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      Major Update to OL (please click to open)   02/09/2016

      Sorry for the inconvenience, but we had to update OL and there have been some serious changes made by IPB. The real bad news is that they had to merge User Names and Display Names. This meant that I had to choose between bad and bad. I opted to keep the log-on information the same, so you can get on OL like you always did, but now your User Name is displayed. If your User Name and Display Name were the same, you will not feel the change. If they were different, you are probably irritated right now. I will figure out how you can change this so you can revert to the Display Name you used before if you like, however this may entail a change in how you log-on. The good news is that OL is now searchable from the very beginning. This means all the old posts from the A-Team in Objectivism (and everybody else) will finally show up when you search for something. I will keep changing this announcement as we adapt to these new changes. It's a pain, I know, but after looking around the backend for a bit, I believe the benefits will far, far outweigh the current irritation. They changed things in a hamhanded way and I don't like that, but I can't do anything about it. Benefit-wise, they actually did a good job, so please bear with us. In addition to this change, many good things are coming over time. You are the reason OL exists and I am sorry you have to go through this. Think of it like birth pangs... (All right, all right, that's forcing it.  ) Michael
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John Galt With A Potty Mouth

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Here.

My favorite line: "There's a guy who built a thing that lets you fly through the sky in an air conditioned room. Of course he's rich, because flying is fucking awesome and people will pay him to do it. If your world says he's evil, I don't want to live in it."

Sorry if this has already been posted somewhere.

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That's pretty funny. Actually, that whole speech could be translated--especially with analogies--to help create interest where a lot of people just couldn't be bothered. Analogies are probably the most useful comedic tool.

I think the highest form of comedy is one that conveys a new, legitimate point of view to the audience.

Friedman's last line is sort of the essence of the potential height of comedy, to me. "I'm on your side, but you're not." When the audience can actually believe this, they've gotten the most they could have possibly asked for out of a joke or a lesson--the combination; a revelation with a laugh or vice versa.

Someone posted a video of Richard Dawkins saying how effective ridicule can be for educating... if it's done right. John Galt's speech is filled with ridicule, like a lot of Rand's writing, but if it exactly opposes an audience's beliefs, the more it becomes simply offensive.

On the other hand, if I was not offended by my preconceptions of Objectivism from the start, I probably wouldn't have looked into it as much as I eventually did.

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