Philosophy Thread

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Rentacop, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Rentacop

    Rentacop Well-Known Member

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    " The barefoot hippies who demand the right to eat without working ---the rhapsodies to the ' beauty of the untouched wilderness' ---the war on labor-saving devices---the demands for a return to grubby ' earthiness ' and primitive toil---the dazed stupor, the hysterical screaming, the drugged mindlessness, the cheap, tawdry, phony exhibitionism of ' self-expression ' , the whole 'artsy-craftsy ' atmosphere---do not belong in an industrial civilization nor in the world of skilled, disciplined industrial workers. "
    -Ayn Rand-
     
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    “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

    George Orwell
     
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  3. Rentacop

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    " A mixed economy has to reach the day when it faces a final crossroad : either the private sector regains its freedom and starts rebuilding ---or it gives up and let's the absolute state take over the shambles."
    -Ayn Rand-
     
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  4. Rentacop

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    Think of AOC as you read this :

    [ referring to McGovern's nomination win, 1972 ]
    " The crudeness of the putch was obvious: the 'new politicians ', particularly the younger ones---oozing insolence, smugness, hysterical rush, and big-executive postures ---were intent on shoving the ' old guard ' out in order to demonstrate who's boss . "
    -Ayn Rand 1972-
     
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    " The petty jealousies, the mean little rivalries, the sneaky deceits, the cheap manipulations, the touchy egos, the jockeying for status, the scramble for power---and all for ten minutes of free nationwide television time---were sparking and fuming all over the assembly of the crusaders who had promised a fight for openness , integrity and selfless brotherly love. "
    -Ayn Rand- ( referring to McGovern's people, not to the Impeachment of Trump )
     
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    " The statists have miscalculated : the non-productive, the seekers of the unearned, are not a power base. "
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    Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).

    Ayn Rand
     
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    " The statists' last hope, the helplessly dependent, are just that: helplessly dependent---and lack the concept that holds a movement or a society together : tomorrow. "

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    "The best thing in life is to defeat your enemies, see them driven before you, and have their women make soup beans , cornbread and onion for you "
    Me.
     
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    " There is a difference between a people and a mob, between a revolution and a riot. The power base that McGovern now teeters on is only a pile of buckshot to be scattered under his first step. "
    -Ayn Rand - 1972
     
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    It is always darkest just before it gets totally black.

    John McCain
     
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    " There was one significant factor in the grotesque spectacle of the Democratic National Convention : McGovern's candidacy is a declaration of war on the American people by America's intellectuals . "
    -Ayn Rand-
     
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    "It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning. "
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    " Artificial pressure groups of drifters, publicity-chasers, and handout-seekers are not a political power base . "
    -Ayn Rand- 1972
     
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    " Ownership without control is a contradiction in terms : It means 'property ' without the right to use it or to dispose of it. "
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    " A country without a political philosophy is like a ship drifting at random in mid-ocean, at the mercy of any chance wind, wave or current, a ship whose passengers huddle in their cabins and cry : " Don't rock the boat ! "---for fear of discovering that the Captain's bridge is empty. "
    -Ayn Rand-
     
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    " In a mixed economy, every government action is a direct threat to some men and an indirect threat to all. "
    -Ayn Rand-

    " Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit , extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others. "
    -Ayn Rand-

    " The intellectuals serve as guides, as trend-setters, as the transmission belts or middlemen
    between philosophy and the culture. "
    -Ayn Rand-

    " By what criterion of justice is a consensus government to be guided ? By the size of the victim's gang. "
    -Ayn Rand-
     
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    " From the early nineteenth century on, American intellectuals ---with very rare exceptions---were the humbly obedient followers of European philosophy, which had entered its age of decadence. "
    -Ayn Rand-
     
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    It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith. It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.
    -H.L. Mencken-

    "once more, alas, I find myself unable to follow the best Liberal thought. What the World's contention amounts to, at bottom, is simply the doctrine that a man engaged in combat with superstition should be very polite to superstition. This, I fear, is nonsense. The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame.
    True enough, even a superstitious man has certain inalienable rights. He has a right to harbor and indulge his imbecilities as long as he pleases, provided only he does not try to inflict them upon other men by force. He has a right to argue for them as eloquently as he can, in season and out of season. He has a right to teach them to his children. But certainly he has no right to be protected against the free criticism of those who do not hold them. . . . They are free to shoot back. But they can't disarm their enemy.
    The meaning of religious freedom, I fear, is sometimes greatly misapprehended. It is taken to be a sort of immunity, not merely from governmental control but also from public opinion. A dunderhead gets himself a long-tailed coat, rises behind the sacred desk, and emits such bilge as would gag a Hottentot. Is it to pass unchallenged? If so, then what we have is not religious freedom at all, but the most intolerable and outrageous variety of religious despotism. Any fool, once he is admitted to holy orders, becomes infallible. Any half-wit, by the simple device of ascribing his delusions to revelation, takes on an authority that is denied to all the rest of us. . . . What should be a civilized man's attitude toward such superstitions? It seems to me that the only attitude possible to him is one of contempt. If he admits that they have any intellectual dignity whatever, he admits that he himself has none. If he pretends to a respect for those who believe in them, he pretends falsely, and sinks almost to their level. When he is challenged he must answer honestly, regardless of tender feelings. "
    -H.L. Mencken 1925-
     
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    " What would constitute 'moderation' in a conflict between a group of men who want to be supported at public expense ---and a group of taxpayers who have other uses for their money ? "
    -Ayn Rand-