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  1. God, Herself, cannot instantiate a logical contradiction. ruveyn1
  2. It is the government's proper function to guard the borders to prevent criminal or military attack. Since the government is THE agent which can wield force legally, the government has the job of border defense and military action. ruveyn1
  3. To anyone who claims the plain evidence of the senses is bogus present the following challenge. Go to the top of the nearest tall building and jump off without a parachute. If the person is serious about what he says, then he will have no excuse for not accepting the challenge. If he is not serious and does not accept you can stop arguing it with him right there. ruveyn1
  4. You are reducing mental events to physical events. Not everyone would agree with that. ruveyn1
  5. Law that govern humans in society are made up, not discovered. ruveyn1
  6. Not if you do it in such a way as to endanger the lives of passers by. You cannot kill a burglar using a 500 pound high explosive bomb. ruveyn1
  7. Way cool! Thank you for the reference. ruveyn1
  8. The strong doctrine of individual rights asserts that there must be certain freedoms of action in order for anyone to exist as a human. Among these, as Jefferson pointed out, are Life, Liberty and Property. (P.S. His original assertion was the RIght of Property but he was persuaded to rewrite that as The Pursuit of Happiness). The notion of rights, in the sense intended above, implies there is a biological or existential requirement for those rights. They are not just cooked up out of thin air. ruveyn1
  9. A disagreement in the mode of punishment or deterrence can occur even if both parties agree upon the nature of the wrong that was done. Example: I oppose the death penalty. Not because I disagree with the impulse or sentiment behind it, but because the determination of guilt is not one hundred percent accurate and reliable. Recently, in the State if Illinois it was found that five percent of people who were convicted of murder some of who were on "death row" turned out not to be guilty of the crime for which they were convicted. Illinois has recused itself from executing the death penalty, as a result. ruveyn1
  10. Just a small point. In existence argument, he who asserts the existence of X, has the burden to produce evidence for X. He who disbelieves the existence of X or is not convinced of the existence of X is in the clear. No one is required to believe anything if there is no evidence to support the "anything" in question. Skepticism of the mild, careful variety is always permitted, until evidence indicates otherwise. ruveyn1
  11. I read the book twice. You might say "I did too". Or even better "I did two (times)". Keating was not a strong person. He drifted with the tides that moved him. Yes, he failed to carry out his end of the contract. However, legally speaking, he did not have fiduciary authority in the matter of funding or determining how the project would be built. He was a consultant, not the Man in Charge. Keating was a pitiful case. He was not stupid. But he lacked courage, as you point out. ruveyn1
  12. The valuable consideration that Roarke set out to get was having his design be used in the housing project. There is only one trouble. Keating did not have legal standing to guarantee the design would be used. The decision to build and how to build the housing project was not in Keating's hands. All Roark could hope for was that Keating had enough clout to see to it that Roark's design would be used. But Keating did not have enough clout. To bad for Roark. ruveyn1
  13. It you are doing something that is both useful and of value to yourself, you have a basis for respecting yourself. ruveyn1
  14. I merely point out there are other definitions and the word "rights" has multiple meanings. ruveyn1
  15. Here is what I got from a dictionary. Lots of different meanings. Please take a look. right [rahyt] Show IPA adjective, right·er, right·est, noun, adverb,verb adjective 1. in accordance with what is good, proper, or just: right conduct. 2. in conformity with fact, reason, truth, or some standard or principle; correct: the right solution; theright answer. 3. correct in judgment, opinion, or action. 4. fitting or appropriate; suitable: to say the right thing at the right time. 5. most convenient, desirable, or favorable: Omaha is the right location for a meatpacking firm. noun 18. a just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral: You have a right to say what you please. 19. Sometimes, rights. that which is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral principles,etc.: women's rights; Freedom of speech is a right of all Americans. 20. adherence or obedience to moral and legal principles and authority. 21. that which is morally, legally, or ethically proper: to know right from wrong. 22. a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, orethics. adverb 38. in a straight or direct line; straight; directly: right to the bottom; to come right home. 39. quite or completely; all the way: My hat was knocked right off. 40. immediately; promptly: right after dinner. 41. exactly; precisely: right here. 42. correctly or accurately: to guess right. verb (used with object) 49. to put in or restore to an upright position: to right a fallen lamp. 50. to put in proper order, condition, or relationship: to right a crookedly hung picture. 51. to bring into conformity with fact; correct: to right one's point of view. 52. to do justice to; avenge: to be righted in court. 53. to redress, as a wrong. verb (used without object) 54. to resume an upright or the proper position: After the storm the saplings righted. Idioms 55. by rights, in fairness; justly: You should by rights have been asked your opinion on the matter. 56. in one's own right, by reason of one's own ability, ownership, etc.; in or of oneself, asindependent of others: He is a rich man in his own right. 57. in the right, having the support of reason or law; correct: It pays to be stubborn when one is in theright. 58. right and left, on every side; in all directions: throwing his clothes right and left; members resigningright and left. 59. right away / off, without hesitation; immediately: She made a good impression right off.
  16. Excuse me. The delivery of the Message was part and parcel of the plot. What good is H.R.'s heroism and integrity if it does not make an impact on the world about him. His buildings and his beliefs are his monuments. ruveyn1
  17. First sentence: For any proposition P P = - - P
  18. ruveyn1

    Animal rights

    Eating meat has made the human race what it is. Smart, dynamic and somewhat dangerous. There is no better source of protein than flesh. Just make sure you trim the fat and cook it thoroughly. ruveyn1
  19. Guys, guys (and Gals)! The Fountainhead is a novel. It is fiction. The dynamiting of Cortlandt Homes was a literary artifact in order to give the character H.R. a chance to state his thesis in public. Taking the thing literally, rather than literature-ally is an error. You are reifying a plot artifact. It is like taking the deux ex machina of Greek tragedy as a statement of fact. That is wrong. ruveyn1
  20. The fetus is the property of the woman carry it. She has the right to maintain it or dispose of it. Just like any other kind of property. ruveyn1
  21. Insurance is a form of risk dilution or risk reduction. When the premiums are calculated according to probabilities accurately it is a sound scheme. ruveyn1
  22. If one or more of the premises of a syllogism is false all bets are off. In order for the conclusion to be proven true (1) the premises must be true and (2) the form of the argument must be valid. Anything less leads to no conclusions. ruveyn1
  23. The syllable count is off. Haiku has three lines with a syllable count of 5, 7, 5 Fix up your syllable count and you will have Hiaku. ruveyn1
  24. Good old English Common law is the closest living working system approximating justice that we have today. It is the basis of law in the United States. What makes Common Law is good as it is, is because it was generated by real live condition and people had to make judgements, not in the abstract, but to deal with real problems. It is law developed by an -inductive- process. However, look to the principle. If A has taken actions with respect to B that has created a vital dependence of B upon A, then A cannot justly and willy nilly abandon B to his fate, particularly if B is a helpless child which A brought into the world. An undertaking is in effect a contract and contracts must be honored. If you want to avoid the obligations of undertakings do not enter into such a relation with another person. Do nothing for other, let the be and let what happens to them happen. In particular do not bring children into this world unless you are serious about taking care of them while they are helpless dependents. ruveyn1
  25. Passions are the main thing that lead to actions. Hunger leads us to seek food. Thirst leads us to seek drink. Threats to our lives or health leads us to take defensive action. Our passion produced actions can be guided by reason, but reason per so is not a motivation. ruveyn1
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