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  1. Yes, but when you take rational examination of static things like visual art, in order to disqualify one type and qualify another, you have to add metaphysical/mystical attribute to one and not the other, which in essence would be irrational, and then thereby making her definitions self-contradictory? It seems like if one follows Ayn's rules on what constitutes art, one must abandon much of the foundation which she laid down beneath said art theories. I agree with a lot of O'ist stuff, but not all, and one thing makes me wonder-- if it is such a perfect closed system, why is it such a debated
  2. There's no other way to fight taxes than to not pay them. Unless you have logical alternatives, in which case I am all ears.
  3. What are you insinuating? How many great numbers are insulted? Let's have a census of insulted people, please.
  4. I think Ayn had a special bitter place in her heart for modern artists. I don't blame her. However-- how is it rational to officially exclude one form of visual input while including another? Wouldn't that be irrational? Is this another case of people following blindly word-for-word saying that 'because Ayn said so, them's the rules'?
  5. Just got Sid Meier's Railroads. Much fun. For those of you who dream of dabbling in Taggart Transcontinental's sandbox. Kiss a few good solid evenings goodbye when you first get it Just getting the hang of it now, plan to test out the online multiplayer tonight. If anyone else has this game, maybe we can run an O'ist competition.
  6. Being an artist, and having sold 7 years of my soul to the video games industry in the past, I think I'm fairly well qualified to post this: Art's purpose, at least to me, seems to be to (1) to put the artist's emotional or physical expression into a medium in which he can share that sensation, and (2) to accomplish, as best he can, pushing that sensation into the viewer/listener/reader etc. Some would argue that my smutty pinups are not art, however they incite lust in their viewers, which pretty much directly proves point 1 and 2. If you reject the adult material on 'societal value' pr
  7. Shazam! Right from the random quote on the front page: The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth's political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal; he is a traitor.--Mark Twain
  8. Let's examine something... What if, suppose, there came about a federal law which made it illegal to love your children?
  9. "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt." ~Ayn Rand
  10. One scary thing, though, is that he cried out for the US to 'lead the fight against global warming' makes me gag. doh, I now see thats already been covered.
  11. Prove that one, please. That's got to be one of the funniest things I have ever heard.
  12. Gruss Gott! What a can of worms this has become. Let me clarify some things. I do not oppose fair taxation. I oppose income taxation, its roots, and its current use. The US government needs to learn that it should not (A) shoot itself in the foot by taking an interest loan out for its own bloody currency, and ( should not bite the hand that feeds it. Income taxation is immoral on all counts, no matter how you chop it up or break it down, and none of you can argue against that fact. Turning-in of such a protestor would be immoral as well-- you'd be aiding in the removal of the rights of
  13. I know they'll figure it out eventually-- their computers will probably start squawking sometime soon. I don't really care, though. There's really nothing they'll be able to do to me unless they go and violate all sorts of international laws (wouldn't be a first! ) It has to be worth their time to follow up on the myriad crap they would have to follow up on, and in the end they'll be running into a long list of dead ends.
  14. Through all the massacre details, I kept thinking "man, if just one of those students or faculty had a gun for their own protection, they could have probably taken the madman down." It is also worth mentioning that the campus had specifically banned weapon-carrying. Perfect grounds for rapists, muggers, and other assaults.
  15. Have you read any of Thoreau's treatise on civil disobedience? It's a good read.
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