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  1. Why You Shouldn’t Be A Socialist #3 I tried to put a book review of Why You Should Be a Socialist on Amazon and met a barrier that was new to me. "We apologize but this account has not met the minimum eligibility requirements to write a review. If you would like to learn more about our eligibility requirements, please see our community guidelines." The guidelines say to post a review you must have spent at least $50 on Amazon.com in the past 12 months. I did spend more than $50 in the past 12 months. However, part was with a gift card, and my net spent was less than $50. 🙂
  2. Why You Shouldn’t Be A Socialist #2
  3. I crossed my fingers that Mark Twain would return in 1985. Alas, it seems not to have happened. He hasn't appeared in 34+ years. 🙂
  4. Edmond Halley was quite an achiever. He aided and funded Isaac Newton's Principia. He constructed one of the first mortality tables, which are the foundation of life insurance. Much more.
  5. https://medium.com/@ricosutioso/diogenes-the-beggar-philosopher-fdd71946f641
  6. Why You Shouldn’t Be A Socialist #1
  7. Amazon 2019, ITEP and its wake Free File, Gov't Audit, ProPublica
  8. Oops. I didn't see "referencing Ayn Rand" earlier. I only saw "Miscellaneous News." So I request an administrator fix it somehow.
  9. The author of the op-ed, Garry Galles, wrote, "The main problem with understanding Ayn Rand’s position on this today is that modern usage of the term has eroded his meaning of altruism to little more than a synonym for generosity, so Rand’s rejection of the original meaning — the requirement of total selflessness — is erroneously taken as rejecting generosity. Portraying the modern usage as "little more than a synonym for generosity" is a stretch. A parent, human or another animal, caring for its young is often not mere "generosity."
  10. Is "... liberty, Rand’s focus in politics” acceptable?
  11. The following are not trying to answer your question, but: Object-Oriented Programming and Objectivist Epistemology: Parallels and Implications From here: "Most importantly, Booch's Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications, which some people consider "seminal" in the field, explicitly refers to Rand as a contemporary "object-oriented" philosopher, and includes Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology in the bibliography. I have no information as to how big of a role ITOE played in the development of Object Oriented, but having read the book, I would not at all be surprised if it played a rather large part. It essentially describes the mechanics of human concept-formation and how they reflect the real relationship between entities, attributes, and measurement. It lends itself very naturally to a computer-science approach.
  12. Adding to Reidy's post: The computers of the 1950's and 1960's were main-frame -- large and programmers were specialists. Personal computers came much later. The Apple I was launched in 1976, and the IBM PC in 1981.
  13. https://www.dailynews.com/2020/02/02/ayn-rands-misunderstood-position-on-altruism/
  14. In the wake of ProPublica Stand Out of Our Light #1
  15. The Knowledge Illusion #5 The Knowledge Illusion #6
  16. Bernie Sanders calls himself a Democratic Socialist, but more accurately he is a fascist. Like described here fascism permits private ownership of the means of production, but subject to extensive control by government. "As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer." "Under fascism, the state, through official cartels, controlled all aspects of manufacturing, commerce, finance, and agriculture. Planning boards set product lines, production levels, prices, wages, working conditions, and the size of firms." State control is paramount. This captures BS's proposal for health insurance. He wants to eliminate private health insurance by the state taking over all health insurance, akin to Stalin taking over agriculture in the Soviet Union. If BS gets his way, the planning board, which already exists -- it's called Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services -- will have much greater power. As I recall, the Wikipedia article on fascism only weeks ago had more about its economic policy akin to the above. However, apparently somebody removed it.
  17. The Knowledge Illusion #3 The Knowledge Illusion #4
  18. Jeopardy GOAT The Knowledge Illusion #2
  19. The actor could regret such behavior later. Making a habit of such behavior is probably detrimental in the long-run. Ethics, surely for Rand, concerns the long-run, not merely the short-run.
  20. A case for socialism The Knowledge Illusion #1
  21. Paying higher taxes ProPublica is finally helpful
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