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Her [Ayn Rand's] absolutism is a reasoned position that contrasts with altruistic or low self-esteem positions that value or use large doses of uncertainty or humility.
Reason.com, "Brink Lindsey on the Classics of Conservatism--Traditional and Liberal Varieties"
Gizmodo.com via Reason.com, "This Country Has Ayn Rand Written All Over It"
"The [Republican] party's Senate candidate in Nevada wants to privatize Medicare and Social Security ... I could go on, but you get the point. Democrats may be facing a tough fight this fall, but Republicans are giving them plenty of material to work with. The big political story of the year may turn out to be the consequences of the GOP's foray into extremism and wackiness."
"With Friends Like These", RealClearPolitics.com
Volokh.com via Reason.com re: Ground Zero mosque
WSJ, 5 August: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703545604575407632023079038.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop
"Atlas Shrugged: From Fiction to Fact in 52 years"
"Forced to be Free", Reason.com, via link at Peikoff.com
"We are sort of a mongrel people ... I mean we're all kinds of mixed up. That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it."
Barack H. Obama
[Ayn Rand] made a, I believe, an unneccessary polarity between selfishness -- or self-interest -- and altruism. She saw those as opposites. She saw that, or believed, altruism was fundamentally evil. ... I always felt like that was just inaccurate to human nature: That fundamentally human beings are both self-interested and capable of love, and that you can't understand human beings unless you see that we are both of them -- and so I reject the polarity.
“What saved the economy and the New Deal [during the Great Depression] was the enormous public-works project known as World War II, which finally provided a fiscal stimulus adequate to the economy’s needs.”
... the long-running debate between big government and small government misses the point; it isn’t relevant to today’s challenges.
President Barack Obama
The Third Depression thread
Abraham Lincoln, October 16, 1854, title page of Book IV of Nancy Kress's "Beggars in Spain"
"To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' "
H. L. Mencken
Reason.com , "David Weigel Resigns From the Washington Post", 6.26.10 @ 9:29PM
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Voice of Reason
Arnaud de Borchgrave
Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, it’s time to try something new. Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the citizens who sent us here. Let’s try common sense.
President Barack Obama
....today there is little economic freedom in America. And almost from our first day as a Nation, there was little monetary freedom; now, there is none.
Henry Mark Holzer
Gold and Monetary Reform
"Also invariably critics on the left accuse libertarians of being "selfish" and "greedy" and being for rich people and against ordinary people. This charge is so far off the mark and beside the point it is almost impossible to respond to. It’s like accusing a computer of being short. It has nothing to do with what a computer is."
"Neither Left Nor Right" at LewRockwell.com
"While Friedman’s theoretical work is universally admired by professional economists, there’s much more ambivalence about his policy pronouncements and especially his popularizing. And it must be said that there were some serious questions about his intellectual honesty when he was speaking to the mass public."
Reason.com, article about Krugman, threaded comments starting at 11:51pm on 5.7.10
"I maintain, however, that the effectiveness of government versus that of private arrangements to produce goods and services is irrelevant to the issue of the desirability of government in a libertarian society. Governments are not created to produce goods and services for citizens. Rather, they are created and imposed on people by force, most often for the purpose of transferring resources from the control of those outside government to the control of those within it. Without government—or even with a weak government—predatory groups will impose themselves on people by force and create a government to extract income and wealth from these subjects."
Randall G. Holcombe
Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable
Barack Hussein Obama
Second Treatise of Civil Government
"The seminal error is to insist on exceptions to the principle that government – assuming, of course, that one should be permitted to exist – must be strictly limited to protecting the life, liberty, and property of every individual."
William Norman Grigg
the blog Pro Libertate
William Norman Grigg
author of the blog Pro Libertate
Tibor R. Machan
Anti-Libertarian Point Refuted
Reason.com "I used to be somebody that trusted the government. Now I really don’t trust anything."
"Minarchists such as [Tibor Machan] are libertarians with regard to all goods and services except those they arbitrarily label as “governmental.” Regarding those, they are socialists pure and simple, conceptually indistinguishable from their fellow socialists, in this one arena."
Anarchism and Minarchism; No Rapprochement Possible: Reply to Tibor Machan
Race and Politics: Part I
It's a Civil War: What We Do Now
Facebook | Ayn Rand
Glory to the Taxpayer
My view is simply this when it comes to the blessing of same sex unions; as someone who has been having the same sex for the last 15 years, the last thing I want to see the church doing about it is blessing it.
The Gay Fast Lane
There was no order in his reading; but there was order in what remained of it in his mind.
—of the self-educated youth Stretch Wynand
Moonbats wing it when it comes to paying more taxes
GREENPEACE Climate Rescue Weblog
." -- Ayn Rand in " 'Extremism' or The Art of Smearing", Chapter 17 of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.
Most people can't think quantitatively to save their skins.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman, Physicist
Hydrino Study Group Discussion of the "Dinner Party Problem"
Prescription For Disaster Now Covered Under Obamacare