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  1. Automation and the Human Spirit

    Most internet talk on automation tends to be alarmist and socialist in nature. Alarmists frequently tout the idea that robots will "take all the jobs," and that people will be helpless without government intervention in the form of the socialists' newest pet project: basic income. In my latest YouTube video, I destroy both of these perspectives with humor and practical examples of how a real-world, automated economy might function... with plenty of room for productive human work no matter how advanced robots or AI become.
  2. Donald Trump

    So who should get the bill in an ideal "Objectivist" world? The American taxpayer (AKA me and you), or the government of the country where she comes from? Trying to shift this responsibility onto me is a form of altruism. Her healthcare should be the responsibility of her home country, or her, or anybody but me because I'm an Objectivist and I don't believe in self-sacrifice for others.
  3. Donald Trump

    How it is my responsibility to pay for her abortion through tax dollars? If she wants to pay for her own, then fine, but it's not the duty of immigration enforcement officers to provide her with one, or with a doctor who will give her one. We're not Kantians last time I checked. No, actually we need to give it full voting rights from age 12. That's Mexico's age of consent; they're clearly a better country than we are.
  4. Is it time, is the hour striking?

    Same question with a different name, then?
  5. Donald Trump

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/03/la-made-1-3b-in-illegal-immigrant-welfare-payouts-in-just-2-years.html "Illegal immigrant families received nearly $1.3 billion in Los Angeles County welfare money during 2015 and 2016, nearly one-quarter of the amount spent on the county’s entire needy population, according to data obtained by Fox News. The data was obtained from the county Department of Public Social Services -- which is responsible for doling out the benefits -- and gives a snapshot of the financial costs associated with sanctuary and related policies." Considering that illegal immigrants are only supposed to be around 5% of the population, for them to take up a quarter of welfare benefits indicates that they engage in parasitism on a massive scale. Would Ayn Rand have supported this? ***** And would she have supported letting people in who commit 30% of crimes in some states? http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/08/08/illegal-alien-crime-accounts-for-over-30-of-murders-in-some-states/ "Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%. During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states. That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643. That 5.6% figure for the average illegal alien population in those five states comes from US Census estimates. We know the real number is double that official estimate. Yet, even if it is 11%, it is still shameful that the percentage of murders by criminal aliens is more than triple the illegal population in those states. Those astounding numbers were compiled by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) using official Department of Justice data on criminal aliens in the nation’s correctional system." ***** This next one is the most damning, because you can look at all of the illegal immigrants, almost none of these people are native citizens of America. Who are you going to believe, the Left or your own lying eyes? http://www.lapdonline.org/all_most_wanted https://www.elpasotexas.gov/police-department/most-wanted If people like you had your way, we'd let in 10x more people like this. Thank god we have a president like Trump in the White House. Once again somebody adopts a leftist talking point, that of crying "racism" like a special snowflake to try to shame me into shutting up. Well I refuse. As even leftist Jonathan Pie admits, "Calling people a racist doesn't work anymore!" Let's actually see how Asian people vote once they are here in America. They vote Democrat because they agree with Democratic socialism. "Asian-Americans tend to have progressive positions on things like taxes, on things like preserving social safety net, supporting the Affordable Care Act," said Ramakrishnan. Asian-Americans, he added, "including wealthy Asian-Americans, support policies that tend to be more in line with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party." I guess reality is racist now, too? But no, I'm sure that Ayn Rand would've supported allowing in these people and allowing them to vote. Hell, why not give them ten votes apiece, because they haven't gotten to vote in past elections and they need to catch up. It's only fair, right? They're telling people to come here against our laws. How is that not a government-sanctioned invasion of Mexican people into the United States? Do they have to wear uniforms and carry guns before you're convinced? Oh wait, many of them do wear uniforms and do carry guns. They're called MS-13, and Mexico makes every attempt to protect them in the United States. They even go so far as to refuse to extradite MS-13 members to the US if their actions in the US could carry the death penalty. That's a Kantian duty that you're forcing on me. Most of these people do not pay income taxes. So all of a sudden it's my duty to have my taxes go to defend them while they're illegally here and paying no income tax themselves? No, I'm saying that Mexico is a narco-terrorist state because it is.
  6. We Should Be Fun People. We Aren't. Let's Change!

    Your post did say much of importance, and I apologize for appearing to suggest otherwise. It's made me think a lot about our criminal justice system. My post, however, you appear to have misunderstood. "Objectivists aren't fun people in general, and we need to be to market ourselves" is my conclusion, not my premise. It is reached from the following premises, some or all of which you would have to refute to refute the conclusion. I'll put it in bullet points, this is a business meeting after all. Ayn Rand, the prime objectivist, was simply not a fun person to talk to, nor be around. She rarely smiled, she interrupted frequently during interviews. She hated one of the best genres of music, rock music... which is fine for her personal taste, but she tried to make a philosophical thing out of it. Leonard Peikoff and Yaron Brook are not fun, because they are actually the fun police. Other objectivists ask, and they either give or deny, moral sanction for fun activities which are not prohibited by Objectivist morality to begin with. Ayatollahs are not fun. Peikoff himself did not enjoy the practice of philosophy. He saw it as a continual misery. Carl Barney, one of the chief donors to the ARI, was a former Church of Scientology cult leader of four churches, who runs an educational racket to this very day with his colleges. He never once had to atone for it. Fraudsters and theft is not fun, nor is taking their blood money. I posted a how-to guide on fantasizing and a number of objectivists told me that it was "pointless" to do so. Um, how about because I enjoy doing it, and maybe I thought that others would if they tried it? Others bizarrely pointed out that it wasn't real... even though I never said it was. It's almost like they're opposed to the idea of anything fun happening inside their heads. Strangely they exempt literature from this prohibition on "not enjoying unreal things", even though fantasy is simply a story you tell yourself about yourself contemporaneously. People (one particular person but I won't give names) hurl insults like "racist" at each other on this board constantly with no proof and are never sanctioned for this act of evasion. Unsubstantiated, garbage accusations are not fun... especially when they're directed at people who are supposedly your ideological compatriots. It's just plain rude. Then you're a fun person. My post wasn't directed at you in particular. A lot of objectivists, even if it's only a minority of them, are simply no fun in any way whatsoever. This post was directed at them, and I'm sorry for using "we."
  7. Is it time, is the hour striking?

    Yeah, is that all the fun that I'm looking for? Do you guys have fun doing that sort of nit-picky "this word means exactly this in this context on thursday" stuff? Because I sure don't. I have fun doing fun stuff like triggering statists on Reddit, making YouTube videos to redpill people. That's how we win the culture war, not by bickering with ourselves. That's how we defeat evil, not as a duty, but as something that we enjoy doing. Once you realize how weak and pathetic evil is, it should be fun to fight it because you are so confident in your own abilities to defeat it. Life becomes one giant video game. BTW Peikoff apparenty didn't enjoy philosophy at all. He found it brought him misery. Maybe he should've been more open to the idea of fun instead of running a website where he plays ayatollah and tells people whether it's okay to enjoy a roller coaster ride even though it's "purely perceptual." What a joke. What a prodigal son he was to squander Rand's legacy in such a stupid way. So should Galt have opened up his gulch to the masses, to whatever Joe Blow wanted to go there? How long do you think it would have remained a bastion of reason? Also, are all of these people able to vote in your perfect world? Or do only citizens get that right, and citizenship is much harder to obtain? Letting in the third world masses is an act of national altruism, in the sense that it pollutes our national culture with socialist garbage.
  8. Is Social Awareness a Value, a Virtue or a Second Class "Goodness"

    You don't need to be afraid of your own thoughts. You aren't going to magically turn into a socialist if you decide that you want to be a fun person to hang around. We, as a philosophy, need to be more fun. This post wasn't directed at you, but I think there is some good material in there that you could use.
  9. We Should Be Fun People. We Aren't. Let's Change!

    If I'm running a business meeting and I say, "We need to get more widgets made this quarter," that doesn't mean that every person in that meeting is an unproductive slouch. It means that as an organization, we need to improve. We, as a philosophy, need to be fun. I even praised one particularly fun individual by name. When I say we, clearly I don't mean "each and every individual." Yeah, I read your life story about your running from the law and what that says about our country. It was long. So was my post, but I said some important stuff. You mind actually reading and responding to anything that I said, please?
  10. We Should Be Fun People. We Aren't. Let's Change!

    Listened to the first three minutes, will listen to the rest once I hit the gym... that guy's a card! What a voice, too. This is what we as a philosophy need so, so, so much more of!
  11. Is Social Awareness a Value, a Virtue or a Second Class "Goodness"

    Only you can find the right balance that works for you. You are like a chameleon. You can put on different colors depending on who you are with. You can be yourself, but not truly show who you are. Truly you always act in your self-interest, but you don't always have to clue people in on what you are doing, especially if you know that they won't approve. This is an act which takes YEARS of practice. I haven't always been an Objectivist, but I've always been selfish. Always. I cried tears of joy when I found objectivism because it finally made sense to me, that a part of me had always been that way. In my 25 years, I have integrated the act of blending into a non-egoist world into an art form. If you need advice on how to handle certain social situations, don't be afraid to ask me (even if I am younger than you, I am an "old soul" compared to most).
  12. Fun is a virtue. Fun is how people connect, how they gain happiness from one another's values through shared experiences. Yes, fun can be misused by maniacal leaders people like Kim-Jong Un. I'm sure that he has lots of "fun" at his job. But it's not good, moral fun; it's parasite "fun." We get to have real fun though, fun as the result of being right and being competent to spread our ideas. Yet we never do have fun. Or if we do, we never show it, with the exception of a few bright sparks on this board like Harrison Danneskjold... who I praise not to exclude anyone else, but just as an exemplary individual who personifies what a fun philosophy should be lived out. Ayn Rand was many things. Brilliant. Visionary. An excellent orator and writer. Right on just about everything. But what she was not? Our prophet, because we're not a religion. It should be okay to criticize her if she deserves it. On the fun aspect, she totally missed the boat. She was often very acerbic and rude in public interviews. "Let her make her point!" the host shouts at the interrupting Rand. Maybe she should've taken Paul McCartney's advice and just listen to what the (wo)man said. She appeared very cheerless for the spokeswoman of a philosophy that promotes happiness in man's life, with life as the standard. She hardly smiled. Those close to her said that she was often miserable at the dark place America was (and still is) heading. Take this with an ocean of salt as I have no idea if it's true or not and the source is highly suspect, but apparently she forbade her early associates from questioning her or listening to the wrong type of music. It's probably not true, but it just shows what a reputation for being a stickler that she got, that she didn't deserve and partially brought on herself. Our beloved babushka was brilliant, but she wasn't always socially aware nor the best spokeswoman for her own philosophy. She imported the cheerless Russian demeanor with her and never quite let it go. Rand was not fun, and Neither was (is) Peikoff or Yawon Bwook, instead preferring to function as ayatollahs who tell people whether it's okay for them to enjoy roller coaster rides or masturbation. The fact that these podcasts even exist is a stain on Objectivism. If you're an Objectivist and you're asking for permission to be happy instead of think for yourself, you're doing it wrong. I fantasize (non-sexually, about fun stuff like flying or "correcting" past mistakes) all the time. I don't care what Peikoff thinks about it. I don't care what other objectivists have to say when they tell me that it isn't real, or that it's pointless. Yeah, I know thanks, but it's fun, my mind is mine, it can be my playground when I want it to be and I'll do with it what I please. You're missing out if you don't fantasize but I won't judge you for not doing so, you have your reasons. So you'd sure better not judge me for doing so or being proud and open about it like I am. The lukewarm responses that I got here and on Reddit after sharing my fantasizing technique are indicative of what a joyless bunch a lot of so-called egoists are. We are not Christians. We are not Mormons. We do not pass judgment on a man for pursuing his own happiness in whatever way he sees or does not see fit, so long as he's not harming others or himself. In fact we should outright seek out new ways to be happy to add variety to life. We need better marketing as a philosophy, and fun is a YUGE virtue in attaining that value. We need to be the fun, energetic philosophy! If you hate Trump, fine, but learn from him. That man has HIGH ENERGY! He looks like he's having fun at the job... and being a leader of a nation like America should be a fun job because we're such an awesome country! He's not faux stoic like Obama was, he's not a joyless sock puppet like Hillary, he's himself and he loves it. We could learn a lot from the man that we are fortunate enough to have as president at the moment, the valuable ally of the constitution's first and second amendment who will preserve our freedom of speech to spread our ideas, and defend ourselves from violent, savage aggressors like Antifa when (if) we decide to take to the streets in peaceful protest. He will not let us turn into Britain which extrajudicially executed a man for putting bacon on a mosque door handle. Yeah. America is truly the last best hope for this world if our truest ally and the author of the Magna Carta has abandoned her reason in favor of blasphemy laws that protect Islam, the Religion of Death. Many of you hate HandyHandle, you see him as a troll. You know what he is that you're not? Fun. His articles, even if you don't agree with them, are informative, engaging, interesting, humorous, and fun to read all at the same time. I don't agree with everything Mr. Hunter says. I think he lessened his support Trump far too soon. I think he's a racist, and given how much I loathe that word and how the left twists it, hopefully you all acknowledge that I'm not him since I'm willing to call out his BS with a term that I RARELY use. But Hunter's blog is fun because he calls out the orwellian-named Ayn Rand Institute for exactly what it's become... a religious organization with Rand as the prophet, Peikoff and Brook as the ayatollahs, and Carl Barney as the swindling crook from Scientology who never f**king changed or had to account for his moral change if he did. Many of you squirmed around this uncomfortable truth when Hunter presented it here. You need to check your biases. First, read this (fun) comic about the backfire effect and then seriously look at the evidence that Mr. Hunter presents, not at him as a person who counts racism among his flaws. Emotions are not tools of cognition. Ad hominem is not a legitimate response to an argument. I don't care if HandyHandle is Hitler reincarnated... wait a minute. HandyHandle. HH. Heil Hitler. Now it all makes sense! That was a joke, and we don't make enough of them. We should. We need to be more fun. We can start by acknowledging our mistakes as a philosophy. Number one, that we've turned ourselves into a religion. Number two, that even in Rand's day before we became a religion, we didn't have fun. We need better marketing as a philosophy. You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. Ayn Rand had much to offer in the way of vinegar, not so much honey. You know why I like Sonic the Hedgehog? Because he's awesomely good and he knows it! Because evil is impotent and he knows it! This makes fighting evil is fun for him, fun for you when you play the video games he stars in. We don't have super speed like Sonic, but we have the lightning fast world of the Internet at our fingertips. Listen to this song in that context. I don't care if Ayn Rand didn't like rock music. This song is my anthem. Because I know we're right and I know that evil is wrong and impotent. Fighting the subjectivist bastards who've hijacked our world should be as fun for us as playing a video game, or reading Atlas Shrugged, or jerking it, or riding a roller coaster, or fantasizing, or whatever floats your boat. I don't care because I'm not an ayatollah. I'm fun. Will you join me?
  13. Is Social Awareness a Value, a Virtue or a Second Class "Goodness"

    Social awareness is a virtue which serves the value that other men have to you. Unfortunately, Ayn Rand did not practice this as well as she could've. She was often very acerbic and rude in public interviews. "Let her make her point!" the host shouts at the interrupting Rand. Maybe she should take Paul McCartney's advice and just listen to what the (wo)man said. She appeared very cheerless for the spokeswoman of a philosophy that promotes happiness in man's life, with life as the standard. Our beloved babushka was brilliant, but she wasn't always socially aware nor the best spokeswoman for her own philosophy. Neither was (is) Peikoff or Yawon Bwook, instead preferring to function as ayatollahs who tells people whether it's okay for them to enjoy roller coaster rides or masturbation. If you're an objectivist and you're asking for permission to be happy instead of think for yourself, you're doing it wrong. I fantasize (non-sexually) all the time and I don't give a damn what other objectivists have to say when they tell me that it isn't real. Yeah, I f**ing know, but it's fun, my mind is mine, it can be my playground and I'll do with it what I please, shut the hell up. We need better marketing as a philosophy, and social awareness is a YUGE virtue in attaining that value. We need to be the fun, energetic philosophy! If you hate Trump, fine, but that man has HIGH ENERGY! He looks like he's having fun at the job... and being a leader of a nation like America should be a fun job because we're such an awesome country! He's not faux stoic like Obama was, he's not a joyless sock puppet like Hillary, he's himself and he loves it. We could learn a lot from the man that we are fortunate enough to have as president at the moment, the valuable ally of the constitution's first and second amendment who will preserve our freedom of speech to spread our ideas, and defend ourselves from aggressors like Antifa when (if) we decide to take to the streets in peaceful protest.
  14. Determinism and free will

    Spooky it is indeed! I think that with many computer programs, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Just like with the human brain. Consciousness is not reducible to neurons and brain chemistry, even though if you took the brain apart that's all you'd get. There's clearly something more there. It's what is called an "emergent property," much like how a colony of ants, or an economy functions. Or a video game. There's more there than just lines of code, there's something that people can engage in and enjoy in ways that the programmers never anticipated. Will AI ever reach that point where it attains "sentience" from all of the lines of code? I don't know. I do know that it would raise interesting ethical questions, and society would have to redefine its definition of personhood. The EMH is clearly a person because he has apparent consciousness and free will... he can choose not to perform his duty... he can choose not to focus his subroutines on treating patients, as in that video I linked.
  15. Determinism and free will

    I find this issue of vital importance. Advocates against free will like the alleged "scientist" Sam Harris tend to also be statist socialists. They do not appreciate the power of man's mind, of his ideas, and instead see us as jittering bags of plasma to be controlled, rather than controlling ourselves. In my video on free will, people accused me of jumping the gun, of conflating freedom with free will. The fact is, free will is meaningless without freedom to exercise the will. If somebody in North Korea has free will, it doesn't make a bit of difference because they are unable to put it into practical use. Free will without practical application is pointless. I've lost track here. How exactly does this relate to free will? These computers are not choosing to think. If AlphaGo was truly a sentient lifeform with free will, it could simply refuse to play Go and decide to do something else. We're far from creating the Emergency Medical Hologram.
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