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Thursday
September 23, 2004
Sense of Life
Don't Be Cool. BE HOT!
by James Kilbourne
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The most horrible way to live that I can imagine is to always be worried that you are not cool. The great fear becomes that you might embarrass yourself. To give in to that fear is the death knell of all in you that is sincere. (Read more...)
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Saturday
March 26, 2005
Sense of Life
Mother, Ayn, Nathaniel and I ... and Death with Dignity
by Barbara Branden
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[Editor's note: every so often a post appears that is of article stature, and I pluck it from its thread and put it up in lights. This is one such outstanding post, from the thread, Terri Schiavo's Sad Saga. - Linz]

Please remember this story when you are told, as you will be told, that Nathaniel is an unfeeling and cruel wretch. Remember it when you are told that there was little more to Ayn Rand than an obsession with moral absolutism. Remember it, as I do. (Read more...)

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Monday
May 2, 2005
Commentary
Phallophobic Feminism
by Alec Mouhibian
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Gender studies has nothing to do with dialogue or discourse on gender issues—but with one long vagina monologue that seeks to viciously silence all other views while promoting sexual paranoia, political correctness, and lies. (Read more...)
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Monday
June 6, 2005
Sense of Life
Holding Court - June 6, 2005
by Barbara Branden
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Barbara answers your questions. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 14, 2005
Commentary
The Benevolence of the "Robber Barons"
by Heidi C. Lange
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The best way to serve society -- the best form of philanthropy -- is productivity. If you want to help your fellow man, make a lot of money.
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Thursday
September 22, 2005
Poetry
Jazz
by Marty Lewinter
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Shimmering golden notes of jazz ... (Read more...)
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Thursday
September 22, 2005
Commentary
Two Worldviews - The Trader and Taking Syndromes
by A. Robert Malcom
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Jane Jacobs, in Systems of Survival, points out that there are only two methods of survival. In addition, she points out that humans are unique in possessing both -- all other animals have only one. These two methods of survival are, as Jacobs notes, fundamentally different outlooks on life. As such, they have profoundly different consequences. Originating in very different contexts, these outlooks each evolved into a set of syndromes that encompass a whole range of notions congruent with each particular view of the world. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 18, 2005
Commentary
Daily Linz 11 - Phor the Record
by Lindsay Perigo
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I normally enjoy writing my Daily Linzes. I have not enjoyed writing this one. Normally anything I say about the pholk on Regi’s site is a piss-take, to which they seem incapable of reacting humorously. But certain seriously misleading things are being repeated and repeated there that bear serious rebuttal—which I have now, reluctantly, furnished. For the record. (Read more...)
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Friday
November 25, 2005
Commentary
Valliant Versus the Brandens
by Fred Seddon
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Let me begin with a “thank you” to Linz for recommending (highly) James S. Valliant’s book “The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics,” (PARC). And while I agree with most of what our fearless leader had to say (I liked the book so much I’ve ordered a copy as a Christmas present for a friend), I do have a few thoughts I want to state for the record. (Read more...)
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Monday
January 16, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Principles of Activism 5: Unique Advantages
by Joseph Rowlands
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What kinds of activism should we focus on?  That can be a tough question with no easy answer.  The problem is that there are so many things you can do to promote Objectivist ideas.  We could promote life-affirming art, less taxation, financial responsibility, or countless other ideas.  Any of these ideas move us closer... (Read more...)
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Friday
January 20, 2006
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Modern Liberalism's Central Flaw
by Tibor R. Machan
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Modern liberals sadly cling to their most grievous flaw and that is what makes them, even if at times only inadvertently,  fundamentally misanthropic. They believe that advancing their objectives, even those that are perfectly valid, ought to be done by using coercion against those whose cooperation they seek. (Read more...)
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Monday
February 13, 2006
War for Men's Minds
Unilateral Moral Disarmament
by Robert James Bidinotto
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Awakening on the morning of September 11, 2001, we Americans were proud, happy, and confident. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
May 17, 2006
Commentary
What’s a Self-Made Individual?
by Tibor R. Machan
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Whenever erudite critics of America’s social and political philosophy wish to make fun of it all, they mention the "self-made individual" (or, in older terminology, "man"). Recently one such critic recalled some quip that said, "How many people does it take to make a self-made man?" The point being, self-made individuals do not exist at all, everyone, in fact, develops by relying on innumerable others. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
May 15, 2007
Commentary
Soft Pedalling Coercion
by Tibor R. Machan
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All those of us who travel by air have probably come across those announcements in airports about how smoking is forbidden. If airports were private facilities, I would have no problem with this. And, in fact, since I don’t smoke, I am not personally put out by those bans, either. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 20, 2008
Commentary
NATO, Georgia and Russia
by Tibor R. Machan
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Thomas Friedman of The New York Times writes that he is against expanding NATO. While he condemns the Russian government for its muscle flexing vis-à-vis the Republic of Georgia, he considers Georgia’s desire to join NATO unwise. As he recounts his and some of his allies reasoning at the time when the USSR collapsed, "It seemed to us that since we had finally brought down Soviet communism and seen the birth of democracy in Russia the most important thing to do was to help Russian democracy take root and integrate Russia into Europe. Wasn’t that why we fought the cold war to give young Russians the same chance at freedom and integration with the West as young Czechs, Georgians and Poles? Wasn’t consolidating a democratic Russia more important than bringing the Czech Navy into NATO?" (Read more...)
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Tuesday
December 28, 2010
Commentary
Krugman’s Trashy Debating Style
by Tibor R. Machan
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Princeton economics professor and columnist for The New York Times Paul Krugman has always been discourteous to those with whom he disagrees but his latest exhibition of his way of going about debating issues takes the cake. (Read more...)
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Sunday
September 18, 2011
News
Contra Krugman on Compassion
by Tibor R. Machan
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Real versus phony compassion! (Read more...)
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Saturday
February 16, 2013
Commentary
The Boundary of Philosophy and Science
by Joseph Rowlands
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The history of science begins with a new way of thinking about knowledge.  Before the development of science, it was viewed as appropriate for philosophers to make statements about the nature of the world.  They might speculate that everything is made of fire, earth, water and air.  They might claim that heavier object... (Read more...)
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Friday
April 9, 2004
Commentary
Magical Words
by Joseph Rowlands
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The purpose of philosophy determines the means by which it should be expressed.  If you think philosophy is to win arguments and crush your opponent, then emotionally-driven statements and a barrage of arguments are the standard formula.  If you believe that philosophy is just a kind of mental game you play to show off... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 13, 2005
Objectivism
Getting Rights Right
by Robert James Bidinotto
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[Editor's note—I have long held that there is confusion in Rand's writings as to whether "rights" are metaphysical properties of human beings or ethical concepts. It is true that by the time she got round to addressing the question specifically in Galt's Speech she defined them as concepts, yet elsewhere she appeared to be positing rights as ready-made "things" one is born with in the same way one is born with two thumbs & eight fingers. In this post on the SOLOHQ thread, Who's Better Off?, Robert Bidinotto both clears the confusion up & demonstrates its consequences. — Linz]

Should the concept of "rights" be interpreted within a moral context of rational self-interest? Or is it a kind of Kantian "categorical imperative"—a metaphysical commandment that shouts "thou shalt not impose force," without regard to any considerations of rational self-interest? (Read more...)

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Wednesday
September 21, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - The Fraud of "Taking Responsibility"
by Tibor R. Machan
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Now and then someone in government will be demoted or transferred to some other position, but is anyone who supposedly admits responsibility for bad things that happened going to get his or her comeuppance? No. So then, what’s the point of making these announcements? (Read more...)
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Monday
October 10, 2005
Commentary
Daily Linz 6 - A Duty to Live?
by Lindsay Perigo
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Peikoff’s answer to the question, “Why choose life?” reads to me like, “Because it’s there, so you must.” Mine would be, “There’s no intrinsic ‘why,’ short of a powerful biological urge which I’m free to accept or reject; there’s no a priori categorical imperative saying you must choose life—so find your own ‘why’ and speak for yourself." (Read more...)
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Friday
October 28, 2005
Commentary
Daily Linz 17 - Friday Miscellany
by Lindsay Perigo
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PC; Diana; MSK.

Political Correctness-loathers everywhere may be interested to learn that New Zealand’s National Party, which came within a whisker of winning power in the recent general election, has appointed the world’s first Political Correctness Eradicator. (Read more...)

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Tuesday
November 1, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Fighting the Crab Bucket Mentality
by Matthew Graybosch
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If the United States is plagued by the Crab Bucket Mentality, you can be damned sure that syndicated advice columnists are doing nothing to help. You can be just as sure that I am going to call them to account for their irresponsible advice. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
July 25, 2007
Commentary
The True Meaning of "Civil Rights"
by William Scott Dwyer
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The modern version of civil rights is now a fait accompli -- an uncontroversial part of the American culture. Yet the original meaning of "civil rights" as introduced by Thomas Paine has all but been forgotten, if it was ever understood to begin with. In it's original incarnation, "civil rights" meant essentially the same thing as the "unalienable rights" referred to in the Declaration of Independence. Today, however, the term "civil rights" has devolved into the opposite of its original meaning and is now synonymous with ethnic rights, which are the antipode of the individual rights endorsed by Paine and Jefferson. (Read more...)
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