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  1. I like this idea. It doesn't matter where you came from, but where you are going.
  2. You are right, I don't know how people are feeling about Obamacare. My experience is though, that a large number of people will stick to their camp (e.g. political party), even if their living condition is objectively getting worse. For people who support "big government", if things don't work out, the solution usually is even more government.
  3. I'm going to predict Hillary is the next president. It would be a logical continuation that the same people who voted for Obama twice will vote for Hillary. Additionally she will get a lot of votes from women. Bernie Sanders is too far left for America still, but Hillary will advance the socialism agenda much more covertly. On the republican side, lets say it is Trump, he will be too far "right" for most people. So most people in the "middle" will choose Hillary over Trump. He has some opinions which appear too extreme for the "middle" person when it comes to immigrants or climate change. Cars
  4. Very interesting topic. The word "evil" is pretty problematic, as it is somewhat subjective and doesn't really have a specific objective meaning. It would be helpful to first define what makes a person evil, and then continue from there. As far as villains go, I don't think Hannibal Lecter is particularly bad. Usually the other killers in the Hannibal movies are much worse.
  5. Thank you for the post. 2001 is definitely one of my favorite movies. The movie definitely has some interesting symbolism in it, like most of Kubrick's movies.
  6. Thanks for this. It is a lesson which I am slowly learning myself.
  7. I would agree that WWII was a case where it was probably in the self-interest of Americans to fight. But even that is unknown, as we cannot know what an alternative history might look like. The later wars are much less certain. Donald Trump, for example, has said that wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were mistakes. A foreign policy that I advocate is non-interventionism. Here is a wikipedia definition: I consider myself in good company, as Wikipedia lists names like Ron Paul, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as other supporters. I don't think the concept of a "good guy" has any cle
  8. I have no idea what this means. Are you saying Objectivism is some theoretical construct that doesn't work in practice? Thanks, I will read that book at some point. Maybe even order a copy of it.
  9. Pekka, Rand didn't see such a dirty hint. I rarely channel Rand, but I imagine had you suggested something like that to her in a Q&A, you would have witnessed one of her famous withering scorched-earth blasts against the questioner. (btw - I, also, don't see such a dirty hint. Maybe we are talking about a different James Bond? ) Michael What are you saying then, precisely? That Bond is a good example of an Objectivist?
  10. Because we have a culture which promotes altruism and sacrifice. Why do people go to fight wars? Because they are told it is their duty. Whether it serves their rational self-interest or not, is a completely different matter. I would argue that it very rarely does. So here in the US where we have a voluntary military, the only reason that they enlist is because they are told it is their duty? Is that your position relating specifically to the US volunteer? A... One could maybe argue that going to a war is in person's rational self-interest in the best case. Say, for example, if your own c
  11. Pekka, If you are going to go the "deduce reality from principles" route, then you probably think Ayn Rand doesn't know what she's talking about re James Bond and Objectivism. Ayn Rand was one of Bond's biggest fans, especially the Bond in Ian Fleming's books. Read The Romantic Manifesto. She didn't like what she perceived as Bond mocking himself in films after the earlier ones, though. That really pissed her off. I have not read any Bond books, just seen the movies, and I haven't even read The Romantic Manifesto (though I have read some other non-fiction books by Rand). I am not really
  12. Because we have a culture which promotes altruism and sacrifice. Why do people go to fight wars? Because they are told it is their duty. Whether it serves their rational self-interest or not, is a completely different matter. I would argue that it very rarely does.
  13. If my memory serves me correctly, did not Galt state that he would kill himself rather than see the tyrants torture what he loved - Dagny? Sure, but that is completely different. Passionate love for a person is one of the above mentioned exceptions. Do you presume that James Bond loved UK (the country) as passionately as Galt loved Dagny?
  14. I understand this concept very well, but it still doesn't add up for me. An Objectivist would value their own life above almost anything else. Only something truly exceptional would be more valuable to an Objectivist than their life. I can see an Objectivist dying for his country, but only if that country was based on Objectivist philosophy and values. Also, Ayn Rand said that "productive achievement" is man's noblest activity. I don't regard James Bond's job being a particularly productive one.
  15. It seems to me that James Bond primarily served his country, and did not pursue his selfish interest. That is not Objectivism but altruism. How could it be in his objective self-interest to constantly put his life in danger? More generally with regard to fiction, I would argue it is almost always the hero who is ready to sacrifice himself for the "greater good", and almost always the villain who is portrayed as acting selfishly. James Bond is no exception in this regard.
  16. Interesting discussion Wolf and Brant. I can't seem to find any particular point to comment on, the discussion is all over the place. Can you elaborate?
  17. I agree, it is very risky and any investment is purely speculative. Sure, but his opinion is not exactly unbiased. JPM is one of the entities which benefit most from current status quo.
  18. The price has been going wild for the last few days, hitting $500 today. Anyone else own any? I am guessing Dean has some.
  19. I have no idea what this means. Care to explain a bit? The Brant speaks in intricate philosophical tongues... Can anyone translate Brant to English?
  20. I have no idea what this means. Care to explain a bit?
  21. Maybe also that, but even if it was allowed, I wouldn't consider that weapon particularly suitable for indoor use. Would make me deaf for one, and the bullet could go through a wall and hit a poor neighbor. I would rather have a neat little handgun for that type of situation.
  22. Thought I will revive this thread for discussion about guns in general. As you may guess, it is very difficult to get a firearm license in Finland. You can get a shotgun or a bolt action rifle for hunting purposes, but semi-automatics or handguns are extremely hard to get a license for. Still, for any gun, it is quite a hurdle of things you must go through. In any case, I used to own a .308 Tikka T3 Varmint rifle. I sold it later as I ended up not using it often enough to justify it. Here is the link: http://www.tikka.fi/rifles/tikka-t3/t3-varmint I found it great fun to shoot at the rang
  23. As much as some people would like to see a "fast collapse", which would maybe enable the proper rebuilding of our nations, what we have is a train wreck in slow motion which will take decades still. It is the slow grind of the collectivist/mysticist/altruist ideology that has been the norm throughout history, except for brief moments in time. But yes, for all intents and purposes, the "Peoples States of Europe" are a reality.
  24. Two reasons, budgetary - it is a cost factor, you know, kids funerals do not have to be paid by the County, State, Federal budgets; and It does not fit their agenda which is to disarm the citizenry. I would love to see one set of parents suing the school district for failing to provide safety for children they compel by law to be at school. A... Why not just arm the teachers and the students directly? Of course, the bigger problem is that there are public schools at all. The only proper form of education are private schools. Sadly, as you have stated, the problem with public schools is t
  25. He was well off financially after the breakup, if that is what you are referring to. I would still consider him a victim morally, as in being persecuted for being successful, but I would propose the real victim was capitalism. Not just in that trial as such, but maybe it was somekind of a turn in the road if you will for America.