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  1. Yaron Brook will be answering questions about his book "Equal is Unfair" tomorrow on Reddit:
  2. I have collected the links to my articles here: http://www.reddit.com/r/Jamesshrugged/ Some of my work has been published by dailyanarchist.com, notbeinggoverned.com, and everything-voluntary.com. The rest is self published at anarchobjectivist.wordpress.com. I hope you enjoy it and, even if not, I would love to hear what you think!
  3. Why is it problematic? Since we don't know what logical demonstration (if any) led Childs to change his mind about anarcho-capitalism, it hardly follows that his original argument is questionable. For comparison, consider that Alan Greenspan is a former supporter of laissez-faire capitalism. Do his present views make the 1966 essay "Gold and Economic Freedom" "problematic at best"? Thank you for calling this out. I swear every time the open letter is mentioned, objectivists rush to this ad hom.
  4. I would also highly recommend these The Market for Liberty by Morris and Linda Tannehill "Ayn Rand, Anarchist" A Defense of Rational Anarchism An Open Letter to Ayn Rand by Roy Childs
  5. Hi! I consider myself an AnarchObjectivist, which is essentially anarcho-capitalism with an objectivist justification. Here are some great resources on the topic from my sub http://www.reddit.com/r/anarchobjectivism : AnarchObjectivism: Genus: Objectivism Differentia: Anarchism What is AnarchObjectivism? - An AnarchObjectivist is one who accepts the fundamental principles of Ayn Rands philosophy, but rejects her advocacy of minarchism as inconsistent with those basic positions in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. The Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman - This excellent 23 minute video gives a brief introduction to anarcho capitalist concepts and answers the most common objections, such as "wouldn't there be constant gang warfare?" Ayn Rand “The Objectivist Ethics:" “The basic political principle of the Objectivist ethics is: no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. No man——or group or society or government—has the right to assume the role of a criminal and initiate the use of physical compulsion against any man. Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. The ethical principle involved is simple and clear-cut: it is the difference between murder and self-defense.” Open Objectivism Objectivism is a body of rational knowledge rather than a fixed, closed set of doctrines like a religion. This fact is implied by the very nature of human knowledge, which Objectivism teaches us is contextual, fallible, and open-ended. The philosophy itself must therefore be open to expansion, refinement, and, if necessary, revision in the same way as any other body of knowledge, such as Newtonian physics, the theory of evolution, market economics, etc. Answers to Ten Objections to Libertarian Anarchism (4) Ayn Rand: Private Protection Agencies Will Battle (5) Robert Bidinotto: No Final Arbiter of Disputes (6) Property Law Cannot Emerge from the Market AnarchObjectivist's on the Web George H SmithWendy McElroyObjectivist GirlJames HughesRelated subreddit's Anarcho Capitalism Agorism Libertarian Objectivism
  6. you should also post this to the subreddit.
  7. That's right. I have advertised with google before an I am 100% that they get to pick that heading.
  8. http://imgur.com/5qbsDGe ive long called them neocons, but still....
  9. http://anarchobjectivist.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/what-is-an-anarchobjectivist/ "An AnarchObjectivist is one who accepts the fundamental principles of Ayn Rands philosophy, but rejects her advocacy of minarchism as inconsistent with those basic positions in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics."
  10. I have created a "horror file" on the popular link aggregator reddit.com Here is the URL if anyone is interested http://www.reddit.com/r/thehorrorfile I haven't posted much content there, but it would be great if we could get a bunch of people involved
  11. Yeah I agree, and I didn't really write this article to point the finger at walmart necessarily, so much as point out that Doug Altner and the ayn rand institute are very misguided when they defend these company's (I've written articles on objectivist defenses of Goldman Sachs, mcdonalds, and walmart now) actions and policy's on free market grounds, as if this is how a free market works.
  12. In his November 27, 2013 Forbes article, Doug Altner asks the question, “Why do 1.4 million Americans work at walmart?” His answer, presumed to be along free market lines, is that walmart and its employees voluntarily trade value for value to mutual benefit and satisfaction. “So, let’s stop attacking Walmart for paying market wages,“ Altner urges readers. Since Walmart and its business model exist in the context of a mixed economy, and depends fundamentally on state interference into the economy on their behalf, or that, at the very least, give rise to a business model that could not exist unsubsidized (even nominally) it cannot be said that Walmart operates according to free market principles . See the rest of the article here: http://anarchobjectivist.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/a-free-market-defense-of-walmart-not-so-fast/