Friday, October 03, 2008

Weekend open thread

It's quitting time on a Friday and that can mean only one thing: time for the RoR open thread. To kick off the discussion, how about these:

1.) The only thing last night's VP debate showed was that populism is alive and well in America.

2.) The passage of the new bailout law is the most disgusting thing to happen in American politics since . . . [fill in the blank].


Burgess Laughlin said...

Where did Ayn Rand say her philosophy was the opposite of Kant's?

(As a Mac user, I no longer have access to Phil Oliver's very helpful Objectivism Research CD.)

Nicholas Provenzo said...

I can't find it; do you remember the exact quote?

Burgess Laughlin said...

No. The statement was something like this:

"Kant's philosophy is, in all essentials, the antithesis of mine."

I don't remember the exact wording. Perhaps it might say: "The philosophy of Kant . . . "

And it might say: ". . . the opposite of mine . . ."

Thank you for looking.

Nicholas Provenzo said...

"Brief Summary" By Ayn Rand, The ObjectivistSeptember 1971.

"You will find that on every fundamental issue, Kant's philosophy is the exact opposite of Objectivism. You may also find it hard to believe that anyone could advocate the things Kant is advocating. If you doubt it, I suggest that you look up the references given and read the original works. Do not seek to escape the subject by thinking: "Oh, Kant didn't mean it!" He did."

Burgess Laughlin said...

Thank you!

Rational Jenn said...

...since the Sherman Anti-Trust Act?

No, lots of bad things came after that, I know, but it's the first one that popped into my head.

Tim C. said...

2.) The passage of the new bailout law is the most disgusting thing to happen in American politics since yesterday.

EC said...

2) Since the New Deal was enacted.

Mike said...

The most disgusting thing since the ruling in Kelo v. New London. That ruling made property rights forfeit; individual liberty surely will be next.

Bruce V. Bracken said...

I was disappointed in Sarah Palin's response to the whole Fannie/Freddie mess. She clearly doesn't get that it's the government corrupting he marketplace, and Wall Street.

This whole attacking the banking industry is like a bank robber forcing somebody to help rob said bank at gunpoint, then prosecuting them for the crime.