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Devils_Advocate last won the day on March 21 2017

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    I'm a young Randian Objectivist from Maine, looking towards a carrer in law and currently writing a book. I discovered Ayn Rand at the beginning of 2008 with "Atlas Shrugged" and she has compleatly changed my life.
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  1. This is SPARTA!!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist. Yeah, cool bike.
  2. That's on the Friday after Thanksgiving; I think we can have 2 holidays.
  3. I think we need a name for this day; can/should it be officially an "Objectivist Holiday"? At the very least, wishing your friends "Happy Rand Day" does wonders for opening doors to discussions on Objectivism. Someone asked me, "What do Objectivists do on Rand Day?". I said, "Whatever's in their rational self-interest."
  4. Does anyone else out there have a favorite langauge? I've got a penchant for language (I can speak fluent English, decent German and Chinese, and am progressing quickly in my study of Latin), and I was wondering if there's anyone else who finds linguistics a fascinating subject (hobby?). I would love to place my vote for Latin - compact, challenging - but that makes it endlessly more fascinating, a great window into a great culture, and it really shows Language at a pinnacle of sophistication. However, I can't. I'm going to have to vote for Lojban - constructed by a bunch of Linguistic
  5. For years, I've thought that these ideas were limited only to intellectuals and Soviet Officials between 1917 and 1950. I have had trouble believing anyone would, in this day and age, say anything as stupid as "Saving up? What makes you think you will be able to save up under communism? I'm afraid that will not be possible, due to the absence of money. There will be no money for you to save." or that remark about "Value." For years, I've thought that Ayn Rand's villains were stereotypes of ideas, not actual people or people who might actually exist. I am completely floored. Someone please, go
  6. I think 10 EST (not 100% sure though). I watched it last night (watching it again right now on tivo), and it was (is) fantastic! I've never seen John Allison before, so that was really cool. He's an excellent spokesman. When I heard the Texan accent, the first thing that came to mind was "Midas Mulligan? You mean the banker who looked like a truck driver - and acted like it too?" (-Lee Hunsacker, I believe. And I loved the little illustrations of the characters that they had. Far, far cries from what I had in my mind, but they still did a great job.
  7. "But that's not how it works! You can't have both! It's one or the other! And - wait a minute, exactly how do you propose to be happy when your entire life is at the disposal of someone else? And furthermore, how do you propose to have a steady source of food, clothing, and housing when it's all at someone else's disposal?"
  8. "...He owed a certain duty to his stockholders, didn't he?" - Lillian Rearden "I own a piece of his god damned newspaper!" - Some pawn of Thooey's Ayn Rand seems very degradational of shareholder's rights, as their called, pinning quotes like the above (as well as a few others I can't remember) to the villains. Can someone explain exactly what her beliefs on this issue were?
  9. Wrote this while watching the (old) "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" movie. Personally, I think it is one of the funniest things I have ever come up with. However, it only is funny if you can remember most of the lines from the poem, movie, and songs from said movie.
  10. It's weird to hear about this, in a house where all I hear about is how the left is making Christianity a crime.
  11. (This doesn't cover everything, but it gets a lot of the major points across) Hong Kong: 1. No minimum wage 2. Average Weighted Tariff rate of 0% (although it does have some non-tariff barriers) 3. Lowest tax rates in the world - highest one is a 17% income tax. No taxes on a bunch of stuff like dividends or capital gains. 4. Government spending is 15.2% of GDP, and they make a real effort to balance a budget. 5. 1.9% inflation 6. No limits on foreign ownership or special approval procedures to set up a foreign firm (except in broadcasting and a few types of legal services) 7. Constit
  12. I feel significantly more respect for Hong Kong's government than my own; I certainly don't begrudge you liking a foreign football team. A country is a locality with certain traditions, customs, civil organizations, leaders, heroes, and a history of them. You are a citizen of a country if you feel loyalty, admiration, and respect for most (though certainly not all) of the above. If you feel a deep admiration for the principles Germany was founded on (Unity, Productivity, National Strength, Patriotism), it's current culture and government, Bismarck, Einstein, Wagner, West Berlin, the destru
  13. I've always found the double standards of Marxism, Socialism, Fascism, etc. etc. fascinating. They need a period of transition, in which a full dictatorship of the workers must be established and blood must flow! Only after peace (defined by Karl Marx as the absence of opposition to socialism) is achieved, will the state wither away (I thought the state was just the interests of the ruling class, how is it supposed to wither away?). However, Capitalism must have full perfection immediately, and must work no matter what level of government interference is present. If the market doesn't immedi
  14. My first trip to Wall Street was this summer. I've always idolized Wall Street as this amazing center of human civilization, a place where commerce, exchange, development, the things that make humanity move forward, this place where all of it is centralized on one street and concertized in the Bull or in the Pillars of the New York Stock Exchange. I certainly did treat my first visit as a pilgrimage. Got up early, dressed in my best clothes, watched Wall Street the night before, got all psyched. Took a deep breath and tried to absorb all the awesomeness as I stepped onto the street I had dream
  15. http://www.mcall.com/business/all-a20_over...0,4363369.story This is beyond ridiculous. I mean, really? I keep waiting for someone, ANYONE, in Washington to stand up, point a finger at me, laugh, and say "Ah, we we're just screwin' with you, we know that's insane." I feel like it would be sacrilegious to economics to explain why this is so wrong. Can anyone tell me why on earth - economically - anyone would even being to consider something like giving the government the power to dismantle a fine company? There's got to be more of this I don't know (PS: I saw this on Cavuto the other d
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