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Thursday
March 31, 2005
Objectivism
Eddie's Enigma: Objectivism and Human Nature
by Ron Merrill
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What I have presented is a new view of human nature, and one that many of us might find depressing. It may seem like a picture of human weakness. But A is A. Human nature is what it is. Ayn Rand taught us to seek out the best within us. And it is only by understanding exactly what is within us that we can seek out the best, and remake ourselves into that image. (Read more...)
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Thursday
November 3, 2005
Commentary
Was Ayn Rand a Conservative?
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand, as we know, did not consider herself a conservative. She called herself a “radical for capitalism.” In addition, many of her views were contrary to those of mainstream conservatism. She was an atheist and a fierce critic of religion. At the same time, the occasional references to Rand as a conservative call for explanation.  (Read more...)
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Thursday
November 17, 2005
Commentary
Daily Linz 20 - Vanity vs. Self-Esteem
by Lindsay Perigo
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Likely those of us who’ve been around Objectivism for a while have met one or more of them. If we see one coming we cross the road or hide behind a tree. If we see one at a table we sit at another. Willingly to expose ourselves to him would be an act of masochistic self-sacrifice. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 22, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Back to the Animal Rights Folly
by Tibor R. Machan
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As the author of a book on this subject, Putting Humans First, Why We Are Nature’s Favorite (2004)—which, surprise, surprise, was not reviewed in The New York Review of Books (even as they dutifully review Peter Singer and other animal liberation and rights promoters), I find it especially peculiar that the magazine’s chosen reviewer of Coetzee’s pro-animal rights work offers no criticism of the Nobel Prize winning novelist’s ideas. (Read more...)
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Friday
March 31, 2006
Objectivism
Moral Habits or Mental Habits?
by Joseph Rowlands
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I've seen some Objectivists describe virtues as a kind of moral habit.  I believe the idea is that by practicing them consistently, they become second-nature to you.   If you consciously practice the virtue of honesty, then your immediate reaction in any given situation is to tell the truth.  As you act virtuous, it ge... (Read more...)
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Friday
June 16, 2006
Commentary
Bill Gates, Please Shut up Already
by Tibor R. Machan
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No doubt he is a genius when it comes to software and innumerable gadgets and such; I am really pleased he got into computers big time. I certainly got a lot from that in my own line of work.  
     But Bill Gates really needs to shut about some other things he is confused about. Like his claim the other day, when he announced his impending retirement and turn to full time philanthropy, that he "needs to give back to the community." Why? Did he steal something from people? Did they lend him something he needs to return? What on earth was he talking about?
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Monday
August 13, 2007
War for Men's Minds
Rejection is Not The Answer
by Joseph Rowlands
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One day I'm arguing with a scientist. She informs me that she's an agnostic when it comes to religion. I ask if she actually believes there's a god, and she says no. But she won't rule out the possibility that there is one. In fact, she offers, she won't rule out anything. She believes that a scientist's job requi... (Read more...)
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Monday
June 1, 2009
Commentary
Dinner at the White House - a parable
by Richard Gleaves
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Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a... (Read more...)
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Thursday
September 2, 2010
War for Men's Minds
Revisiting Wealth Redistribution
by Tibor R. Machan
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It is time to bring this ruse to an end. Those people’s scam should be shut down. Their phony authority to take from everyone so they can use it as they see fit--in the name that they are the nice guys who redistribute wealth while we the greedy bunch intent on keeping it for ourselves--must be abolished. They should be sent off to join Bernie Madoff by now. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
November 3, 2010
Commentary
Two Cheers for the Gridlock
by Tibor R. Machan
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       Although I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome on November 2, 2010, that Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, among others, would be headed back to  the nation’s capitol to try to continue to shore up the government’s powers, at least the election had the favorable result of producing a gridlocked regime for a while.  I say, let them be bogged own in their partisan bickering.  This may have the unintended consequence of making life less regimented for most Americans, even free up our productive energies somewhat. (Read more...)
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Thursday
December 16, 2010
Commentary
Disgusting Rich Bashing
by Tibor R. Machan
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 The unabashed demagoguery forthcoming from the likes of Pelosi, Bernie Sanders and their cheerleaders of envy in the media and academy is for me very difficult to stomach. As is the way many in the media cover their blather as if it was just a tad different in content from, say, that of Bill Clinton’s when in fact it is out and out advocacy of tyrannical socialism. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
February 22, 2005
Objectivism
Natural Functions, Natural Goals, and the Misuse of Purpose
by Adam Reed
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The human faculty of auditory pattern recognition evolved for the function of hunting. Is every man who chooses to exercise this faculty by listening to a symphony, rather than for stalking small animals in the brush, an "unnatural" pervert? I have hunted, and I have reproduced, and I have nothing against either. But listening purely for music, and sex purely for pleasure and love, is surely, for a Human animal, the most natural thing in the world. (Read more...)
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Sunday
March 20, 2005
Sense of Life
Thank You, SOLO!
by Kelly Reynolds
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I want to say thank you to all of you SOLO folks for those hours of community you have given me and for the realization that there are many people in the world with whom I can share my life-loving, happy, value-seeking spirit. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 29, 2005
Heroes
Be Your Own Hero
by Roger E. Bissell
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True hero-worship requires not only receptivity and trust in one's hero, but also a healthy level of self-esteem and heroism in oneself. (Read more...)
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Saturday
July 9, 2005
Humor
Holy Libertarianism, Batman!
by Jamie Kelly
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Thankfully, for those of us sick of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her gaping shrill-hole spewing all that "It takes a village to raise a child to become a blowhard sycophant" garbage straight from Bill Moyers's foreword to Das Kapital, lately there has been a string of movies and television shows embracing the libertarian view of life. (Read more...)
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Saturday
July 16, 2005
Sense of Life
Who Wants To Live Forever?
by Marcus Bachler
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It has been my dream since a young age to find a cure for aging. However, the idea of human immortality can be frightening for some. (Read more...)
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Saturday
November 12, 2005
Commentary
Austrian Economics and Objectivism
by Edward W. Younkins
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By combining and synthesizing elements found in Austrian economics, Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, and the closely related philosophy of human flourishing that originated with Aristotle, we have the potential to reframe the argument for a free society into a consistent, reality-based whole whose integrated sum of knowledge and explanatory power is greater than that of its parts. (Read more...)
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Thursday
November 17, 2005
Arts
What's Wrong with Bebop? Reflections on Ayn Rand and Jazz
by Roger E. Bissell
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An objective analysis of the value of music in general, and on bebop jazz in particular, focuses primarily on the presence and quality of memorable melody. For that reason, bebop jazz, while not without redeeming virtues, is of lesser rational value than, say, Dixieland jazz. Avant-garde jazz, however, like avant-garde music in general, is beyond the pale! (Read more...)
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Thursday
December 8, 2005
Commentary
The Spirits of Christmas: A New Look at "A Christmas Carol"
by Robert Davison (Wolf)
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Those of an Objectivist or Libertarian bent usually vilify "A Christmas Carol", his best-known story, as an overly sentimental paean to altruism. But, there may be less to that theory than meets the eye. (Read more...)
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Friday
April 28, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Wealth is Produced
by G. Stolyarov II
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Special interest groups often attempt to expropriate others, justifying their actions by claiming “their share of the economic pie.” They are able to get away with violating genuinely productive individuals’ property rights by exploiting a widespread fallacy. This fallacy is the zero-sum view of wealth, perpetrated since at least the days of regulated Mercantilist economies. Its advocates view the amount of wealth in the world as static: what one man gains, another must lose. The “economic pie” was always there, and it was always the same size. Mr. Stolyarov refutes this view and argues that wealth can and must be created; its creation requires private property and free markets. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 14, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Communism and Moral Ambiguity
by Michael F Dickey
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It’s always good to be vigilantly skeptical of any kind of dichotomous us vs. them thinking.  The vast majority of it is baseless and arbitrary.  But just because right and wrong / good and evil / and us vs. them has been hijacked by every ethnicity, nationality, special interest group, and collectivist ideal, does not mean that the concepts of right and wrong and us vs. them are invalid.  There are certain fundamentals of human standards by which every culture and individual action must be judged against, and that is the respect of life and individuality.  Non judgment is the height of moral relativism and means anything goes, whether it is simply a disingenuous white lie or an attempted genocide (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 26, 2009
Commentary
Is Fear of Our Government Rational?
by Tibor R. Machan
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When society is considered a collective--akin to a team, only not
voluntarily established like most sport teams are--those who see
themselves as its leaders and charged with selecting the goals everyone
must pursue, can quite easily slip into a mode of thinking that construes
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Saturday
January 9, 2010
Commentary
Fear of Nuclear Power and Global Warming
by Michael F Dickey
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Environmental alarmism hi-jacked the natural technological progression into nuclear power and, if anthropogenic global warming is real, subsequently caused the very global warming that environmentalists are raising alarming fears about now. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
March 27, 2013
Commentary
Disconfirming Evidence
by Joseph Rowlands
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Years ago in school I learned about an important method in science. Since then, I've mentioned it to a few people and they told me that they were never actually taught it in school. The lesson went something like this: A guy is given a set of numbers. The numbers given are 4, 6, 8, 12, and 14. He is told that... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 18, 2004
Sense of Life
On Food and Sensuality
by Jennifer Iannolo
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If you have ever swooned at the sight of a juicy peach, or been aroused by the pungent aroma of truffles, you know what it means to make love passionately.  Step inside and see what I mean... (Read more...)
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