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Another Ditko Kickstarter: #2oww1

Posted: September 28th, 2014
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Why Use The Word “Selfish”?

Yaron Brook answers a question from Adam: “Why do you and Ayn Rand use the term ‘selfish’ rather than ‘self-interest,’ given the stigma most attach to the former?” www.laissezfaireblog.com

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Posted: June 17th, 2013
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The Marketplace “Un-”Fairness Act

UN-Fairness Act

What looks like to be a bill straight out of Atlas Shrugged, namely Equalization of Opportunity Bill, shot through to the Senate floor this week faster than the previous gun bill got shot down. Like the mentioned bill, supporters state that it is meant to give a chance to the little guy. Not only does it hurt the little guy, but it hurts the entire economy by looting all that revenue from merchants.

What is disturbing is the support from both sides, in favor of this ridiculous bill, 75 to 22 supported the bill. At least the Supreme court, see Quill Corp v. Heitkamp, has set precedent that merchants must have “substantial nexus” (an office, sales force or warehouse) within that state to collect taxes on the state’s behalf. Some may wonder why I put the blindfold of religion over the elephant, I think it is prudent in this situation because it highlights the fundamental flaw of so called modern republicans, their ethics. I think the main reason they voted bi-partisan on this bill was to show that they could agree on some things, so our liberty and economic freedom gets sacrificed for our right to bear arms.

Posted: April 24th, 2013
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People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy

The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.

The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.

As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, “very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,” Dunning told Life’s Little Mysteries.

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Posted: February 28th, 2012
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Can Charity Replace Uncle Sam’s Safety Net?

Posted: February 24th, 2012
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Perry for President?

Rick Perry for 2012

Although, the guy isn’t perfect, in these times, one can only hope for a candidate as good as Perry. A republican candidate should be someone who does not compromise on Individual and property rights, limited government, and Capitalism.
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Posted: June 30th, 2011
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Knock Down, Drag out (deja vu?)

This Cox and Forkum cartoon is from three years ago, but it just shows how ahead or on top of the times these guys were, because the topics it discusses is still very much relevant today, we need to define our enemies and goals, absolutely, or we don’t have either.

From CNN: Clinton, Obama in war of words over ‘rogue leaders’.

The bid for the White House between leading Democratic hopefuls Sens. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and Hillary Clinton, D-New York, is turning ugly, with Clinton criticizing Obama as inexperienced on national security and Obama firing back at what he called a “fabricated controversy.” Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are continuing an argument started at Monday’s CNN YouTube debate.The sparring began Monday at the CNN/YouTube debate, in which a viewer asked candidates if they would be willing to meet with leaders of Iran, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea — whom the United States has called rogue leaders. …

Charles Kupchan with the Council on Foreign Relations said that Obama and Clinton were essentially saying the same thing, which is that dialogue is important. …

He noted that although the Bush administration took office vowing not to talk to North Korea or Iran, it reached a deal on North Korea’s nuclear program through negotiations and now is sitting down with Iran to talk about the violence in Iraq.

“At the end of the day, history suggests that only if we talk to our adversaries do we resolve disputes,” Kupchan said.

 

Actually, history suggests that we resolve disputes with adversaries only if we defeat them first (e.g., WWII), after all we’re talking about adversaries who openly advocate our demise. However, it is worth pointing out that Bush, Clinton, and Obama are all ultimately willing to talk to such adversaries as if they are rational, which is not rational.

The staging in this cartoon is inspired by the George Bellows painting Stag at Sharkey’s (1909).

UPDATE: From CNN: Clinton calls Bush-Cheney comparison ’silly’.

UPDATE II — July 28: From the Chicago Tribune: Clinton-Obama: Gloves off early.

Nobody watching politics is surprised that there is a genuine smackdown going on between the two senators, who are way ahead of the other Democratic candidates and generally considered the leading contenders for the party’s nomination. …”It wasn’t a question of if there’d be a barroom brawl,” said Chris Lehane, a veteran Democratic strategist who is not working for any of the current presidential candidates. “It was a question of when.”

 

UPDATE III — July 29: From the CNN: Gingrich predicts Clinton/Obama ticket.

Posted: July 7th, 2010
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Playboy, 45 Years earlier… Ayn Rand Interview

Ayn Rand Playboy Interview

From the introduction:

That any novel should set off such a chain reaction is unusual; that “Atlas Shrugged” has done so is astonishing. For the book, a panoramic novel about what happens when the “men of the mind” go on strike, is 1168 pages long. It is filled with lengthy, sometimes complex philosophical passages; and it is brimming with as many explosively unpopular ideas as Ayn Rand herself. Despite this success, the literary establishment considers her an outsider. Almost to a man, critics have either ignored or denounced the book. She is an exile among philosophers, too, although “Atlas” is as much a work of philosophy as it is a novel. Liberals glower at the very mention of her name; but conservatives, too, swallow hard when she begins to speak. For Ayn Rand, whether anyone likes it or not, is sui generis indubitably, irrevocably, intransigently individual.

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Posted: March 5th, 2009
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Christmas should be MORE commercial

Christmas too commerical?

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Posted: December 25th, 2008
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Maine Law students trying to shut RIAA down

RIAA Lunchtime
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Posted: April 3rd, 2008
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