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Everything posted by Solid_Choke

  1. Exactly. Should we be giving props to people in the past for having children that are more docile and easier to control? Is it really better to have children that don't question their slavery to the state but instead just do what they're told?
  2. How far back are you talking? My mother attended high school in the 1960s and not only were drugs very prevalent there was a school shooting that killed two of her classmates. I am very skeptical of the idea that in the past young people were less violent and more well behaved.
  3. Sadly because the rebate checks were purchased with debt they aren't actually paying it down. They are simply delaying it further into the future when they will have to pay it through taxes.
  4. Two years ago I could drive from my house to the grocery store and always have internet connection via unsecured wireless networks. Now less than about one in four of them are still open. I think this probably has more to do with companies changing the defaults to protect the customers than increased awareness about router configuration.
  5. I was a huge Pooh fan when I was a kid. I would make my mother put in the tapes almost everyday. Sadly I don't remember the storyline but I'm sure it had a lasting impact on my early life.
  6. Maybe that child would have invented a new energy source that can power the globe and produce less emissions. Now we'll never know.
  7. Try using VLC: http://www.videolan.org/ If it still doesn't play it is the disk and not your computer.
  8. I'm listening to Dragonforce right now. They never play anything this uplifting, exciting, or complex on the local rock stations. It is simply amazing.
  9. I don't know of any arguments in the bible against slavery either, but I do think it should be noted that a large majority of the people in the abolitionist movement were Christians. Perhaps it is something something unrelated to their religion, but it does cause one to think that maybe something about Christian ethics lead them to believe the suffering of slaves to be wrong.
  10. You laugh but you sound exactly like the majority of my vocal classmates here at ASU.
  11. So what happens when the state is abusing the children? I would argue that public school abuse children's minds by forcing them to conform to their warped ethics.
  12. Climate Audit is one of the most professional global warming websites you are likely to find. It deals with the problems in the climate record and especially with the IPCC studies.
  13. I believe the ruler in West Germany who got rid of the price controls was influenced by Austrian-style economic theory. I don't know of any link in Japan though. The Road To Serfdom -F.A. Hayek The Law -Frederic Bastiat Basic Economics -Thomas Sowell (It was published in the 21st Century...so sue me)
  14. It's not really an "Objectivist" city per se. It is just that the city is similar in many ways to Galt's Gulch in that it was hidden from the major population and inhabited by productive geniuses and had some form of highly capitalist economy.
  15. I just installed it. You were definitely right about the speed increase. It opens almost instantly, but OO used to take about 5 seconds.
  16. If you have steam installed you can download the demo. I tried it and all I can say is "wow"... Here it is
  17. Is it still a Java app? If not why would it open any faster if all it has is more features?
  18. Many people vote for the lesser of two evils because they don't believe the candidate they truly like has a chance to win. It could make third party candidates (such as the Freedom Party) more likely to win. Well in theory anyway.
  19. Also both books mimic real history in many ways. People like Andrew Carnegie bought railroad companies and revolutionized them only to have the government later enter in and more heavily regulate the industry to the harm of the customers. Real life has plenty of examples of this same story happening over and over. Man has good idea. Idea makes man wealthy. People are envious of man. People conspire with government to steal man's wealth. The history of anti-trust has shown many such stories.
  20. I'm fairly sure it is becoming popular once again due to the Mises Institute. Actually they are bringing many older books back into print especially ones with classical liberal themes. I have no problems with retelling stories in your own unique way. I just find it kind of odd that the connection wasn't made earlier or that it hasn't been discussed very much. Actually even Superman wasn't entirely original either. He was based on Hugo Danner. Some of my favorite works of art are simply remakes with a twist. The Departed was a remake of Infernal Affairs except it takes place in Chicago instead of Hong Kong and the Irish mob instead of the triad. Also if Rand was trying to hide the fact that The Driver was her inspiration I doubt she would have used the same name "Galt" for one of the characters.
  21. If anyone wants to check for themselves you can. The whole book is free online right here.
  22. What do most Objectivists think about approval voting? Would it be superior to a present system? Why or why not?
  23. A traditional FPS yes, but if you have ever played Deus Ex you know there can be plenty of time for story and philosophy in a FPS/RPG hybrid. Demo Movie
  24. I had never heard of Garet Garrett before of this book so I checked him out. Interesting guy. Actually it might interest some of you to know that Caxton Press who published a few of Garrett's books was the same company that published Anthem. His Wikipedia article lists The Driver as being written by him in 1922 in an edit from 2005. Ditto.
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