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Wednesday
April 6, 2011
Commentary
Atlas Shrugged Part I, the Movie
by Tibor R. Machan
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I saw Part I of the movie a few weeks ago and although it didn’t grab me as did the book when I first read it--how could it have?--it is a very good picture; it’s modern, serious, chuck full of poignant anti-statist and pro-capitalist dialogue (unlike most Hollywood products these days). (Read more...)
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Monday
March 14, 2005
Objectivism
Double-Standards and Ayn Rand's Personal Life
by Andrew Bissell
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Critics who obsess over the details of Ayn Rand's personal life give free-passes to the offenses of other writers and thinkers. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
April 19, 2005
Commentary
Talents and Values
by Kelly Reynolds
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Talents are inborn, not chosen. They are the equivalent of beauty. Just as no one has any obligation to be a model because he is incredibly handsome, no one has an obligation to be an opera singer because he has an incredibly beautiful voice. (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 28, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Moral Outrage in Tehran!
by Steven Thomas Druckenmiller
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This should not just be titled under a war for men's minds, but an all-out WAR on Islamic filth. (Read more...)
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Saturday
September 17, 2005
Commentary
The New Green Inquisition
by Andrew Bissell
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Throughout the history of science, skeptics and radical thinkers have often battled entrenched orthodoxies -- imposed by religious and political institutions -- to achieve a better understanding of the way the world works. Galileo and Pasteur come to mind. Today’s global warming skeptics, it seems, sometimes have it no better. (Read more...)
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Friday
November 18, 2005
Commentary
The Epicurean Roots of Some Classical Liberal and Misesian Concepts
by Martin Masse
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Epicureanism, wrote Ludwig von Mises, inaugurated "the spiritual, moral and intellectual emancipation of mankind". One can find articles on the Internet discussing similarities between Objectivism and Epicureanism, and how Ayn Rand has been influenced by Epicurus. These are some examples of how this ancient philosophy is connected to the classical liberal and libertarian tradition. (Read more...)
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Thursday
April 6, 2006
Sense of Life
I Wish He'd Beat Me
by JJ Tuan
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Relationships are beneficial to our lives.  It's great to have someone who resonates with you to share your joys and sorrows with, to have interesting conversations with at all times of day, to go to dinner and movies with, to take care of you when you are feeling sick, or just to lift heavy things and reach tall place... (Read more...)
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Monday
May 31, 2004
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Of Fundamentals & Fidelity, Revisited
by Lindsay Perigo
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SOLO does not seek to "rewrite Objectivism." It does seek to change the culture of Objectivism that the ARI has imposed for too long now. Nietzsche said that one must forgive a philosopher his [her] first generation of disciples. It's hard to forgive the ARI for its bullying, its intimidation, its malevolence, its dishonesty, its blackballing of Titans like Sciabarra & Machan & Kelley & Walsh & Reisman, its cultivation of subservience & mediocrity ... (Read more...)
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Sunday
December 26, 2004
Sense of Life
Take Back The Coffeehouses!
by Eric J. Tower
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Sometime in the 20th century capitalists abandoned the coffeehouses to the intellectuals as they abandoned philosophy to them. During the 20th century coffeehouses became synonymous with crazy intellectuals proclaiming the world's non-existence and capitalism's evil nature.  I will grant them this haven no longer. (Read more...)
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Sunday
July 31, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Drooling Beast
by James Kilbourne
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This article is my explanation of what is wrong at SOLO. I am not a medical doctor or a therapist, so I stress: this is just my opinion. It is up to Linz whether he will let it be published. It is my hope that it will at least help people better understand my departure. (Read more...)
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Thursday
August 11, 2005
Commentary
PC Speech Codes
by Marty Lewinter
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Free speech is in grave danger at our colleges—the institutions of learning, the marketplaces of ideas, the battlegrounds for all kinds of intellectual and artistic issues. In the great intellectual battles fought on our campuses, no one should be guaranteed a psychologically "safe" place. Our feelings may take a beating every now and then. That is the price of free inquiry. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
September 6, 2005
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
All or Nothing: Philosophy with Degrees (Part 3) - Objectivism's Solution
by Joseph Rowlands
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How prevalent is the all or nothing approach? Keep your eyes open and you'll see plenty of examples. But the important point to take away is that degrees really matter. They may require more thinking. They may be more difficult to explain or to utilize. But they're a basic part of comprehension and you can't avoid them without sinking into blind ignorance. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 11, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Ask The Question
by Duncan Bayne
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How often do you start to discuss an issue with someone, and find yourself going around in circles, with the debate degenerating into an argument, and then into a fight, finally ending without anyone having learned anything? There’s an easy fix for this problem. As soon as you’ve identified the issue at hand and determined the other person’s position, ask The Question. (Read more...)
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Sunday
November 6, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - No Choice, Only An Echo
by Tibor R. Machan
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What should be clear to all these highly educated, well read, sober people on both sides—all of whom have their own particular value-agendas, make no mistake about that—is that adult human beings just do not get better when they are pushed around, however well-meaning are the pushers. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
January 3, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Objectivism in China
by JJ Tuan
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Objectivism is a philosophy unheard of in China.  In fact, a cursory online search of Objectivism yields some hits in Japanese, but none in Chinese.  Yet as the most populous country in the world, China presents a unique opportunity as an untapped market for promoting Objectivism. What are its characteristics that woul... (Read more...)
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Monday
February 6, 2006
Commentary
Altruism Against Freedom
by Joseph Rowlands
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Politics is a branch of ethics.  It is defined by the ethical system at its root.  You can't just pick and choose ethical standards and political systems.  Some are necessarily incompatible, and others are mutually reinforcing.  The combination I want to focus on is the political system of liberty and the ethics of alt... (Read more...)
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Tuesday
December 28, 2004
War for Men's Minds
Rousseau And Kant - Partners In Crime
by Lindsay Perigo
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Objectivists looking to promote a renaissance of Enlightenment values may legitimately identify Kant’s teachings as pernicious; let us not, however, overlook the influence of his partner-in-crime, Rousseau. (Read more...)
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Monday
February 21, 2005
Commentary
The New Face of Human Selfishness
by George W. Cordero
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These people really do believe that life is ‘one giant hospital’, and that each of us must be our ‘brother's keeper.’ (Read more...)
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Thursday
June 2, 2005
Sense of Life
The French Paradox, American Angst ... and NOSA
by Lindsay Perigo
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Could this be the true "French Paradox": that Americans, with a tradition of muscular individualism, disdain for bullshit, and love of life, have become a nation of whining psychobabble-sissies … while the French, steeped in religion, nonsense, self-denial and reality-evasion … have become a nation of life-affirmers?! (Read more...)
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Saturday
August 27, 2005
Commentary
Beyond Survival and Flourishing
by Roger E. Bissell
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For some time now, I have been observing the gradual emergence of a three-tiered model of life-centered ethics—survival, flourishing, and generativity. Aristotle said that every living being—plants, animals, people—has three essential components of a full life: metabolism (survival), growth (flourishing), and extending oneself outside one's self (generativity). Objectivists often get hung up debating survival vs. flourishing, when it's obvious that it's both, plus generativity. I don't see how a full, healthy life can exist without all three. (Read more...)
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Saturday
September 3, 2005
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
All or Nothing: Philosophy with Degrees (Part 2) - General Reasons
by Joseph Rowlands
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The all or nothing view, whether caused by rationalism, intrinsicism, or just mental sloppiness, cannot see important relationships, or maybe just doesn't care. It's not concerned with degrees, and can't deal with them. It draws very clear boundaries, and you have easy, definitive uses. It doesn't matter how close you are to the boundaries, the results are the same. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 11, 2005
Objectivism
Daily Linz 7 - Sense of Strife Objectivists?
by Lindsay Perigo
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I hope that SOLO will continue to be a repository of open debate among the factions, without ceasing to be a scourge of such evils as postmodernism, relativism, Political Correctness, the Cult of Uncertainty and all the rest of the ghastly contemporary sewer whose pusball representatives I finally flamed here recently. I hope that it will continue to accommodate dissent without blunting its polemical edge, the KASS factor. I hope that its vision, set forth in the Credo, will survive and prosper from all the tumult and the shouting. I hope that the end result will be a noisy world full of Objectivists, all talking animatedly to each other whatever their disagreements! (Read more...)
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Monday
August 27, 2007
Intellectual Ammunition
Is Altruism Really About Self-Sacrifice?
by Joseph Rowlands
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Sometimes it's difficult to communicate radical ideas to people unfamiliar with them. An excellent example of this is the Objectivist view that altruism is at its essence a morality of self-sacrifice. If you were to describe altruism as aiming at self-sacrifice, or suggest it is a morality aimed at death, you'd proba... (Read more...)
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Monday
October 15, 2007
War for Men's Minds
Always Irrational
by Joseph Rowlands
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Emotionalism is a policy of making decisions based on your feelings, and not on your rational judgment.  Some people may choose it intentionally, thinking their emotions are some secret insight to the truth.  Others may do it because they just don't want to resist their emotional responses.  Like all irrational moral p... (Read more...)
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Monday
May 19, 2008
Sense of Life
The Young Sparrow
by Ed Thompson
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A short story. (Read more...)
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