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  1. That's awesome. I'd like to think my reference to the other stink juice inspired it.
  2. Albeit, the constant introduction of new products, innovations, advances in healthcare, liberty promoting legislation, etc, could be a repetition worth repeating and getting used to.
  3. Just as with inventing, whoever chooses to exercise their capacity to turn barren land into something useful (if they have that capacity) is its owner. Barren land which currently serves no purpose does belong to everyone, in a way (since it belongs to nobody) and nobody has a right to prevent anyone from doing whatever they want with such land. I was thinking of the abandoned mine (in an effort to mine the same reference) in Michigan, visited by the vacationing lovebirds. They had driven across Michigan to the ore mine. They had walked through the ledges of an empty pit, with
  4. Granted, this is not a stand alone essay, but it does cast some light on the role of the mind in maintaining or destroying where the right to property emerges from. Francisco speaking to Dagny at the cabin after she had quit in the wake of Directive Number 10-289: Dagny, you're more fortunate than I. Taggart Transcontinental is a delicate piece of precision machinery. It will not last long without you. It cannot be run by slave labor. They will mercifully destroy it for you and you won't have to see it serving the looters. But copper-mining is a simpler job. D'Anconia Copper could have la
  5. I was exploiting essence along the lines of the 5th context: The predominant qualities or virtues of a plant or drug, extracted and refined from grosser matter; or, more strictly, the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil; as, the essence of mint, and the like. I was impressed by their ability to distill action from entity in the manner presented.
  6. "I never thought that any plane would attempt to drop within seven hundred feet of the ground." — John Galt

    Terminal Airspace, Class E reference?

  7. What is the essence of Objectivism? (Click below to reveal hidden contents.) Why settle with being a mere subgroup, be it Christian, Muslim, French, Polish, etc. Stand up. Be man! "Man has been called a rational being, but rationality is a matter of choice—and the alternative his nature offers him is: rational being or suicidal animal. Man has to be man—by choice; he has to hold his life as a value—by choice; he has to learn to sustain it—by choice; he has to discover the values it requires and practice his virtues—by choice."
  8. The FDA approval process precludes significant use of products for the duration of the testing. You have previously pointed out that individuals do not have the right to volunteer, which provides a moral avenue to explore and expand upon. The more intimate you become with the details of the processes of the FDA, the more conviction you will have as you apply sound moral assessments in the efficacy of your mind dealing with the subject.
  9. What comes to my mind is that "suffering, as such, is not a value; only man's fight against suffering, is." There are people engaged in the fight against the suffering you are expressing. What are you contributing to the effort?
  10. The Psychology of Atlas Shrugged Characters Thus far, Andrew Bernstein, Ellen Kenner and Shoshana Milgram Knapp provide insights into the characters of Atlas Shrugged providing references to passages from the novel and assessments based from the professional lives of instructors and psychologists. A compliment to The Psychology of The Fountainhead Characters.
  11. I appreciate the sentiment but letting others manage themselves means my rights being severely restricted. That is the current state of affairs. How do you propose to alter human nature? Are you proposing that others need to be managed since self-management mysteriously leads to your rights being severely restricted, as is the current state of affairs?
  12. The Romantic Manifesto came into focus during a preliminary read of Paul Graham's lengthy presentation. Here are the two paragraphs that stood out. While I was a student at the Accademia I started painting still lives in my bedroom at night. These paintings were tiny, because the room was, and because I painted them on leftover scraps of canvas, which was all I could afford at the time. Painting still lives is different from painting people, because the subject, as its name suggests, can't move. People can't sit for more than about 15 minutes at a time, and when they do they don't si
  13. You start with yourself and let others manage themselves. It would not be an Objectivist case. It would only be an objective case were I so inclined. Consider, too, the role compulsory education contributes as an obstacle going forward. If you're still intent on changing the world (or even just standing up for America) consider the advice provided in the hidden comment by William McRaven:
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