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  1. "The Rise and Fall of Property in America"

    Who: Professor Adam Mossoff, Michigan State University College of Law

    What: A talk on the rise and fall of property rights in America, discussing the intellectual history of the right to property and how early twentieth-century Progressives destroyed property rights.

    When: Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm

    Where: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Angell Hall Auditorium D

    The public and media are invited. Admission is FREE.

    Summary: What happened to property rights in America? Our laws today do little to protect property owners from either the dictator abroad or the bureaucrat in D.C. How did this come to pass in a country founded on the principle that all men have the inalienable right to life, liberty and property? In this lecture, Professor Adam Mossoff explains the rise and fall of property rights in America. He first discusses the intellectual history of the right to property and how the Founding Fathers turned 17th-century theory into 18th-century practice. He then explains how early twentieth-century Progressives destroyed property in order to remove this fundamental obstacle to the implementation of their socialist programs.

    The effects of this assault are still felt today, which he illustrates with examples from famous and recent court cases in which judges disintegrated basic property protections, such as the Supreme Court's recent decision in Kelo v. City of New London. Ultimately, the lesson to be learned is that a renaissance in the protection of property rights will not occur through politics or law, but rather in the proper justification of property as a fundamental moral right.

    Sponsored by the University of Michigan Students of Objectivism (UMSO)

  2. "The Rise and Fall of Property in America"

    Who: Professor Adam Mossoff, Michigan State University College of Law

    What: A talk on the rise and fall of property rights in America, discussing the intellectual history of the right to property and how early twentieth-century Progressives destroyed property rights.

    When: Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm

    Where: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Angell Hall Auditorium D

    The public and media are invited. Admission is FREE.

    Summary: What happened to property rights in America? Our laws today do little to protect property owners from either the dictator abroad or the bureaucrat in D.C. How did this come to pass in a country founded on the principle that all men have the inalienable right to life, liberty and property? In this lecture, Professor Adam Mossoff explains the rise and fall of property rights in America. He first discusses the intellectual history of the right to property and how the Founding Fathers turned 17th-century theory into 18th-century practice. He then explains how early twentieth-century Progressives destroyed property in order to remove this fundamental obstacle to the implementation of their socialist programs.

    The effects of this assault are still felt today, which he illustrates with examples from famous and recent court cases in which judges disintegrated basic property protections, such as the Supreme Court's recent decision in Kelo v. City of New London. Ultimately, the lesson to be learned is that a renaissance in the protection of property rights will not occur through politics or law, but rather in the proper justification of property as a fundamental moral right.

    For more information on this talk, please email [email protected]

  3. From an earlier thread:

    Ayn Rand once said, "Accept 80% taxation if you have to, in order to preserve a free society."...I'm all in favor of dismantling the welfare state and instituting a system of voluntary taxation. But we must first make sure that the United States stays around long enough for those reforms to be enacted.

    Daedalus, as Lathanar pointed out the article actually says:

    But as Ayn Rand memorably said at a party I attended in 1962, in response to complaints that "taxes are too high" (then 20%), "Pay 80% if you need it for defense."

    Let's just assume that Rand in fact did say "Pay 80% if you need it for defense." When quoting her you added the word 'taxation' altering the context to suite your argument, i.e., attributing a justification for coercion to Rand.

    Not only is this dishonest, but correlating increased spending with higher tax rates begs the question.

  4. ======= UPDATE =======

    Due to Dr. Bernstein's busy schedule there will not be enough time to meet up with him before the lecture.

    Below is the specific time and location:

    Religion vs. Morality by Dr. Andrew Bernstein

    8:00PM Monday, April 10th, 2006

    Angell Hall, Auditorium D, University of Michigan

    435 South State Street

    Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    Attached is a simple map of Angell Hall's location on central campus with a floorplan of Angell Hall.

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    Please visit our website, www.umso.org, for the lecture synopsis.

  5. The University of Michigan Students of Objectivism are sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Andrew Bernstein here at the university on Monday April 10th.

    I'm posting this announcement early because we'd also like to invite any interested Objectivists to a dinner with Dr. Bernstein here in Ann Arbor before the lecture. I will post the exact time of the dinner and lecture soon, until then if you're interested in dining with Dr. Bernstein before the lecture please RSVP by sending me an email at [email protected]

    I hope to see a lot of you there; it's going to be an interesting topic: Religion vs. Morality.

  6. Andrew, only the findings of my own personal research. I trust that I do not have to have them "published and accepted by a collective" in order to validate them. :P

    No, but as Qwertz's post shows you're making a sweeping generalization based on, what I see as, casual observance. It's collectivism to interact with different individuals who share a characterisitc, and then associate said individuals mental state with a broader group. I'll grant you that your experiences may provide a substantial degree of insight, I would just hold off on a mental illness diagnosis.

    To my way of thinking, the belief that one ceases to exist without the validation of others is a mental illness. It is the belief that "A is only A if B says so." This attempts to obliterate the Law Of Identity.

    The very act of "announcing to the world" indicates that one is concerned with what the rest of the world thinks about one.

    This is collectivism.

    Let's not limit this type of behavior to only homosexuals. I don't know about yourself, but I've ran into many heterosexual men who would punch your teeth out if you called them a "queer." One may argue that this anger stems from not wanting oneself to be associated with the stereotypical flamboyant homosexual lifestyle, but isn't this another example of needing approval of one's identity by the larger group? If man A is heterosexual, then no amount of man B calling him gay will change that fact.

    You mentioned homophobia, but are we to say that all heterosexual men suffer from some sort of mental illness because several straight guys feel the need to throw around the word "faggit"?

  7. Andrew's position as an officer is seriously questionable at this time.

    Andrew is unaware of the purpose of the club as well as its constitution.

    What is questionable?

    I stated the purpose of the club in my previous post, and I will state it again:

    The purpose of the University of Michigan Students of Objectivism is to explore, discuss, and promote the Objectivist philosophy.
    This was taken from our club website, www.umso.org, in the About UMSO section. To my knowledge, this is the only definitive piece of writing on our club's purpose. There is no current official draft of a constitution. What am I missing here Hoyt?

    You might find yourself in an empty room. Of course, that is a better position than being in a room with the current "officers."

    Mind explaining what you mean, how a void could be more valuable than a rational discourse with fellow students of Objectivism?

    Join the mailing list now, if you are interested in getting mail with irrational, subjective attempts at justifying libertarianism and the Libertarian Party.

    Again, cite reality. Stop throwing around buzz words like irrational/subjective that lack context and speaking in broad generalities. There has been one email sent by a member of this club attempting to justify the Libertarian Party; it was irrational but not subjective.

  8. I quit because the other 3 officers are libertarians. The vice president is an active Libertarian Party member. The president and treasurer are both libertarian sympathizers and openly advocate it.

    I am not a member of, do not advocate or sympathize with the Libertarian Party.

    The purpose of the University of Michigan Students of Objectivism is to explore, discuss, and promote the Objectivist philosophy. [bold mine]

    I again extend an invitation to any Objectivist or student of Objectivism to get on our mailing listing by emailing [email protected] and attend meetings if you can.

  9. Does one have to be a student at U of M to join your group or attend its meetings?

    Nope, we have several members who are not affiliated with the University of Michigan. If you're able to come by we'd enjoy having you.

    In case you didn't know I'm Andrew, a student at U of M and treasurer of the University of Michigan Students of Objectivism.

  10. You cannnot use reason to decide whether to exist or not exist -- you simply decide.

    Is it really a decision whether to exist or not exist? Wouldn't it be a decision to exist in a certain context, with certain conditions, such as happiness?

  11. :) We need a Tivo system that is part of the regular "always on" home network -- Cable or DSL, with programming-access via an IP, like any computer. Then, we could control it from wherever we had web-access.

    There are many sites out there explaining how you can hack your TiVo box (after all it is just a linux box). Several hacks have to do with networking and remote web access.

    Here's that discusses how tocreate a static IP address for your TiVo.

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