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George H. Smith

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Mar 03 2015 08:17 PM

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Nude Atheist

02 February 2015 - 10:39 PM

This watercolor is by the Illinois artist Roberta L. Raymond. I will be getting the framed original (11x14) for my birthday in 8 days. I couldn't figure out how to post the photo itself, so you will need to use the link. (Michael, if you can incorporate the picture into this post, please do so.)



Political Correctness Run Amok

15 January 2015 - 08:36 PM

Women's College Cancels 'Vagina Monologues' Because It Excludes Women Without Vaginas



Marc Victor Speech

17 October 2014 - 10:41 AM

An excellent speech by the Phoenix libertarian attorney Marc Victor. Marc is hard-core and specializes in defending people accused of drug-related crimes.


Leonard Liggio, RIP

14 October 2014 - 01:36 PM

The libertarian historian Leonard Liggio has died after a long illness. Last night I was asked to write a farewell message to Leonard that could be read to him. I sent it early this morning, but I don't know if he lived long enough to hear it. Here is what I wrote:

My Dear Leonard,

At my first IHS summer conference many years ago, you and I were watching students interact after hours. As some students were removing cans of beer from ice-filled tubs, I asked if we should do ID checks before allowing them to drink. You chuckled and said: “George, here at the Institute, we not only believe in freedom; we practice it.”

That was just one of many memorable moments that I shared with you during our years teaching at IHS and Cato seminars. Before we first met in the late 1970s, I had heard many stories about the vast breadth of your knowledge. All that was true, of course, but what I didn’t appreciate before I got to know you were your skills as a teacher, your gentle humor, your kindness, your generosity with your time and knowledge, and your ability to inspire others.

John Stuart Mill once said of Jeremy Bentham that he was a “teacher of the teachers” in the liberal movement. That, to my mind, describes perfectly one of your chief contributions to the modern libertarian movement. You have instructed and inspired at least two generations of teachers, thinkers, and writers about the history and sources of freedom in the western world. You are a major figure in the revival of classical liberalism – our own Lord Acton.

Your influence on my thinking has been immense. In addition, without your assistance, much of it behind the scenes, my lack of academic credentials would almost certainly have made my career as a freelance libertarian intellectual nearly impossible to sustain. My debts to you, both professional and personal, are incalculable. Thank you, Leonard, for all you have done for me. I shall never forget you.

With admiration and affection,

Autumn Romance

06 October 2014 - 08:48 PM

Some time ago on a different thread, I mentioned my friend Marilyn. Well, Marilyn, who is 10 years my junior, got divorced a while back, so we struck up a serious romantic relationship. Around a decade ago, after my second marriage fell apart, I pretty much decided that I would be a bachelor for the rest of my life. This wasn't a cynical decision; rather, I believed that starting a fresh relationship at my age (65) would involve a number of obstacles, and I didn't know if I had the energy and enthusiasm needed to sustain a romantic relationship.

Well, I was proven wrong. My current relationship is and promises to remain the best I've ever had, by far. I'm convinced that a major reason for this is that Marilyn and I forged a close, solid friendship before becoming entangled romantically.

I'm happier than I have been for many, many years, but I didn't start this thread for the purpose of getting sappy. Rather, having begun relationships at various stages of my life, I found that my age at any given time greatly influenced the outcome. I'm curious whether other OLer's have begun romantic relationships late in life, and, if so, what the results have been and how they differed from earlier relationships.

Marilyn has participated in all of my YouTube videos over the past 2 years, providing introductions for many of them. This is my favorite. While reviewing the various takes, we decided that her spontaneous blooper was probably the best intro to a discussion of happiness. -)

Btw, I discuss Rand's theory of happiness in this part.