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    Kyrel Zantonavitch
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    A principled, spirited, free-thinking Objectivist -- smarter and tougher than the ARIans, but friendlier and nicer than the Atlasians. My new book is located here: <a href="">Pure Liberal Fire</a>
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  1. George Smith -- Does no-one else have an original copy of your Nathaniel Branden 'Reason Magazine' interview? How about an audio recording? How many people ultimately read or heard the real interview? This is quite valuable. Seems like it must exist somewhere...
  2. However funny Chris Rock is, when the police are in the wrong, they need to be confronted and challenged. Submiting to their evil only makes it worse. Taking away their moral authority thru verbally promoting individual rights, during and after the car-stop, makes it better. If everyone did this, the police would behave far better. The fundamental problem, however, is the Welfare State. It persuades the cops to be personally corrupt, and forces them to be physically tyrannical. If the laws were pro-freedom, police abuse of the citizenry would fall like a rock.
  3. I was shocked that Mr. Coleman chose to reply -- at least initially -- to my comments on The Rational Augumentor. This makes his story considerably more credible, in my view, and I regret a bit my loose, quick, initial analysis. But the truth is that at practically every high-publicity "racial incident" the police seem ultra-quick to lie and the racist blacks too.
  4. Remarkable and passionate discussion about America's recent "police vs. blacks" controversy:
  5. My thanks to Stephen Boydstun (in post 12) for calling to my attention the book Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism by Larry Siedentop (2014)! I came across a similar book about 12 years ago which was lightly discussed on the Atlantis forum. I haven't read either book, but the ideas inside certainly seem important, however profoundly mistaken. I carefully read the first 4 of 27 sections, and 48 of 442 pages, of Inventing the Individual. It doesn't seem worthwhile. It's five main authorities are hopelessly obscure, and most of its initial claims are false
  6. If religion gave Western Civilization individual rights and ethical individualism, did it also gift us with science, logic, and reason? This long- and tedious-seeming book looks like an insidious, pernicious destroyer of Western liberalism, along the theoretical lines of Berkelely, Hume, Kant, Fichte, and Hegel, rather than the practical lines of Jesus and Marx.
  7. I also noticed that, Kyrel. Many of his statements were true. He just chose to draw horribly evil conclusions from them. It isn't just that most of the observations and claims in that manifesto were true. It's that they were also relevant and important to society today, as well as his personal concerns. And he wrote it with a palpable air of sincerity and earnestness. He certainly seemed to be haplessly seeking the truth about major sociological and intellectual issues which he saw all around him. Unfortunately he was asking questions which virtually no-one today has the honesty, courage, or i
  8. Two elephants in the room here are the way blacks notably degrade the quality of life of almost every white society they come to, and the considerable level of racism and bigotry currently practiced by them. The mass-murderer's manifesto wrestled with these two verboten issues.
  9. How long? --Brant Philosophy advances slowly but fairly surely. I'd guess around 100 to 150 years. But the ideology and culture of neoliberalism [i.e. reworked and uplifted Reason, Individualism, and Freedom] will win the world -- not pure Objectivism.
  10. These days almost all publicity is good publicity for Ayn Rand. She has a tremendous amount of truth, virtue, and intellectual power on her side. So even most mocking and insulting comments -- from the innocently ignorant, and her calculating enemies -- tend to advance her philosophy, and make her impact on the world deeper and stronger. Generally speaking, silence is her worst enemy. But if she's vastly misrepresented, and uniformly lied about, with the result that people don't much read her actual words, then that publicity may, in fact, actually hurt the ascent of her ideas and ideals to wo
  11. On May 12, 2015, at Georgetown University (Washington, DC), at an intellectual symposium on eradicating poverty, President Barack Obama spoke of: Notwithstanding the contemptuous amusement of that brain-dead, empty-souled room of baboons, Ayn Rand is the greatest philosopher that ever lived during the past two thousand years. She knew far more about politics, government, and the law -- let alone about enriching the poor -- than everyone at that conference combined. Thus the hopeless nitwits and pitiful lowlifes at that symposium need to read Ayn Rand and learn from her -- not chuckle at some
  12. Happy birthday Michael, and thanks for Objectivist Living!
  13. I wonder if by any chance that Vanity Fair cover photo of Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner in post #69 was minutely airbrushed or photoshopped?
  14. Even a handful of nukes in the hands of Islamic activists is an unspeakable menace for the West and America. Even one in the hands of ISIS is a nightmare to contemplate. This horrific objective threat needs to be eliminated.