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  1. Favorite Contempory Authors?

    Muggle. JK Rowling books are superbly plotted and always have a brilliant twist worthy of 'The Usual Suspects' or 'L.A. Confidential'.
  2. Favorite Contempory Authors?

    I second J.K. Rowling and Terry Goodkind and add the hilarious Terry Pratchett and the absorbing Katharine Kerr.
  3. Why Objectivists Should Embrace Nietzsche

    The Objectivist Forum book - a compendium of the magazine from 1980-87 - shows how Nietzsche can superficially appeal to an Objectivist but shows that, ultimately, he is a racist and an irrationalist.
  4. Goodbye

    Translation: Troll, troll, troll, my name is Troll McTroll etc..... We have guys like this at the capitalism magazine forum. One said farewell because he both wanted to combine catholicism with Capitalism and couldn't refute our arguments. (I love that emoticon). In this case, there doesn't seem to be any evidence to back up his assertion so you are probably well rid of him.
  5. God's Spokesman

    There was a BBC show on this guy and his loathsome family a few weeks ago. Here is conclusive proof that you should not waste your time with people you know to be idiots. (I love that emoticon).
  6. Your arithmetic is dire. A 60 hour week at $6 an hour is $18720. Can I just point out that the state is the villain of the piece by taxing people and regulating the economy, therefore reducing the average amount of capital, per head, creating unemployment and lowering people's living standards?
  7. Music

    try 'Stream Of Passion' also featuring Arjen Lucassen and Within Temptation. Look up 'Ice Queen' on you tube.
  8. Casino Royale

    'On her Majesty's Secret Service' is the closest film to the book by a mile. The book contains the best chapter I have ever read, entitled 'death for breakfast'. All Bond buffs should read it, it's absolutely brilliant.
  9. Casino Royale

    Who here has read the book, by Ian Fleming?
  10. Casino Royale

    Question: Who here has read Casino Royale by Ian Fleming? If you have, what did you think of it?
  11. Mark Skousen on Ayn Rand

    Just as well you haven't read it, it's loathsome. Here are some truly woeful quotes, with my comments in brackets: "There is much to commend, and much to condemn, in "Atlas Shrugged." Its object – to restore man to his rightful place in a free society – is wholesome. But its ethical basis – an inversion of the Christian values that predicate authentic capitalism – poisons its teachings. " "But there's a dark side to Rand's teachings. Her defense of greed and selfishness, her diatribes against religion and charitable sacrificing for others who are less fortunate, and her criticism of the Judeo- Christian virtues under the guise of rational Objectivism have tarnished her advocacy of unfettered capitalism. Still, Rand's extreme canard is a brilliant invention that serves as an essential counterpoint in the battle of ideas. " ". Rand's plot violates a key tenet of business existence, which is to constantly work within the system to find ways to make money. Real-world entrepreneurs are compromisers and dealmakers, not true believers. They wouldn't give a hoot for Galt. " (Can I just add that this is downright idiocy. 'Real-world entrepeneurs' are indeed compromisers and deal-makers and they helped to prop of totalitarian and genocidal regimes throughout the world. quite a few German businessman thought Hitler would be good for them and we all know what happened after that.) "Rand, of course, knows this. And that's OK, because "Atlas Shrugged" is about philosophy, not business. In her world, there are two kinds of people: those who serve and satisfy themselves only and those who believe that they should strive to serve and satisfy others. She calls the latter "altruists." " (How about people who trade with their fellow man to each other's mutual benefit? Just ignore that why don't you?) " Must we accept her materialist metaphysics in which, as Whittaker Chambers wrote in 1957, "Randian Man, like Marxian Man, is made the center of a godless world"? " (Has this guy read the same book I have?) "Perhaps a true capitalist spirit can best be summed up in the commandment, "Love thy neighbour as thyself" (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 22:39)." (?!?!?!?!?) and he finishes with: "John Galt – it's time to come home and go to work." Dear oh dear. Good luck writing letters about this.
  12. Music

    Also try Xandria at www.xandria.de for a band not miles away from Nightwish. You should really enjoy Operatika as well.
  13. Music

    i've seen them live. I recommend Nightwish, Within temptation and Edebridge as well. I also recommend Operatika as well.
  14. Debitism

    Felix, you say earlier 'In any market, every dollar that enters it has to leave it. ' and I asked what happens in an inflation, such as Weimar Germany had. What is your answer?
  15. Debitism

    Does it? why? How about Germany between 1919 and 1923, albeit with deutschmarks instead of dollars? This entire thread obscures the difference between wealth and money.