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  1. Vaccination passports ~must~ be stopped. Kibbe on Liberty and Spike Cohen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9UExuALuQI&list=PL36_JCmmBwZrrsXd0VIMJXHBSuWfUm57k&index=1
  2. I'm hesitant to interrupt, you're doing very well, imo, ET - but I beg to differ on this about Branden's ouput. Honoring the Self, to the chapter on the Problem of Self Alienation, opened at random: "Avoidance always has its reasons. The organism is trying to protect itself, ensure its well-being, and preserve self-esteem--but in the wrong way. Since emotions, negative and positive, express our assessment of the significance of different aspects of reality for ourselves, when we bury feelings and emotions we also bury ourselves. This is what it means to exist in a state of alien
  3. d_w, When looked at as observations, a commentary, on the activities and motivations (or lack of) of more recent generations, his findings are generally valid - and shocking - and his insights have large merit I think. What after all does he point to, but what has become visible: a growing lack of purpose, loss of individual values, the disintegrating cognitive-emotional self, anti-intellectualism, appearances to others mattering more than truths ("reality"), expressed emotions, when not deadened, not even being the genuine article any longer, but facsimiles for presentation to others, t
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV4tMvr7xZY
  5. More "upbeat" general info. No comment. https://americanconsequences.com/it-all-started-with-bitcoin-pizzas/
  6. Harrison, when and if ¬correctly¬ diagnosed, your and your son's ADD should be medicated, I can't recommend too highly. Probably not yet for him at his age, while the particular drug and dosage you use seems like it might need reappraisal. I'm no expert on psychiatric matters, though I do know and have seen the havoc untreated ADD/ADHD can cause in all areas, school, relationships, work, career, and self-esteem - nearly always leading to 'self-medication'. Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater in this difficult period.
  7. Yes, I hear the useful, practicable, rational and even the idealist attractions of bitcoin. A little bit of those does seem to me self-justifying. There are two aspects, either it is a currency - or it is an investment. Fine and well that one should speculate in bitcoin, and that's for certain how the large numbers of people - only - see it. The greed motive. A massive return to be made, short-term. Like getting something almost for nothing, to most. If one is going to invest in stocks and commodities etc. you'd definitely have your money solidly accounted for (in dollars, preferab
  8. Since I don't own Bitcoins I haven't any feelings. The info would interest me. What would guarantee a crypto currency's longevity, not to add stability? The confidence of the Bitcoiners?
  9. https://youtu.be/ssvSsMqTtjo Kibbe on Liberty: Pandemic imprisoning and the culture war. Perspectives from Britain and the USA. Great conversation.
  10. ***Split from Correspondence and Coherence*** Most upbeat. What's to stop bitcoin crashing in a year or two? There's no inherent or objective value/standard that I can see, and the huge fluctuations seen in its value point to its obvious attraction for speculators, well above the individual freedom and practicality the writer justifies. Does one want to own a speculative cryptocurrency which can soar or crash, the value varying by market demand day by day? Could make one nervous.
  11. The justifications used, go further than some personal failure and wrongdoing, but rather - for any doings, whatsoever. Diffused into the broad culture, a compromised (individual) free will has its outlet in collectivism. (One could describe as 'ancestral predestination'). Or, you are predetermined by your "group" identity. Here's one vividly visible, mass outcome from, in part, the undermining of free will by meddling science-philosophers. Free will -> individualism; determinism -> collectivism. So one could, as many have, justify the tribal prejudice (supreriority/inferiority
  12. Exactly, and half proves the point. Non-reasoning and non-volition run together. How many people reason? We here know cognition is volitional. For this I like to quote Aquinas: A man has free choice to the extent he is rational. To the extent... No one can avoid the undeniable fact of his free will, for long. No one is that self-unaware and so totally unconscious of his acts. It's the ~partial~ and intermittent evasions and the effects of, that you can observe sometimes or often. You won't hear it said overtly, I think; it sounds pretty gutless to admit that you can't be he
  13. The delighted ease with which some and many, could and do, abscond from self-responsibility and consequences (- Free will is illusionary, all my doings were determined, I am free from moral censure to follow my feelings and do as I want!) - is what's most disturbing. The intellectual Svengalis who promote non-volition are morally culpable rats but can't be held lawfully accountable.
  14. Indeed, the push-back should begin there: "These issues are an expression of *your* faith - not mine and ours. What you do with your bodies is your moral concern, alone". If they, the majority, have no desire and see no future to religiously convert anyone, would they want to politically 'convert' everyone? I strongly doubt it.
  15. In this comprehensive essay, Andrew Bernstein lands the knock out blow. Left-Collectivism goes down. For 1. The most imminent threat 2. The greatest evil of modern times. (assuming you could not see and hadn't known that already) https://www.capitalismmagazine.com/2020/10/leftist-supremacy-not-white-supremacy-is-the-gravest-threat-to-black-lives/
  16. Like this one? Most telling comment: "I forgive myself for every stupid thing I've ever done. Thanks Sam!" Next thought experiment, imagine what one could see if Harris' opinions were widely popular and influential? Oh, they are? Too late. https://youtu.be/u45SP7Xv_oU
  17. A chimera, as this is (article by Bernstein). https://www.capitalismmagazine.com/2021/03/the-myth-of-widespread-white-supremacy/
  18. What do you deduce from most Christian-conservatives accepting gracefully that you're not interested? I think it suggests that they know you and I have choice and that it should be respected. What I hear about from some Objectivists, is the Christians aiming for a theocracy. When and where? Those positions don't correlate, the religious can't force religious conversions on us, we can recant instantly anyway, and they know it. Is that theocracy thing simply an alarmist myth, a chimera?
  19. The Bros. are good alright, I liked that one too. Not a hint of parodying the original. Watched 'Fargo' last night once more, like here, a very believable, strong-minded female role.
  20. "What I know is expand-able...allowing me to assimilate new knowledge (into alignment with what I know is true)".
  21. Violence with sexual attraction; violence with humor. These achieve what the script writer wants, that we second-guess and negate the ugliness of violence to find hidden motives. Instead of violent acts being the last recourse, when reason has failed, violence is - normal. Or sexy or funny. It's in fact the substitute for reason. Which is why there's hardly a film made now that hasn't a fight scene in it: Muscles over minds. In a distorted pursuit of the hero values people inchoately still need, the last man(woman) standing *must* be somewhat better, 'heroic', than their antagonists, by
  22. That's "re-purposing" of a movie, to my mind. Again, a variation of cultural parasitism. The borrowing from and reliance upon the original thematic concept to introduce a contemporary, politically-correct, moral culture. "Bootleg romanticism" returns to mind; the original "Angels" were more serious, one could believe their conflict of good against evil, these could evoke a snigger. Basically, it's long become uncool to take things seriously. If you're really hip, "importance" in art forms is an out-moded notion. Audiences go to movies to mock seriousness which means to laugh at thems
  23. I actually specified "brutally (or comically)". I didn't stick around to see the context - and anyway there was another man she beat up. "...are definitely not driven by implicit some woke attitude". Why, because there's some absurdity and attempt at humor? "Too often humor is used as the camouflage of moral cowardice". [AR - Bootleg Romanticism] Over and above that this film's fight scene was perhaps not as typical as scores I've seen, the abiding impression left in people's minds is not the context, it's the visual message: woman beating up man. More, when you see self-mo
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