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Tuesday
May 31, 2005
Objectivism
"Holding Court"
by Barbara Branden
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At the suggestion of James Kilbourne and the request of Lindsay Perigo, I am beginning a weekly column here on SOLOHQ of responses to the questions you would like to ask me. Because Lindsay refers to me, for reasons best known to him, as "Majesty," it was agreed that the column will be named "Holding Court." (Read more...)
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Saturday
June 11, 2005
Objectivism
Objectivists and Collective Guilt
by Nathan Hawking
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Where do you really stand on the principles of individualism? Could you, unknowingly, share some of the collectivist attitudes of a Stalin or Mao? The issue of collective guilt goes to the heart of whether we defend individualism for others as we defend it for ourselves. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 23, 2007
Commentary
In Defense of Discrimination
by William Scott Dwyer
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Discrimination is bad! We hear it from the pulpit, from the media, from our moralists and especially from our "civil rights" leaders. But is discrimination the evil that everyone says it is? My answer is: No. It depends on the kind of discrimination one is talking about. In fact, discrimination can be a good thing, and even something worth promoting. (Read more...)
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Thursday
October 14, 2004
Sense of Life
Why I Hate Chris Sciabarra & Barbara Branden
by George W. Cordero
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We declare that we live by the philosophical tenets of a woman who regarded reasoning and work a virtue, and then stop the hard work of expanding our rational minds by accepting the ‘package deal’ version of Objectivism, in its totality and without question. (Read more...)
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Monday
March 28, 2005
Sense of Life
A Writer Who Would Have Been
by Hong Zhang
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This piece is inspired by one of Michael Newberry’s posts in the thread “On Writing.” Michael said that he had never read a book until he was 19. Somehow this touched a nerve in me and opened the floodgate of my childhood memory. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 4, 2005
Sense of Life
The Virtue of Silliness
by katdaddy
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Objectivist fairy tales do come true. A love story.

[Look out, Jennifer & Marcus! - Linz.] (Read more...)

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Friday
May 27, 2005
Objectivism
Those Tough Choices
by Joseph Rowlands
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A man has a dilemma.  He's cheated on his wife, and now he has to decide what he's going to do.  Now he has to choose between telling her or keeping it a secret. Even if she decides not to leave him, she may never trust him again.  If he decides not to tell her, he's got a different set of problems. What should he do?  How does Objectivism help him decide on a course of action? (Read more...)
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Thursday
September 1, 2005
Sense of Life
The New Puritans
by Andy Postema
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Where we find small pleasures in a smoke and drink, the new Puritans see only poison to be purged. Where we find relaxation in common entertainments, they see only decadence to be avoided. Where we find release in anger and joy, they see only stress to be eliminated. Where we find dignity in keeping our foibles to ourselves, they see only rot to be cleansed by a public confession. Where we find happiness in untidy lives lived lustily, they see only candidates for a twelve-step program. (Read more...)
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Monday
May 21, 2007
Commentary
An Open Letter to a Catholic High School
by William Scott Dwyer
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The following letter, written in 1983, was sent to the principal of my high school in response to the school's request for donations and its invitation to a 25-year class reunion. I am including it here, because it exposes a facet of Catholic education that most non-Catholics are probably not aware of, namely, its extreme violence and brutality, which serve to illustrate Rand's archetypes of Attila and the Witch Doctor -- the unholy alliance between faith and force, which characterizes the rejection of reason. (Read more...)
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Saturday
March 12, 2005
Sense of Life
My First Time
by John Newnham
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What Rand was saying about who I could be, could not be true. It went against everything I had heard from my parents, my family, and my church. What she was saying about the individual, I had not heard before. It felt slightly, thrillingly blasphemous to read about rational self-interest, and love. Did I really own this life of mine? I realized that I had come home. I read passages over and over, then closed my eyes and dreamed of a world where this was true. (Read more...)
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Sunday
August 14, 2005
CommentaryThe Free Radical
Ten Years After
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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Ten years ago this week, the first two books of Sciabarra's "Dialectics and Liberty" trilogy were published. In this article, the author looks back ... (Read more...)
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Thursday
June 22, 2006
War for Men's Minds
You are a Troublemaker
by JJ Tuan
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There is a common but disturbing mentality which equivocates between a troublemaker and someone who points out existing trouble.  The former is he who caused the trouble to begin with, whereas the latter is simply a messenger of the bad news.  The confusion of the two is usually introduced by the troublemaker in an eff... (Read more...)
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Monday
September 12, 2011
Intellectual Ammunition
Morality Needs No God: Chapter 1
by Joseph Rowlands
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The following is an excerpt from my new book Morality Needs No God(Read more...)
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Sunday
April 3, 2005
Sense of Life
The Pope, Objectivism ... and "The Best Within"
by Lindsay Perigo
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In the west, it has been monopolised by Christianity for two thousand years. Now, we Objectivists must wrest the ground that is rightfully ours from the mystic imposters who still occupy it. (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 21, 2005
Objectivism
Holding Court - July 21, 2005
by Barbara Branden
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Ayn Rand Interviews: Part One (Read more...)
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Sunday
November 6, 2005
Commentary
The Berkeley Horror Files
by Katherine Brakora
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My motivation to re-start my own Horror File is a product of last night’s monthly meeting of the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly (i.e., student government). Rather than recapping nearly three hours of proceedings, I’ll just relay the two quotes so incredible I actually wrote them down. My blood is still boiling. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
October 20, 2004
Sense of Life
The Anti-Misanthrope's Manifesto
by Barbara Branden
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[Editor's note - I spotted this post from Barbara on the thread below re 'The Loner's Manifesto.' I couldn't leave it there, hidden from view, eloquent hymn to the human spirit that it is! Hence, I'm re-posting it here as an article. I've removed the name of the person to whom it was a reply, just so he doesn't feel "got at" & because the sentiments here are a salutary admonition to all of us - Linz]

As Objectivists and Soloists, we all have exalted dreams which we try to reach -- and some of us assume that we are alone to have such dreams. Life is not easy for anyone, and many give up their dreams in despair, but that does not make them monsters. There are monsters in the world, but let's reserve that condemnation for those who deserve it. (Read more...)

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Friday
August 19, 2005
Heroes
The Classic Atmosphere of American Business - How It Shaped Me
by Richard D. Engle
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The way I feel about business and businessmen is deeply imbued in my being, and because of that, it often serves me without my even knowing it—it simply shows in my business demeanor, practices, courtesies and protocols that I saw demonstrated before I could even read. (Read more...)
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Friday
September 9, 2005
Sense of Life
Hazards of Benevolence
by Luke Setzer
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It was through the role as a mentor that I learned some of the hazards of benevolently giving a protégé the benefit of the doubt. While I still consider benevolence a major virtue, I have shrunk what I consider "the bounds of reason" for generosity substantially. Anyone who consults my advice had better prepare for a kick in the seat of the pants from a very unapologetic mentor. (Read more...)
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Saturday
September 24, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Why They Fear the Ninth Amendment
by Tibor R. Machan
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In short, taking the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution seriously implies that politicians would have no just powers to do 99 percent of what they are doing. That is why they and their cheerleaders in the academic world insist on ignoring and belittling this most freedom-loving provision of the most freedom-loving -- though by no means perfect -- legal
document in human history. (Read more...)

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Tuesday
November 15, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Persuasion
by Ciro D'Agostino
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What are the reasons for such desire? (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 12, 2007
The Good Life
Overcoming Akrasia
by Eric Rockwell
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When we determine a plan of action that is in our long-range self interest, sometimes we see it through to completion and are happy with our success.  But other times, we fail to follow through.  This article examines the nature of such behavior. (Read more...)
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Saturday
June 5, 2004
War for Men's MindsThe Free Radical
A Time for Choosing
by Ronald Reagan
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You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream - the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order - or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. (Read more...)
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Saturday
October 30, 2004
War for Men's Minds
The Sky Is Falling (or - Why I Believe that Everyone and Everything Sucks)
by George W. Cordero
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If you ask me, there really is very little to live for. Obviously your only option is an armed revolution to overthrow this vile dictatorship that you live under. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 31, 2005
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
All or Nothing: Philosophy with Degrees (Part 1) - A Survey of Errors
by Joseph Rowlands
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I’m going to talk about a widespread pattern of philosophical errors, which I refer to as the “all or nothing” mentality. The basic problem is an inability to see things in terms of degrees. Instead, everything is viewed as all or nothing. It’s either 100 percent, or 0 percent, with nothing in between. (Read more...)
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