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  1. All human "sciences" must begin with axioms, self-evident truths. Including, properly, philosophy. Otherwise you are caught in an endless progression backwards..."What is the proof that the proof you offered is correct? And the proof that that proof is correct?" Ayn Rand quite clearly laid out the axioms. They are ultimately the evidence for everything in Objectivism, and that is one of its beauties.
  2. We know that if man acts against his nature, he has committed an immoral act. We know certain obvious aspects of his nature: capacity to contemplate, conceptualize, choose. He is physically vulnerable to certain diseases, etc. He has free will. He is a composite of mind and body. But many of us, I think, know not much more about it. For example: Prove to me that homosexuality, or benevolence, incestuous love, is or is not in harmony with man's nature.
  3. I was drafted into the US Army and sent to Korea. I asked a sergeant what I was doing there. He said "Fighting for freedom". I said "Do you see a contradiction in my being forced to fight for my freedom. He answered: "No". The nature of man is the same in Norway, Israel, Hackensack. He must be free to live as a human.
  4. Supreme Court justices appointed in the 18th century served an average of 8 years. The Supreme Court justices appointed during the past 40 years, excluding those still serving, served an average of 25 years. If we include those still serving, including 3 appointed in the past 5 years, the average is 18 years...enlarging every day. If we exclude those 3, the average is 23 years, and growing. Poor judges, by rational standards, remaining in key judicial position for longer periods of time, exert greater influence, impact, power, on our lives. I didn't say ALL old people are senile...
  5. Let's stop the argument about taxes...all taxes are acts of force and ought be outlawed. The Founders were wrong in this regard when they gave Congress the power to tax. Arguing over what would be a "fair and equitable" tax is like arguing over how long a lynch rope should be.
  6. Our Constitution needs to be amended. Articles II and III dealing with the appointment of judges to the U. S. Supreme Court. Here's why: 1. The growing belief that the Constitution is a "living document", to be seen not as a statement of enduring principles but as to be interpreted by the sway of changing times, places undue and inappropriate importance on the subjective beliefs and attitudes of individual members of the Court. 2. The appointment of new judges by the President and the consent of Senate members has become a politically-based, rather than a judicially-based, matter. Pa
  7. Our Constitution needs to be amended. Articles II and III dealing with the appointment of judges to the U. S. Supreme Court. Here's why: 1. The growing belief that the Constitution is a "living document", to be seen not as a statement of enduring principles but as to be interpreted by the sway of changing times, places undue and inappropriate importance on the subjective beliefs and attitudes of individual members of the Court. 2. The appointment of new judges by the President and the consent of Senate members has become a politically-based, rather than a judicially-based, matter. Pa
  8. The comparison to a Doberman is exactly the point. A Doberman is an animal, a dog, not a rational human. Good generals ought be efficient, but not dogs enjoying the kill. It is a spiritual thing which I do not hear in most of the comments. Human life begins as a glorious value. America uniquely recognized that value and gave it the best environment in which to thrive and attain its potential. True, killing evil may be required, but the fact that we need to kill ought never, from my vantage point, be more than brutal necessity. I may have to burn a Rembrandt painting to survive, but I
  9. Yes there is a point to this post. We are in a serious state when killing is an enjoyable human activity...killing may be necessary at times, but never fun and a hoot. That attitude expresses a disdain for human life that denigrates humanity. Gates says Mattis is a "deep thinker" and he is, in the toilet. To imply that America has no one more capable, more noble in spirit, to command our forces, is shameful...and if true, heralds our heading over the abyss.
  10. HA HA HA "If I am ever really in power, the destruction of the Jews will be my first and most important job. As soon as I have power, I shall have gallows after gallows erected, for example, in Munich on the Marienplatz-as many of them as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged one after another, and they will stay hanging until they stink. They will stay hanging as long as hygienically possible. As soon as they are untied, then the next group will follow and that will continue until the last Jew in Munich is exterminated. Exactly the same procedure will be followed in other cities u
  11. The defense of individual rights is not properly made by examining the consequences of having versus not having them. We have individual rights because the nature of our species requires them. There is no "better" society if we abandon our rights...because that would no longer allow us to live as humans. When we are all free, the choices we make will likely determine our lives...for better or worse. It is not in anyone's authority to control my choices, and "good" results cannot be predicated on enslaving me...or you...or all of us.
  12. If her belief in God merely affects her belief about what happens after death, then you certainly could have a loving enduring relationship. If it also affects how she lives here on Earth, probably a problem, since her beliefs would undercut any serious intellectual conversations. Could you be happy with that? I couldn't.
  13. Regarding Elena Kazan and Supreme Court nominations, read the need to reform the nomination process in The Unfunny Joke at stampedingherd.blogspot.com.
  14. My mind One of a kind I cannot find Do as we say, my parents did remind Do as we all wish, it has been signed Do as God commands And divines Our lives are intertwined, they opined They must be wined and dined And I resigned Or I left behind So I was benign To those who would my arms bind I surrendered what I mined Smiling under the grind My vision declined My spirit confined My being misaligned With Hell's despair entwined My mind One of a kind I cannot find I...who?
  15. Go to Stampedingherd.blogspot.com, download the Ayn Rand Interview and listen to Miss Rand herself give you the essential principles of her philosophy and then elaborate on them for an hour.
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