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Everything posted by Craig24

  1. I'm guessing they differentiate between a broken bone and a living thing (the unborn). Fixing a broken bone doesn't result in the death of a living thing, abortion does. That's the prolife view.
  2. I thought I would create a venn diagram to describe the mainstream vs Objectivist view of selfishness. There is disagreement on what selfishness is and some agreement as well as disagreement on what is selfish. Of course a portion of the mainstream does support capitalism but does not define it correctly or support for the right reasons.
  3. In some cases a self destructive action might be called selfish but don't altruists actually agree with us on great variety of what's actually selfish while disagreeing with us on the morality? The profit motive comes to mind.
  4. What I'm seeing here is that you want a single word that covers the false part of the conventional package deal meaning of selfishness. Let me try something: Selfishness = acting to benefit yourself through indifference, negligence or malice towards others. Is there one single word to subsume the red part? .... You present quite a challenge.
  5. Then we must disagree on what is necessary. You draw the line at vaccines? Do you favor mandating vaccines for everyone? What should the penalty be for not vaccinating? A simple fine? Denial of services? No entry to stadiums, parks, buildings? Termination of employment? Armed soldiers going door to door giving the jab? The firing squad? ... Excuse my sense humor.
  6. Ok. Vaccinating doesn't help either. The CDC recommends masking even if vaccinated because you can still be contagious. If you are going to throw it out there that these measures are not full proof then the only way not to initiate force by your standard is to permanently isolate from others. Not reasonable.
  7. I see. So you can't know if you're contagious. Testing doesn't exist. Masking and distancing isn't an option. It's vaccinate or risk killing others. Binary option fallacy.
  8. Which people are saying the looting is wrong? I'm not a corporation getting welfare so I can't be a hypocrite on this one.
  9. Thank you. This is potentially great news.
  10. My action? I'm stuck on a train that will kill 1 person or 5 people no matter what I do. I can only minimize the casualties.
  11. To the extent that liberty is established and protected, something resembling "social order" is a by product. That's as far as I will go with it.
  12. What will make you happier. Having the ability to climb a mountain or just being at the top of it?
  13. False dichotomy. This assumes men have to choose between one or the other. Why can't he be both? Something else occurs to me: If you make enough money to be a good provider it means that you are productive. Productiveness (one of the seven major Objectivist virtues) is an "alpha" quality. What's "beta" about it?
  14. Is that what you made? A mere assertion? I think you know that no one is obligated to disprove a mere assertion. There is an invisible pink elephant in my bedroom. Can you disprove that assertion? Should you have to?
  15. This presupposes that a family has to be sustained. Why is that necessary?
  16. It's still not a duty. If you believe it is and choose accordingly you are just wrong.
  17. No. It's ONLY a philosophy and NOT a movement. No philosophy is a movement. A movement to promote the philosophy isn't itself the philosophy. This distinction needs to be understood.
  18. But is that really a duty? It wasn't god, people or nature that imposed this responsibility on the parents. There are options: abstinence, safe sex, abortion, adoption. If you choose to bypass all four, you're choosing to be a parent.
  19. I've read them. I'm still not convinced that duty to family exists. Where would it come from? If it is imposed by a member of the family, which member and what gives him/her the authority to impose it?
  20. Duty to whom? To do what? I'm confused. Ayn Rand defines duty as: the moral necessity to perform certain actions for no reason other than obedience to some higher authority, without regard to any personal goal, motive, desire or interest.
  21. What is health and how do you achieve it? Reason supplies the answer Why do you want to be healthy? Purpose supplies the answer Are you good at being healthy? Yes? Self esteem is the result Now substitute wealth for health and ask the same three questions.
  22. Based on what nature? Does the thief have a different nature than a non thief? What caused that different nature?
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