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Hello, all--I'm new to Ayn Rand and this Forum, so I apologize in advance for a possible naivete of my questions: (1) Is the ethical prohibition to initiate violence against any individual is accepted in AR's philosophy as a self -evident principle (=axiom) ? Or is it deduced from some principles that are considered more basic? (1.a) If the latter, what are those principle and the logic by which the inference in question is made? (2) Is any taxation whatsoever considered in AR's philosophy as a violation of the tenet indicated in (1)? (2.a) If not, what are the exceptions? Thanks.
ARI/AOC and TSA, apparently being on vacation in Tibet or somewhere, and making no statement at all on the NSA/PRISM scandal, I turned to CATO Institute's website:. Lo and behold, right there on their opening front page, they speak up about this serious threat to our personal liberties. http://www.cato.org/ Maybe ARI should lure Ellison back from Cato. Post-post-script: Damn! Never presume anything. The CATO pieces are not very encouraging. They seem to be taking a , "Golly gee! Maybe NSA/PRISM is not unconstitutional!"