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Tuesday
March 14, 2017
Commentary
Political Correctness
by Steve Wolfer
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There is more to the history, the purposefulness and the functionality of political correctness than would be apparent at first glance.  As with much of American progressivism, it has its roots in Marxism and it shows the influence of Saul Alinsky.  From Stalin to Mao Zedong to Frankfurt, Germany, to Columbia University, to Saul Alinsky to today's social justice warriors.  This article shows some of the history and the different aspects of political correctness ahd how it all knits together.

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Friday
August 19, 2016
Commentary
What is a Good Person?
by Joseph Rowlands
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The most common view of morality is that it is a way of testing or proving that you are a good person. But what exactly does that mean? What quality or qualities define a good person? ... (Read more...)
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Saturday
August 13, 2016
Commentary
Endorsement or Prediction
by Joseph Rowlands
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One of the most important features of a morality of rational self-interest is the idea that there is no fundamental conflict of interest between people. Instead of being stuck in a world where one man's gain is another man's loss, we live in a world where both parties can win through mutually beneficial trades. Opportu... (Read more...)
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Sunday
August 7, 2016
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Parenting with Intrinsic Values
by Joseph Rowlands
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One of the hallmarks of intrinsic values is that they make rational tradeoffs impossible. Intrinsic values don't share the same standard of evaluation as other values. If you value something as a value in itself, there's no way to say how much more or less important it is to other possible values. If you raise or lower... (Read more...)
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Monday
August 1, 2016
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The Foundations of Esthetics
by Joseph Rowlands
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A topic that comes up fairly often is the relationship between the 5 recognized branches of philosophy. This include metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and esthetics. And this is the order in which these topics are often discussed, at least when esthetics is discussed at all. Does this imply a logical order? ... (Read more...)
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Tuesday
July 26, 2016
Commentary
Group Identity
by Joseph Rowlands
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Collectivism describes a relationship between individuals and groups. It views individuals as merely members of a group, defined by the group, and viewed in relation to the group. A nationalist collectivist would see his nation as the defining element, and would see citizens of that nation as important only in relation... (Read more...)
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Sunday
July 17, 2016
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Goal-Directed Learning
by Joseph Rowlands
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In the engineering world, it is common for people to say that they learned more in the first few months of a new job than they did in years of college. We could quibble about whether they would be in a position to learn as much as they do if they didn't have years of schooling behind them, but there's an important insi... (Read more...)
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Monday
July 11, 2016
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Appeasing The Mobs
by Joseph Rowlands
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Defenders of redistribution of wealth often fall back on an argument allegedly based on self-interest. The argument is that if we don't fork over money to the poor, they will rise up and kill us all. What starts as a defense of altruism and egalitarianism ends up an argument based on extortion and violence. Your money ... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
July 6, 2016
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Common Sense
by Joseph Rowlands
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What is common sense? It is a widely used phrase that has a vague meaning. It is generally taken to mean a way of thinking or judging that is so elementary that almost anyone can be expected to follow it. It's not quite the same as 'obvious', but is expected to be so easily reproduced that it requires no deep justifica... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 29, 2016
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Can You Change The World?
by Joseph Rowlands
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Occasionally I'll talk to someone who's interested in Objectivist or libertarian idea. Some of these exchanges span weeks or months. A number of times we've gotten to the point in the discussion where they start feeling depressed about the state of the world. They'll say something like "What's the point? It's not like ... (Read more...)
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Friday
June 24, 2016
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Moral Cowardice
by Joseph Rowlands
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One of the most interesting aspects of modern morality is how far people are willing to go to pretend that evil doesn't exist. In a different article, I wrote about the word 'threat' and its many uses. The word is often narrowly used in order to avoid calling something a threat. If a country says they will kill any and... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 20, 2016
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Moral Conundrums
by Joseph Rowlands
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It is possible for a moral system to self-contradict. This can happen when multiple values are accepted as intrinsic, or when certain methods are treated as always necessary or always immoral. These can lead to contradictions because the values or methods can conflict with one another. If you think you think you should... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 13, 2016
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Measuring Costs
by Joseph Rowlands
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There are different ways of measuring costs. A business might measure costs in terms of the money expended in the process of production. Economists may talk about opportunity cost, pointing out that if picking an inferior option is a cost in itself since you could have done better. How are these costs measured? And wha... (Read more...)
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Friday
April 8, 2016
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Moral Intentions
by Joseph Rowlands
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Altruists are usually focused on how much they care about other people. When moral praise is offered, it is when someone prove how much they care by sacrificing their own interests for the sake of others. Moral contempt is sometimes expressed by accusing someone of not caring about other people. ... (Read more...)
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Saturday
April 2, 2016
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Close-Minded
by Joseph Rowlands
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If you learn nothing else about false dichotomies, you should learn that awful ideas often survive because people believe the only alternative is worse. In response to the idea that you should be committed to your moral ideas no matter how destructive they are, people choose to not hold ideals. In response to the idea ... (Read more...)
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Monday
March 28, 2016
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Moral Pride
by Joseph Rowlands
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I reject the idea that the purpose of morality is to prove that you are a good person. It's circular, and nonsensical. Morality is a method. It allows you to evaluate options and choose between them. It is religious morality that converted morality into a test, where the goal is to achieve status and prove what a good ... (Read more...)
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Tuesday
March 22, 2016
Commentary
Redemption
by Joseph Rowlands
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Atonement and redemption are two of the features of Christianity that inspires people the most. They provide a method for those who have acted poorly or worse to not only turn their lives around, but to make up for their past actions. Most people have past choices they wish they could take back. Atonement provides a me... (Read more...)
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Thursday
March 17, 2016
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Does Radical Left Equal Radical Islam?
by Tibor R. Machan
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Increasingly I have been recalling when University of Michigan Professor of Law, Catherine McKinnon used to advocate censoring pornography because she believed it is an assault upon women.  She lays out her case in her very prestigiously published slim and readable book, Only Words (Harvard University Press, 1993). She... (Read more...)
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Friday
March 11, 2016
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Pride From Beliefs
by Joseph Rowlands
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A common problem among ideological people is to take their beliefs as a source of pride in their lives. They think that simply holding the beliefs makes them a better person, or superior to others. And with that view, they become defensive when their beliefs are challenged. Objectivists are no exception. ... (Read more...)
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Thursday
March 3, 2016
Commentary
Taxation as a Severe Insult
by Tibor R. Machan
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I have noted before that my fellow citizens and I are the best wealth redistributors one can find. We know quite well, with only rare exceptions, where the wealth we obtained should go – how we should spend or invest or save our earnings, etc.  ... (Read more...)
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Saturday
February 27, 2016
Commentary
The Origins of Political Correctness
by William S. Lind
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If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.

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Sunday
February 21, 2016
Commentary
An Atheist Celebrates Christmas
by Marco den Ouden
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A lifelong atheist, I love and celebrate Christmas. Here's why. 

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Sunday
February 14, 2016
Commentary
Syriaphobia: the Newest Fad in Collectivism
by Michael E. Marotta
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Otherwise good people who advocate for reason and reality react emotionally to the threat of the muscle-mystics. It is one thing to quote Benjamin Franklin and say that those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. It is another thing to choose liberty when your security is threatened. Not everyone has the courage of their convictions.

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Sunday
February 7, 2016
Methodology
Productive Understanding
by Joseph Rowlands
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I find that often when people are trying to understand an idea, they aren't taking it very seriously. Perhaps its how they learned in school, where the point was to retain enough to select an appropriate answer on a test. There is no attempt to get a deep understanding. They seem to aim for a superficial understanding.... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
February 3, 2016
War for Men's Minds
The Handshake versus the Fist
by Marco den Ouden
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In the war for people's minds, is it better to be angry and defiant, to be a rebel? Or is it better to present our philosophy as a positive, as a truth that is universal? A truth that it hard for our ideological enemies to refute? 

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