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  1. There are ideals one cultivates in their mind overtime, those passions and interests that grow with knowledge and experience, but then there is, also, of course, what is, the current state of Society. If the State will take away a certain percentage of one's income, then why even try to obtain profit? Isn't it all or nothing, black or white, choose the ideal or don't even bother, go big or go home? Destroy one's creation rather than letting a secondhander have a say in it? We all have to choose between Rand's, "Don't let your spark go out spark by irreplaceable spark" and "the question i
  2. Thank you all for the responses. Here's a relevant example of what I'm interested in: Perhaps an individual borrows a friend's Iphone case,made by Apple, then uses his 3D printer to replicate the item for his own use. In an LFC society, would product replication be legal? What about product replication with the intent to mass replicate and then turn a profit? If not, why?
  3. When 3D printing becomes readily available how will its users remain principled with copyright and patent laws? (I'm simply trying to understand IP) For instance, may I take a component from under the hood of my car,perhaps a throttle position sensor ,duplicate it with my 3D printer and use it, even perhaps sell it to my friends without recourse from law? Actually, to word it better, would this be principled,therefore legal, in an LFC society? Thank you
  4. Yes, the "right to individual dignity" is a floating abstraction. Perhaps their sheriff understands that Censorship implies state involvement, not the private sector: http://www.douglascountysentinel.com/news/local/article_a2b03444-69ea-11e3-9c03-001a4bcf6878.html
  5. After a conversation on Facebook, I've been concerned with a possible upcoming Louisiana State action. First, a bit of context: Pat Robertson of "Duck Dynasty", which is filmed in Louisiana and shown by the company A&E, made a remark(s) towards homosexuality. A&E then reacted and let Robertson go from the TV series, "Duck Dynasty". Unlike what the unprincipled conservatives think, no freedom of speech was infringed upon. Now, in retaliation, it seems that the State of Louisiana may revoke the filming License of A&E. "The Robertsons made their statement regarding the pot
  6. On the topic of "fairness" and condemning the norms of society in this mixed market economy, I'd like to give an example: http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2013/11/01/walmart-statement-on-snap-reductions "“As Congress considers changes to the SNAP program, we encourage them to adopt reforms that do not impact those who need the program the most."-- Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of the food business for Walmart U.S. How does one seek justice from a business that actively supports Government intervention? If you were speaking about an LFC society with an audience, what wou
  7. Where else is there to flee once one is in America? At what point should the Weimar Guards refuse to sanction and further enforce rights violations? This country is turning from a Rule of Law to a Rule of men, where the rules of law slowly engulf sectors of private life and legalize what should be criminal while criminalizing what should be legal. For example, bureaucrats may legally increase tax on individuals, while other individuals who try to create a business are deemed criminals by violating anti-trust laws. While Police Officers don't create the laws, they are a necessary force in o
  8. Thank you all for the replies. My title to this thread, in full, is "Objectivism and the Contemporary Police Officer; Compatible or Mutually Exclusive?" I think that I had to qualify Police Officer with "Contemporary" because the philosophy of Objectivism requires a government that protects individual rights, yet that's not what "is", today. What I mean by this is that Police is an essential government service, but what we have today is a role that is required yet is tainted, not fully upholding individual rights to the point where the role of employment, Police Officer, isn't compatible with
  9. Since morality and current laws are not in a proper relationship of respecting individual rights, I was curious as to how individuals whose employment(Police Officers) depend on dealing with individuals who commit illegal acts have to deal with this contradiction between employment and philosophy. Does a police officer act with obligation, imperative and duty due to their employment when encountering an act that is deemed illegal, yet their philosophy shows that the act should be considered just the opposite, legal? How does one keep their integrity intact when philosophy and some sectors
  10. Crow, do you agree with the premise that a single payer system, such as run by Canada, is the logical outcome of ACA? From what I understand, the Individual Mandate will progress to an increased tax for all, which is to say, a Centralized Health Care System. Isn't it sadly a matter of time before a significant portion of our income will be generally taxed? Here are the guiding principles of NHS: that it meet the needs of everyone that it be free at the point of delivery that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay
  11. I'm curious as to this upcoming protest, which seems to at least have a somewhat coherent message: Truck Drivers For the Constitution, and their website but I'm even more interested in how it relates to the law, and the actions of two companies, Facebook and Twitter. *Their Facebook about page(which was recently shutdown by Facebook, and then had to be reopened) reads: "The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in
  12. Perhaps a small strain on their mind was felt when their misintegrated thoughts stumbled upon "miscarriage", then again, most likely not.
  13. Firstly, I understand the alternative would have been a passive(immoral) acceptance of the ACA, which I'm glad did not occur. The Government hasn't taken the steps to progressively limit the scope towards an individual rights respecting government, so shouldn't a breakdown of the government be a consequence of their unprincipled actions, such as ACA, on all individuals? I have no reason to think they'll follow Miss Rand's and Reisman's steps towards a LFC society in the near future, only in the long term where reason ultimately wins out. The Republican's had their chance, but since they op
  14. How is this Government shutdown not a positive? What's the alternative?
  15. Thank you Plasmatic, I've read "Ayn Rand Answers", to see her view of Libertarians and Conservatives, among others, who are not fully consistent with her philosophy. How's not supporting an individual that's trying to prevent an even more Socialist plan from taking effect in any way betraying this conviction? If ideas truly do matter, shouldn't an Objectivist see Ted Cruz as an opportunity to both, explicitly point out inconsistencies in his ideas AND prevent worse ideas from spreading? If one equates Miss Rand and her philosophy with Ted Cruz, then that's their error and low in
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