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  1. ObamaCare is worse than no ObamaCare for at least the following reasons: 1) It fascistly forces you to buy something expensive and important. 2) It fascistly and radically limits your options on this to what Big Brother approves of. 3) It coerces the hell out of the medical insurance companies, forcing them to accept customers and provide treatments they prefer not to. 4) It coerces the hell out of doctors and hospitals too. 5) It invades people's privacy on the grand scale. Gov't is sure to use this to massively blackmail and intimidate gov't critics via the FBI, NSA, CIA, etc. 6) I
  2. Four more years of collectivist, paternalist, fascist, socialist Obama? This will not end well.
  3. I watched the first 15 minutes. Just two hapless, helpless, hopeless welfare statist dolts and clowns who know nothing about politics and economics. And the petty, nasty, monkey voters are far worse! Mitt began by pandering to essentially everybody, then he promoted his dreadful "free college" policy in Massachusetts, then he broke the rules by speaking out of turn. Barack called him a liar on multiple issues, but without giving any real specifics for this, then lied himself claiming Mitt favored "bankrupting Detroit." The correct answer for lowering unemployment is DEREGULATION. But neith
  4. Free Masonry is attractive in many ways. Many of the Founding Fathers were members. But I think the fundamental religiosity and general belief in "service" makes this group untenable for Objectivists.
  5. Voting for the Republicans is a serious crime. The Democrats too. Christie's speech was pathetic. We need to ship his fat ass to North Korea. Lots of unselfishness and shared sacrifice there!
  6. Last night (August 28, 2012) New Jersey governor Chris Christie gave the Keynote Address to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Gov. Christie didn't mention or praise: freedom, liberty, individual rights, justice, capitalism, libertarianism, laissez-faire, free enterprise, or free trade. So too: Ayn Rand, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Locke, Adam Smith, Montesquieu, de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Milton Friedman, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, or Friedrich Hayek. He also didn't mention or condemn: slavery, tyranny, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, communi
  7. Mdegges -- TOS seems very cynical and defeatist. Very amoral and unprincipled. Very depraved, ultimately. With their policy, how will Freedom ever defeat Tyranny? TOS are the bad guys -- the advancers and supporters of Big Brother.
  8. Craig24 -- I think Rand was mistaken. She also opposed creating an Objectivist political party -- another error. Nixon was better than Hospers? Please. It's no joke to support the more pro-freedom candidate. People should vote their principles. No-one should politically empower and morally sanction welfare statism. A vote for evil and slavery is a vote for evil and slavery.
  9. Throw your vote away. Always! Never be "practical" or "realistic." Never vote for evil or "the lesser of two evils." Never vote for tyranny. Vote for freedom 100% of the time. Find the most economically capitalist, socially libertarian, and politically pro-freedom candidate you can -- and then loudly, proudly, defiantly, aggressively vote for him! Cast your vote in steel! And be sure to spit in the voting monitor's eye when you do so! Your attitude and philosophy should be: no nonsense, no bullshit, no apology, no surrender, and no retreat. Take care that you don't regret your vote
  10. Baldness stinks. I have it and hate it.
  11. WTF? The band invaded private property and violently disrupted a private meeting? That's news to me. And I've read or heard at least ten stories on it! If true, then the American media is notably incompetent and dishonest!
  12. Vote for the more socially libertarian and economically capitalist candidate! And, yes, that usually means the Libertarian Party. Don't be a "practical" and "realistic" man, and vote for evil or "the lesser of two evils." Don't morally sanction slavery. Vote for freedom --- always!
  13. Human nature -- with our mind, emotions, drives, instincts, etc. -- naturally pushes us in the direction of individual survival and personal happiness, and in the direction of social cooperation and collective prosperity. So, yes, human nature is morally good -- both personally and socially.
  14. In his vice-presidential nomination acceptance speech yesterday, Paul Ryan didn't praise libertarianism, capitalism, small gov't, or laissez-faire; nor did he condemn socialism, welfare statism, collectivism, or Big Brother. As for what America needs most -- which is cutting gov't spending and regulation -- he didn't mention it. And certainly Ryan didn't say we need to significantly expand economic freedom -- such as by getting rid of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- and we need to significantly expand social/personal freedom -- such as by getting rid of drug and prostitution prohibi
  15. Yes, but I'd go so far as to say most people are generally irrational. This includes most Objectivists. People largely base their lives on self-deception. People believe what they want to believe, aiming for a certain minimal amount of truth and rationality, and beyond that they just don't care. They're well satisfied with their current beliefs and lifestyle. They aren't interested in pursuing the truth or being rational beyond their current fairly low level. They think what they think -- and that's it. If you try to argue with them or point out their errors, you're the enemy. It doesn't ma
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