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Reidy

Member Since 29 Jan 2006
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In Topic: One Ugly Face of the USA Middle-East Bigotry Problem

20 November 2014 - 06:29 PM

Progress is the result of the activities of the intellectual and moral elite -- not the masses. The massman seems to be permanently ignorant and depraved: a kind of low animal usually given over to the lowest common denominator. By themselves they seem doomed, and like they deserve this fate.

 

Sounds like Jonathan Gruber without the PowerPoints, and about as credible.


In Topic: I read 'The Passion of Ayn Rand' - I am suspicious as hell.

20 November 2014 - 02:24 PM

The monolithic movement you describe in #55 is NBI-era Objectivism (except that it had two leaders instead of one).  That ended near enough to fifty years ago, and Objectivism is still here, still gaining influence.

 

(Curious as to what you would consider cases in point of your historical thesis.  Christianity, Marxism, Psychoanalysis and the Montessori method all count against it.)


In Topic: I read 'The Passion of Ayn Rand' - I am suspicious as hell.

20 November 2014 - 11:19 AM

Shoshana Knapp is at work on the authorized biography.  We'll see what she produces.

 

I suspect that once Peikoff is dead the ARI people will do much what they're doing now.  They've been phasing out of their sectarian hostilities for several years.


In Topic: The Three Questions...

16 November 2014 - 08:36 PM

$.10

5 minutes

47 days


In Topic: Warm and Cold in the People's Republic of China.

15 November 2014 - 07:32 PM

The very fact of public cenral heating is telling.  This is a technology that was common in the US a century ago, before  individual home heating systems replaced it.