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Saturday
December 5, 2009
Commentary
A Bit of Good News
by Tibor R. Machan
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Private property rights are the bedrock of a bona fide free country.  Just for starters, the rights to freedom of religion and the press directly depend on it--if private property can lawfully be taken by state agencies, based on spurious, subjective grounds like blight, any religious or journalistic practice not approved of by state agents becomes vulnerable to censorship or worse. (Read more...)
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Monday
February 28, 2011
War for Men's Minds
The Sleep of Reason
by Tibor R. Machan
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In basic reasoning courses one learns that certain ways of thinking are fallacious, others are sound.  Sadly, most students don’t actually remember much of what they learn here because these courses are taught too early in their college years, just at the time they are still celebrating no longer being in high school. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
August 2, 2011
Commentary
Cleaver’s Bad Theology
by Tibor R. Machan
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Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri produced a sound bite following the recent passage in Congress of the compromise bill on the debt ceiling and spending cuts. Even as this bill didn’t by any means manage to demonstrate Congress’s serious understanding of economic reality, Cleaver said that the bill amounts to a devil’s sandwich, by which he meant that it amounts to the defiance of centuries of teachings of the world’s greatest religions about how one must look out for the poor and needy as one lives one’s life. (Read more...)
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Saturday
October 8, 2011
Commentary
Fallacious Arguments for the Minimum Wage
by William Dwyer
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In this article, which I wrote some time ago but which I thought might be of interest to readers, I refute the claims of liberal economist Charles Prasch that the minimum wage law benefits our economy by increasing effective demand, promoting rapid technical change, and equalizing bargaining power in labor markets. As I explain in the article, these claims are entirely without merit, despite their appearance in a standard peer-reviewed economics journal. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 17, 2002
The Good LifeThe Free Radical
Liking People
by Joseph Rowlands
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"People are stupid and evil". Does that sound familiar? I'm guessing it does. This is a widespread belief that is promoted by nearly everyone. Those with the biggest interest in promoting this belief are the socialists. They whittle away at liberty by declaring that people are too stupid to be left on their own. Politicians love looking for some idiot somewhere that screwed up, and declaring that all men are like that, and that they must be enslaved for their own good. This makes sense, since their goal is the diminution of rights. (Read more...)
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Thursday
March 6, 2003
The Good Life
I Love People! (And Why You Should, Too!)
by Scott D. DeSalvo
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All good Objectivists understand that the life you are living - your life right now - is the only one you're going to get. Even if you haven't in the past, it is high time to make the most of it now, and from now on! (Read more...)
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Tuesday
September 14, 2004
Sense of Life
'Romance and Rationalism' Revisited and Revised
by Lindsay Perigo
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This is a revision and expansion of a Free Radical editorial, penned before the founding of SOLO, updated to take into account the current furore on SOLOHQ re homosexuality. (Read more...)
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Sunday
April 17, 2005
Sense of Life
Organic farmer? Yes. Nature lover? Yes. Environmentalist? Never!!
by Kelly Reynolds
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They don’t want to have their own parade; they want to rain on everybody else’s. (Read more...)
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Friday
July 1, 2005
Sense of Life
The Tonic of Love
by David Bertelsen
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At its best, love inspires us to wonderful things and connects us deeply to our own feelings. This is the hopeful beginning to my new fairytale, as a flicker of romance reignites my soul and fills me with a magnificent feeling of optimism and joy. (Read more...)
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Thursday
October 27, 2005
Commentary
Daily Linz 16 - Fundamental Stuff 4
by Lindsay Perigo
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As Objectivists, we should hold the thought that Pythagoras’ doctrines were to resurface in Plato—to devastating effect. While there is no denying his groundbreaking, fruitful brilliance, the fact that his discoveries were steeped in mysticism set the scene for Plato’s full-on rationalism and intrinsicism, with everything that implied for the future of Western thought and civilisation. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 8, 2005
Commentary
The War with Islam
by Andre Zantonavitch
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Muslims forever claim the the West in general, and America in particular, is "at war with Islam." Nothing could seem more ludicrous. But is it? (Read more...)
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Friday
November 11, 2005
Commentary
Daily Linz 19 - Friday Miscellany
by Lindsay Perigo
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This week's topics: Reason/emotion; The Free Radical 69.

Daily Linz has been less than "daily" this week and last, on account, as explained, of my being immersed in the upcoming Free Radical. I can report that this issue will KASS even more than most! Lead article is an interview with the world's first "Political Correctness Eradicator." What a hopelessly confused weasel-worder he shows himself to be! There's an exclusive article by Casey Fahy, The Silence of Ayn Rand's Critics, guaranteed to cause wailing and gnashing of teeth. ...
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Saturday
December 17, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Objectivist Clubs and the Four Basic Human Needs
by Luke Setzer
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As the designated Club Coordinator for the Rebirth of Reason™, I find myself tasked with the monumental charge of creating a global network of Objectivist clubs.  Such a monumental charge demands a monumental article.  Although I am not religious, I certainly accept as a timeless truth the verse from the Book of Proverbs that informs us, "Where there is no vision, the people perish."  This article explores the core working premises one should use from which to arrive at a vision for a global Objectivist club network, an organization "as it might be and ought to be." (Read more...)
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Wednesday
December 21, 2005
Objectivism
Thoughts for the Neophyte Objectivist
by Ethan A. Dawe
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      One of the great things about learning Objectivism is the clarity it can give you when looking at life and the world around you. Each day we are bombarded by issues and concerns in all forms of media and in our interactions with others. Pundits, experts, friends, and co-workers alike talk on and on about what’s w... (Read more...)
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Tuesday
March 14, 2006
The Good Life
Saying Yes to Life
by Jenna W
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What matters is that you do good work. What matters is that you produce things that are true and will stand. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
June 30, 2009
Commentary
On Passing Judgment: Politics versus Etiquette
by Ted Keer
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From Ayn Rand's break with the Brandens to the current fiasco over James Valliant's banning at Wikipedia, Objectivists have taken sides and demanded that sides be taken. Is this the best policy in all cases? (Read more...)
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Friday
July 15, 2011
The Good Life
Handling Conflicts Productively
by Luke Setzer
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People can argue all day long about who is "right" or "wrong" as the broad spectrum of today's news commentators and politicians shows. So let those irrelevant others "feel" they are right using this technique. Meanwhile, pause to savor how you have learned to save your precious time and energy for what you enjoy most without ever actually sanctioning your enemies. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
April 23, 2002
Praxes
An Educational Game
by Joseph Rowlands
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The rules of this game are simple. We’re going to pretend that we’re running the government. But instead of valuing education, we’re going to pretend that we disvalue education. (Read more...)
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Monday
May 3, 2004
War for Men's Minds
God's Goofballs
by Lindsay Perigo
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Something I just saw on Larry King enabled me to retrieve some humour from a very black situation - a cluster of clerics from different religions assembled to answer the question, "Where was God on September 11?" The question itself, let alone the answers, sent me off into peals of laughter, & I could only regret that the estimable ecclesiastics had not chosen to appear in their fancy dress to complete the comedic appeal of this risible spectacle. (Read more...)
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Sunday
August 22, 2004
Sense of Life
The Day My Grandmother Saved My Life
by James Kilbourne
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If I had learned nothing else in my 22 years, I had learned that homosexuals were weak and disgusting people. I had never heard a serious challenge to that assessment. I had tried to save my self-esteem by telling myself I wasn’t really homosexual. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
January 5, 2005
Commentary
Will It Finally Sink In This Time?
by Lindsay Perigo
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(Author's note - I am obliged to Pete for posting the link that inspired this article.)

"God works in mysterious ways" is really a euphemism for "God works in indefensible ways." And that is a pointer to the bottom line reality: there’s no such entity working in any such way; God simply ain’t there. (Read more...)

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Friday
May 20, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Roosevelt's Phony Rights
by Tibor R. Machan
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April 12 was the anniversary of FDR’s inglorious death, from ailments largely hidden from the public in a pattern of deception that has now become all too closely associated with America’s political leadership. But that’s nothing compared to the deception perpetrated upon the American people via Roosevelt’s list of phony rights, a list that forever corrupted the ideas of the American Founders. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
June 7, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Argument by Proxy
by Nathan Hawking
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SOLO is a wonderful experience. It's vibrant, full of life, and full of people who care about ideas. It's refreshing to encounter those who actually change their minds when presented with sound arguments or compelling evidence. (Read more...)
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Saturday
June 25, 2005
Praxes
The Miracle of Breakfast
by Peter Cresswell
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The 'miracle of breakfast' is that it is no miracle at all. It is the fruit of freedom. (Read more...)
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Friday
July 29, 2005
Commentary
Moderation is Half-Assed
by Alec Mouhibian
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If you call yourself a moderate, you can mean one of two things. You could have a strong opinion on a host of issues in a way that doesn’t combine to fit a common group, such as being pro-war and pro-whore, which is commendable. Or you could mean that—being part Democrat and part Republican—your principles are literally half-ass. (Read more...)
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