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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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Jimmy Carter: Neville Chamberlain of our times

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Submitted by James Heaps-Nelson on Thu, 2006-02-02 14:21

Jimmy Carter, who nearly lost the Cold War now asks us to give Hamas a chance. Not only that, but he wants us to extend monetary aid to this terrorist organization. Revolting.

Recent Comments:
Cockroach Carter — by James Heaps-Nelson on Thu, 2006-02-02 21:20
Cockroach Carter — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-02 20:43

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Needs more Objective Clues

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Submitted by Frizzy on Thu, 2006-02-02 13:06


So, ok, like I've been hearing about this interesting concept of objectivism.
And now I'm formulating a question that perhaps someone here can enlighten me on.
So if I started out by identifying as a subjective entity, in that I see life being totally subjective in virtually every way, and I have built up a lot of understanding about how things work under this very broad and sweeping premise, it seems very daunting to colapse that whole structure of thinking in favor of the strange new concept (to me), objectivism.
Understandably people don't like giving up their figurative security blanket, so the question I have is, how can you convince me that there is an objective reality, rather than the one I percieve currently, which is working quite nicely btw, without threatening violence to make me say that I admit your objective reality is more 'correct' without believing it to be?

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Hi Ed, — by krishna2 on Wed, 2006-02-22 13:00
You do exist! — by Ed on Sun, 2006-02-19 06:03
Frizzy, in all other posts — by Frizzy on Sun, 2006-02-19 05:08

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Hilarous Mohammed cartoon courtesy The Whig ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-02 01:37

Perhaps I just have a childish sense of humour, but I love this cartoon, which originally appeared on The Whig ...

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I obviously have a childish — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-02-02 17:47

Face of Muhammed

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Submitted by Tim S on Thu, 2006-02-02 01:28
Face of Muhammed

Here's one of the pictures that is causing a bit of a furore in Europe. The pictures have now been published in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Mexico, in defiance of the predictable reactions from various Islamic quarters, not least their politicians.

How deliciously ironic then that, because of the Islamists' efforts to escalate the issue, these pictures will now be posted everywhere.

Like here for instance.

Recent Comments:
A NZ newspaper shows some balls! — by Derek McGovern on Sat, 2006-02-04 01:05
Sad — by sjw on Sat, 2006-02-04 00:18
Dripping in irony — by sjw on Fri, 2006-02-03 23:42

American businessmen promoting dictatorship

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Submitted by sjw on Thu, 2006-02-02 00:08


This is part of why businessmen get the reputation of being greedy and corrupt. No one is forcing them to do business with China on any terms but their own. It's a clear case where they could further the cause of freedom in the world, and with the simple action of refusing to compromise their technology for evil ends. China, in order to be competitive, would have little choice but to let the uncensored form of Google et. al. in.


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Google Shrugged? — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-02-02 00:45

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February Frolics - Monthly Update!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-01 23:48

Two months on and things are shaping up nicely. SOLOPassion began without the advantage of incumbency, with a relocation that had to start from scratch. Duncan and Julian have done superlatively well in creating a new home for SOLO that, with ongoing tweakings, will more than hold its own against all-comers. Most importantly, the unique SOLO vision, articulated in the Credo remains intact—and as urgently salutary as ever. I never tire of quoting this crucial excerpt:

"SOLO seeks to galvanise all Objectivists who recognise that Objectivism is a tool for living, and who repudiate any reason/passion dichotomy. We seek to be a magnet and a home for those who are exuberantly rational and rationally exuberant, who aspire to the 'total passion for the total height,' intellectually and emotionally, simultaneously and harmoniously. We aspire to a culture of sincerity and integrity, where mind-games, deceit and posturing—and having to read between the lines—in one's dealings with others, are a thing of the past; where Shakespeare's 'This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. ...' is second nature. ... SOLO is for those who want reason and logic to be liberated from the Mr. Spock straitjacket and impregnated with KASS—'the kick-ass' factor."

Recent Comments:
By the way — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-03 17:24
By the way, — by Casey on Fri, 2006-02-03 15:17
Dylan Thomas poetry reading too — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-03 14:48

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The Eupopean Media defies Muslims

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Wed, 2006-02-01 22:35

Now here's something you don't see every day: the European media refusing to pander to the demands of Muslims:

First it was a Danish newspaper editor who outraged Muslims everywhere in September with his decision to publish 12 caricatures of the Prohet Muhammad (one of these has him telling Muslims that Paradise is running out of virgins for suicide bombers). According to the Associated Press, the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published the drawings as a challenge to "what it perceived was self-censorship among artists dealing with Islamic issues."

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Apologies about the typos, — by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2006-02-02 11:32

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Machan's Musings - Wanting but Reproducing

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Machan's Musings - Wanting but Reproducing

Tibor R. Machan

At the Dallas/Forth Worth Airport I had to wait for two ours to board my flight back home so I sat before a TV set beaming forth CNN’s various scary stories. (Even as the traffic there was quite calm, and even as my two days of lectures in New Orleans proceeded amidst a city now showing mostly evidence of human resilience, the “news” came to nothing but scary stories!)

Included in the bad news viewers were being offered there was story of a family’s financial struggles, one in which both parents worked, earning about $55k per year, voicing drawn out complaints about how strapped they are. They had children already, in their early thirties, plus “one on the way.” Which brought up the issue, at least for me, if they believe they are so strapped, what business do they have bringing yet another child into their home?

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Reprised—Betraying the self. Betraying a heroine.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-01 07:35

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? - Mark 8:36

What makes someone give up their soul? In the decade after the publication of her magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand was at the very top of her game and she began preparing another, final, novel, To Lorne Dieterling, in which she hoped to dramatise the answer to that very question. Unfortunately for all of the fans of Rand’s earlier novels, a real life drama got in the way.

Recent Comments:
PARC — by Brant Gaede on Sat, 2017-08-26 15:29
Filling in the blanks, laying it to rest — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2017-08-24 23:57
Neil — by gregster on Thu, 2017-08-24 08:22

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Generation Gap

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Submitted by Marty on Wed, 2006-02-01 06:16

Though I have older and younger friends, each a generation apart from me, I do not experience a significant generation gap with either group. I have been asked, in particular, why I befriend some of my college students half my age. The answer is simple -- I love math, science, chess, classical music, karate, philosophy, etc. -- timeless threads that weave a common blanket of friendship. That my young friends may not have seen a Bugs Bunny cartoon involving the Martian who wished to blow up the Earth doesn't raise a wall between us. Neither does the fact that my older friends don't enjoy some of the rock tunes or video games that I do. 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Sprawl Is Good

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-01 00:55

"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: the alternative is mandatory slums. Frank Lloyd Wright's 1932 concept of the 'Broadacre City' -- while somewhat nebulous, and by no means a libertarian vision; it includes for example the idea of benevolent architectural dictators -- shows at least that sprawl is not the enemy. Lack of choice, and lack of imagination are. Wright's concept of the 'disappearing city' represented an abundance of choices of how to live.

"Wright's pattern is closer to today's sprawl than it is to a city, but it is not the same as today's sprawl."

There should be as many kinds of houses as there are kinds of people and as many differentiations as there are different individuals. A man who has individuality (and what man lacks it?) has a right to its expression in his own environment. Wright 1908

[The houses in Broadacre City] would be especially suited in plan and outline to the ground, where they would make more of gardens and fields and nearby woods than now, insuring perpetual unity in variety. Wright 1932, 8-9

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Hi Peter,I'll try to — by Andrew Bissell on Wed, 2006-02-01 07:44
Pictures fixed — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 22:34
Pictures — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-01-31 21:27

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Super Bowl Time!

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-01-31 23:31

The Steelers are clear favorites and having beaten both Indianapolis and Denver to make the big game it would appear they've got the best recent form. The citizens of the Motor City seem to have taken them to their bosoms so it'll probably seem like a home game for Pittsburgh.

It's a long way from mild Washington to freezing Detroit but if you look at the stats Seattle seems to have the edge. Hasselbeck has thrown for longer than Roethlisberger although their completions are about the same. And Shaun Alexander has rushed like a madman and scored 28 TDs, more than Hines Ward & The Bus combined.

Recent Comments:
It was indeed a snoozer — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-02-09 14:36
Game Report. — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-02-09 07:45
Glitch — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-01-31 23:57

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"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

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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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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.

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.


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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.

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

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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! 

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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

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.


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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).

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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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Machan's Musings - Cooper on Rand and Aristotle

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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:

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

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