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  • Is free will an illusion? If we are made up of particles, how can we make choices? How does one validate volition? (threads: 1, 2, 3, 4) (keywords: volition, determinism)
  • Is induction a valid means to knowledge? (threads: 1, 2)
  • How does the choice to focus occur?
  • What is a law of nature?


  • How can you derive an ought from an is?
  • Why not steal if you can get away with it? (prudent predator, threads 1 2)


  • Do babies have rights?
  • Is forced taxation wrong? How would government function without forced taxation? (threads: 1, 2, 3)
  • How would the Constitution be rewritten from an Objectivist perspective?
  • How would roads be handled if all land is privately owned?
  • How would a water supply be handled if not by a city government?
  • How could lakes and seas be privatized?
  • How should criminals and punishment be handled by a proper government?
  • How would prisons work in a free society?
  • Is intellectual property actually property?
  • Is preemptive war justified? (interventionism)
  • What is wrong with anarchy/competing governments?



  • Are we moving towards greater inflation, hyperinflation, deflation, or something else? (1, 2, 3)
  • What effect will the "quantitative easing" of the Federal Reserve have on the economy?

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Could we perhaps add this thread or a similar one to the politics section of the FAQ? http://forum.objecti...wtopic=228&st=0 It's one discussing what the problem is with anarchy/why there should not be competing governments and that kind of thing. This topic seems to come up a lot.

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