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Monday
October 8, 2007
Intellectual Ammunition
Event-based Morality
by Joseph Rowlands
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How do you judge a person's moral commitment?  How do you tell whether someone is virtuous or not?  The answer to these questions can change the way you see morality. ... (Read more...)
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Friday
March 1, 2013
Commentary
Qualitative Predictions
by Joseph Rowlands
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All too often people think about predictions as being quantitative.  A physics problem might ask you to predict how far a bullet will fly given an initial velocity and position.  Economic forecasters will try to predict the change in inflation, or unemployment, or the trade surplus.  Engineers will make predictions abo... (Read more...)
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Thursday
May 23, 2013
Commentary
Causation in a Complex System
by Joseph Rowlands
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What is the right way to analyze a complex system? A complex system can have many variables with complex interactions, leading to complex effects that have many different attributes. Some examples of complex systems are economies, biological systems, climate, and child development. Each has an enormous number of fac... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
May 22, 2002
The Good Life
Forgiveness
by Joseph Rowlands
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"It is against the sin of forgiveness that I wanted to warn you." (Read more...)
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Friday
September 6, 2002
The Good LifeThe Free Radical
The Meaning Of Life
by Joseph Rowlands
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Joseph Rowlands gave this speech at the inaugural SOLO conference in NZ. "What is life? What do we mean when we say the word? Since the word stands at the center of Objectivist ethics, the answer to this question has wide-reaching implications." (Read more...)
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Saturday
May 15, 2004
Arts
"Don't Cry for Me" - Aristotle
by Peter Cresswell
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We all like a good 'weepy.' And we all know about catharsis. We got the idea from Aristotle, who argued that catharsis is the number one reason for enjoying drama. Ayn Rand didn’t agree. Art, she argued, shows us in concrete form what our world-view actually is. But have we got it all wrong? And is it okay to weep at the movies? (Read more...)
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Sunday
February 6, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - A Dissident Dissents
by Tibor R. Machan
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This lopsided moralizing betrays the practically obsessive anti-Americanism of too many people. Only Americans ever do things wrong—the rest need to be defended at all cost no matter how vicious they are. Balderdash. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
July 26, 2005
War for Men's MindsThe Free Radical
Lessons Learned, Lessons Forgotten
by George W. Cordero
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In the years that lie ahead of us, the topic of nuclear proliferation by Islamic theocracies will increasingly dominate the news. Voices from all sides of the political spectrum will lend their expert advice on the issue. The loudest voice that you will hear is the ever-present voice of appeasement and pacifism: the voice of the guilt-ridden and self-hating Western nations. (Read more...)
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Monday
August 29, 2005
Commentary
The High Costs of Free Health Care
by Andrew Bissell
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Health care is no different from any other service, except that it requires so much more investment—in education, technology, and time—to be done right. No amount of legal tinkering and government intervention can change that. Health care is a need too important to be entrusted to one institution, especially one as bloated, self-important, and inefficient as the federal government. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
August 30, 2005
Commentary
Speaking for the Speechless
by Peter Cresswell
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Too many people spend too much of their time speaking either on someone else's behalf, or as a spokesman for people or causes that can't speak for themselves—and they spend too much of our time telling us what we should be doing on behalf of those for whom they claim to speak. And in the name of those "without a voice," they often seek to silence those who do have a voice. How do they all get away with it, and why do we let them? (Read more...)
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Monday
September 12, 2005
Commentary
The Death of Faith
by John Hospers
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What is it that prompts people to entertain such beliefs and continue to hold them throughout a lifetime, even in the face of contrary experience? Some say it is “hope, grounded in the promises of Scripture;” others, that it is hope entertained in desperation; others, that it is “believing something you know darned well isn’t so.” For the most part, believes Sam Harris, it is the psychological difficulty or inability to face reality, the fact that “this is it” and death ends our mortal existence. (Read more...)
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Thursday
December 1, 2005
Sense of Life
The Rebirth
by Joseph Rowlands
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Welcome to the Rebirth of Reason website. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
May 23, 2006
Commentary
The Harms of Drugs versus the Harms of the War on Drugs
by G. Stolyarov II
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Mr. Stolyarov has no sympathy for drug addicts; he morally disapproves of their behavior. However, the drug addicts would harm only themselves and willing associates were it not for the coercive illegalization of drugs. This essay argues the case of all those innocent, moral, productive individuals who are harmed by the government-waged War on Drugs. Compared to the damage the War on Drugs inflicts on good people, the harms from drug-taking itself are minimal.   (Read more...)
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Friday
July 7, 2006
Commentary
Ideas Require Application
by G. Stolyarov II
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Mr. Stolyarov refutes the prevalent mindset among intellectuals that truth must be pursued solely for its own sake. Rather, he contends that the purpose of truth is to enable the individual to survive and flourish. Mr. Stolyarov presents a theory of the three vital components of truth and an imperative for intellectuals to turn their minds outward toward benefiting themselves by means of the external reality. (Read more...)
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Monday
March 19, 2007
Sense of Life
Five Words That Spell Liberation
by Luke Setzer
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Many speakers invite you to "make the connection" -- whatever that means.  I invite you -- yes, I do mean you -- to make the disconnection.  Disconnect yourself from the obstructionists, the life drainers, the destroyers.  Set yourself free from the Gordian knots of troublemakers so that you can live your life your way. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
May 13, 2008
Commentary
A Corrupt Profession
by Tibor R. Machan
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There are those who believe that business is inherently corrupt--communists would be among those, and socialists. The very idea of striving to make a profit is treated by these people as morally objectionable. Of course, some even think medicine fits the bill, or military service. And there are animal rights advocates who believe the entire meat industry is morally base. (Read more...)
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Saturday
November 8, 2008
Commentary
American Commissars
by Tibor R. Machan
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My reason for focusing on these ideas is not so much to dispute them from the viewpoint of sound
political economy but to examine them as instances of rank and immoral political elitism.
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Saturday
December 20, 2008
Commentary
Against USA, Inc.
by Tibor R. Machan
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    Government, even if democratic--meaning one that serves everyone in
society--is to be limited in its scope. That scope is to secure our
rights, just as the American Founders envisioned it. (Read more...)

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Wednesday
November 23, 2011
Commentary
The Keynesian Non-Answer
by Tibor R. Machan
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I have never managed to appreciate why these people keep assuming that the judgments and actions of government officials are superior to those of the citizenry throughout the world where these Keynesian proposals are being made and followed routinely.  I keep asking, “Who are these people whom we can trust with such tasks as running a country’s economic affairs?”  Somehow thousands of intellectuals who would never entrust government with tasks such as censoring literature and newspapers nevertheless have no compunction about entrusting them with the very delicate and idiosyncratic tasks of directing people’s economic affairs. (Read more...)
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Friday
May 21, 2004
Objectivism
Honesty and the Arbitrary
by Joseph Rowlands
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The more lies you try to maintain, the bigger the mental burden is. You'd eventually get crushed by the weight of the lies. It's not surprising that when the truth comes out, often the liar is relieved. He no longer has to live in a state of constant anxiety, spending every ounce of energy he's got on keeping his lies straight. (Read more...)
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Sunday
January 30, 2005
The Good Life
Seven Deadly Sins
by Lindsay Perigo
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Seven Deadly Sins ought to be enough to be going on with. As will be readily apparent, they are overlapping and mutually reinforcing ... I hope that in getting my exasperation with them off my chest, I have written something of value to the reader in his quest for Nem-status and eudaimonia. It can be summed up as follows:

This above all, thine own self create, and to it forever be true …
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Saturday
March 12, 2005
CommentaryThe Free Radical
Bad Philosophy Is Inconsistent
by Joseph Rowlands
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Bad philosophy has a number of effects, even though it isn't practiced consistently.  We don't expect it to be practiced consistently.  But we've seen that when it really matters, your philosophical views become important and bad philosophy will impact your life.  We've also shown that the more frequent problems come from the unseen effects of a bad philosophical view.  What you miss is as important as what you mistakenly believe. (Read more...)
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Saturday
April 9, 2005
Humor
Rules for Women and Rules for Men
by Luke Setzer
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All the ramblings in SOLO lately about rules for communicating with women and men offered a perfect opportunity for me to share this little gem.  The authors of these two jokes remain unknown but they have floated about the Internet for years. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
May 25, 2005
Sense of Life
Revenge Of the Sith: "New Hope" or "No Hope?"
by Joseph C. Maurone
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The final chapter in the prequel trilogy offers a sobering parallel to the Objectivist view of life versus death. What will be the Objectivist answer to the false dichotomies in this movie? (Read more...)
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Saturday
June 11, 2005
Sense of Life
A Benevolent Universe: Through the Eyes of a Child
by Jennifer Iannolo
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What can be observed through the eyes of a child?  A former child-hater revisits the issue. (Read more...)
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