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Monday
October 3, 2005
Sense of Life
Daily Linz 1 - The Wise and the Wet
by Lindsay Perigo
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The cliché is true -- youth is primarily and enduringly a state of mind. Above infirmities and deformities notwithstanding, I constantly assume, with no conscious effort to do so, that I have an entire lifetime ahead of me still, and am astonished, not to mention a little annoyed, when I am reminded that fifty-three years have already elapsed. How can this be, when I’m just getting started? In any event, this is a promise (warning?) that y’ain’t seen nuttin’ yet. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
May 31, 2006
Objectivism
Objectivism 101
by Joseph Rowlands
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Today I announced the birth of a new website, Objectivism101.  It's an educational site dedicated to explaining Objectivism at multiple levels.  You can find it at Objectivism101.com.  (Read more...)
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Friday
August 26, 2005
Commentary
How the West Was Won
by Mark A. Humphrey
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One can make clear sense of the conflicts that arose between primitive natives and their Euro-American competitors, but not without the principle of private property and its offspring, the division of labor. Unfortunately, many people who feel genuine sympathy for the past struggles of American Indians have been sold misleading ethical concepts. Thus, they are led to slander the heroism and rationality that won the West. (Read more...)
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Thursday
October 6, 2005
Sense of Life
Daily Linz 4 - Puffing Beast
by Lindsay Perigo
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I have a confession to make. It is a landmark confession, crucial to my recovery from the deadly malaise of which I am about to speak. (Read more...)
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Friday
December 1, 2006
Commentary
The Rebirth of Benevolence
by Joseph Rowlands
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Today is the first birthday of the Rebirth of Reason(TM) website.  I thought it would be appropriate to mark this day by reviewing the first year, and describing the current state of affairs.  We should be able to look back at our goals and see if we're moving in the right direction. ... (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 17, 2008
Commentary
A Chance for Freedom?
by Tibor R. Machan
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  Lugano, Switzerland: Over the last two and a half decades or so I have been attending conferences organized by the Business & Economics Society International that has its home at Assumption College in New Hampshire.
This summer I believe I have attended for the fifth or sixth time, often presenting papers and taking part in discussions about business ethics and political economy.
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Thursday
April 15, 2004
War for Men's Minds
Atheists in a Foxhole
by Byron E. Garcia
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There are no atheists in a foxhole.” - Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, USMC

From the first day I was recruited into the military, I found another organization trying to recruit me: Christianity. No, not just any other religion, but Christianity in particular. I found this ironic since the First Amendment of the Constitution I swore to defend implies a separation of church and state. The last time I checked, the military was part of the state. (Read more...)

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Tuesday
August 10, 2004
Sense of Life
The Birthday Cake
by George W. Cordero
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It is uncommon for 2 friends who are male to relate a true story from their life that exposes anything beyond the superficial. In the course of talking about our fathers, my friend related to me the story that became the basis of  The Birthday Cake. While he spoke, my friend became increasingly emotional, and by the end of his story he was in tears. I was so moved by it that I asked him if I could retell his father’s life in the form of a short story. He said he would be very happy if I did so. In order to try to convey the same amount of passion in which my friend told this story, I decided to write it in the first person.
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Thursday
October 6, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Oregon's Right to Suicide Law
by Tibor R. Machan
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Think about it for a moment: What business is it of the voters of Oregon, the federal government, the U.S. Supreme Court, or anyone else if someone in the city of Eugene elects to obtain some help from a doctor in his or her efforts to end his or her life, especially a life that is unbearable for that person? Who are these meddlers, anyway, to burst in on such a person and order him or her to desist? (Read more...)
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Wednesday
December 14, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Principles of Activism 1: Capital Accumulation
by Joseph Rowlands
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This is the first part in a series of articles exploring the topic of activism, in an attempt to identify some basic principles to help guide our decision making process. (Read more...)
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Thursday
June 12, 2008
Commentary
The Liberty We Must Have
by Tibor R. Machan
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It is becoming more and more fashionable among political thinkers and even politicians to disparage the kind of individual liberty championed in the American political tradition. Several scholars—e. g., Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago—have argued that what really matters most is something called positive liberty. This is the notion that people have liberty only when others provide them with the resources that enable them to do what they would like to or should do. And there is a use of the idea "liberty" or "freedom" along these lines—you are free to fly to Paris only if you get funds to pay for the trip. But it used to be understood, maybe still is normally, that to get this kind of freedom or liberty one needs to earn the funds to pay instead of take it from other people by way, of say, taxation. But that is now challenged by the idea that what we lack but need or want is something we are entitled to from others and governments exist to serve us by obtaining it all from these others and they have no say in the matter. (Read more...)
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Monday
July 4, 2005
Sense of Life
Holding Court - July 5, 2005
by Barbara Branden
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Metaphysics and You, Steve Ditko, Star Trek, and "Objectivism" (Read more...)
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Monday
August 22, 2005
Praxes
The "F" Word
by Fraser Stephen-Smith
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If someone is offended by the phrase, “I don’t like it when people yell ‘fuck’ inappropriately,” then they are foolish. They are fools who adhere to a commandment, “Thou shall not swear,” without questioning the reasoning behind the commandment. These fools have allowed their behaviour to be governed, without question, by a word—they are subservient to a sound. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 19, 2005
Commentary
Principles of Activism 2: Low Hanging Fruit
by Joseph Rowlands
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In continuing with the identification of principles to make our activism more effective, we need to turn to a very simple one.  The principle is to aim for the low hanging fruit.  It means we should be seeking the easy accomplishments first instead of jumping at the most challenging. ... (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 27, 2006
War for Men's Minds
A Letter to the American Association of Blood Banks
by Steven Thomas Druckenmiller
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A small attempt, a cry in the dark, to try to have just one mind think about free markets and drop the altruistic attitude. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
January 16, 2008
Commentary
Another Distortion at the Movies, etc.
by Tibor R. Machan
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American Rhapsody is a movie about a family that gets smuggled out of Hungary in the early 1960s and all the various complications this gives rise to. Since I went through this ordeal myself when I was 14, not with my family but several perfect strangers and a paid guide, I thought I’d check out the movie. (Read more...)
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Monday
September 6, 2004
Sense of Life
When Men Become Nem
by Lindsay Perigo
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The events of our age make it starkly clear that humanity is at a crossroads in its evolution, as critical as was the transition from perceptual to conceptual thought. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
February 2, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Anthem
by Ayn Rand
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Through all the darkness, through all the shame of which men are capable, the spirit of man will remain alive on this earth. (Read more...)
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Saturday
April 9, 2005
Objectivism
Selling Freedom: The Choice of a New Generation?
by Joseph C. Maurone
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Christianity didn't get its current status by divine will, but by salesmanship. By following the lead of top Rand salesman Chris Sciabarra, Objectivism and freedom have a chance of becoming the all-time best-seller among ideologies. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 11, 2005
Sense of Life
My Father
by Hong Zhang
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I wrote this piece a while back after reading George Cordero's "The Birthday Cake." (Read more...)
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Thursday
June 23, 2005
Objectivism
Holding Court - June 23, 2005
by Barbara Branden
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Stop the Linz-bashing! (Read more...)
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Monday
August 8, 2005
Sense of Life
The Power of Love (A Sequel)
by David Bertelsen
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If you love somebody, by all means, shower them with affection, passion, adoration. But remember the things in each other that made you get to that place of special love. Build lives that engage and develop the best within yourself and your lover. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 24, 2005
Humor
Around the World in Eighty Laughs: Random Musings on Irony, Septic Tanks, Whinging Poms, Frogs, Krauts, Wogs, Micks, Sheep Shaggers, Tussock Jumpers, PC Retards & SOLO's Longest Article Title
by Ross Elliot
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Gimme the semi-ironic Americans and flaccidly repressed British any day. Chuck in a wee dram of Scots, a Jew or two, a soused Irishman and you've got the perfect antidote to anything this world can throw at you. (Read more...)
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Monday
August 21, 2006
Praxes
Eliminating the Altruistic Baggage
by Joseph Rowlands
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Coming from an altruistic culture, there are mental habits and assumptions that get carried with you even when you decide to adopt an ethics of rational self-interest.  Here is a discussion of how these implict ideas can affect your worldview.  This speech was delivered at The Objectivist Center/ The Atlas Society summer seminar in July of 2006. (Read more...)
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Friday
April 9, 2010
Methodology
So then Be A Proud Socialist!
by Tibor R. Machan
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        It is disgusting to witness all the dishonesty surrounding the current administration's public policy efforts.  Even the new language columnist of The New York Times Magazine is in denial and pretends to consider it some kind of smear--even conspiracy--for those not among Mr. Obama's fan base to refer Obama & Co. as socialists. Why? (Read more...)
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