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  1. From page 336 in the Appendix of Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal, A complex legal system, based on objectively valid principles, is required to make a society free and to keep it free—a system that does not depend on the motives, the moral character or the intentions of any given official, a system that leaves no opportunity, no legal loophole for the development of tyranny. A step by step identification of the objectively valid principles is where it begins. Take example 7, for instance. If a group of owners in a geographic location choose to practice exclusivity, so long as it is not codified into law, is akin to who you invite into your home or not. If I live in such a community, I could choose who to sell my home to or not. A law compelling me to accept the highest offer does not leave such a decision open to my discretion, thus infringes upon my right to enter into a mutually agreeable exchange.
  2. If you find other resources other than what is currently listed on the Portal Page, it might be of interest to others to have them listed here as well.
  3. A GNI could be divided in such a way and retain such a ranking. A millionaire is a millionaire, regardless of which continent or within which political boundary serves as his habitat. There is a double edged sword in the Walter Williams' piece. Black people can be thankful that double standards and public and private policies rewarding inferiority and irresponsibility were not a part of the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s. If there were, then there would not have been the kind of intellectual excellence and spiritual courage that created the world's most successful civil rights movement. Kudos to the intellectual excellence and spiritual courage that effected change. The cutting edge lie in the codification: Consider the difference to be illustrated using the 15th amendment: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude-- vs: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State. The right's of man, period. Most further contextual subdivisions tend only to be divisive. Women, as a general rule, were not considered part of the voting community. If it serves as an objective basis to exhaustively list race, color, sex, age of to whom "the rights of man" extends to aside from legal complexity, what might that be? Aren't the rights of man and the rights of the rational animal, essentially, one in the same?
  4. A story by Bill O'Reilly adding to what you added above: It's New to Us. Three women are behind “The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation,” which is the central organization that directs policy. Alicia Garza, 39, is the chief strategic advisor. Patrisse Cullors, 36, is also a top advisor. Finally, Opal Tometi, 36, is the third force. She works with the BLM Foundation and is also the Executive Director of the “Black Alliance for Just Immigration.” That group is associated with the “Freedom Road Socialist Organization,” a Marxist-Leninist group that has received funding from the Tides Foundation run by George Soros. and a little further down: In an interview with a professor from Morgan State University, Ms. Cullors said: “Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on ideological theories.” I shuddered when I read that and connected the events out there tied to the BLM to this line in Galt's speech: "The truth is that those horrors are their ends."
  5. The battle is ideological. Are those who 'perceive' the illusion of the power of masses and "demographics" individuals, or do they fantasize of the position they view themselves within the group they conjure up in their own minds? Outspoken individuals do not remain 'unseen', and those who are loathed, rejected and ignored have to extend beyond the particulars you identified in this proclamation. The fight for the right and the struggle for moral perfection mutually redound off one another. Add to this the discovery of intellectual certainty provides the basis for shrugging off unearned guilt. The Marxist global paradise would seem akin to the kingdom of God, a jelly like substance that dissolves under a proper process of identification.
  6. I did use destroy rather than the term deface used in one of the reports referenced. It is another form of vandalism, which is still destructive in its own right.
  7. Then try reading what I wrote rather than imagining what it sounds like. A martial artist uses the amount of force necessary to quell the situation, yet to most situations he possesses a "disproportionate martial force". Sensei would pose the question from time to time of considering the situation from the perspective of a bystander (potential witness?) A group of soldiers facing a thousand rioters might be similar to a competent martial artist knowing what to do if he cannot diffuse a situation by reasoning with the participants. The group of soldiers wear the uniform implicitly communicating the military might present, while the martial artist has to have mastery over his mind and body as a unity. In Faith and Force, Rand call the time she was in "the Age of Guilt." Your use of sound bite, image, evoked feelings, evoke a resonance between your words and elements from The Romantic Manifesto. On one side, the philosophy of the artist gets embodied in the work of art. On the other side, the philosophy of the observer of that work of art, evokes the emotional response. I contend that it is the observer's responsibility to evaluate and make his identification. If he fears his judgment is inadequate to communicate it rationally to others, then others have to muster only what is necessary to destroy destruction.
  8. That last was an unanswerable scenario, except in the form of speculation. So far, on the table I have It probably isn't necessary Protesters were planning to topple the statue. A lashing out stemming from a single original injustice A re-election propaganda ploy Are there any of these listed that are contradictory on their own, to you?
  9. Are These Troops Guarding the Lincoln Memorial? A Snopes follow-up special. Not sure how far I'll make it through the interviews. Some of them bustle with pride of what their maws and paws accomplished after the war. Conspicuously absent, the woe is me victim talk, that permeates some of the media presentation of folk today.
  10. Let me rephrase my question. What would America be had the British won?
  11. On a deeper level, America is a standard that was raised, and rightfully the birthright of the honest.
  12. You seem to be missing the gist of it, which only causes me to introspect and ask if I'm not performing the process of identification correctly, or if there is something else that I may be missing or overlooking. Yes statues are being taken down. That is beyond dispute. Yes, the National Guardsmen were photographed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a site that was not referred to in the wikipedia article errantly referenced in my earlier reply. The fact that the statues are being taken down is not my main concern. It is just the evidence that gives rise to the more legitimate concerns that ought arise subsequently. By the time the crime has taken place, a criminal mentality is often already in firmly entrenched. To re-examine my earlier inquiry would give rise to the rhetorical question @whYNOT raised parenthetically: Is it determinism: (i.e.:) the act must lead to this consequence . . . with no distinction between human beings or inanimate objects? Hypothetically, where would you be if King George could have answered the colonial rebels with retaliation of force proportional to the degree insinuated by the 'sensationalist emotional triggering photograph' on the grounds by which you are objecting?
  13. For those who are jumping up and down complaining about Police officers shooting a suspect in the back.......This is what it looks lie in a foot chase with an armed suspect, this is how the suspect gets shot in the back. Can you tell if this is a real gun, toy gun or a BB gun? No you cannot. Split second decision, a life or death decision. This is even with the added daylight. Police officers have every right to defend themselves period. Don't resist and don't run Don't steal Tasers and don't fire them at pursuing officers...........I am sick to death of all this Anti Police crap. A picture is not an argument. The top portion was a meme posted by an acquaintance of mine. The video is a lecture I purchased years ago, now available for free on you-tube. One aspect that sticks out is when Peikoff even dismisses using a movie to counter the abortion issue, he still pointed out the shortcomings of the approach. I didn't listen to it again just now, but I think this is the presentation that he pointed out how the motion picture, news broadcasts, television, if you will; bypasses the cognitive processes.
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