Monthly Archives: January 2004

Updates

I wrote my first Perl script today after three hours of fumbling around in a totally alien syntax. Score one for goal-directed action. I generally avoid Perl like the plague, but it was the only way I could find to do a bulk import into the MT email DB_File notify database. I’ve also written a script to export posts from a SQL/MS Access based database into the MT import format. Let me know if you want either. The scripts are for Mises.org Blog, which I’ve been configuring and tweaking the last two days.

I’m also working on the re-release of ObjectivismOnline.net, which should go live sometime in early February. I scrapped the old PostNuke CMS for Mambo, a clean, fast, and powerful CMS. The new website will feature a meta-blog, for which I am currently seeking writers. Here is the “official” announcement:

Do you want to take a leading role in America’s intellectual renaissance? Then consider joining the team at ObjectivismOnline.net. We are looking for contributors to a new pro-reason, pro-capitalism meta-blog. (A meta-blog is an aggregate web log consisting of original content and links to content at other sites.) We are also accepting essays, editorials, letters to the editor, and reviews to include in other parts of our website.

Interested individuals should contact .. me. The website is still a work in progress, but the forum is growing rapidly and being frequented by several Objectivist philosophers, notably Amy Peikoff, Greg Salmieri, and me 🙂

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If you’ve noticed how harsh I’ve been on Dean, you might think that I would be pleased to see him to go ape on national television. Not so – I’d rather see him run against Bush than any of the other leading candidate. Since they are all equally communist, I’d at least like to see the candidate with the least chance of beating Bush win the primary. Just to cover my bets, I had better stick to bashing the leftists in general:

Larry Elder: The left supported the war in Iraq, then flip-flopped when it was politically advantageous.

Thomas Sowell: The Left’s problem is “that they are running out of the poor, who serve as a justification of the left’s drive to extend their power over all the rest of us.

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Free Web Hosting!

1&1 is giving away three years of free web hosting. I’ve been using it for three months now (it runs this site) and I’m very happy with it. As amazing as it sounds, there’s no catch. The offer expires on the 21st, so sign up today!

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Stuff I Want

It has come to my attention that I have more money in my bank account that any college student in his right mind should keep around. It’s not that I’m stingy, or that I don’t know what to get, but that there are so many things I want, that I don’t know where to start. To help me decide how to spend my limited budget, I made a list of the things I want.

Continue reading “Stuff I Want” »

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Dean is taking grassroots to a whole new level: “Team Dean Racing“. In the words of Tim Blair, it’s “the only race vehicle in the world actually designed to spin.”

I recently received an email (too long to show here) from a reader of my blog criticizing me from calling Dean a socialist. He gave Dean’s “goal of diversifying our media” as an example of his non-socialist, pro-American stance and “one of the main reasons I will support him in this year’s election.”
Well hell, if Dean can claim that Bush is a Fascist, that the world isn’t safer without Saddam, and “diversifying” the media is pro-American, then maybe he deservers my “support:”
Dean? For America?
As I recall, both Stalin and Hitler made “diversifying the media” major goals of their rule shortly after their gained power.

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The Ominous Parallels

After each full day of skiing during the last week, I recovered my body by exercising my mind – notably by reading The Ominous Parallels. Here is the review I submitted to Amazon.com afterwards:

As a Jew, I have watched, read, and visited countless accounts of the Holocaust – but not one of them correctly identified the ideas that brought it about or the ideas that will prevent it from happening again. In some cases, I was first shocked by the accounts of survivors and then horrified when they offered as a solution the same ideas that created the Nazis.

“The Ominous Parallels” finally exposes the cause and answer to Fascism. Dr. Peikoff presents a compelling and cogent thesis on the evil of collectivism in terms of the fundamental ideas that shape our history by masterfully analyzing the intellectual and cultural climate that led to the Holocaust and its parallels to today’s America. Along the way, he outlines the development of Western philosophy – from the glorious creation of the United States to the rise of skepticism, pragmatism, collectivism, and the Weimar culture. Broad philosophical, political, and cultural trends are analyzed and dissected according to their basic premises, as you will never hear in a history class.

Both those well read in and new to the philosophy of Objectivism will find this book accessible and the arguments reasoned out and supported by numerous examples. This is not light reading, however– I spent as much time pausing to digest and integrate the ideas in this book as I did reading it. Those unfamiliar with Objectivism may have some difficulty connecting the author’s asides on abortion, physics, and religion to the central theme, but it does not detract from the overall message.

As Dr Peikoff states, it is impossible to predict the future or know whether the Holocaust will repeat itself – but it is certain that only by understanding and adopting a proper philosophy can America survive as a free country. If this book succeeds in teaching the world about the importance of ideas, then six million shall not have died in vain.

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Seatle Times: Streakers in a restaurant watch as their car is stolen.

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I'm back!

I shredded, ripped, and tumbled down the black diamonds like mere bunny slopes (or was it the other way around?) and had an awesome time in Breckenridge. Check out the photos here – the film camera shots are coming soon.

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