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Monday
April 22, 2002
PraxesThe Free Radical
Trafficking with the Brain-Dead
by Larry Sechrest
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What is the single biggest problem I have encountered? The students. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Objectivism and Homosexuality: Part 2 in a Series - The Rattigan Society
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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"The Rattigan Society is named after the Romantic British playwright, Sir Terence Rattigan, who in a nonstrident, consistent and courageous way, lived honestly as a gay man." So says the Society's home page at www.rattigan.net. And any discussion of the history of Objectivism and its treatment of homosexuality cannot ignore the existence of this organization. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Objectivism and Homosexuality - Again
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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I have been especially impressed with SOLO's credo that "acknowledge[s] that Ayn Rand made mistakes; that she did not address some philosophical questions needing to be addressed; that she was wrong about some matters of considerable existential moment, such as homosexuality." It is this last issue, in particular, that has always provoked some of the most virulent responses I have ever witnessed in Objectivist circles (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Dialectics & The Art of Nonfiction
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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Discussion of Ayn Rand: The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers and his own Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ArtsThe Free Radical
The Paradox of Eminem: Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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It was a warm August afternoon, and all of the windows of my apartment were wide open. I could hear the playful screams of several young kids in the alleyway below. I had decided to listen to the newly purchased "Marshall Mathers LP" as I prepared my lunch in the kitchen, so I had to pump up the volume on my audio system in order to hear it. A voice bellowed: "This is another public service announcement brought to you in part by Slim Shady. Slim Shady does not give a fuck what you think. If you don’t like it, you can suck his fucking cock. Little did you know upon purchasing this album, you have just kissed his ass. Slim Shady is fed up with your shit. Anything else? Yeah, sue me." (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
CommentaryThe Free Radical
The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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Living in New York City, it is totally impossible not to be caught up in the various tribal battles that take place on an almost daily basis. In fact, the tribalism affects every aspect of life, especially politics. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ArtsThe Free Radical
The Laramie Project:Fighting Gay Panic and The Culture of Hate
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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I recently saw a theater production called The Laramie Project. The play has toured the United States, and is currently running off-Broadway in New York City. It is produced by the Tectonic Theater Project. Eight men and women portray about thirty or so characters in a two-and-a-half hour drama on a minimalist stage. The characters are distillations of about 200 people whom the theater company interviewed over a one-year period in Laramie, Wyoming. It centers on the small town's reaction to the ghastly 1998 murder of a young gay student named Matthew Shepard. Shepard's murder has become a rallying cry of sorts by those who embrace so-called ‘hate crimes’ legislation. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
Objectivism
Interview with Chris Matthew Sciabarra
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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Is there a resurgence of sorts in Randian studies? If there is, and I wager this is true, then the most prominent of the neo-Randian scholars, Dr. Christopher Sciabarra, should take a tremendous amount of credit for it. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
CommentaryThe Free Radical
Rugby Rules No More!
by Peter Cresswell
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I want you to consider a very important question tonight, the answer to which could affect the fortunes of this country for some time to come. In fact, even as we ourselves speak here tonight, the question is being urgently debated up and down the country. The question is this: Does anyone here tonight understand the tackled ball law? (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
PraxesThe Free Radical
Athens v Sparta
by Peter Cresswell
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It is our minds that make us distinctly human. It is our very means of survival, & our chief glory; it is the human mind that is responsible for a Beethoven symphony, a Shakespearean sonnet, an Aristotelian treatise (& the glories of dark ale & red wine). As a bird teaches its young to fly, & a lioness her cubs to hunt, so too must we humans teach our infants to think - to use the mind they are born with. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ArtsThe Free Radical
Top Five(ish) Films
by Peter Cresswell
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Having been asked by the SOLO Headmaster to choose and discuss my top five films while avoiding, for the most part, the obvious Objectivist canon, I have found that to name only five is too difficult, and I herewith protest that to demand five is blatant and unforgivable rationalism. Thus unencumbered by my protestations, I present my top bunch, excluding docos, and in no particular order… (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
Commentary
Civilisation under siege
by Peter Cresswell
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This was a declaration of war - but a declaration by whom, and against what? (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
HeroesThe Free Radical
Lux Ex Nihilo
by David C. Adams
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Frederick Hart championed what is so viciously scorned today: form, meaning, and an exalted view of man — and offered it to a public starved for such values. His is now the most popular contemporary sculpture in the country, as thousands are moved by what a man pulled to life from stone. Fighting against a tyranny of ugliness and destruction, Frederick Hart created beauty, and won. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ArtsThe Free Radical
The Ninth
by David C. Adams
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Likely you have been touched by its painful beauty, made to stand a little straighter, eyes closed, as that familiar pulse of notes, in their simple phrase, moistens even the hardest eyes. Ah, that's the Ode to Joy! Such simple notes, laughing, exultant, and at once there is nowhere you do not see beauty. And while its melody is with you, your steps ascend to stars. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
War for Men's MindsThe Free Radical
Exterminating Ellsworth
by David C. Adams
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If we are to regain our freedom, it is not the politicians or the pressure groups which must ultimately be destroyed, but the life-hating spirit of Ellsworth Toohey. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
CommentaryThe Free Radical
Bill Gates: Hero, Coward
by David C. Adams
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Is there any hope? The historic antitrust suit against Microsoft is about to resume, and it seems a sure bet that the ill-named Department of Justice will have its way. The ever-eager fist of the state, fed by envy, shall crush a tall poppy for its crime of growing so high so fast. What can we conclude? Such is the dour fate of those who succeed today. Such is the hope for re-establishing the freedom which has enriched the world. Down the dark pit we fall. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
War for Men's MindsThe Free Radical
The Rediscovery of Freedom
by David C. Adams
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Americans have forgotten the spirit of their Revolution. The memorial statues have chilled to so much icy metal, the stretches of land on which blood was spilled in the name of freedom are now zoned, regulated, and barren. Independence Day celebrations consist of families relieved to be off work, picnicking and watching fireworks, without ever wondering at the connection between the bounty of food on their barbecue and the men who died for liberty. The country's vitality is largely momentum, lasting waves from the explosion of the Industrial Revolution. The great, defiant spirit of a nation has faded to an indefinite fog. (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
ArtsThe Free Radical
Reply to Ust
by David C. Adams
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I would like to comment on several points made by Dan Ust in his article, "Romanticism: Beyond Rand." (Read more...)
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Monday
April 22, 2002
PoetryThe Free Radical
Credo
by David C. Adams
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A poem. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
April 23, 2002
CommentaryThe Free Radical
Starship Astronaut the Rational Egoist
by Monart Pon
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Starship is the integration of artistry and machinery created by man's science, technology, and philosophy for generating, sustaining, and enhancing the rational, continually growing life that reaches from Earth and Sun to flourish in Free Space, among the stars. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
April 23, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Objectivism and Homosexuality: Part 3 in a Series
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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The current installment of this multi-part series on “Objectivism and Homosexuality” is a “Horror File” in and of itself in that it documents the depressing experiences of gay people in their dealings with self-identified “Objectivists.” (Read more...)
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Tuesday
April 23, 2002
Commentary
Solo Conference Testimonials
by Various Authors
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Feedback from the first SOLO conference in Waitomo Caves Hotel, New Zealand. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
May 1, 2002
The Good Life
The Benefits of Objectivism
by Barry Kayton
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Objectivism is a philosophy based in this world; a philosophy for your mind, your life, your liberty; a philosophy for life as it could be and should be. As such, the benefits of Objectivism are the benefits of life itself: priceless. (Read more...)
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Thursday
May 2, 2002
War for Men's Minds
Discover Freeland
by Barry Kayton
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From the War Room's Project page. Barry Kayton discusses his Discover Freeland project, an activity book aimed at 10-12 year olds. (Read more...)
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Friday
May 3, 2002
War for Men's Minds
The Importance Of Philosophy
by Joseph Rowlands
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From the War Room's Project page. Discussion and status of the Importance of Philosophy project. (Read more...)
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