "Probably because of the cold weather," he says half seriously...

Recent Comments:
Thank you, sir — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2005-12-08 23:07
Ecological ship travel — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2005-12-08 22:15
Outstanding! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-08 21:05

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Latest phrom Phunny Pharm Homofobes

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2005-12-07 09:25

Hard on the heels of Phirehammer's repherence to phags, his selph-outing as the bigot I already knew he was, comes this from Monart Pon. This sort of stuff used to be standard from ARI types, including notorious closet cases. Largely, they've gotten over it. Monart & the Phirehammer Phlakes are now carrying the torch for mediaeval ignorance. Read & weep:

'The truth is this: Perigo, contrary to his boast of being "rationally passionate" and "passionately rational", is neither rational nor passionate -- not consistently so, not when it really counts. Claiming to be a "sense of life objectivist", he's trying to act out a self-contradiction. Objectivism is a philosophy, a wisdom of mind, a system of thought. A sense of life is a (fundamental) feeling in regards to one's life; it's not a philosophy. To feel one's way to wisdom, to philosophy, is to pervert one's mind and, consequently, also pervert one's sense of life. Thus, Perigo hides from the truth when it clashes with his feelings, unless admitting a truth serves to hide another more frightening truth.

Recent Comments:
I'm not surprised. — by stormyeyes on Thu, 2005-12-08 18:47
LOL — by Adam Buker on Thu, 2005-12-08 18:36
Great senses of humor — by atlascott on Thu, 2005-12-08 14:33

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Machan's Musings - Rights, the Constitution, and the Ninth Amendment

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Submitted by removed on Wed, 2005-12-07 03:52

Before the US Constitution there was the Federalist Papers and before that the Declaration of Independence and before that John Locke’s political works and those of some others. The lineage involved most fundamentally a theory of basic human rights—natural rights, as Locke had called them, meaning they exists as a feature of our very humanity and membership in a human community.

There was debate as to whether any of these rights should even be listed in a constitution lest people in the future would think that only the listed ones exist. So as to disabuse people of this notion, the Ninth Amendment was crafted saying that unenumerated—that is, unmentioned—rights exist, let’s not forget it.

Recent Comments:
Brilliant article! — by atlascott on Tue, 2005-12-13 17:07
Reply to Duncan Bayne — by removed on Mon, 2005-12-12 12:56
Yeah, to the front page. — by stormyeyes on Sun, 2005-12-11 01:36

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Machan's Musings - Saddam Hussein Learned from Richard Rorty

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Submitted by removed on Tue, 2005-12-06 20:33

Machan's Musings - Saddam Hussein Learned from Richard Rorty

Tibor R. Machan

In his very instructive book Natural Right and History the justly famous classical political scientist Leo Strauss—sometimes credited with (or blamed for) neo-conservatism—makes the point that without firm standards of right versus wrong, all that can count in the determination of right and wrong is who is being earnest—whose is “a resolute or deadly serious decision.” Here is how he put the point:

If there is no standard higher than the ideal of our society, we are utterly unable to take a critical distance from that idea. But the mere fact that we can raise the question of the worth of the idea of our society shows that there is something in man that is not altogether in slavery to his society, and therefore that we are able, and hence obliged, to look for a standard with reference to which we can judge the ideals of our own as well as of any other society. That standard cannot be found in the needs of the various societies, for the societies and their parts have many needs that conflict with one another; the problem if priorities arises. This problem cannot be solved in a rational manner if we do not have a standard with reference to which we can distinguish between genuine needs and fancied needs and discern the hierarchy of the various types of genuine needs. The problem posed by the conflicting needs of society cannot be solved if we do not possess knowledge of natural right.

Recent Comments:
I think Shadia Drury got it — by removed on Fri, 2005-12-09 14:27
More on Strauss — by Pete L on Fri, 2005-12-09 04:00
Leo Strauss and neoconservatives — by Mark Humphrey on Wed, 2005-12-07 18:44

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New Site Features

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Submitted by JulianP on Sun, 2005-12-04 23:57

Hi fellow SOLOists,

I hope the first half a week or so of the new face of SOLO has been enjoyable. Smiling We have been tweaking things as we go, incorporating some good suggestions.

Recent Comments:
Stars — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-03-28 12:18
Bells, Whistles...Stars? — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-03-28 03:19
Sorry ... — by Christy L on Tue, 2005-12-06 21:12

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This and That

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2005-12-04 21:40

[Listen to this announcement]

A few reflections after the first few days of SOLO's new incarnation here at SOLOPassion.com:

There was some debate prior to the rebirth as to the legitimacy of "entertainment" as a value on a site like this. For me there is no debate. If SOLOPassion is not entertaining, it is falling down on part of its job—to educate and inform in an entertaining way. There is no entertainment/education dichotomy here. "Entertaining" doesn't necessarily mean "creating a laugh a minute," though humour is decidedly a value here also—it does mean educating and informing in a way that is stimulating and arresting, rather than in a cold monotone more suited to academia or people who have no sense of life-and-death urgency about the material they are purveying. The writers we have assembled here are all skilled in telling their story in a captivating way because they are passionate about it, and that's the way it'll stay. So yes, this is, unashamedly, an entertainment site—but of course, it's not just an entertainment site. Sassy, saucy, sizzling ... and salutary. That's SOLO.

Recent Comments:
Full set of dags accounted for — by Marcus on Wed, 2005-12-07 21:58
Whoever he is?! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2005-12-06 20:46
Bravo, who ever you are! — by Ciro D Agostino on Tue, 2005-12-06 16:08

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