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  1. MisterSwig

    Why I Like Trump

    At the first presidential debate Joe Biden and Chris Wallace started interrupting President Trump soon after the initial round of two-minute answers. Trump then went into beast mode, like any self-respecting man might do who was being attacked from both directions. He verbally smashed Biden like an action hero smashing henchmen in order to reach the big villain. "Biden as henchman" is an apt analogy, I think, because he is just a little man with little ideas. He's a weak human shield for the pack of thirsty socialists peeking over his shoulder. Listening to Biden debate was like watching
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  2. If anyone is still interested in the goings on at the Ayn Rand Institute, Yaron Brook has come out strongly in support of Biden for President: Yaron Brook Show The article “Biden is Our Only Hope” comments on this in detail. You can find it by searching on biden yaron "christian right" using Google (Bing and DuckDuckGo won’t work); “christian right” must be in quotes. You will learn that after Brook’s comments it became known that Leonard Peikoff had donated $250 to Trump’s campaign. So far Brook hasn’t commented on having once said that no “Trump apologist” should call him
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  3. This is not a right. When you live in a society, you assume the natural risks inherent in that social condition. Other people must also live their lives, which means possibly infecting others with communicable diseases. You might have a case if they purposefully infect you, showing a malicious intent. But, otherwise, being exposed to disease is part of the struggle with nature. In a pandemic, though, the risk might be so extreme that it constitutes a national emergency to the proper functioning of society itself. In emergencies it's not always clear how best to get out of them. Extreme me
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  4. MisterSwig posted something on Facebook that is relevant here: Videos are an inefficient way to get news and commentary but this 20 minute video – skipping commercials – by Rudy Giuliani is worth the extra time. Biden isn't just evil in the sense of evil politics, he is evil in the sense of corrupt as hell: How Joe Biden Got Millions in Foreign Bribes October 23rd 2020 Skimpy prose comment by Paul Craig Roberts: NPR, CNN, NYT, Wa-Po, MSNBC, Twitter, Facebook, Google Presstitutes Covering Up Biden Scandals by Refusing to Report on Them
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  5. Reidy

    Historical Footnote

    Wednesday's Tracinski Letter linked to an article in the New York Review, which led me in turn to a Wikipedia article about the Solovki prison, the first Soviet death camp, originally a monastery and close to the Finnish border, facilitating escape. Rand's Red Pawn, a movie treatment that was her first literary sale, is set in just such a place. Solovki was first known in the west in 1934. I hadn't known how close to the facts Rand's setting was.
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  6. The point that I have been focusing on is the subtle difference between concept formation (so-named in Objectivism) and concept-acquisition (what I’m saying is not part of ITOE or OPAR, and I’m not sure about secondary writings on the topic – there is no such thing as “concept-acquisition” in Objectivism). There are two big questions: “What is the proper means of forming concepts?”, and “What are the actual methods that men use to learn existing concepts?”. In our discussion, I pointed to the difference between the abstract nature of logic and knowledge, versus the practical methods of gaining
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  7. dream_weaver

    2020 election

    I like one of the points Onkar Ghate made in his Study of Galt's Speech. The patience exercised on the behalf of the strikers. Consider the passages leading up to what Hugh Akston told Dagny: " "Consider the reasons which make us certain that we are right," said Hugh Akston, "but not the fact that we are certain. If you are not convinced, ignore our certainty. Don't be tempted to substitute our judgment for your own." If someone does not agree with me, and I am right, why does the other guy have to have abandoned reason, or even be irrational. In fact, my being right (or anyone else'
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  8. Our new episode covers the controversy over the NY Times' 1619 Project versus Trump's push for patriotic education, when it comes to teaching history. We also get pretty deep into the principles and design of the correct curriculum.
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  9. The lip-service interest paid to "falsification" in popular accounts of scientific epistemology is unwarranted, and probably does more harm that good in shaping the conduct of scientific research. Since you've disavowed your earlier nihilism, I'd urge you to take a long, hard look at these Popperian tendencies, since Popperianism is just a variety of nihilism dressed up in a lab coat. The proper and rational understanding of the good part of "falsificationism" is in terms of the need to distinguish things that you know (as expressed in a theory) from things that you don't know. Rational scient
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