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  1. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    See the opening of her essay The Comprachicos. She translated a couple pages from The Man who Laughs there. That's obviously who I'm alluding to. Or rather, to what her critics often say. Eco never referred to Rand, not anywhere that I'm aware of. And by now I'd have come across it.
  2. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    Discussions about Victor Hugo usually start with a comment by Gide who, when asked who was the greatest French poet, replied, "Hugo, hélas!" ("Hugo, alas!"). Anyone wanting to hit harder might go on to quote Cocteau: "Victor Hugo was a madman who believed he was Victor Hugo." Gide's lament meant many things, but now tends to be read as meaning Hugo (and perhaps, in particular, Hugo the narrator) is a great writer despite his innumerable defects, his bombast, his sometimes insufferable rhetoric. Cocteau's quip, however, is not quite correct: Victor Hugo was not a madman who believed he was Victor Hugo - Victor Hugo simply believed he was God, or at least his official interpreter. Umberto Eco, Hugo Hélas!: The Poetics of Excess; Inventing the Enemy p.97 Sound like a commentary on anyone else?
  3. Objectivist Esthetics, R.I.P.

    It's one of the all time greats. Seek out Joseph Campbell's talks on it. The recent contributions to this thread called this scene to mind.
  4. Gary Leonard Hull

    I met Gary Hull in the mid-nineties. He was a presenter at a weekend conference I attended, it was a Lyceum one, which was Yaron Brook’s organization before he became head ARI honcho. Richard Salsman and Andy Bernstein were the other presenters. I vaguely recall meeting Yaron there (he wasn’t a known figure yet). There were upwards of a hundred attendees. I operated as something of a gadfly during the Q&A’s. I recall getting into a back and forth with Hull about the morality of violating laws. Particularly tax laws; that was the jumping off point. I made the case that it was immoral because it’s imprudent, and went on to something along the lines of a Categorical Imperative type formulation. I can’t recall the logical structure of his rebuttal, but he sharply disagreed and (naturally) got the last word. Reading about his recent troubles now…ironic is the word that comes to mind. From my limited interactions with him (which included some one on one chats during break periods) I certainly liked the guy. So I’m not gloating. I followed the links and there isn’t much information to be gleaned. Just that he was arrested in Missouri for identity theft and for being wanted in another state. The mugshot is definitely him (Cline casts doubt, but there’s no doubt in my mind). Did he get out? Can't tell. By now, probably. I did some Googling and found his Rate My Professor page. There is some amusement to be found there: http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=276534 Imagine the students he flunked reveling in schadenfreude.
  5. I suspect the OP was composed by atlashead's alter ego: Pot-Head. And it being Sunday morning, I say why not? Share your hipiphany here, there, and everywhere. Note to PH, if you want to get a post deleted, the simplest method is to direct vulgar abuse towards the site's owner. Otherwise the worst that's liable to happen to your contribution is that it'll get moved to the Garbage Pile.
  6. Irwin Corey RIP

    Alas, it had to happen sometime. 102 years old. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/arts/irwin-corey-comedian-and-foremost-authority-dies-at-102.html?_r=0
  7. Conspiracy theories and Conspiracy theorists

    Correction, that was Jeff Lebowski aka The Dude. The one on the left is The Big Lebowski.
  8. Donald Trump

    Let's not forget certain people were confident Romney had it in the bag in the week before election day in 2012. BTW, on the topic of Electoral ties, looks like we'll have at least one "faithless elector": http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/05/washington-state-elector-says-wont-vote-for-clinton.html
  9. Peikoff’s latest howler

    Lenny has run out of howlers. He's retired his podcast. http://www.peikoff.com/2016/10/31/leonard-peikoffs-final-podcast/
  10. Donald Trump

    1980 was the same. Carter was expected to win, and Reagan blew him away. As of this moment, it looks like Hillary's going to win big. "Mandate" level win. Me, I'm all in for Johnson.
  11. Donald Trump

    FWIW, Wendell Willkie was never in public service before becoming the Republican presidential nominee in 1940, and was a successful businessman. His military service consisted of going through training to fight in WWI, but it was over before he got there. Here's a good, fair-minded, easy to read article on the big tax loss imbroglio: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/10/trumps-909-million-tax-loss-new-york-times-points-toward-poor-tax-policy.html Though that story is pretty well forgotten already. Someone get me started on the "Carried Interest Loophole" both Trump and Hillary denounced last night. Or actually, no, don't get me started. I don't have the time or the intestinal fortitude, and probably no one would want to read about it.
  12. Donald Trump

    I'd switch it from "what did you do in private" to "what did you do in public, in your capacity as a public servant..." BTW, Scott Adams has switched his endorsement to Gary Johnson. http://blog.dilbert.com/post/151552548531/why-i-endorse-gary-johnson-this-week
  13. Trump humor

    This belongs somewhere:
  14. Donald Trump

    3 and a half, actually. And hopefully he's going to really open the floodgates on issuing pardons for non-violent drug offenders. He's done a fair number already. Perhaps he's waiting until after the election, since a good number have been rotting in jail since the Clinton administration. It would draw the wrong kind of attention. https://reason.com/blog/2016/08/30/obama-commutes-sentences-of-111-more-fed