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  1. I rarely buy taped lectures. The last one was one of Barbara’s. I may buy der perfessor Peikoff’s book out of curiosity. Peter
  2. Dear Comrade, keeper of the OL history which can be revised for the proper bribe in keeping with revisionist history standards, Adam. Thank you! If I see an error I also try to contact the person, or I will fix their error if I quote them. (usually just spelling or double “word word”) OL traffic is really down for the holidays and I have not looked here in a couple of days myself. Peter
  3. Thank you Angela. That link to The Jerusalem Post was thought provoking, though I more readily agree with Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. Religion is a form of self-imposed mental slavery for adults and a form of child abuse for the wee ones. Zeus and his other idiotic manifestations are figments of whimsical opportunistic or evil minds. As Cervantes said, “The first priest was the first rogue who met the first fool.” I liked the author’s point that religion in America is “the best sermon wins” and the more commercial or entrepreneurial church gathers a bigger flock, rather than the
  4. Off topic Daunce, I am sure your cookies are just fine. I was just watching Jeopardy and a contestant said she had taken up “Bollywood” dancing, and it got me thinking about its similarity to “Flash Mobs.” The better Flash Mobs are reenactments of the scenes we used to see in old Hollywood musicals or in current Bollywood musicals. Peter (from Wiki: Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; it is only a part of th
  5. Here are some old Holiday / Religious letters youse guys might enjoy. Peter Taylor From: Douglas Wagoner <> To: Subject: Re: ATL: Re: A word to the Wise Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 15:02:42 -0500 At 02:57 PM 12/28/2001, you wrote: From "The eight reindeer first appeared in American literature in 1823 in the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore (we thought), called "A Visit from St. Nicholas", popularly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas". You can read the entire poem at the link above. I quote here from the te
  6. I should keep my trap shut, no longer being young myself, but heck, this thread sounds like late night high school / freshman college discussions from around the late nineteen sixties. The holiday season is upon us and we hope things will improve for you Sam. Or more likely, it will depress you more. Smile! Happy Holidays! Peter
  7. Thank you for the link to that brilliant bit of drama! Peter
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    Hmmm? This thread is called arguments. I will park this argument here. Charles Gasparino, a free market guy on Fox, just said the US Government will still bail out banks that are “too big to fail,” like Bank of America. My first thought mirrored the hosts, Neal Cavuto’s: “Have we learned nothing?” Then Gasparino explained it would be cheaper to give them a temporary loan, than to have the FDIC pay off a trillion dollars in lost assets. OK, I said to myself. Then he said something I thought I would never hear from a Capitalist, that we should break up all these large, too big to fail banks in a
  9. Newt News “Newt Gingrich, who has built his now resurgent presidential candidacy in part around virulent criticism of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, found himself Wednesday defending the at least $1.6 million he reportedly earned while under contract to Freddie. While campaigning in Iowa, Gingrich was besieged by reporters asking him about a Bloomberg News report that his consulting firm took in much more from Freddie Mac than previously reported.” end quote Ah crap! And he has already lied and waffled about it. If he can weather this he could beat Mitt. I believe the media report
  10. john42t wrote: I don't know what Peikoff thinks about this, these are my own thoughts about the matter. end quote Well said. You got me thinking. I wrote about what should occur after an error in Objectivism is found and the first component in the fix should be Leonard Peikoff. I wrote: “Then that understood error would require the acknowledgement that Objectivism is NOT a seamless robe that has no inner contradictions.” I wanted to talk about my choice of words, “would require.” By that I meant, if not acknowledged and corrected, then Objectivism would be in a similar class with Creationism,
  11. Great post and link Michael. And I agree. One would need to find and demonstrate that a basic tenet of Objectivism is fundamentally wrong. Then the results must be duplicated by other reasoning people who re-prove it wrong. Then that understood error would require the acknowledgement that Objectivism is NOT a seamless robe that has no inner contradictions. And it would need to be fixed to remain contextually true. I have been swayed by arguments that her outer shell – her esthetics and psychology - have flaws, but not its core. And to further agree with one of your past arguments I think her o
  12. Logic is a deterministic system. If you accept a certain hypothetical proposition (or premise,) then, by the laws of non-contradiction, you must agree that the conclusion is true (or true, that it is false) Michael Marotta finds a problem with logical absolutism. Michael insightfully wrote: She maintained later, as the ARI does now, that the Objectivism is a seamless robe, that Objectivism has no inner contradictions; and by "Objectivism" she meant . . . (the) . . . sum total of Ayn Rand's published works. “Abstraction from Abstractions,” end quote I see similarities between Michael’s seamles
  13. This has been briefly covered however, here is a question for inquiring minds, with first, a tip of the hat to OL contributor, Roger Bissell’s research. How much of our being – spirit – brain – or essence, is hard wired? We all know about the “reflexes” and “normal reactions” that exist in human babies. Skim over these before answering my question. Here is a list of reflexes, some observed as early as 1965. [source: Child Development, 1997, 4th Ed., Laura E. Berk]. Rooting--Stroke cheek near corner of mouth--Head turns toward source of stimulation--3 weeks (becomes voluntary head turning at 3
  14. Philip Coates wrote: I'm glad he elaborates at such length on the Hernado de Soto point I alluded to. And points out that it applies globally - not just to the poor in Latin America but to the current day Arab world. end quote You were ahead of Robert Tracinski on tha, Phil, and I noticed. When the poor get richer, governments will start issuing "letters of mark' and have the coast or home guard blast their hotdog carts. Peter
  15. It would be somewhat derivative but many scenes in the movie, “Unbreakable,” with Bruce Willis are dramatically powerful and could be an inspiration for the film makers of the new Jack Reacher film. “Unbreakable” is the story of a Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn, who slowly discovers that he is much stronger than even the pro football players who play in the stadium he guards. His son fantasizes about his father being a “superhero” and the scene I am specifically thinking about is when David agrees to test himself for his little son Joseph by lifting weights. They discover that his phy
  16. Ghs wrote: “Why on earth would you call Napolitano an "anarchist"? He is a “limited government constitutionalist.” end quote He said, in his heart he was a “rational anarchist," when he filled in for Glenn Beck. He used his own terminology. Obviously, a Judge would know there could never be a part of a competing Judiciary in America unless it abided by and tolerated by the Federal Government. But I know what he means: an all-consuming sense of Self Sovereignty possessed by most Americans, even those of us who swear allegiance to the United States of America. I will even say especially possess
  17. We own the government. A few questions and points for anarchist Judge Napolitano and for anyone reading this. Now that Ayn Rand is more mainstream and not so heretical, in the coming years will there be a third swell in her acceptance and prominence? What other “heresies” will arise challenging conventional wisdom? Ron Paul would insist that we can put a stop to those “forever wars” by minding our own business, but that might also mean NOT supporting Israel, accepting that other countries will become nuclear powers, (and keeping our fingers crossed for our own safety – after all, bitter enemi
  18. Robert follows up on yesterday’s article about System D with a point many of us intuitively knew: The connection between the rule of law and capitalism. Wealth cannot become capital without a system that recognizes and enforces property rights. Capitalism requires a government, not the lack of government – but one that protects freedom. Peter Commentary by Robert Tracinski 1. The Forward Strategy of Capitalism I linked yesterday to an interesting piece on the global black market—known in Franco-African slang as "System D"—as an example of how capitalism is so necessary to life that people w
  19. Phil Coates wrote about the alternative economic universe of System D or working outside of governmental supervision: This is not as successful or productive or dynamic as it might sound, except on the level of "street corner enterprise" . . . Black market operators don't have the rule of law, are vulnerable to thieves, piracy, broken contracts. When an operation gets to a certain size, this sort of thing matters. end quote I agree, though Michael E. Marotta, on an other thread, has also shown that unsupervised laissez-faire capitalism goes on at the millions of dollars, corporate level in neu
  20. George H. Smith wrote: No, Peter, I don't like "all of Objectivism" except Rand's position on government. I have other disagreements . . . Also, are you not aware that Rand opposed "compulsory taxation"? I agree with her opposition, obviously. end quote Changes in Objectivism will come from an “outsider” like George who is beyond the thrall of The Ayn Rand Institute. His criticism of Leonard Peikoff’s version of Rand’s *Contexualism* is brilliant . . . and true. George, what proof is required to turn an Objectivist into an anarchist? It happens, but rarely. If and when voluntary, competing de
  21. Rational Anarchists like George H. Smith like all of Objectivism except putting the retaliatory use of force exclusively into the hands of government unless in an emergency, and compulsory taxation. But, look at this! Those dad gum waiters and neighborhood handymen have created a hybrid system of pure laissez-faire capitalism and anarchy. Peter TIA Daily • November 8, 2011 Commentary by Robert Tracinski 3. "System D" Capitalism thrives best where it is protected by the rule of law. But capitalism is how human being live and function, so even where it has to work against and outside of the law
  22. I see someone dubbed the Occupy Wall Street mob,"The Flea Party." The honeymoon is over. Peter
  23. Phil wrote: . . . Is there a single adjective to encapsulate what I'm trying to name, or is it impossible to describe in a shorter form than what I've done here? 2. How about my title above, "being disengaged"? Does that leave out any element of it? end quote Phil, if a person is still a fan of Rand I like the term "being disengaged." There is no good reason to alienate a possible ally and decent person. A lot of people wrapped up in their careers are the biggest fans of Rand and they are potential donors to Objectivist causes. People who are running for office are prudent to disassociate them
  24. Ghs wrote: Too bad Ayn Rand didn't spend her time getting petitions signed and campaigning for political candidates instead of wasting all those years writing Atlas Shrugged. If Rand had truly gotten involved, as you so wisely recommend, she might have actually had some influence. end quote ONE) Oh great Oz, art thou comparing thy worthy “educational efforts” to Rand’s masterpiece, or just comparing your magnificence to us ordinary “students of Objectivism?” I will read anything new that comes along about Objectivism, so I command thee, “Occupy thy writing desk, Scribem, n
  25. Advertising would be varifiable scientific psychology. Peter