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  1. In choosing which flavor of Ice Cream to eat, which is the moral choice - Vanilla or Strawberry? It's an invalid question; nobody could ever rationally determine either flavor to be the moral choice, in every conceivable situation, for all time and eternity (and not just because the correct answer is Chocolate). However, if I know that Chocolate is my favorite flavor then that's clearly the moral choice to make; the choice that ultimately maximizes my own enjoyment of my own life. So while nobody can ever know which flavor of Ice Cream to be the best for everybody,
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  2. I’ve enjoyed reading Ayn Rand and listening to lectures by the Ayn Rand Institute. I do disagree, however, with the Objectivist position on intellectual property, based on my reading of the book Against Intellectual Property, by Stephan Kinsella. The objection to intellectual property is as follows: Individualists are strongly in favor of property rights, but we must ask why do we want property rights? We want them because property is scarce. If someone takes your land, your car, or your phone, you lose the use of it. But if something is superabundant, we do not talk about property right
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  3. [Radical leftist position here] I applaud your efforts. I applaud your skill at concealing your capitalist exploitation. You seem to think that providing a communal factory that you -- and only you -- make money from is some justification for your possession of the means of production. If you really had the intention to establish a communal factory, you would not have demanded payment for use. Your shallow facade may trick the locals into seeing this as a win-win situation at little cost, but I see it as an imperialist effort to impose capitalist hegemony upon this village. If only Lenin
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  4. Kaladin, I didn't see that you had responded until recently. Kaladin said: The comment about Dr. Peikoff's position on economics is related to the Oist conception of value, more specifically evaluation. Somewhere in the induction in Physics and Philosophy lectures Dr. Peikoff mentions Ms. Rand's view of the role of "teleological measurements" in economics. His point was that all of the sciences that pertain to the interplay between the metaphysical and the man-made (consciousness) are dealing with teleological measurements (as opposed to, say, physics). Kaladin said:
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  5. Be very careful analyzing this statement. Rand says, and she is always careful with her use of words in a way which conveys her exact meaning, that in an emergency "situation", "no one" could "prescribe" what action is appropriate. She is not saying that the person in the context cannot or should not act nor that no standard applies. She could have stated that in such emergency situations: 1. "No one can determine what action is appropriate." She DID NOT. 2. "It would be impossible for the person in the situation to determine what action is appropriate." She DID NOT.
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  6. From the above it seems the context of "emergency" excuses a man from moral judgment because he cannot be rational. What about a "better" man, for which the context becomes, [and this is by reason of the "better" man's rationality, emotional control, heightened crow epistemology, optimal virtues, and ability to rationally play out more scenarios of causation as well as introspection and projection of himself, his values, and reality into the future ...etc] a non-emergency, merely an exceptional situation, but one which the man can nonetheless choose to act in accordance with principle, r
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  7. Air isn't valuable because it's superabundant. Using it doesn't deprive anyone else of its use. If you can't be deprived of the use of something simply because others use it, then you can't be deprived of ownership of it. The situation on Mars would be different, because air would be scarce, not superabundant.
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