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    Live in Denver area. Enjoy chess, sci-fi, Objectivist philosophy. Author Planetary Bill of Rights Project at Amazon.com and http://www.PlanetaryBillOfRights.org/ Member Mensa, ASET ( Associate in Science in Electronics Technology ), pet birds ( allergic to mammal critters ).
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    Chess, sci-fi, writing, philosophy, reading, news & world events. Guns, shooting & RKBA interests, studied martial arts for 7 years.

    Have been working at process serving and investigations since 2006.

    Trying to figure out a way to start up my life's passion of the Planetary Bill of Rights Project that I wrote.
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    "The Planetary Bill of Rights Project,
    A Global Freedom Movement For Individual Rights".

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  1. We'd be interested in finding Objectivist friends in the Denver area, who we could get together with. People like us seem to be so few and far between. We found some people but they apparently only do expensive dinners and events together.
  2. Could someone please add a Denver forum? And it would be helpful if we could subscribe to these local ones, in ways where we could be notified of any new posts in them. Is that possible?
  3. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/put-herself-between-the-children-and-the-gunman-heroic-1st-grade-teacher-died-after-hiding-stud I'll only say this among Objectivists, where there's hope that some of you might understand, but this story makes me sick. How is the altruistic self sacrifice of one's life, in an act of utter futility, to be considered "heroic"?! She wasn't capable of defending herself, yet alone those children. She essentially threw her life away. Is that "heroic"? If she'd been well trained and armed and had viciously fought to save her own life and defend those children, possibly even killing the attacker in the process, I would consider THAT heroic. "There are two moral questions which altruism lumps together into one "package-deal": (1) What are values? (2) Who should be the beneficiary of values? Altruism substitutes the second for the first; it evades the task of defining a code of moral values, thus leaving man, in fact, without moral guidance. Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value - and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes. Hence the appalling immorality, the chronic injustice, the grotesque double standards, the insoluble conflicts and contradictions that have characterized human relationships and human societies throughout history, all under the variants of the altruist ethics. Observe the indecency of what passes as moral judgements today. An industrialist who produces a fortune, and a gangster who robs a bank are regarded as equally immoral, since they both sought wealth for their own "selfish" benefit. A young man who gives up his career in order to support his parents and never rises above the rank of grocery clerk is regarded as morally superior to the young man who endures an excruciating struggle and achieves his personal ambition. A dictator is regarded as moral, since the unspeakable attrocities he committed were intended to benefit "the people", not himself." - Ayn Rand
  4. Call me naive but I talk to whoever I feel, like whenever I feel like. So yeah...
  5. I'm more active. I'll tell them that I don't like slavery, and that usually stimulates discussion. If things keep going the way they are, there will be economic collapse and I don't have enough money to find decent refuge.
  6. A little background on me: I was a 60's liberal, brought up by my parents that way, until the early 90's when some powerful personal events changed me and shocked my life. ( "crashed and burned" was more like it, at the time. ) I suddenly realized that government couldn't possibly guarantee me that life would be fair and easy, nor was it their purpose to. I gradually evolved, rereading "Atlas Shrugged", which my parents had given me as a teen, but only appreciated as a novel back then. But this time the reading was seen differently. I read some more of Rand's works, and by 2000, considered myself a Libertarian, then by about 2008, a full fledged Objectivist. And yes, I now realize the differences. Objectivism is the only philosophy I've found that has objective definitions. For example, a Republican can mean almost anything, from liberal to conservative, to Libertarian, as can "Libertarian". I even found a site years ago, for Libertarian Green Party Nazis. It's like religion - it means anything anyone wants it to mean at the time. At some point along the way, I also realized that forced-collectivism was in fact slavery, and I've always been against slavery. Only forced-collectivism doesn't enslave people based on race, nationality or religion, it enslaves people fairly equally, except of course for the rulers. The true "Road To Serfdom". But Y'ron Brook made a statement along the lines of what I used in my subject line, and it's very true. The big challenge politically is getting people to understand the principles and the philosophy of freedom and capitalism, which led me to write a little book about it, in late 2010. My forte has never been marketing though, and unfortunately it sits beneath 2.5 million some others, at Amazon.com. Some have told me that it might be a good manual for resetting things, after the coming Collapse, which Rand pretty much predicted as far back as the 50's. But the biggest obstacle that I see is this: "We have allowed our constitutional republic to deteriorate into a virtually unchecked direct democracy. Today's political process is nothing more than a street fight between various groups seeking to vote themselves other people's money. ( and freedoms? ) Individual voters tend to support the candidate that promises them the most federal loot in whatever form, rather than the candidate who will uphold the rule of law." --Rep. Ron Paul Forced-collectivism involves people voting themselves the money and liberty of others, therefore it's immensely popular... at least until it collapses and people start seeing death camps and all that. I think they figured that forced-collectivism ( they said "socialism", but I think that forced-collectivism is really a better term for it ) led to the deaths of at least 100 million people in the last century. So it seems like getting from point A ( where things are now ) to point B ( a theoretically Objectivist capitalis free world ) involves education of the masses, something they're not really inclined to be receptive to, unless and until they reach the point of utter desperation, like the founders of this country did under the tyranny of England in their time. So I greatly admire Y'ron Brook and the ARI, and all others like them, but what a herculean task we have before us, eh? Melissa Brookstone Author and Founder of "The Planetary Bill of Rights Project" http://www.PlanetaryBillOfRights.org/
  7. I live in the Denver area and have had problems with depression for years. I've also been seeing a therapist, for several years for it. I started out as a 60's liberal and during the time since around 1993 when the depression started, have had time to think about things more. I gradually shifted my thinking over the 90's and finally thought of myself as a full fledged Objectivist a couple of years ago. But this therapist that I've been seeing for quite awhile, appears to be a solid "progressive" and I've been getting pretty sick of hearing those lines of thinking, in someone who's supposed to be helping me. But is it even possible to find a therapist who's an Objectivist in a city like Denver?
  8. Request Denver area forum for Colorado?
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