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  1. I can't listen to Peikoff's speech yet, because I'm working, but I do have some thoughts about this. I would disagree that religious fundamentalism is a greater danger than socialism, for several reasons: 1) The elites in the US are overwhelmingly non-religious or hostile to religion. Numerous surveys over several years indicate that the news media, the entertainment industry and most college faculties are anything but religious. In the Information Age, the influence of these groups is much greater than the influence of religious organizations. 2) Even though many Americans say they
  2. This not an easy decision by any means, especially since I think this will be one of the most important elections in our nation's history. If John Kerry wins, I think it will be one of the most serious setbacks to capitalists since the election of FDR. I can't justify not voting as long as we have free elections. We may not like the choices presented to us, but at least we have choices. That leaves the question of who to vote for. Obviously, there is no way I could vote for John Kerry. The only candidates I can consider are Bush and the Libertarian candidate. Both choices have t
  3. I'm surprised that no one on this forum is considering the implications of open immigration for fighting terrorism. I tend to side with the conservatives on this issue, if only on their point that we have look carefully at the backgrounds of those who want to come here. Many of the terrorists who attacked the WTC and Pentagon could have been stopped if we had only enforced the immigration laws we have. I fear that many of us on this board assume that everyone who comes to America does so with good intentions, but that is not always the case. How can we structure our immigration laws to p
  4. You might want to take a look at www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org and www.noindoctrination.org. The students strongly disagree. It's great that you know of other Objectivist faculty, but I have a question. Were you open about your support of Objectivism from the beginning of your career or were you discrete about it? Many convervative professors seem to be those nearing retirement or those who successfully hid their values until they received tenure.
  5. "I know that reason and capitalism are making a comeback in academia; but will it be fast enough to avoid the coming crisis?" They are? You could have fooled me. If anything, academia is getting even more socialist/communist. A faculty member who admits to being a capitalist will never get tenure, if he or she gets hired at all, especially in the social sciences. My greatest fear is what will happen as my generation (Generation X) and those that follow us will do as they move in to positions of power in our society. Many of us, especially those likely to seek public office, have been
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