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    I have been writing on OBJ. subjects ( mostly Op-Eds ) since 1968. They don't always get published but I have seen an increase in published articles ( usually from 4-10 paragraphs ) lately.
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    Found Ayn's fiction in 1968 and her non-fiction a year later. I am an original subscriber of the AR Letter back in '72
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    Providence College
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    Retired but active ( writing D-photography, Philosophy plus a ton of other hobbies )

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  1. Private Property-Who Does It Belong to Anyway?

    Yes I remember that. Wasn't one owner a widow ( I believe she was the defendant in the case) and didn't want to move under any circumstance?
  2. Private Property-Who Does It Belong to Anyway?

    You guys are amazing!
  3. Private Property-Who Does It Belong to Anyway?

    Very interesting answer. Of course you got the clear insight into this question. Problem is how do we fix it? Atlantis does not yet exist, or does it?
  4. Private Property-Who Does It Belong To Anyway? If you recognize that a person has the right to live their own life then you must out of necessity recognize the right of a person to hold, give away, remove, regulate or sell private property as an owner sees fit. These two principles (the right to life and property) are inseparable. They have been the preeminent trait of American ideals since the founders of the nation signed the document of independence which separated us from the innumerable morose philosophies of the rest of the world. To deny these two principles of rights renders such persons as a meer stewards of the state. You may have bought you home, car, furniture etc. with your own money but the state may dispose of these possessions whenever or wherever it desires (without warning or permission) as is the case of millions of people living under rights denying totalitarian regimes. Let me provide a small example from a fictitious little town located somewhere USA. This town has a project going to replace worn, corroded and leaky sewer pipes within city limits. In order to lay new pipes the town must dig 6~10 to the right a main road intruding on private property. However most of the public would agree that the town has the right of egress to repair, prevent and eliminate public hazards with these limits. What the public would not agree is while performing this project, the city destroys homeowners driveways, expensive fixtures, garden beds and other private outways without a promise to repair any damage performed by the project.The damage stands for months with the public involved asking for but not getting any relief. The most they receive are vague promises that the town administration will deal with the damage caused at a later date...so on and so forth. Here is the problem: does the town own the right to your private property to ignore your requests for relief? If so does the town consider you just a steward in the way of “their” property without said rights? Are your taxes you pay on your property just a way to invade your wallet without care or responsibility? If so then the charter of rights Americans are said to have is just a sham, a trick and a “slight of hand” you.” This is what is called “creeping statism”, the kind when you wake up some time in the near future wondering what happened to you your family your property and your country! If private property turns out to, as it seems today, be but an annex to the state then the whole institution of Americanism falls by the wayside! Somehow we have lost our way and now serve a new principle that we, the people are servants of the government and not the other way around. Is this the kind of America that we and our children have to look forward too! I sincerely hope not, for me, for you, for our small fictitious town and for America!
  5. The Law of Identity

    Interesting points, I don't know, we need further discussions on these points
  6. The Law of Identity

    Reidy You hit it right on the noggin! Thanks!
  7. The Law of Identity

    Some males today are asserting their right to "pee" in a woman's bathroom! A=A, you can't escape from reality even if a social contstruct negates the obvious! I see these kinds of things as the Left's attempt to blur the lines of morality as Hillary did in the last election which is a "textbook" Marxist agenda. Me? I am a self-confirmed radical Objectivist.
  8. The Law of Identity

    Nicely said William O & Gio! Collectivist
  9. The Law of Identity

    I also note the contradictory aspects of quantum mechanics in the sub-atomic world but we don't live or function in that world. Cars, skyscrappers and tomatoes are not born sub-atomicly. They are born from man's mind and ideas in that world of our reality. If you believe in Plato's "shadows" (read quantum) are/is the one true reality (no disrespect intended) then objectivity will not help you nor will it pay your salary . Thank you for your comment!
  10. The Law of Identity

    If you do not believe in the law of identity (i.e that A is A); that you do not believe in what your sense’s reveal to you: if this is your personal functional axiom then you are forced by necessity to believe that nothing exists but change. The next step is to ask is what changes, from what to what? But it is the concept of indentity that allows such questions to be asked in the first place!
  11. Thankgiving

    I get what you are saying but to wash out "Thanksgving" as a stealing/stolen opportunity is to miss the point. And I am not romanticzing the Pilgrim's. I was just pointing out it was and is a producers holiday and should be seen as such. Yes, no...then why?
  12. Thankgiving

    Agreed, but the Pilgrim's of Massachuetts were independent producers, European 'thanksgiving" celebrations were heavly altruistic (granted by a king or lord) over a subservant population and only with permission.
  13. Thankgiving

    Other countries did follow America's lead in nationalizing "Thanksgiving" but for us it is not a symbol of independence or victory (which is true we have both but for other reasons) but a celebration of the results of producing a good harvest set before them, which was an indication that they would not starve through a tough winter. In our modern day Thanksgiving it also is a day of celebrating independently producing the means to sustain oneself and one's family. This is has always been a uniquely American notion.
  14. Thankgiving

    It is not a sacrifice to save (or attempt to save) those that you love or truly care about rather then watch them slowly expire. A sacrifice is giving up a "value" for a "non-value", so in this case you are right (pride=love)
  15. Thankgiving

    “Thanksgiving” is known as a uniquely American celebration. In colonial times it was universally seen as a day of giving thanks for a good and healthy harvest and for the rewards and success for producing a bountiful crop .This holiday of sharing an abundant meal with family and friends was a recognizable symbol to the world as a reward for the outstanding results born of individualism and hard work and an outward and a recognizable measurement of pride-American pride. A pride born from caring and loving parents who acted and sacrificed (often with their very lives) in a manner so that their children would never know or feel the pain of starvation!