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  1. Brant wrote: Let's consider Objectivism as if it were a baseball constructed of layers of material around a hard core. That core is its axiomatic principles--shared with science--which I consider non-controversial . . . end quote *We* agree. At the sales conference at Random House, preceding the publication of “Atlas Shrugged”, Rand recited the essence of her philosophy "while standing on one foot" which seems to follow your core approach: 1. Metaphysics: Objective Reality ("Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed" or "Wishing won't make it so.") 2. Epistemology: Reason ("You can't have your
  2. What are we? Is Volition Axiomatic? “We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.” Ray Bradbury Very poetic Mr. Bradbury, but would it not be more precise to say, “We are a reality in a fascinating universe?” Or is this any better? “The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke But Arthur, once known, we know it is possible. Does this quote pertain to this topic? “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale Enough with the fun quotes. Is Volition Axiomatic? When you wake up in the morning do y
  3. These might help. Peter NOTES From the Ayn Rand Lexicon Volition: See Free Will Free Will That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call “free will” is your mind’s freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character. Galt’s Speech, For the New Intellectual, 127. To think is an act of choice. The key to what you so recklessly call “human nature,” the open secret you live with, yet dread to name, is the fact that man is a being of volitional consci
  4. Dglgmut wrote: And with the meat thing... We are single things, are we not? Why do you insist that, not only are we a massive group of particles, but one that is constantly changing?. . . Boring stick in the muds. end quote George has a book coming out. He might appreciate some free advertising so here are a few of his Causality – Volition letters. Peter From: "George H. Smith" <> Reply-To: "George H. Smith" <> To: "*Atlantis" <> Subject: ATL: Aristotle on choice Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 11:09:06 -0600 As I have not
  5. john42t wrote:<o:p></o:p> The taxes are still involuntary for everyone who's within the government’s borders - but it is immoral only if the price is too high. And who's the judge of this? Reality: Monarchs and republics who tax too high will see a brain drain and be weakened.<o:p></o:p> end quote<o:p></o:p> There is competition in Government . . . If we consider immigration as the ultimate vote, then competition in governments has worked. People migrate to better pastures (countries or territories) with quality of life as the major draw.<o:p></o:p&
  6. If you are a “libertarian” or fiscally conservative author who understands Ayn Rand and wants controversy and sales, revise Objectivism in a substantive way. The “taxation” issue is just one of many issues needing a fix, to make Objectivism scientifically verifiable. It has been done a few times to my reckoning, once (perhaps inadvertently in a memoir) and a movie was made about it. The “Passion of Ayn Rand,” by Barbara Branden, {which is still available on Amazon for $14.82 in paperback (why not $14.92?) and $26.95 with library binding. The DVD with Helen Mirren and Eric Stoltz is still avai
  7. I am still not getting my mail from OL delivered. Ninth Doctor wrote: Peter, you draw a distinction between early and mature Rand, but all your quotes come from the same essay. Also, the Hamburg system lacks a key feature of Rand's: tying government revenues to government services. End quote Good catch. I was relying on an old essay of mine and did not look for each quotes provenance. The varying thoughts seemed less mature and more mature to me. Sorry. From the Ayn Rand Lexicon: Any program of voluntary government financing has to be regarded as a goal for a distant future. What the advocates
  8. Ninth Doctor wrote: So now how about this, combine Rand’s lottery idea with the Hamburg honor system. You pay in your share anonymously, calculated I’m not sure how (note that Hamburg’s 25% of property is a very high figure, particularly for an investor). You get a numbered ticket, like a raffle ticket, so it’s anonymous until you come forward. There’s a drawing, and some number of people get their taxes refunded double and maybe a few hit the jackpot (pick a figure in excess of a large number). Then, in order to collect, you have to substantiate the amount of tax you paid. end quote I’m all f
  9. Rendering a pig gets you scrapple which goes good with pan cakes. Peter
  10. I have noticed some people say they would take the law into their own hands if no law was available. For example, if they were lost on a desert island they would take care of themselves, but would defer to legal authorities if protection and recourse were available. I agree that it is moral to defend oneself when the law is not around. Self preservation necessitates that we counter violence to ourselves, our family or to our property in an emergency, even if it means we personally harm the wrong doer. I also think it is moral to defend a stranger from violence, in an emergency. Some people hav
  11. I apologize for the delay in replying on this thread and others - I am not receiving notifications, and hopefully Michael or Kat will soon fix that. I see the unconventional amateur Herman Cain is concentrating on the South and practically opting out of Iowa and New Hampshire. Last year at this time Giuliani and Fred Thompson were leading in the polls and then they disappeared. Herman Cain’s candidacy may suffer the same fate in the primaries. I agree with Adam. I will vote for Mitt if he wins the nomination. I think he would win the debates with Obama and the 2012 election. He is quite inte
  12. Ron Paul says, “We just need to mind our own business.” However, Christopher Hitchens writes "In Defense of Endless War,": "We do have certain permanent enemies — the totalitarian state; the nihilist / terrorist cell — with which 'peace' is neither possible nor desirable. Acknowledging this, and preparing for it, might give us some advantages in a war that seems destined to last as long as civilization is willing to defend itself." I would agree with Mr. Hitchens and suggest to Representative Ron Paul that peace and prosperity combined with isolationism might be wishful thinking. The “ants” wo
  13. Quote from the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign committee inc.: Dr. Paul is the only candidate with a plan to cut spending and truly balance the budget. This is the only plan that will deliver what America needs in these difficult times: Major regulatory relief, large spending cuts, sound monetary policy, and a balanced budget. End quote Sounds perfect. I wonder what Ron would do if we are once again attacked by Islamic Jihadists? In the short term, the market place will not protect us from people unconcerned with their material well being but instead are focused on their mythical, mystic
  14. Now that Christi has endorsed Mitt, has anyone changed their mind about Romney? Now that Cain has changed his 9-9-9 plan to 9-0-9 for people below the poverty level does anyone have any change of opinion about Herman? I sent him my opinion about the abortion issue after he was accused of foot in mouth syndrome. No response. I am eagerly awaiting the first few primaries. If Mitt wins, oy vey. Peter
  15. A day of remembrance? We won’t ever forget. I just saw Paul Simon sing, “Sounds of Silence” with just him and a guitar at ground zero and it was very moving. A woman who lost her policeman son that day vented a bit on Fox a few minutes ago on this day September 11th 2011. She contends that he was a hero but he also loved his life. As a former Marine, he would have obeyed an order to evacuate. She contends there was a breakdown in communications that day, because he would have evacuated if so ordered. The day Jihadists fear should be 9/11. As a fitting retribution we should kill as many Isl
  16. From Wikipedia: Status as a natural-born citizen of the United States is one of the eligibility requirements established in the United States Constitution for election to the office of President or Vice President. This requirement was an attempt to allay concerns that foreign aristocrats might immigrate to the new nation and use their wealth and influence to impose a monarchy. The Constitution does not define the phrase natural-born citizen, and various opinions have been offered over time regarding its precise meaning. There is general agreement that the term encompasses, as a minimum, anyone
  17. Adam. I thought Rubio was born in the US of Cuban-American parents. Did I miss something? Peter
  18. Michael, you might want to discuss the changes, like how to "edit" a post. I finally figured it out. Keep up the good work. Also, you might want to send your donations request to every subscriber, if you haven't already. I just gave 25 bucks. Can you other folks equal or exceed that? I am having transmission issues with Mediacom, my carrier. Hope this edit got thru. Peter
  19. ". . . of returning to more salvage relationships among men. . . . " Did you mean "savage?" Just back. Interesting topic. You may want to join the heavily traffic'ed "What are we" topic. Peter
  20. Peter Reidy wrote: I wonder if Paul realizes that Reagan started out as a Democrat, too. This is a point in common between Reagan and Perry, not a contrast. End quote Rick Perry looks pretty good. I like the joke mentioned in the article below about Perry carrying a concealed weapon. “When Perry is president he will protect the Secret Service.” Wow. Rick is someone I could root for. Rubio is a good VP choice as you may have once mentioned. Rush endorsed Rubio yesterday for VP or a future president. Or Romney or even Sarah Palin. Usually the Veep is chosen for the regional votes he can bring
  21. Human Unit Brant wrote:"Proper form: "Blab . . . oblab." Universal Translater version: "humorous misdirection . . . was faking response . . . don't know answer . . . blah blah blah." I will be unavailable for a few days on an appointment with Hurrucane Irene. I am about 15 feet above high tide so I will get some additional fuel for my generator, extra food, etc. Peter
  22. Professor Moriority (Michael E. Marotta, BS, MA. Criminality & Psuedo Social Science) wrote: Well, it may not be you, but, obviously, it is us, or some of us anyway. It had nothing to do with "her" and everything to do with Dennis and football. We got exuberant for the off-topic post is all. Anyone think of PMing her? End quote OK. Perhaps Dana should have stepped through the door in the "Greetings" section and not started her own thread, with its potential for contention between ARI,TOC, and Independent Objectivists. Michael, what is "PMing her?" Dennis Hardin wrote: Sic es vos rudis unus
  23. Hello Dana. I apologize for the boorish behavior of some responders. Football and Russian cheerleaders in a "greeting" letter? That is not "us." There are many Objectivists here who don't exhibit such exuberance over . . . I don't know . . . over a pretty teenager's picture? Welcome. Semper cogitans fidele, Peter Taylor
  24. Primaries? Bachmann wins Iowa. Romney wins New Hampshire. Perry wins South Carolina. Any comments or concerns 'bout "Pecos Bill" Perry? Peter Seven ways Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution By Chris Moody Rick Perry has many ideas about how to change the American government's founding document. From ending lifetime tenure for federal judges to completely scrapping two whole amendments, the Constitution would see a major overhaul if the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate had his druthers. Perry laid out these proposed innovations to the founding document in his book,
  25. equality72521 wrote: Ray Kurzweil in his book discusses the rapid development of technology . . . The way in which an individual could achieve immortality however would be to use Nanites to (over time) replace their body. Instead of one swift download, your cell's which die are replaced with nanites. In this way it will be impossible to make a distinction between the individual who was you pre-nanite vs when you are fully nanite. end quote Ba'al Chatzaf responded: Kurzweil's fantasies have little basis in real physics end quote <BR style="mso-special-character: line-break"><BR style=