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    I'm 24 years old and have lived in Bristol, Tennessee my whole life. I first heard of AR because of an old South Park episode called "Chicken Lover," and I discovered Ayn Rand because a lot of the people I respect kept bringing up her name and I decided to look into her books and philosophy. Upon reading articles on the ARI webstie and the "Essentials of Objectivism" in the back of The Fountainhead I decided that I was an Objectivist.

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  1. My favorite lovecraft story is Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.
  2. Ninth Doctor Ninth Doctor said, "But why any at all? I don't know of any such books attacking Ludwig von Mises, for instance. Well, I think it's just that Rand is so much more influential, therefore there's a market for smear jobs of her. I don't think a deeper explanation is needed to account for it." Agreed. I just get really irritated by the obvious (to me) lies and distortions, and even people who profess to have read the book and don't have an axe to grind say silly things, I saw Steve Moore on CNN being interviewed and the interviewer said that Rand had a mantra of "live only f
  3. I read several of the reviews, and the general consensus was ok to mediocre, so I’m not going to bother, I’ve got the book and I’m fine with that.
  4. My apologies, I should have phrased the question more carefully. What I meant to ask was what is it about Ayn Rand particularly where we get these kinds of books? It’s not the lying that’s unique, it’s the consistency, we have a slate of these books, and I didn’t even mention, http://www.amazon.com/Without-Prayer-Rand-Close-System/dp/0940931508 this one, or this one, http://www.amazon.com/With-Charity-Toward-None-Philosophy/dp/0822601796. Which are older books, but still it amazes me that they’re praised for their “knowledge” and understanding but don’t posses either. For instance, t
  5. I have a question and maybe it’s a dumb one, but bear with me, “What is it? Particularly about Ayn Rand, that the people who criticize her and what she wrote, are either dishonest, or completely ignorant?” I am constantly amazed at how many of these people have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about, and yet they talk with a tone of authority which would lead one to believe them experts. It seems that the only books that I’ve ever seen about Rand that in any way get it right are written by Objectivists, and the rest are books by hacks like this guy. I haven’t read the books by Helle
  6. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/21/10855/7114 WOW. These people are morons.
  7. My favorite ridiculous quotation in the midst of this mess was issued by Chris Kofinis who said on MSNBC (essentially), "This isn't philosophy class, it's the real world."
  8. I've watched horror movies, since I was about 10 years old. I've seen about 750 of them believe it or not. I don't watch them for philosophical context; I watch them for pure entertainment purposes. The wonderful thing I've always found in horror movies is how alien they are from the real world. I walk away from a horror movies, rejuvenated and more appreciative of how safe and benevolent the real world is and that things in them can't possibly happen. It’s extremely hard to find horror movies that fit into O’Ist ethics because most horror films take place in a supernatural world. The fe
  9. Before I became an Objectivist I spent a lot of time on generic atheist websites and I got a lot of e-mailed information and articles that I read and that only occasionally touched on economic issues, but the more I read the more I realized that the atheists who I was reading didn’t know jack about what they were talking about. Here’s a prime example of the nonsense that drove me away from them: http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?s...ge=kurtz_29_2_1 “Given the current crisis, it is clear that both extremes are mistaken. A robust economy needs a dynamic free market to initiate inno
  10. My favorite TV shows? Dead Like Me, Dexter, MST3K, The X Files, and Masters of Horror (but they cancelled it.)
  11. My favorite TV shows? Dead Like Me, Dexter, MST3K, The X Files, and Masters of Horror (but they cancelled it.)
  12. My favorite TV shows? Dead Like Me, Dexter, MST3K, The X Files, and Masters of Horror (but they cancelled it.)
  13. I watch a lot of cable news and in between aneurysms occasionally I hear someone say something that makes sense. I was wondering where the members of this forum get their news and information from. (Keeping in mind that I don’t have internet access.) I have a hard time finding anyone hwo makes any sense. Whom do you trust?
  14. I actually stumbled upon Objectivism through reading David Boaz's book on Libertarianism, and reading Michael Shermer's book The Science of Good and Evil I also enjoyed watching Penn & Teller's show BS and over and over Ayn's name kept coming up. I went to the ARI website and started reading articles, I got a copy of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and read the essentials section and I found that I agreed with all of it.
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