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  • Birthday 04/09/1940

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    I am trying to get people to realize and prepare for the apocalypse our love of luxury is causing to be visited upon us.

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  1. You didn't do anything wrong, Areactor. This is supposed to be a site of FREE inoffensive expression. GreedyCapitalist is entitled to his opinion as well--but he also has the obligation of ignoring this thread if he finds it "USELESS".
  2. I hate to say this, but Christianity isn't much better. Just look at it--past and present--and tell me that all the crimes and intolerances perpetrated in the name of God and the Church were, and are, humane. “They [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition of their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” -- Thomas Jefferson
  3. There is no "blanket" objection to drugs when one does not harm another in any way. What you do to your own body is your business. All drugs--and even non-drugs--take their toll eventually. I was a smoker for fifty years and now I have trouble breathing. As for cannabis, I had an experience that put me right off it. My family along with one other family had gone to the lakeshore for an afternoon. We, adults were lounging on the beach while our children played in the water. The other chap offered me a "toke" which I had fortunately refused because when he laughingly told me to look at my son trying to swim, I immediately saw that the child was floundering--NOT SWIMMING--and needed immediate help. From what I have seen over the years, I am sure that if I had been "under the influence", my son would have drowned. But, everything aside, the choice is yours. I only hope that no one else suffers from your actions, now or fifty years down the road.
  4. I do not know about Dr. Peikoff's fiction--I can't get into any of his works--but when it comes to their non-fiction I agree with you. I think the problem stems from the fact that (I believe) Mr. Peikoff has been educated in an American university, wherein he was taught to write in the same manner as a lawyer writes up contractual agreements--which most people never completely understand at the best of times. In Dr. Peifoff's definition of Atheism in the Ayn Rand Lexicon, one is left with the impression that objectivism is atheistic. The problem is Ms. Rand was not an atheist, nor is the philosophy--unless you want it to be for yourself. Her definition of God is stated by Kira Argounova in "We the Living". [i have added that quote to the SOLO quote page]. Theism is defind simply as a "belief in god". IT DOES NOT DEFINE "GOD". In fact there are three basic theisms, 'pantheism', 'polytheism', and 'monotheism', which represent uncountable interpretations of god--all of which have as much validity as the one envisioned by Christians and Jews alike.
  5. Antitrust Laws. The Antitrust laws--an unenforceable, uncomplicable, unjudicial mess of contradictions--have for decades kept American businessmen under a silent, growing reign of terror. Yet these laws were created and, to this day, are upheld by the "conservatives," as a grim monument to their lack of political philosophy, of economic knowledge and of concern with principles. Under the Antitrust laws, a man becomes a criminal from the moment he goes into business, no matter what he does. For instance, if he charges prices which some bureaucrats judge as too high, he can be prosecuted for monopoly or for a successful "intent to monopolize"; if he charges prices lower than those of his competitors, he can be prosecuted for "unfair competition" or "restraint of trade"; and if he charges the same prices as his competitors, he can be prosecuted for "collusion" or "conspiracy". There is only one difference in the legal treatment accorded to a criminal or to a businessman: the criminal's rights are protected more securely and objectively than the businessman's. [ARLx, p. 28/"Choose Your Issues," TON, Jan. 1962, 1.] The Alleged purpose of the Antitrust laws was to protect competition; that purpose was based on the socialistic fallacy that a free, unregulated market will inevitably lead to the establishment of coercive monopolies. But, in fact, no coercive monopoly has ever been or ever can be established by means of free trade on a free market. Every coercive monopoly was created by government intervention into the economy: by special privileges, such as franchises or subsidies, which closed the entry of competitors into a given field, by legislative action. (For a full demonstration of this fact, I refer you to the works of the best economists). The Antitrust laws were the classical example of a moral inversion prevalent in the history of capitalism: and example of the victims, the businessmen, taking the blame for the evils caused by the government, and the government using its own guilt as a justification, for acquiring wider powers, on the pretext of "correcting" the evils. [ARLx, p. 28-29/ "Antitrust: The Rule of Unreason," TON, Feb. 1962, 1.]
  6. In this particular case the word man is genderless. Men as well as women should "hero worship" (wo)men, not dipsomaniacs, thieves, murders, etc.--which is exactly what our governments and school systems (Canadian and American alike) are currently promoting. I hope this answers your question?
  7. The answer is: "Donnez-moi la liberté, ou donnez-moi la mort", according to the Google Translator. Have a good day Q: What is meliorism?
  8. Mr. Peikoff is right--unfortunately. I do agree with *scottkursk when he says check resources like this site which encourage one to think for him or herself, but I disagree with the aspect of looking to the likes of Mr. who expect their word to be accepted. Some years ago I offered Mr. Peikoff an alternate opinion to one of his theses asking for his considered opinion, and I am still waiting, but not holding my breath, for a response that I know will never come.
  9. I hope the film makes it! But, to be honest, I think that the amalgamation with Paramount ( ) will leave James Hart and all the rest :dough:s. All one has to do is take a look at what that corporation did to Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek--they destroyed intelligent sci-fi. Granted, the film make get made, but it will not be Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged even though it will be attributed to her.
  10. Do you mean that I have actually found a site where people are "...governed by reason instead of habits and urges"? (Kahlil Gibran) Will wonders never cease!!! (Fixed close-quote - sNerd)
  11. ... and Christians--especially those in the USA and here in Canada--are more intollerant than anyone. Almost to a man, they attempt to convert others rather than allow them their faiths. To aid themselves, they create a bias in their favor by legislating "God" into their social systems. ("...there is no religion that has ever done society any good." From the Ayn Rand/Playboy interview.) And I wonder how long this, my statement, will last before someone takes offence at it, and attempts to have it removed.
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