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  1. Try living in Chicago, Adam. I'm sure you realize even what we eat is monitored (like fois gras).
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  2. Phil, As a practical matter, don't you think it's about time to present it? Decades of telling others how they should write and speak about Objectivism doesn't seem to have made much of an impact at any place I have seen. Is that what you want your life to add up to? Why not do something more productive than tell others what to do? You say you've got it. You say Peikoff agreed with it (for whatever worth that is). So... You want applause without doing the show? It won't come. You gotta pay to play. Michael
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  3. Thank you, Ted. And here's a blog I follow regularly that's fairly pertinent to this topic http://www.languagehat.com/
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  4. From Wikipedia, a great place to start this question - Would I feel a high sense of self worth - or, would it be elevated because of this action? NO. The action took place because of that pre-existing high sense of self worth - I value my own existence and that of my loved ones quite highly. The second definition is not applicable, since it refers only to contemplating your own sense of self worth. I'm not quite sure 'pride' could be used properly in this context, but its a squirmy word and concept. I would certainly not feel shame nor regret at such an act of self defense. If pride is the opposite of that, then perhaps I would, but pride to easily conjures up an arrogant boasting or narcissistic self absorption. Interesting etymological history. 'I am of use' transformed into 'brave and valiant' could that have come from one defending their ability to be useful? e.g. 'I am a being of worth and useful, and I will continue to defend my existence' or perhaps being brave and valiant was merely one's attempt at proving one's usefullness. It's interesting that every major religion condemns pride in all forms, and here we have objectivists who are perfectly content in feeling proper pride in every other area of their lives, but yet scoffing for some reason and feeling pride for defending the most important of all values, their own existence - why? All I am seeing here is the Christian remnant of humility and pride as a sin. I believe Pride in it's original connotation, the of the Greek or Roman conceptions of, respectively, megalopsuchia (great sould ness, Aristotle) or severitas / magninimtas (the highest manifestation of human soul) then yes, I would feel pride. But just like selfishness, pride has been corrupted by religion and modern philosophy, and that characterization of pride is definitely not something I would feel. Either way, I think I would feel that what I did was right and just.
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  5. If you have points to make MSK, do so. Otherwise dispense with the appeals to the irrevocable logic of that which you have not said nor shared. Apparently you know nothing of the cold war struggles and the threat that communism posed to every single aspect of life. Funny that I know *nothing* about how world works yet I gave a presentation to the Navy War College's Strategic Studies Group for nearly two hours on the path the US Foreign Policy should follow for the next 50 years. So you can appeal to your pristine secrets of the South American world all you want, but if you want your experience to have any impact on people forming opinions on such matters you ought to consider SHARING THEM, instead of this twisted form of derision you launch against people who do not have telepathic access to your life story. But, as you say, go forth in ignorance and peace, I wish you well.
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  6. Well, I had to take a break from torturing puppies and beating my wife, right? Of course, you never actually answered that very basic challenge to your philosophical position, where you said that sometimes killing was justified and right, but that it was NEVER good. THAT is the most obvious manifestation of some philosophical corruption you hold, which seems to be the same giving you this knee jerk post hoc reaction to the struggles of the Cold War. You obviously have a hard time defending such a position, so you can go ahead and make up all the nonsense you want to about me, like I'm so creepy wannabe serial killer, just to make yourself feel better about not answering a basic philosophical challenge or coming to terms with the logical implications of your own values. I should have learned my lesson when you were standing around campfires holding hands singing 'give peace a chance' flying the communist flag of North Vietnam while tens of millions of people were getting murdered and you kept right on patting your self on your own back congratulating yourself for being so morally pure.
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  7. > good old fashioned Southern tough love...smacked a butt with it, the blisters would welt up...it took a month [MSK] And I'll keep giving you a no-nonsense Northern stomping whenever you make a post like your original snarky one to me. I'll stick an even tougher New York City boy's boot so far up your hillbilly ass that you'll taste shoe leather. The only other cheek that will be turned will be yours. I'll keep up your butt-kicking until you beg for mercy and say "I'm SORRY Phil, I realize I was psychologizing about your motives. And I was projecting: I'm the one who has the Public Image of an immature, whining, passive aggressive! I'm SO sorry!" Should take about six years. Or your lifetime. (Jonathan, you're next. Bend over.) ,,,, [ Staying with the butt or ass theme - which seems to be your intellectual level.]
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