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  1. Objectivist leaders: Something has gone wrong when some Objectivist leaders accept the idea of supposed free trade that includes trade with tyrants, for example, trade with Kantians, Pragmatists, Muslim Iran, or Communist China. There is no free trade with tyrants which operate according to the principle of force and not by the principle of individual rights. Free trade, individual rights, and private property are not possible in dealings with tyrannical individuals or governments. Perhaps not even possible with Objectivist leaders who endorse trade with tyrants or advocates of
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  2. You can't let these at war with us folks off the hook with libertarian property rights theory because we are on a de facto war footing. We Are At War. --Brant
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  3. Michael, everyone, Notice, too, the Pence-Ryan email exchange linked to from the letter: https://files.constantcontact.com/899f3f04701/106dc3d3-c645-4215-bdd3-addad65bade2.pdf Ellen
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  4. ThatGuy, Since World War II the U.S. has been in a new phase of degradation to which Rand was pretty much oblivious. Socialism vs. Capitalism, Left vs. Right, Liberal vs. Conservative is now just entertainment, like television wrestling, hiding venal, thieving, murdering Mafia-like corruption. It makes “taxing the rich” or “robbing Peter to pay Paul” look good. I wrote “pretty much” because once in a while Rand would acknowledge that something more sinister than differences in political philosophy was going on. The only example I can think of at the moment is when, in an essay, s
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  5. Maybe Trump will pardon Assange on Christmas Day. Ellen
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  6. An explosion in Madrid
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  7. I have literally no idea what the letter who shall not be named is/was/could be/have been, but the spark I refuse to let die is the recognition that so much in the world right now is 'just not right' and that sparks draws up some anger when I feel as if no one else can see It or fails to call it out. That was always the thing that initially drew me to nameless letter the allegory of righteousness , bold righteousness in the face of all this shit.
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  8. This kind of stuff keeps popping up more and more. Not necessarily pictures like in this case, but open links between US politicians (and other notable people) and the CCP. Michael
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  9. "BLM Activist Arrested For Siege on U.S. Capitol" WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Utah man was charged today in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. John Earle Sullivan, a Black Lives Matter Activist and anti-Trumper, was charged by complaint with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their o
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  10. TG, The following article at CNN shows it is accurate, but slanted. Investigators pursuing signs US Capitol riot was planned Since this is a CNN article, I had to hold my nose and try not to vomit to read it just to see if Carmine Sabia's claim was accurate. It is. However, one part is fact with a thing left out, and the other part is a logical inference. CNN has become so epistemologically corrupted amidst its constant tangle of lies, I bet no one there even thought about this. First the fact. The article actually is all about the attack being planned. And the article is p
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  11. Ellen, That could only happen after he leaves office. I doubt the Senate under McConnell will even schedule a trial. And the Senate can't convict President Trump if he is not in office. The purpose of the trial is to decide if he should stay in office or to remove him. According to Dershowitz, there is no such thing as an impeachment trial solely to strip a former president of his political rights. There is a problem with the impeachment, though. Once again, according to Dershowitz, President Trump's speech that the Dems are trying to hold up as a smoking gun is protected by the Cons
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  12. Reports of Covid vaccine data leaks...
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  13. Things are looking bleak. Based on this tweet and some other indications, rather than focus on keeping Trump in, we should start focusing on destroying the impostors. And breaking up big tech. There are certain indications that this is doable and the pushback will be massive (it's already starting), so I will keep contributing about this on this very thread until the Deep State unravels--or better, gets unraveled. I want to keep hope alive for OL readers to stay inspired that President Trump will be sworn in next week, but reality is what it is, not what I want it to be.
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  14. TG, apt observation about mainstream Objectivist intellectuals. I.e. It is "science", right? It's big business - right? Praising them and the people as inherently admirable, irrespective of the morality of some scientists and big businessmen, their purpose, methods and their aims. Nor their involvement with Big Government? Wealth is good - therefore he who has amassed the most (e.g. Bill Gates) must be better than good. And so on, especially with Big Tech. As if on a quest - of which I'm certain - to find O'ist real life heroes (and there DO exist those, not always in obvious places, ofte
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  15. Here's someone who disagrees with that theory...I can't say it's "solid information"; and I doubt anyone but those deepest involved know that for sure, but we work with what we have. Make of this what you will... A LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN of the NYE County Republican Central Committee of Nevada: "I say all this as only two examples out of many that at no point has our president been in a fight of desperation. " "I have been approached by many saying, 'It’s over…' and “Trump conceded the election…”. Nothing of the sort has taken place. Go back and listen to the videos all the way thr
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  16. Naturalborncitizen.wordpress com/2021 It's your job to add the prefix to make the link work. --Brant
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  17. Quo warranto is possible. --Brant Trump doesn't need to be inaugurated Jan. 20 if Biden is held never to have legally held office as the election is held to have never taken place
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  18. Imagine if the mass arrests scenario is true. Twitter just made it easy for a really pissed off half of the country (probably more) to accept these arrests and cheer. Michael
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  19. Trump is not giving up. New administration is his new administration, without Pence et al. He has not come all this way in 6 years to give up here.
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  20. Ellen, I don't think that. I was just mentioning the roots of Prather's perspective. In other words, there are two perspectives I discussed. To imagine that he would propose to steal freedom, thus hold that that freedom is property that can be stolen or something like that, or is unaware that he is proposing that, is a misidentification. (I use the "identify correctly to evaluate correctly process for things like this.) When one looks at what he said from his perspective, from the way he thinks, what he is saying becomes clear. I resonate with his message, too. I
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  21. I am a fan of Ann Coulter as a warrior, but I have discerned a difference between her and me ever since she started going off on President Trump. I think she would be perfectly happy if Trump cheated to win. I would not be happy. In fact, I would stop supporting President Trump in a heartbeat if that happened. As I exist with this moral sentiment and conscience, I am 100% certain millions and millions of people who support President Trump exist, also. Now for a catty dig. Ann would probably do better to not date Bill Maher (or other hardcore liberals) anymore, or at le
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  22. They are celebrating their efforts since March ,the devastation they have wrought on the biggest symbol of capitalism in the world . They orchestrated the destruction and revel in the idea it will last. They are even sticking their thumbs in the eyes of the prolls they rule , a lintelless column is basically a plinth without a statue , the statues replicated are the remnants of fallen cultures shown in their ruination and not in the original splendor. Nero dancing a jig. Fuck that guy.
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  23. If I don't get back on OL today (which is doubtful ), let me cover this. Happy New Year to all OL Members and Readers Lots of people are saying 2020 was a horrible year. If it set up the downfall of the Deep State and globalism (including China), then it was one of the best in human history. The only one better will be 2021. It will be an honor and a pleasure to share it with you. Michael
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  24. TG, Well, he does have an account. and Could he be tweeting, instead of sending thunderbolts, from the starry sky above to the moral law within? Michael
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  25. Glad to see someone calling attention to the slave labor which supports the China deals. Ellen
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  26. People are already freaking out, saying POTUS gave up, thinking it's only the $600, etc, without actually having read the statement. It's sad to see people CREATING reasons to give up before even looking at the actual statement. Here's the actual statement:
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  27. My opinion of Sarah Palin just increased by, to use a physics term, several orders of magnitude.
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  28. I wondered what designation you'd use for Biden. How about your earlier "Impostor Biden"? Ellen
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  29. Peter, The mainstream is not talking much about this, but Ratcliffe confirmed that there was Chinese interference in the 2020 election and the CIA squelched this information. Here's an article in the Epoch Times dated Jan 17. China ‘Sought to Influence’ 2020 US Election, Director of National Intelligence Assesses Senior CIA officials pressured analysts to withdraw assessment And on it goes. That's the foreign thing (or better, one of them). Not foreigners talking to people to get them to vote one way or another. You can't fix a problem if you refuse to look a
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  30. For people who are calling the idea crackpot that something serious and bad will happen to major US government people before Jan. 20, this tweet kinda says not so fast. All that in Europe at the inauguration time of a US President? Does anyone believe this is mere coincidence? Add that to the massive military buildup in DC for a virtual inauguration, and something doesn't make sense if all is peace and luv... Steve Pieczenik, in particular, has been saying this stuff is coming for quite a while. And he is saying a lot more is coming over the next few days, that this is
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  31. I still use Facebook despite all the crap they did against President Trump. I don't know for how long, though. I might keep the account open due to Internet Marketing groups I belong to that came with IM products I bought. I'll see. But when I scroll to see if anything catches my eye, there is only one thing I stop to look at with regularity. It's a guilty pleasure. I love watching videos of animals being rescued. I've seen a kangaroo, a sea gull, an elk, a wildcat, and so on being cut loose from entanglement in wire (usually from a fence), a bucket sawed off the head of a bear
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  32. Regardless of what is going to happen, here is just a sign of what exists in a permanent state. Gab managed to scrape ALL of President Trump's tweets and made an archive of them. President Donald Trump Uncensored Posts The permanent part is not the archive. It is the spirit that made the archive. No coup on earth can withstand that kind of spirit. Michael
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  33. There's another thing, too. Scratch every one of the outspoken knuckleheads in the world--including movement leaders of all stripes, and you will find their core desires when dealing with other people always go back to money, sex, and power--any alone or in any combination. People have known that since recorded history. Michael
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  34. I know Yaron Brook's opinion carries no weight around here already, but if one needed any more to be disgusted with by him, this would be the nail in the coffin. I just want this on record, for future generations: "While far from perfect, I'm still thankful to Twitter, Facebook, Youtube for providing me with a platform to express my ideas and for helping me monetize...And all this, for free. And this lickspittle from Don Watkins: "gratitude"? Should Ayn Rand have shown "Gratitude" towards Pravda? "THIS. I'm all for criticizing social media companies for their legitimate flaws
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  35. Just checked his site out, wasn't familiar with him. I saw his piece on Trump's so-called "concession", which he claims is just a ruse. Adams points out something I missed in my own comments on that, here. In addition to never saying a "Biden" administration, and that a "new administration" may simply mean one without turncoat Pence, Adams points out that when he said there'd be a peaceful transition on Jan. 20th, he never said the YEAR...All this, Adams claims, is to make this non-binding, legally: "Trump is merely attempting to appear that he is conceding while not actually using any b
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  36. Twitter has now deleted this tweet by President Trump and it looks like they deleted others. They have locked his account for 12 hours. For Rand-leaning people, this is the rot that comes from granting sanction of the victim. President Trump: Withdraw that sanction. Now. Michael
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  37. The chance of President Trump giving the United States of America to Kamala Harris in the midst of a civil war, a very failed coup d'etat attempt, and in the midst of World War 4, is ZERO. Ain't gonna happen, folks! I have a better chance of becoming President than Joe Biden, and I was born in Canada. I'm not even looking at the Georgia results because they dont matter. Congratulations President Galt! If any of y'all think that Galts speech ( in the book) was good, wait till you see Trumps speech tomorrow!
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  38. And there's this. Michael
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  39. Here is a nice little piece of history unfolding right before our eyes. After this conversation, what did Raffensperger do? The idiot thought he was going to do a gotcha on President Trump. And WaPo, of course, edited the audio in a way they thought President Trump would look bad. Here's a direct link to the four and a half minute edited audio WaPo put out. It doesn't embed, so you have to click on the link. Audio: Trump berates Ga. secretary of state, urges him to ‘find’ votes These idiots think that because President Trump
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  40. Another teaser. He meant governor, not governing. Michael
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  41. This is 100% true. Nor will he be. Michael
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  42. President Trump just retweeted this. I believe that is his end game. Michael
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  43. I second that, and I have a lot of deviled eggs and iced shrimp to last a week. Yummy! We spent Christmas day at my eldest daughters house, and they kept the TV singing carols in the background.
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  44. I cannot agree with you more about all of President Trumps enemies, including the fifth column. Just President Trump is so incredible and such an unbelievable military strategist, the world has never, ever, seen anything like this. It gives me unwavering confidence seeing how he continues to make moves, daily, hourly, and those are just the moves that we see, that part is like an iceberg. As Unites States goes, so goes the world, and that is why I refer to him as My President. It's the elite vs We The People. Trump has so many paths to victory, that the o
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  45. I had not thought of this: And then there is something else I had not thought of. I came across it the other day. Remember when Biden was receiving intelligence briefings? And then he wasn't? Why did that happen? Well, given the way President Trump works, there's some speculation going around that the Biden people were given certain specific misinformation to see what would happen with it--like leaking it to the CCP and other places. Apparently, that's exactly what happened and the Trump people got the proof they needed through surveillance. So there
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  46. I think you have something important there TG. To play a little DA, too, in the broad abstraction what Rand said still holds true: "... by intellectual default..." I think this remains fundamental. BUT- PLUS, additionally, there has been a "diabolical conspiracy" even she couldn't have guessed at and foreseen, perhaps naively, back then. (But then the whole media/social media has come under leftist control, and the existence of the latter especially she could not have anticipated). The original New Left has been left behind by concerted, colluding efforts of the New, New Left, a
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  47. Can someone perform their VP duties from prison?
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  48. "largest transfer of wealth" et al, just smack of age old cliche conspiracy theories, why aren't coincidence theories given equal rating? How far fetched is it to assume that wealth accumulations in certain sectors aren't just happenstance due to here to fore unforeseen circumstances, and that at cessation of hostilities , the inappropriate transfers won't be rectified?
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  49. This is also from Congressional Research Service, updated October 6, 2020 - link. Ellen
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