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  1. America also has a much larger concentration of poor inner cities, where most murder occur, where gun ownership is banned or at least highly restricted; most of the violence in America is drug related and committed by people in poverty in liberal areas.
  2. As everyone agreed to live in the Gulch under the conditions laid down by Midas and Galt, and their was a judge, it was more minarchist than anarchist.
  3. Well who determines if the media is lying? Surely not the ministry of truth!
  4. While I don't know Rands specific stance on being an empiricist I do agree with the examples you quoted and think we may just be splitting hairs. I think the purpose of the article though was more to inform the casually interested of the facts about objectivism rather than to write a citable paper. Yes I was surprised how accurate it really was and how well it explained the philosophy without coming off as self important; a problem many objectivists seem to have sometimes . I think I will use this write up whenever I need to explain objectivism to someone who is not already sympathetic to it without throwing OPAR or other books at them lol.
  5. stumbled across this page and wanted to share that not everyone is an ignorant fool who refuses to learn about the philosophy before they bash it
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    What is love?

    The love and hate relationship is very complex; from my current situation I value someone and the way they make me feel so much that i wouldn't hesitate to give nearly anything to ensure it stays protected, even if it meant inconveniences for myself. However while I still completely love this person, their actions do at some points seriously hurt me in ways that no one else could. Hence at some points I resent her, for lack of a better word, stupidity, but that doesn't change how i view her as a whole. Love is not the opposite of hate, they are both opposites of apathy.
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    What is love?

    As someone totally and completely in love I can only describe it as the woman/man you love makes you feel complete, like no one else can. You look forward to their presence more than other things and you think about them more than any other single topic. If your not with them (as in relationship) you may feel physically ill, and may become severely depressed. Also more of a male thing, but if someone ever says anything to insult or hurt them, let alone touch them, you can become enraged, almost to the point where you loose control. hope that helps
  8. honestly i think the best way is for people to spread it to their friends and not stop explaining it to them, thats what I do and i have already convinced several people of the benefits of objectivism and they respect it now as opposed to dismissing it
  9. just something to think about as to why objectivism hasn't spread so much: Christianity, self sacrifice, altruism, and religion are all social values entrenched in our culture and media, and proposing a belief system so diametrically opposed to the one many have built their lives on will of course be a slow process
  10. I implied this when I meant it is not just to invade them at the current time, however if they nuke/ will nuke someone it would be justified.
  11. start a new business, hire people
  12. honestly they're pretty brazen recently, threatening to station ships off the gulf of mexico and all that. If they do nuke anyone then they should be obliterated, but until they do we can't justify an invasion or raids into their country.
  13. So as any students of AP history classes will know, a document based question requires you to create an essay based on quotes from several provided documents, I recently wrote an essay on the debates for and against the ratification of the Constitution by the Federalists and Ant-Federalists. Rich D. 10/24/11 APUSH Thomas 5 Document Based Question: The Ratification Of The United States Constitution Both the proponents and opponents of ratification of the United States constitution had a plethora of justifications for their viewpoints. These groups however did not agree on which issues were the most relevant to their arguments, and as such fractured into several smaller sub factions. The three eminent factions in this grand debate over the future of our country were the Federalists, who believed in a strong and centralized government that would support, protect, and subsidize their businesses, and two schools of thought both belonging to the cause known as anti-federalism and with substantial overlap but differing on their reasons for opposing the Constitution, one of these factions, led by many celebrated patriots such as Patrick Henry, opposed the Constitution on the grounds that it neutered the sovereignty of the individual states, the second group championed the cause of the yeomen farmers of the time, personified primarily by Jefferson and company. The main supporters of the Constitution of the United States were the Federalists. As stated by the Massachusetts Sentential, “ Let us look and behold.... our ships rotting in our harbors... View these things, fellow citizens, and then say that we do not require a new, protecting, and efficient federal government if you can.” Trade was being hampered by the inability of the federal government to maintain safe shipping lanes. As such many Federalists, who were primarily wealthy merchants, could not run their businesses. Another major complaint the Federalists made against the Articles of Confederation government was the absolute impotence of the congress against powerful states. They wished the national government to end impost taxes (interstate tariffs) to foster trade within the new nation, this is supported in Washington's letters to Jay when he states “[T]hirteen sovereign, independent, disunited states are in the habit of... refusing compliance with [our national congress] at their option.” This last point nearly diametrically opposed to the rationale of one of the Federalist sub factions. This sub faction saw the new Constitution as a step backwards toward the regime they had just overthrown. It threatened the sovereignty of the states for which many brave sons and brothers had sacrificed their lives for. In the immortal words of Patrick Henry excerpted from his speech at the Virginia Ratification Convention “[O]ur rights and privileges are endangered, and the sovereignty of the states will be relinquished...” His dislike, his extreme loathing, for the Constitution was proven when he boycotted the Constitutional Convention itself after he “smelt a rat”. A similar viewpoint was expressed by the Massachusetts Constitutional Ratification Convention: “that all powers not expressly delegated by the... Constitution are reserved to the several states.” this was a recommendation for the tenth amendment of the bill of rights, granting states all powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states unless specifically forbidden elsewhere. This convention also recommended amendments to protect the peoples rights. Specifically “[T]hat no person be tried for any crime until... indicted by a grand jury...” which was also addressed in the bill of rights. Mercy Otis Warren shared her analogous feelings in a newspaper article when she said “The Executive and the legislat[ure] are so dangerously blended that they give just cause for alarm...” She here expresses her views that the branches of government are in bed together and have to much dangerous power to harm the people, especially the lack of term limits which could result in a political ruling class that grows accustomed to power and detached from the people who gave them their power. Warren's sentiments are shared by Amos Singletree and he expressed his fears of the learned and wealthy Federalists becoming an aristocracy of the same kind of the one they had just sacrificed so much to free themselves from in a speech to the Massachusetts Ratification Convention: “These lawyers and men, that talk so finely and gloss over matters so smoothy,... Expect to get into Congress themselves... and to get all the money and all the power into their own hands, and then they will swallow all us little folks...” The arguments of the advocates and adversaries of the Constitution were squarely about the role of government and which rights should be protected and where sovereignty should reside, The Federalists wished for sovereignty to reside with the federal government, prominent patriots and other assorted dissonant argued for the rights of the states and the individual. These debates led to the creation of a more perfect Constitution for the formation of a more perfect government to protect the rights of everyone, from the traders of the north to the state legislatures to the common yeoman and plantation farmers of the south and west. I just wanted to share my work and ask for constructive criticism for the next time i write an essay
  14. Im very polish, and the best way to deal with the jokes is to be the first to tell them and laugh at them, Ive experienced much more crap from being intelligent and objectivist(openish) than from being polish
  15. hmmm, never thought of that... That is what I am advocating against. If women choose to act this way men should not give in and try to appease them.
  16. The different ways men and women interact with and between each other. While extremely rational women do exist the unpredictability of most women and the seemingly illogical actions they take throw a lot of men for a loop and if you are prepared for, and frankly, assume the worst (as in least intelligent most irrational) about everyone you can be pleasantly surprised when they don't reflect your assumptions, and you will not be vulnerable if they do reflect them. Another area that should be discussed is the biological tendency (not always true however) for women to subconsciously prefer a submissive/semisubmissive role in relationships. Now i admit all my opinions are from my own experiences which are somewhat limited, yet they continue to hold true for me.
  17. I am speaking entirely from my experiences with modern American culture. Where both popular media and mentors such teachers and councilors promote effeminate men, while there is nothing wrong with this if thats how you really are, teaching young boys that that is the "right" way to be confuses them and leads to a muddled and ineffective approach towards dating. I am not advocating all men be uber masculine, but I am saying that a people should not be discouraged from being so. In addition, while there is no scientific evidence of this, and many feminists will get up in arms over this, but it seems most straight women tend to want a masculine man in control (not controlling, but the dominant role of the relationship) even if they say they want something else.
  18. You say that society still promotes traditional masculinity, yet it does not support the whole masculinity just aspects of it, and it also promotes men becoming effeminate. This creates a massive contradiction in the way young and impressionable ways are taught to act. The effeminate points tend to be the sensitive nice guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. Yet these boys are also encouraged to be 'masculine' which gives them a muddled roll in society and leads to lots of frustration. You also say that promoting gender equality leads to less awkward interactions, yet this tends to lead to the other end of he spectrum where men seem to treat women as friends with benefits. Promoting awareness of the differences between men and women and not trying to gloss them over will lead to a more harmonious interaction between the sexes.
  19. *getting it out of the way that I am talking about straight relationships here and do not have any experience with any homosexual ones and have no desire to do so if it sounds biased Growing up in the age of the 'manchild' where traditional masculinity has been tossed aside by our culture (Adam Sandler's typical characters are excellent examples of this archetype) I believe that feminism and the prevalence of single mothers have allowed most younger men to remain stuck in a prolonged adolescence. Our culture also contributes to this phenomenon with mind numbing displays of irresponsibility like MTV and Jackass. This environment teaches young women they are strong and powerful and independent, and better than men, but on the flip side it also degrades men and the absence of father figures tends to lead to a specific situation of romantic incompetence. Two relatively common symptoms of this can easily be described as the "will you please go out with me" approach from men who's mothers taught them to be 'nice' and shower compliments on their girlfriends, or the irresponsible man who does not take pride in himself and coasts along. I myself was the former for a while until my father retaught me about interacting with the opposite sex, and from my experience it is much easier to find girls and many more are interested in you as a man if you reflect the more traditional masculinity and maintain an almost arrogant air about you, but always keep the tone light and playful. So in short: Yes i believe men should pursue women, but not try to 'win them over' as many try to do.
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    while not a novel bioshock gives an amazing atmosphere and presents an amazing story, although I don't think it would turn out that way it's still an amazing game.
  21. The only way I see hyper inflation coming about is if for some reason we cant get the debt under control and we begin to print money. I think this is highly unlikely and that the currency will deflate naturally. Which IMO isn't a real problem, while people will be less likely to spend and more likely to save and the economy will 'depress' people who were rational and saved money will be rewarded and the irresponsible ones will be punished, hopefully teaching people a lesson about responsibility. I feel we should also go back to a commodity backed currency and eliminate the fed and all government insurance of loans after the economy stabilizes.
  22. Assuming I look only at the size and not the other numbers is wrong. Your example of buying a five million dollar house is not valid as people cannont research your personal finances as they can the national debt. I am not denying that fox, and all media companies in general, are spoonfeeding crap to the masses, but having a debt that is quickly approaching %100 of gdp is deffinatly a problem.
  23. Agreed I honestly don't care about their intentions as long as the results are favorable and they were achieved without any gross moral infractions. While I agree there motives were most likely not pure, as I said before a result is a result, actions are actions, intent does not matter. Besides informing people of the gravity of the situation. If we can cut entitlements to zero and eliminate %90 of our budget, we also have a moral imperative to reform and lower taxes, not raise them. Taxes are amoral, raising them with even the best intent is still amoral. Assuming we can cut the budget by %90, we can thus cut taxes to have a %5 surplus to pay for the debt. (These values are all for argument's sake, do not debate me on them as they are %100 arbitrary) I'm not sure if this is a rhetorical statement in general or aimed at me personally, but if it is named at me: A massive debt is a problem, you can not deny the gravity of the debt and the fact that it is of great importance. Informing others of this problem is not using scare tactics.
  24. While I have no illusions about the ratings agencies you cant say that they had it coming when the only one being investigated is the one speaking against the current administration. I fail to see how they can be absurdly wrong about the downgrade when the debt is this high. And all the numbers do matter, specifically the numbers showing that it will take not years, but generations to pay off the debt.
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