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Thursday
August 4, 2005
Praxes
The Non-Art of Objectivism
by Marcus Bachler
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There has been much criticism, on this website and elsewhere over the years, of the moralizing and cultish behaviour of Objectivists who digest and regurgitate Ayn Randís opinions and her philosophical pronouncements. I always believed that this dogmatic adherence to Objectivist doctrine was quite a recent phenomenon, probably encouraged by Ayn Rand herself and continued by her protege Peikoff. However, Iíve had to revise that opinion, because in The Art of Non-Fiction, I found exactly the same type of Objectivist cultish behaviour being criticized by Ayn Rand herself. (Read more...)
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Monday
June 27, 2005
Sense of Life
Like a Lamb to the Slaughter
by Michael Stuart Kelly
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Personal memoir of love, betrayal, survival, growth and triumph. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 5, 2005
War for Men's Minds
The Problem of Benevolence
by Joseph Rowlands
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It's one of the big mysteries in life why Objectivist forums contain so much hostility and lack of benevolence. (Read more...)
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Sunday
February 13, 2005
Sense of Life
The Passion of Barbara Branden
by Barbara Branden
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I am proud of The Passion of Ayn Rand. I told the truth about Ayn Rand, to the best of my ability, knowledge, and recollection. That is all I needed to do. But I would like to say something about why I wrote the book, since my reasons have proved to be of interest to many of my readers. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 25, 2005
Objectivism
Daily Linz 15 - This Cheek's Not For Turning
by Lindsay Perigo
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Michael wants to do his bit in ushering in the age of the soft-sell and bringing an end to religion-ďbashing.Ē Well, if he were advocating clarity without dogmatism, KASS without hysteria, reasonableness without appeasement, I would agree with him. But as far as I can tell, heís pitching for an Objectivism that is New-Aged to the point where it is not only unrecognisable as Objectivism, but is antithetical to it. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
June 22, 2004
Sense of Life
Capitalism Soaring Into The Heavens
by Jeff Landauer
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Itís Sunday, 10:01 PM. My friend Phil and I stop at the grocery store 2 blocks from his house in Santa Clara, CA to buy 2 cases of Mountain Dew. We will need the caffeine.

Six and a half hours of crazy night driving south through the central valley and up into the high desert North-East of Los Angeles, and we arrive at the Mojave, CA airport, in just one of thousands of cars arriving. The highway is already getting significantly backed up as the cars try to get into the two lane entrance. Itís 4:30 AM on Monday, June 21, date of the launch of the first civilian spacecraft. (Read more...)

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Wednesday
August 17, 2005
Sense of Life
This Boy's Not For Turning
by Lindsay Perigo
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I will not let my fire go outóor allow anyone to extinguish itó"spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all." (Read more...)
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Monday
September 26, 2005
Objectivism
The Passion of the Critics of Ayn Rand's Critics
by Lindsay Perigo
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I was one of those who resolved not to read James Valliantís book, The Passion of Ayn Randís Critics, openly touted as ďThe case against the Brandens.Ē Still, I got talked into reading it in a thread right here on SOLOHQ. And Iím glad I did. (Read more...)
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Monday
June 13, 2005
Sense of Life
"And I Like That Idea Very Much"
by Eve V. Stenson
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By the time I was halfway through college, I had concluded that I was a terrible human being, "too selfish and too weak" to change. I had become resigned to a life without friendship, since any genuine trust would inevitably lead to the other person despising me, once they got to know me better.  Then a friend recommended Atlas Shrugged. (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 8, 2004
The Good Life
An Objectivist World
by Joseph Rowlands
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What kind of world are you fighting for? (Read more...)
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Thursday
October 20, 2005
Heroes
Daily Linz 13 - A Salute to Joe Rowlands
by Lindsay Perigo
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SOLOists, savour this guy. He is a KASS-NEM par excellence. He will have a place of honour in Objectivist history. He is living proof that the heroes in Ayn Randís novels not only can exist, but do exist. (Read more...)
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Sunday
August 21, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Please Don't Feed The Trolls
by Adam Reed
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The troll's long-term goal is to make converts, but in the short term his goal is to get his marks to consider his crackpottery intellectually respectable. His "proof" of purported intellectual respectability is that rational people consider his crackpottery debatable. The only effective countermeasure is to refuse to be drawn into the troll's project. Please don't feed the trolls. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 22, 2005
Commentary
Ayn Rand? Jealous?
by Robert L. Campbell
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I strongly encourage everyone who wants to see Randís ideas treated fairly and objectively to read The Passion of Ayn Randís Critics. Not because Mr. Valliantís assessment of Rand can be counted on to be fair and objective, but because Randís journal entries need to be consulted by anyone who wishes to make his or her own fair and objective assessment. (Read more...)
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Sunday
April 10, 2005
Sense of Life
No
by George W. Cordero
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I cannot help but feel that the moment in which paradise and innocence are truly lost, is the first moment of your first "yes" to an unearned guilt or injustice; the moment in which you accept Ďpainí as a normal state of being. (Read more...)
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Friday
April 15, 2005
Sense of Life
My Father My Self
by John Newnham
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My father the tyrant, has become, in his twilight years, my father the child. He has Alzheimerís disease. It is progressive in its onslaught, and there is no cure. Lanza has been replaced by the steady beat of channels being changed without pause, on the television. Reading is beyond him. His swing is still Sam Sneed sweet, and beautiful enough to make others take pause. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
February 21, 2006
Commentary
Dying by the Post-Modern Sword
by Jason Pappas
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We, who support the struggle of our brave Danish compatriots, are fighting with one hand tied behind our backsóand we are unaware of this handicap. Our side in this battle has failed to use our most important weapon: we are fighting for the truth. This isnít incidental to the debate; this is the whole purpose of the de... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 10, 2005
Sense of Life
A Sense of Life
by Derek McGovern
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Linz remains an enigmatic figure to many. So what's he really like? Let me try to untangle the myths from the man. (Read more...)
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Thursday
August 10, 2006
Objectivism
Semantic Sneak-Attacks
by Laure Chipman
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Objectivists and non-Objectivists sometimes have difficulty communicating because of differences in word usage.  Sometimes, the problem is more sinister -- the non-Objectivist is not just misunderstanding us, but is trying to use blurry concepts as a kind of "sneak attack" againt Objectivist principles.  In thinking ab... (Read more...)
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Thursday
May 26, 2005
Sense of LifeThe Free Radical
The Ayn Rand Centenary: Taking It Personally
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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[Note from Linz: This is the twelfth article on the Rand Centenary that The Free Radical has run this year. It is from the current issue. It is the only such article being made available online at this point. I urge SOLOists who have not already done so to subscribe to the hard-copy version & so help promote this SOLO-affiliated magazine & have it achieve the ascendancy over the competition that it deserves. Subscribe -  and spread the word!]

I have spoken of Randís cultural impact, political influence, and radical legacy. But it is ultimately a personal liberation that Randís philosophy offered me, making all those other liberations of culture and politics possible.
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Sunday
October 23, 2005
Objectivism
To Turn or Not to Turn - A Question of Cheek
by Michael Stuart Kelly
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Are religious principles like turning the other cheek really anti-Objectivism? There goes that little child inside me again. He tells me that Ayn Randís heroes turned the other cheek all the time in her fiction. (Read more...)
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Monday
May 8, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Spotting a Rationalization
by Joseph Rowlands
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Recently I've had a couple opportunities to suggest that someone is rationalizing.  I hesitate to make those kind of statements since they make assumptions about the motives of a person.  When analyzing an argument, those motivations are irrelevant.  The argument stands or falls on its own merit, not on who's making it... (Read more...)
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Monday
September 19, 2005
Objectivism
Understanding Addiction -- One Objectivist's View
by Michael Stuart Kelly
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The universal aspect of all addictions is that the sense of identity has been contaminated and the faculty of volition has atrophied. In the case of drugs and alcohol, there is a chemically induced craving. These are the parts of the mind and body that need to get better. Then the rest will follow. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
October 12, 2005
Objectivism
The Backbone of Benevolence
by Andy Postema
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Objectivism gives benevolence a backbone that has little to do with being nice and everything to do with being rational in an irrational age. (Read more...)
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Friday
March 24, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Objectivist Newbie Guide
by Joseph Rowlands
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There are many ways someone can pursue activism in Objectivism.  I've typically focused my own activist efforts on in-reach programs for Objectivists.  I think there's often a preconception that real activism must be outwards oriented, like introducing the ideas to new people.  In-reach programs are sometimes thought o... (Read more...)
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Friday
May 20, 2005
Commentary
The Path of Most Resistance
by Joseph Rowlands
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This is the story of a man.  Let's call him Bob.  He's a young man in a good college, very bright, and with a huge future ahead of himself.  The sky is the limit, and he can do anything he sets his mind to.  It's the picture-perfect benevolent universe premise. (Read more...)
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