ValueChaser

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  1. So is every Democratic President before Obama a socialist to you?
  2. This is a good question. Could you give examples from which we may induct ahypothesis? My first thought is that the attainment of consistent happiness, with nary a contradictory emotion, is the emotional leitmotif of human survival according to Ayn Rand. But like plants and animals, we are dependant on the material surrounding us for successful survival and therefore human virtue alone will not guarantee that everyone be happy in every respect. Perhaps they are angry because they cannot apply Rand's ideal in practice-- due to what they have to work with and cannot change. Or, perhaps they
  3. is neo-Objectivist,paleoexistentialist

  4. The surgeon Dr. Thomas Hendricks is one of the (admittedly minor) heroes in AS. Why not more like him in her fiction? I want her to show how social workers and releif workers and soup kitchen directors can be heroic. But as she allegedly said in the Playboy interview: "Charity is not a major vitue" (or she said something to that effect).
  5. If little else, I do have a way with words, don't I?
  6. Public option: redistribution of productive citizens' taxes. Ergo, immoral because it infringes on the right to privately initiated production. Iraq war in 2003=distribution of soldiers to overthrow theocracy that was [<]x1,000,000 threatening to us than Iran=unnecessary death of American soldiers. Ergo, immoral because it infringes on the right to exist as a breathing organism. Iraq war in 2003-2010: redistribution of egoistic military strategy from using full resources to decimate Hussein's army and the later insurgents, the latter being less a threat than Iran (but a threat nonethel
  7. Bob: NOBODY'S PERFECT. By this I mean: Nobody in the modern world perfectly manifests the totatility of their aims. Sincerement, John
  8. I did check your link, and discovered that someone else wrote what I thought were your original words. It's no problem for me at this time. I know it was not done intentionally. It would be helpful to me if you could place punctuation marks, or use the inbuilt quotation format, to separate your words from those of other writers. But now, I have no quarrel with you. You may find the quotes I posted from Camille Paglia to be interesting. She would seem to agree with the principles of this new feminist movement you refer to. I myself am in basic agreement of these principles, but to what ex
  9. The following quotes have been selected from this link: http://www.theabsolute.net/misogyny/paglia.html Quotes that I have found important and/or intriguing have been formatted in bold by myself.--John (a.k.a ValueChaser) "The last western society to worship female powers was Minoan Crete. And significantly, that fell and did not rise again." - SP, p8 "Metaphorically, every vagina has secret teeth, for the mal
  10. Indeed "empathic benevolence" is hard to be self-described in such Objectivist terms! Consider the following "comfortable" Objectivist phrase from The Fountainhead; the quote is relevant to your post because it is an obfuscated way of saying who the object of self-interested action should not be: "I think that the cardinal evil is placing your interests in other men." (I am quoting now from memory) What? So a surgeon who takes pleasure in achieving a satisfactory level of health of his patients is evil? He does not get his hands wet in stone and geometry in order to build buildings like th
  11. I take what you say in very good faith. In that case, the feminists who are interpreting her as anti-male are taking too much liberty in their factual interpretation. It is one thing to invent her unknown motivation. It is another to praise that very same motivation (anti-masculinity) which moves her or anyone else.
  12. Do the feminists have it wrong when they equate "disobeying his order" with a self-admitted dismissal of "attraction-as-asset"? I don't know that part of the Bible, and the only quotes Selene provides are from feminist commentators. If she was motivated to defy a view of herself as a sexual object, and as jeffrysmith suggests, refused the "order" to display her "beauty", then the one and only virtuous thing about her refusal to follow the order to display her beauty, was that it was an order. But Esther is the one who asserted her personal values by trading the "objectifiable" (to borrow th
  13. Christopher, I believe I misunderstood you in my comment. I thought you were saying that certain wavelengthsof color should be disregarded when measuring color, because they are not useful in identifying percepts of color; to which I had been thinking that this way is effective if identifying colors in the spectrum of visible light, but not if identifying invisible light, such as "ultraviolet." I was thinking, after my reply, that only imperceptible light such as "ultraviolet"--light that need not be known when identifying the category of light per se--is indeed useless "noise" when differ
  14. So let me get your understanding of "two omissions" straight, Stephen. Rand's theory of concept-formation, at the stage when we are "releasing" (which I am understanding as synonomous with "omitting") the particular identities that are not part of the similar units (in two or more entities) under mental isolation, not only are those irrelevant (to the concept) identity-attributes omitted, but also "some particular measure value along a specific dimension"? For example, "fluffy coat" and "threadbare coat" are isolated according to the "distinguishing characteristic" (Rand's term) of "cloth th
  15. I deleted this post because it was a duplicate--gotta try harder to prevent duplicating! My apologies. --John
  16. I have drawn some implications from what I beleive you mean by this, but before I post them, I want to make sure I understand their basis. Would you give an example or definition of Rand's "'hard to actualize' radical rhetoric" and her mature "practical reality"? (I am taking your context as: the privatization of moral governmental functions is what she first regarded as "hard to actualize," before she spoke of it in terms of "practical reality") Oh--he he, if you wrote "Value Chasing John" because you were confused about how to address me--a simple "John" would suffice! --John P.S. The "
  17. Youtube Video 1: Driving a car this way looks like fun, but is too dangerous for sane drivers!! This is not an isolated incident of the way Greeks drive in Greece. However, Athenian drivers obviously drive a little bit slower than the car driver in the clip, because there are more cars to take into "consideration." ** Youtube Video 2: Hey, at least this Greek driver had the sense to drive on the shoulder when facing oncoming traffic! *** Youtube Video 3: It is sometimes funny when Greek folks in Greece fight! Okay, so my enjoyment of this clip is something of a "guilty pleasure." When
  18. Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, and Michael Savage have one thing in common: they are charismatic pundits who drive their points home with wit and/or humor. Dennis Miller is 100 per cent charismatic with, perhaps, an emotional attitude about current events that is the truest of all three. (Indeed, since none of the three are philosophers let alone system-builders let alone Objectivists, the degree of philosophical accuracy in their personaes are best assessed according to their emotional styles when they are stumbling toward the identification of a political or cultural truth.) Dennis Miller ado
  19. First of all, Christopher, when you write, "Example within example: to establish that the instrument detects light within the wavelengths that make up the color blue. . . .", I am assuming that you meant to say the instrument "detects light within the wavelengths that compose the color blue." I wasn't sure if you meant that the instrument in your sentence was detecting "light within the wavelengths" within the category of blue, thereby categorizing one shade of blue apart from other shades of blue, or if you were categorizing the wavelength of "blue" from all other wavelengths of colors. Ke
  20. . I enjoyed the way you parodied the incognito names of comic book heroes very much, Bob, and applied the heroic symbolism of such names to the military! Judging by their radical agenda to destroy the U.S., coupled with their unhesitating preparedness to kill people en masse, I project that the Islamic terrorists will strike again. If the U.S. continues not to wage effective traditional ground wars against the Irans of the world--which I think should be the step to be taken (like now), how many thousands of innocent Americans must be murdered before our government realizes that they won't s
  21. Anyway, I actually took the time to get into a more-or-less tolerant conversation with the religionists who were protesting there. One man said, "You should be on our side." I ended up holding hands with the Christians as they prayed, as a way of sharing in basic human solidarity. I wouldn't do that now, but that petty gesture sure as hell didn't make me a hypocrite then. I just thought you'd find this anecdote amusing and interesting, Adam. John: As to the quote in purple. The beauty of freedom is that someone that you might consider an asshole with that type of sign is the person that I wou
  22. Anyway, I actually took the time to get into a more-or-less tolerant conversation with the religionists who were protesting there. One man said, "You should be on our side." I ended up holding hands with the Christians as they prayed, as a way of sharing in basic human solidarity. I wouldn't do that now, but that petty gesture sure as hell didn't make me a hypocrite then. I just thought you'd find this anecdote amusing and interesting, Adam. John: As to the quote in purple. The beauty of freedom is that someone that you might consider an asshole with that type of sign is the person that I wou
  23. Then I wonder if Ayn Rand loathed the "fiscal conservatives" (as you define the phrase) for their method, but not for their goals.
  24. The Shieldmen By John C. Paschalis (All rights reserved.) Chapter 2: Militia for Worldwide Submission to the Holy Word Shieldman Netter was walking parallel to the façade of the Empire State Building, patrolling its perimeter, becoming accustomed to the silence. He heard a whistle—the sharp swoop of air molecules breaking. His eyes widened as he heard the soundwaves. He turned his head to perceive the gelatinous form of a face portraying doubt and resentment. A flying man butted Netter with the force of a bicycle speeding out of control down a steep hill, before he rockete