"Drug Use Is Not a Victimless Crime"

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 21:59

"Drug use is not a victimless crime" argued a friend recently. Drug users harm themselves and other people too, said my friend; they are all victims.

Well, as I've explained before, yes it is a victimless crime. Drug use may well make of the user a 'victim,' but as long as nobody initates force against another, no crime is involved. As I explain here, a crime is when somebody does initiates force, or its derivative fraud, against someone else:
Cue Card Libertarianism - Force

Recent Comments:
The Law — by Ashley on Wed, 2006-02-08 02:58
None at all — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-02-07 22:03
Drugs & Kids — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-07 21:09

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SOLO Economics

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-01-31 16:25

 

I have been invited by Tim Sturm and Lindsay Perigo to take over SOLO Economics.  I thank both of them for their vote of confidence.

 

I am happy to have the opportunity to lead SOLO Economics because I think that an understanding of the subject is important for those who wish to advocate freedom and capitalism.  I hope that our discussions will promote interest in the subject.   I want to note up front that I am not an expert in economics.  I do not have any official degrees in the subject.   Those who are more knowledgeable (like Ed Younkins or Tibor Machan) are welcome to correct me when I am in error. 

Recent Comments:
Physics- A handmaiden of economics — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-05-30 12:10
> but the nature of the — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-05-30 05:04
No I didn't. — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-05-30 02:08

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Machan's Musings - Teacher Watch!

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2006-01-30 01:37

Machan's Musings - Teacher Watch!

by Tibor R. Machan

Here is my imaginary scenario: A black student alumni organization hears
that some teachers are making racist remarks—advancing racist theories and
conclusions—in, say, a sociology course. But they have no proof, so they
offer to pay a student to take the risk of wearing a wire in class to make
sure the report is accurate. Turns out it is and the teacher is caught on
tape doing just what he had been suspected of doing, advancing racist
theories in his class.

It is doubtful that anyone but the racist professor would complain too


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Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

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Submitted by JulianD on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:12

I having been intrigued by the case developing in the United States against RIM, the supplier of the mobile data device - Blackberry.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/a...

I have never understood the degree to which people are addicted to them given that PDA's exist which do the same - and more...but what has been interesting to watch over the last 6 months is how the alleged theft of intellectual property in the form of a Patent Violation might soon impact the lives of millions of people.

The legal complexities are obviously many - and someone out there might have more insight than I into the truth about the claims of a patent violation. But it appears that patent violation has occured and it is indeed reassuring to see that the US justice system is being somewhat objective in threatening to punish a company - for theft. The impact that a closure would have on a large number of its customers should not be - and it appears will not be - an issue the court will entertain.

Recent Comments:
Interesting — by sjw on Wed, 2006-02-08 04:48
I don't think I'm expressing — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:52
Copyrights & Patents — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-07 23:14

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Changes to the SOLOPassion website ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-01-28 00:32

I'm busy making some changes to the way comments are handled; for example comments are now displayed in reverse chronological order, and there are 90 comments to a page rather than 30. If you don't like these new defaults, you can change them in the Comment viewing options section immediately under the comments.

Also, I've tried to make it easier to post comments: you now don't have to click on reply to reply to a post; at the bottom of the list of comments, under the Comment viewing options, there's an area all set up for comment-posting. And, finally, you don't have to preview a comment before you submit it.


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Mozart's birthday

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Submitted by Tim S on Fri, 2006-01-27 16:22
Mozart's birthday

Well, it's Mozart's 250th birthday, and it seems he's everywhere today.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em I reckon. I'll be sitting back enjoying a few of those immaculate fondants tonight. As my flatmate TimV keeps reminding me, we shouldn't really be dissing someone who wrote their first symphony aged 8 and who perfected the classical structure, on which others were able to build and reach greater heights.

Tim

Recent Comments:
Piano Concertos — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-02-02 18:10
Wagner groupies — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 21:19
Sturm, you big wuss! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-01-31 20:08

Lindsay Perigo's Wikipedia entry

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Thu, 2006-01-26 16:54

Although there is a link to it from the libertarianz page, Lindsay Perigo's Wikipedia entry is non-existant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/inde...

Recent Comments:
The fun doesn't stop there ... — by Luke H on Wed, 2008-06-25 01:38
Luke — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2008-06-25 01:15
Great. Good work — by Kasper on Wed, 2008-06-25 00:32

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Atlas Shrugged Goodies

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Submitted by Aethlos on Thu, 2006-01-26 02:42

I designed a few "Rearden Steel" items on cafepress just for myself, my blog readers, and my friends, but after discovering this site last week I realized there might be more of you who, like me, were disappointed to discover how little there is out there as far as Atlas merchandise. I found "John Galt Gifts" online, and they have some great stuff, but I thought there should be a better selection of Atlas-wear for objectivists to brandish, so I've created a NEW online store at Cafepress... PACKED with "Rearden Steel" and "Taggart Transcontinental" goodies. You'll notice the prices I set are very low, I've only added 2 or 3 dollars to each item--because it's a labor of love not a profit-making endeavor (would Dagny smack me for that?). If you think of any combinations of logos you want but aren't presented, let me know, and I can create them. I hope this offers many of you gift ideas for the objectivist you love. Smiling


Radio interview re. restorative 'justice' meeting

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-01-25 23:42

This morning, Lindsay interviewed me (on Radio Live) regarding the developer Mr. Shaw, who was charged for felling a tree on his own land.

Rest assured, a full article about the event and the issues leading up to it will be following. But for now, here's the interview audio.

Many thanks to Lindsay for arranging to have me on his show - and congratulations to him for the way he grilled the councillor who appeared on the show before me. He showed the bastard up for what he really is: a fascist goon. As one local Libertarian said after hearing it, "he might well need counselling after that interview" Smiling

Recent Comments:
Just a thought — by CVert on Sun, 2006-01-29 18:58
Thanks for sharing — by Pete L on Thu, 2006-01-26 05:10

Passion for Fun and Profit

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Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-01-24 06:14

No, it’s not what you’re thinking. Thanks to some very generous donations, SOLOPassion is happy to announce that we can now offer a cash payment of US$30 for articles published exclusively on the site. Since we are committed to exploring the frontiers of the cutting edge of the emerging possibilities of technological newfangledom, we will transfer the money using Paypal, so you’ll have it the moment your article goes up. Here’s your chance to retire some of those outstanding gambling debts (use your digits to save your digits), or eat a meal that offers greater nutritional value than Ramen noodles! 

Recent Comments:
Length & Scrutiny — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-03 21:04
Is there a minimum length — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-02-02 17:49
I think that recipes should — by Robert on Thu, 2006-02-02 05:56

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President Bush Speaks at KSU

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Submitted by Robert on Tue, 2006-01-24 05:57

President Bush gave a speech at Kansas State University in Manhattan KS today. It was part of the Landon Lecture Series and is available for your viewing pleasure here. This is for those overseas members who don't often get to see Dubbya unedited.

He talks here about the decisions he has made and continues to make in defence of the USA.

Navigate to http://ome.ksu.edu/lectures/la...

Click video or audio as is your wont.


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Farewell to Auckland ...

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-01-23 01:18

Auckland SOLOists - my current radio gig comes to an end this Friday. I'll be returning to Wellington Saturday. There'll be one last knees-up in my hotel room (lotsa space, furniture & a deck), Rm 413, Barrycourt, Gladstone Rd., Parnell, on Friday evening from 7.30 on. BYO - the cost of in-house alcohol is horrendous. Smiling All welcome.

Linz

Recent Comments:
Julian's back — by Brendan Hutching on Sun, 2006-01-29 22:08
A jolly good night — by JulianD on Sun, 2006-01-29 01:31
Fabulous! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-01-28 20:56

Developer charged for felling a tree on his own land ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-01-21 10:51

Developer facing angry community for pohutukawa destruction

...

"The charge is punishable by a fine of up to $200,000 or two years in prison, but Judge Fred McElrea deferred sentencing until February 13 for restorative justice. That process is likely to include a meeting at the Maungakiekie Community Board with those directly affected by the cutting down of the tree."

...

The idea is that residents will be able to express their feelings about the matter, then neogiate with Mr. Shaw some kind of 'compensation for the community' (yes, a bribe paid to local residents for his felling a tree on his own land - I wish I were joking).

Recent Comments:
Land 'OWNERship' and 'Restorative Justice' — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-02-03 23:19
Bravo, Duncan! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-01-25 21:15
Thanx for the clarification — by VSD on Mon, 2006-01-23 10:02

Store - Free Radical

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Submitted by administrator on Sat, 2006-01-21 04:21
The Free Radical subscription page has been moved here: http://store.freeradical.co.nz/

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Machan's Musings - Cooper on Rand and Aristotle

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Submitted by removed on Wed, 2006-01-18 20:57

Cooper on Rand & Aristotle

Tibor R. Machan

At the December 2005 meeting of the Ayn Rand Society, the chair of the
session titled Ayn Rand as Aristotelian was the renowned Aristotle scholar
and philosopher John M. Cooper of Princeton University. In his closing
remarks he explained how Rand's attraction to Aristotle's thinking had a
curious origin, namely, in Albert Jay Nock's mistaken rendition of
Aristotle's view of the nature of fiction. Instead of thinking, as Nock
and later Rand did, that fiction is about what human beings might and
ought to be, Aristotle actually believed fiction is about the great

Recent Comments:
Cooper on Ayn Rand — by Glenn I Heppard on Thu, 2006-01-19 06:24
As usual, good points — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-01-19 02:54

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Mid-Michigan Objectivists-Jan. Meeting

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Submitted by Tenyamc on Wed, 2006-01-18 07:58

It's time for the Mid-Michigan Objectivist Conference!
The announcment is pasted below.
The meeting will be Thursday, January 19th, at the home of Jack McHugh on Verlinden in Lansing. Social time will start at 6pm, and we'll try to get the meeting started
around 7 at the latest. Bring anyone that you think might be interested.
Email me if you need directions.

Parental rights is a more complicated matter than anyone could possibly fathom at first glance. Those we would call conservatives today believe parental rights are absolutist, almost in the same way that most Objectivists hold property rights as absolutist. Rand actually had very little to say about parenting and parental rights. But in our morality, how far do these rights really go? At what point should the government be allowed to step in to protect the child's rights as an individual? Consider the following cases in point:

Recent Comments:
Children's rights — by VSD on Thu, 2006-01-19 14:07

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Jean-Baptiste Say's Law of Markets: A Fundamental, Conceptual Integration

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Submitted by younkins on Wed, 2006-01-18 05:32

John-Baptiste Say (1767-1832) is one of the most important and insightful thinkers in the history of economic science. Say was a major proponent of Adam Smith’s self-directing economic system of competition, natural liberty, and limited government. He frequently praised the Scotsman’s work, publicized it, and described his own work as mainly an elaboration of Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. In fact, however, the economic doctrines and analysis of this “French Adam Smith” went further than, and departed from, Smith’s ideas on some important points. For example, he stated that Smith’s The Wealth of Nations was without a method; was obtuse, unclear, and unconnected; and included far too many digressions and divergences.

Recent Comments:
Ed, that's a great essay on — by Mark Humphrey on Mon, 2006-01-23 01:13

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Machan's Musings - What Does "Unalienable" Mean?

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Submitted by removed on Tue, 2006-01-17 09:43

It would really be extremely valuable for today’s children to understand what is meant for a right to be unalienable. But it isn’t likely they will be taught about this much in today’s school—from elementary to graduate ones, in fact. That’s because, if they realized that the American Founders understood every individual to have unalienable rights to, among other things, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they would begin to wonder, well, how is it that their city, country, state, or federal governments fail to heed this fact.

For a right to be unalienable means it cannot be lost by a human being, unless his or her humanity itself has been lost. So, for example, if a person no longer can be conscious as a rational being—is brain  dead—that would suffice to alienate his or her rights, but short of that nothing will do.

Recent Comments:
Machan's Musings - What Does "Unalienable" Mean? — by Melior on Sat, 2006-01-21 09:45

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Announcement!

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Tue, 2006-01-17 01:40

I've been postponing it for three weeks, but after today, I no longer need to hold my tongue.

I have officially proposed marriage to my girlfriend of almost 1 year today. She had accepted, and after what I see as a long engagement, we will be married.

Recent Comments:
Hahah — by Joe Idoni on Sat, 2006-01-21 15:21
Congratulations Joe! Did you — by Tim S on Fri, 2006-01-20 06:57
congrats....... — by Robert Malcom on Wed, 2006-01-18 02:44

Thomas Aquinas' Christian Aristotelianism

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Submitted by younkins on Mon, 2006-01-16 18:02

Thomas Aquinas' Christian Aristotelianism, by Edward W. Younkins

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), the dominant thinker of the middle ages, combined the science and philosophy of Aristotle with the revealed "truths" of Christianity. Holding that Aristotelianism is true but is not the whole "truth," he reconciled the philosophy of Aristotle with the "truth" of Christian revelation. Aquinas was a committed disciple of Aristotle but was an even more sincere disciple of the Church. He reconceived Aristotle’s ideas to a new context, was able to make distinctions that Aristotle did not formulate, and never hesitated to go beyond Aristotle. The 13th century rediscovery and revival of the corpus of Aristotle’s teaching and Aquinas’ synthesis of it with the tenets of Christian faith effected a dramatic change in medieval political thought. Through his writings, Aquinas provided a solid bridge from the ancients.

Recent Comments:
Photo? — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-01-20 10:33
Tee-hee! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-01-17 02:41
"truth" — by younkins on Mon, 2006-01-16 15:11

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'Frontpage' Exclusive - Erika Holzer Discusses her Relationship with the Author of 'Atlas Shrugged'

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Submitted by Erika Holzer on Mon, 2006-01-16 02:56

'Frontpage' Exclusive - Erika Holzer Discusses her Relationship with the Author of Atlas Shrugged

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Erika Holzer, lawyer-turned-novelist (Double Crossing, 1983, and Eye for an Eye, 1993) who is the author of the new memoir, Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher.

FP: Erika Holzer, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Holzer: I love being here, Jamie. I’m a big fan of your Frontpage interviews.

FP: What inspired you to write this memoir?

Holzer: Three things, really. An article I wrote in celebration of Ayn Rand’s Centennial brought back a lot of memories of my personal relationship with Ayn back in the mid-60s. This in turn got me thinking about a couple of questions I was asked over and over down the years when I was doing book tours for my novels. Everybody wanted to know what kind of a teacher/mentor she was – and how she’d influenced my own fiction-writing. I realized I wanted to explore the answers to those questions in much more depth than was possible in an article.


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Machan's Musings - Tyranny Taught at Yale Law School

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Machan's Musings - Tyranny Taught at Yale Law School

Tibor R. Machan

Yale Law Professor Kenji Yoshino wrote a piece for The New York Times magazine, “The Pressure to Cover” [01/15/06], that’s a frightening
diatribe in favor of a police state that. Its ideas pretty much match the
worst portions of the Right Wing’s Patriot Act—another piece of evidence
that Left and Right are mostly two sides of the same coin.

This man proposes that everyone who is dissatisfied with any condition in
his or her life has the civil right to seek relief—e.g., be accepted by


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The Great Caruso

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Sun, 2006-01-15 02:19
Recent Comments:
New Mario Doco — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-01-17 09:26
Derek, I have the Hong Kong — by Titan on Sun, 2006-01-15 18:50
DVD — by Derek McGovern on Sun, 2006-01-15 08:27

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Epicurus on Freedom and Happiness

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Submitted by younkins on Sat, 2006-01-14 17:58

Epicurus (341-270 BC), a major philosopher of the Hellenistic period, largely relied upon Democritus for his materialistic and atomistic theory of nature. However, he does modify Democritus’ metaphysics because of its skeptical and deterministic implications. Epicurus based his physics on Democritus's foundations, but discovered that Democritus had no distinguishing ethical doctrine and, therefore, Epicurus had to formulate his own objective ethics. He went on to formulate a self-centered moral philosophy in which the individual person is the realm of moral enterprise.

Metaphysics


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New FAQ: How do I receive email notifications?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-01-13 21:21

SOLOPassion will now, if you choose, send you a daily email containing a summary of new content. Details on how to do this, unsurprisingly, are in a new FAQ entry that I've creatively titled How do I receive email notifications?


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Machan's Musings - Predictability and Free Will in Economics

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Submitted by removed on Wed, 2006-01-11 06:02

At the beginning of each term I mention an apparent problem for students taking my business ethics course in our school of business and economics: While economists tend to approach their discipline with the understanding that human beings are relentless utility maximizers, in business ethics that idea would be very odd. The reason is that business ethics assume economic agents to be free to choose what they will do and holds them responsible to do the right thing.

The late Nobel Laureate George Stigler of The University of Chicago put the widely embraced economists’ stance quite succinctly when he said, “. . . Man is eternally a utility-maximizer—in his home, in his office (be it public or private), in his church, in his scientific work—in short, everywhere.” In contrast, the position of business ethics teachers could best be expressed as Professor M. van Swaay of Kansas State University puts it: “Because ethical behavior implies free choice, it cannot be captured in rule. The standard of reference for what is ethical has to exist 'outside human definition,' and therefore cannot be open to human negotiation. Some may know that standard as Human Rights, some may know it as the Seven Virtues, some may know it as the Ten Commandments, and some may know it by yet another name. It is impossible to force adherence to that standard: the notion of coercion itself is foreign to it. But individually we can make a promise to abide by it....” Ethics and, in particular, business ethics assumes that human beings can choose what they will do, what they will pursue in life, how they will conduct themselves.


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New FAQ: How do I send private messages?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-01-10 23:41

SOLOMail is back! Once again, SOLOists can send each other private messages in much the same way as emails. I've added two more answers to the FAQ page explaining how to do this - specifically How do I send a private message to a user? and Where are my private messages?


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New FAQ: How do I turn off sidebar blocks?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-01-10 01:45

You might have noticed that I've turned on a bunch more sidebar blocks, for example Who's online and Popular content. What you mightn't know is that you can turn off some of those blocks if you find things too cluttered for your taste.

I've added a new answer to the FAQ page explaining how to do this.


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Brokeback Mountain

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Submitted by Ashley on Mon, 2006-01-09 17:24

I know some of you have been looking forward to seeing this film, so I wanted to report that I saw it last week and thought it was excellent. It was tender and lovely. The relationship was treated honestly but not sensationally. The theater was filled with older couples mostly, which surprised and pleased me.

Has anyone else seen this yet?

Recent Comments:
Ok, I saw it! — by atlascott on Wed, 2006-05-24 23:01
John Wayne certainly would not have been tolerant of gay cowboy — by Landon Erp on Wed, 2006-04-26 01:36
Stupid Me — by Michael Moeller on Wed, 2006-02-15 14:33

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Machan's Musings - Woody Allen the Subversive

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2006-01-09 02:58

By now there are actually books about Woody Allen’s philosophical
ideas—for example, by my former colleague Professor Aeon Skoble. (Indeed,
you might find interesting his single-author and edited books about
Seinfeld and even The Simpsons.) This isn’t all that surprising to those
of us who are fans of Allen, albeit sometimes disappointed ones. His work
does often contain fascinating themes, among which the most recent one,
explored in his well-received movie Match Point, is the phenomenon of luck.

Unfortunately Allen drives home the point so obviously and with so little

Recent Comments:
Tibor got unlucky with the theme — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-01-16 00:29
I took a course on Woody — by Andrew Bissell on Fri, 2006-01-13 05:33
Woody Allen — by seddon on Thu, 2006-01-12 09:22

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