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Everything posted by Reidy

  1. Wars, coups and political collapse have accomplished this: Germany, Japan and (some of) their allies and occupied territories after WW2; eastern Europe and the USSR ca. 1990; the military coup in Chile in the 70s led in the short run to dictatorship, but this in turn gave way to freedom.
  2. Yes, Youngkin has said nothing about privatization, but he's not the only one talking about schools. Betsy DeVos is using the election to sell school choice, and I doubt that she'll be the last. She's not hard-core herself; what she wants, rather than privatization, is private schools alongside government's, as we already have for universities.
  3. Bienvenue à OO. Vous connaissaiez beaucoup d'Objectivistes en France?
  4. I expect that Newsom will survive but that the closeness of the outcome will end any presidential prospects he might have had.
  5. Similar history here. I heard the story as gossip and found it too weird to believe, so I didn't until BB's book came out years later. The two published In Reply to Ayn Rand a and sent it to the Objectivist subscriber list. He said that what finally, irrevocably broke them up was his telling her that the age difference was "an insurmountable barrier to a romantic relationship". We took it to mean that she wanted to start it, not revive it. The text used to be at his website and perhaps in one of his books.
  6. What you're asking about looks like what happened in several eastern-European countries, and finally the USSR, 30 or so years ago.
  7. Peripheral point: Sowell never became an Objectivist. We can admire him personally, and we can learn from his writings, but he remains one of those original-sin conservatives.
  8. That's hardly the worst you could say about him. https://freedomwire.com/florida-big-tech-censorship-ban/
  9. (Could you give us a link to the blog?) Yes, Rand would agree that self-esteem is fundamentally a matter of learning to deal with the world and master it. Parents, friends and teachers can help us, but we still have to do the work ourselves. She would also agree that wanting to be loved for no reason is undesirable. See the story of James Taggart and his wife in Atlas Shrugged. Aristotle, in the Nichomachean Ethics, distinguishes between people we value for themselves - our friends - and others we value for what they can do for us. The people who take care of my car are valuable to me, but I'm not interested in a personal relationship with them. Nathaniel Branden these entity and process relationships respectively. I'm not sure what the blogger means by "being used as a subject and being used as an object". It sounds a bit like Kant's distinction between treating people as ends and treating them as means, and we all know what she thought of Kant.
  10. This would take checking, but we should at least consider the possibility that Rand picked the date because it fit her timeline. For example: the valley is in session only in high summer; she has to stage the tunnel disaster before that (without the irrelevance of winter travel conditions), and next she has to set up the disappearance of Quentin Daniels that will lead Dagny to the valley; ergo May 1.
  11. Some possible examples of gay-turned-straight are the movie Enigma and Noel Coward's play Present Laughter. They weren't remakes, but they took real-life gay people and turned them straight, Alan Turing in the first case and Coward himself in the second. People have been speculating for decades that George and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf are both men, but the author insisted otherwise.
  12. I believe the quote comes from her article "The Money-Making Personality" that ran in Cosmopolitan in the early 60s. PS: https://www.amazon.com/COSMOPOLITAN-magazine-MONEY-MAKING-PERSONALITY-Cosmopolitan/dp/B000NE6D22
  13. Whatever the merits of the first part of your proposal, it looks like a literacy test, and the US outlawed these tests in the 60s (some states used them blatantly as a way to disqualify blacks). You'd need an act of Congress to change the law. The second part would never fly, and we should be glad. Ask yourself who'd pick the criteria and who'd decide who met them.
  14. Our two favorite people are becoming a play.
  15. Empirical psychology is not exactly a part of philosophy, but the Objectivist writings make several assertions in this field without providing more than intuitive or anecdotal evidence: Personality predicts sexual attraction. Sexual attraction predicts personality. Artistic taste predicts personality. Personality predicts artistic taste. Childhood literary exposure predicts adult character. Philosophical training and belief predict intellectual efficacy. This is not to say that one couldn't test these claims, only that I haven't seen such tests.
  16. The short answer is that I've never seen any Objectivist writings on the topic. My understanding is that, in computer science, heuristics are techniques for identifying high-likelihood paths through an infinite or impracticably large number of possibilities. This is itself a reasoning process, and you have to know the truth in order to judge how well or badly your heuristics did in getting at it. What are the arguments that using heuristics invalidates reason?
  17. Here's a companion piece: https://spectator.org/capitol-riot-fuhgeddaboudism/
  18. Your illustration is reminiscent of Taliesin West, F Ll Wright's winter home:
  19. I hope you're right. We'll see. Several people, mostly Democrats, invoking the slogan "too little too late", have observed that Republicans should have repudiated Trump years ago and that they aren't credible coming forward now. In that case, a lot of senators, congressmen and governors are going be swept down with Trump himself. Cruz is the first who comes to mind. He had a golden opportunity to distance himself from Trump in the 2016 primaries and at convention time. The path may be wider open than it looks.
  20. Are people here able to get into aynrandsociety.org (Ayn Rand Society of the APA)? I keep getting a message that my firewall has blocked it.
  21. FLl Wright built a house in Jackson in the 40s. It incorporated a natural spring, so he named it Fountainhead.
  22. NBI Book Service used to sell Bowra's The Greek Experience. Prices on Amazon range for some reason from a few dollars to several hundred.
  23. Several of the California ballot propositions, not just 22, turned out well - racial quotas, tax increases and new dialysis regulations among them: https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/11/good-news-for-conservatives-from-california/. Oregon voted for a big drug decriminalization.
  24. 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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