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Saturday
June 4, 2005
Sense of Life
The Morning of June 4
by Hong Zhang
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As I try to write down my experience during the spring and summer of 1989, many details have started to fade, but I still feel deeply the emotions - the exhilarations and the agonies - that I had gone through at that time.  May it never be forgotten. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 7, 2005
Sense of Life
What I Saw In and Out of the Trenches
by Jody Allen Gomez
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As the author of our current poll, which asked what philosophical skeletons we have in our closets, I thought it only proper that I weigh in with my own story. The poll, more than anything, is about our individual journeys and the wars (cultural and otherwise) we had to fight to get here. So here are my unadulterated thoughts from that initial post ... my reminiscences of the past, and the vision that the poll itself elicited. (Read more...)
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Sunday
April 17, 2005
Commentary
"Nobody's Perfect"
by Robert James Bidinotto
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I'll stick my neck out, appear to march completely off the Objectivist reservation and give a totally honest, but Philosophically Incorrect answer: I mean that I've never yet met anyone who is immune to "errors of knowledge" or "errors of morality." In other words, I've never met any morally perfect person. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
August 16, 2005
Sense of Life
Letter to Madalena ... An Homage to the Value of Valuing
by Michael Stuart Kelly
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A tribute to a dear woman, with unwavering love and gratitude .... (Read more...)
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Friday
June 3, 2005
Objectivism
Objectivism: Not Just a Better Set of Rules
by Joseph Rowlands
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Perhaps they think that Objectivist morality is just another set of rules, just like other obedience-based moralities.  They may even believe that it's a better set of rules.  They can argue that since the rules are designed to enhance your life, the rules work better in practice.  (Read more...)
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Saturday
November 26, 2005
Commentary
Academia is so Open-Minded, Its Brains Fell Out!
by Marty Lewinter
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My college is planning a year-long theme that has to do with Muslim culture. A professor (whom I call YYYY) posted an opinion implying that the problem (ignorance) lies with us. I responded. Another professor (XXXX) attacked me. Finally, I responded. It's a jungle out there! (Read more...)
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Monday
January 30, 2006
Objectivism
Differences between Objectivist Politics and Libertarian Politics
by Joseph Rowlands
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Objectivists have sometimes argued that you can't accept the Objectivist politics without the philosophical base.  Certainly if you try, there should be significant differences due to the lack of grounding.  Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, it's become quite clear that there are in fact significant differences... (Read more...)
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Thursday
May 9, 2002
The Good Life
Stylized Life
by Glenn Lamont
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Objectivism provides you with the tools to make your life extraordinary, to make your life like the pages of an Ayn Rand novel. I call this living a stylized life. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 18, 2005
Sense of Life
Peg of My Heart
by Jennifer Iannolo
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When one thinks of the term “Mother,” and all it is supposed to mean, one can see its embodiment in feisty little Peggy Iannolo.  At 5’2” and 105 lbs., she is a powerhouse of a woman.  (Read more...)
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Monday
October 31, 2005
Sense of Life
My Journey to Atheism
by Eric J. Tower
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When I chose to live my life as an atheist I did so not because I wanted to be different, but because I lived through the real dangers of theistic life both psychologically and physically. Theistic belief hindered my growth as an individual. When I finally chose to shrug these chains I found I was able to live my life freely. No longer impeded by unearned guilt or baseless faith, I was finally able to grow as an individual. (Read more...)
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Friday
January 20, 2006
Sense of Life
Objectivist Heroes
by JJ Tuan
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Objectivist heroes thrive in peace time. (Read more...)
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Monday
September 12, 2005
Sense of Life
"Give It Away?!"
by Bob Palin
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During Mass, I would go through all the motions expected of me, standing, kneeling, sitting and being quiet. But my mind was normally elsewhere, thinking about comic books or girls, depending on my age at the time. I didn’t usually pay much attention to the sermons but one in particular stands out clearly in my mind, even decades after the event. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
October 5, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Daily Linz 3 - Slime on SOLO
by Lindsay Perigo
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We see pusballs gatecrashing on SOLOHQ. Their stock-in-trade is ambiguity, uncertainty, “well yes, but ...,” “not necessarily”—verbal clutter and entropy. They slither around in what Ayn Rand would call the “hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.” Under the guise of “critical thinking,” they commit to nothing, and try to cast doubt on everything. (Read more...)
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Friday
October 7, 2005
Commentary
Daily Linz 5 - Ignoble Islam
by Lindsay Perigo
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Islam itself is a malignancy on the body of humanity. The actions of its consistent, true practitioner-maggots demonstrate that. But Bush can’t afford to say it. He himself is in thrall to a vicious religion that seems benign only because it has lost its political power—and under his Administration threatens to reclaim it. The President is undone by his own contradictions. Objectivists must point this out, loudly and relentlessly. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 1, 2005
Sense of Life
Of Sissies & Stereotypes
by Jason Dixon
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What are we doing to the generation that’s coming out now?  If they look at the multitude of “types” and decide they must choose one in order to “be gay,” that’s certainly an error of false generalization.  But what are the other generations doing to help them avoid that error?  (Read more...)
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Thursday
August 25, 2005
Commentary
Nathaniel Branden vs. Ayn Rand on Morality
by Dennis C. Hardin
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Branden is not denying that certain behaviors can and should be assessed as immoral or destructive. He is questioning the appropriate response to such behavior. As a psychologist, he is obviously concerned with how to go about inspiring people to grow and improve. He is saying that you do not achieve this goal through moral condemnation. (Read more...)
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Thursday
November 10, 2005
War for Men's MindsThe Free Radical
They Worship Death
by Marcus Bachler
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The sad fact is that fundamentalist religious zealots such as Osama bin Laden, while claiming to practice a religion of peace, will not rest until every last country in the world is an Ayatollah-run dictatorship composed of veiled submissive women, violent bearded men and dead infidels. However, the battle to preserve our “love of life” in the West can and must be won, as it was against Communism and Fascism, by not giving an inch to the anti-life ideology that is shrouded by the terrorists’ political demands. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 22, 2005
Praxes
Benefactors versus Malefactors
by Luke Setzer
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Assessing the character trait of benevolence in others provides the fastest way to size up those others as worthy of your time and effort in building productive relationships.  This holds true regardless of how they may identify themselves.  Other qualities, such as their capacity to reason effectively, certainly deserve attention.  However, developing a large pool of benevolent network contacts with whom to form more concrete and productive relationships will best serve your life.  Relationships with malefactors deserve swift terminations regardless of their sophisticated objections. (Read more...)
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Friday
April 7, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Unquestionable Irrationality
by Joseph Rowlands
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Ayn Rand warned her readers to distinguish between the metaphysical and the man-made.  The metaphysically given are facts of reality outside of our control.  You can't get angry with gravity for existing.  You can't get angry at the sun for shining.  The man-made, on the other hand, is chosen and doesn't have to be tha... (Read more...)
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Thursday
November 25, 2004
Sense of Life
A Thanksgiving For The Best Of All Mankind
by Lindsay Perigo
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It's fitting on such an occasion to extend a broader salute to the best of humanity across the globe who epitomise the explosive flowering of reason and freedom nurtured by that magnificent document, The Declaration of Independence. For me personally this means a hymn of unstinting praise to the following, among others: (Read more...)
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Sunday
June 12, 2005
Objectivism
Limits to the Effectiveness of Moral Judgment
by Luke Setzer
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Much consternation in the Objectivist movement has arisen over exactly the best way to practice the virtue of justice -- to pronounce moral judgment and to give that pronouncement the teeth needed to make it effective.  Various schisms, excommunications and ostracisms have taken place at one end of the spectrum of practice, while excessively tolerant "somnambulist ecumenism" has marked the other end.  This wide difference of applications of justice demands a re-examination of its function in order to discover how optimally to practice this challenging virtue. (Read more...)
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Saturday
October 15, 2005
Heroes
The Troublemaker
by Michael Stuart Kelly
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A review of Perigo! Politically Incorrect by Deborah Coddington (Read more...)
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Wednesday
November 1, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Sacrificing Minds
by Joseph Rowlands
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Occasionally I find myself in a conversation with someone who has a completely distorted and chaotic worldview.  And when I say chaotic, I can't emphasize the word strongly enough.  Their systems of belief are totally non-integrated, combining conspiracy theories, bad science, a malevolent view of mankind, and some of ... (Read more...)
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Tuesday
June 24, 2008
War for Men's Minds
Civility: A Powerful Weapon
by G. Stolyarov II
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Advocates of political freedom and strong ethical standards have a powerful weapon on their side – if they choose to use it. In an age where too many people are ready to hurl insults at one another at the onset of any discussion or debate, civility sets one apart from the crowd and gives one a chance to actually persuade people of the soundness of one’s views. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
March 9, 2005
Sense of Life
Brian's Smile
by George W. Cordero
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Brian once confessed to me that he believed that life was about suffering, and that those few moments of happiness we have, are just accidents. He would often say that the only true happiness a person will experience in his life is at the moment of death, the moment in which one is finally released from so much pain. (Read more...)
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