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  • Posted by khalling 10 years, 2 months ago
    Dog Eat Dog Rule, anyone?

    "As far as the individual is concerned, his ethical duty is to be the selfless, voiceless, rightless slave of any need, claim or demand asserted by others. The motto “dog eat dog”—which is not applicable to capitalism nor to dogs—is applicable to the social theory of ethics. The existential monuments to this theory are Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia."-Virtue of Selfishness
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  • Posted by NealS 10 years, 2 months ago
    Just plain astounding. As I read the article I found myself sitting here with my mouth hanging open. Is this where we're going too, so we can all be equal, and share in the wealth?
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  • Posted by Wanderer 10 years, 2 months ago
    Ir;

    If you mean the slide toward mediocrity, it won't go on long. It only takes a few years. Once mediocrity becomes law, though, it appears to take a generation or two for people to lay down. The first generation works on out of pride, then habit. In spite of a growing number of slackers, the second generation works on out of deference to their elders and the feeling that something will change. It's the third generation that gets it; forced to watch those who do nothing handed same life as those who work; they eventually lay down and without outside aid, the economy collapses. I hear the same story in Cuba I heard in Russia: "They pretended to pay us, so we pretended to work".

    I've always thought Rand a romantic. She hoped the achievers would quit and band together and achieve in their own world. In real world experiments it doesn't seem to happen that way. The achievers finally give up, lay down and live in the same misery as the takers.
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    • Posted by SolitudeIsBliss 10 years, 2 months ago
      Just had to reply because I've been using the phrase "Age of Mediocrity" for years now. And it IS here NOW ! Just look at work ethic, work result, even articles written on news websites. All of it atrocious and not something we would have accepted a mere decade or 2 ago.
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    • Posted by ewv 10 years, 2 months ago
      Wanderer: "She hoped the achievers would quit and band together and achieve in their own world. In real world experiments it doesn't seem to happen that way. The achievers finally give up, lay down and live in the same misery as the takers. "

      Ayn Rand did not hope that achievers would quit and band together in their own world. The plot in AS was intended to show the role of the mind in our existence by showing what happens when it is withdrawn, not to urge a strike. She wrote that quitting as an attempt to influence the looting to stop is futile, and opposed 'libertarian' proposals for creating new 'nations' or societies.

      She did observe that, one at a time, many of the best minds do in fact naturally cut back or withdraw rather than put up with the punishment as their 'reward'. But achievers do not 'give up' and live in the same misery as the looters. When they cut back to avoid the full brunt of the punishment they continue to achieve in personal ways less susceptible to the government looting. The collapse of various attempts at unrealistic "utopias" is another matter.

      Regardless of a reduced material well-being, no individualist who is an achiever could live in the 'same misery' as the looters, who suffer from their own mental and psychological squalor. For all the royal opulence of the Obama's lifestyle living off the taxpayers, what sane person could want to be like them?
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      • Posted by Wanderer 10 years, 2 months ago
        EWV;

        So Atlas Shrugged is allegorical? The shrugging achievers are our minds when we withdraw? I read AS 40 years ago. I wasn't a sophisticated reader then.

        My experience in the communist/ex-communist world is the achievers, if they can't flee and aren't killed outright are usually reduced to an existence less comfortable than the takers and prevented from achieving. For that reason they have no further impact on the society around them. You may say they can achieve within their minds, but I don't think I'd consider that a satisfying existence.
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        • Posted by ewv 10 years, 2 months ago
          No, it isn't allegorical. Her stated primary purpose was to describe the ideal man in fiction. The characters are people (who use their minds), not our minds in an allegory. The withdrawal was a plot device to illustrate the role of the mind in man's existence, and her purpose in that aspect was to prevent what is happening now, not to advocate that people go on strike.

          The collapse was portrayed fictionally in a greatly accelerated form -- a few years rather than the generations of it we have seen -- and abstractly focusing on the accelerating destructive elements as the essence, without the zigzagging we have experienced within a net downward trend despite occasional corrections (slowing it down) and bursts of progress like technology that bureaucrats didn't understand enough to control in time to prevent general progress in that segment of the economy.

          But these are observations and descriptions she gave afterwards, not something explicit in the novel. And you don't have to wait more than 40 years to reread it and enjoy it again :)

          Also people today who cut back aren't just achieving in the imagination of their own minds, but in personal actions in their own lives. At some point that becomes much less possible in societies like communist countries. In a mixed system some individual success is still possible, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't matter what kind of political system you live under -- We the Living illustrates that perfectly.
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  • Posted by johnpe1 10 years, 2 months ago
    next, we'll be penalized for having an original thought -- back to the cooler, you! -- j
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    • Posted by LetsShrug 10 years, 2 months ago
      Yes...that's exactly what common core is against. Think outside the group tank and the teacher's assessment will get a deduction. In a matter of years when the older teachers retire our kids won't have a chance. (I know this is a bit off topic but your statement hit a nerve. I'm reading Credentialed to Destroy...)
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      • Posted by johnpe1 10 years, 2 months ago
        yes; BHO -- mmm, mmm, mmm, and we adore Mustafa Mond and take our soma and fit in. WoW. -- j
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        • Posted by LetsShrug 10 years, 2 months ago
          My husband says "soma" every once in a while too. I need to read that book. Is it from brave New world?
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          • Posted by johnpe1 10 years, 2 months ago
            had to research ... Aldous Huxley's Brave New World:: [from wikipedia]=====
            Beyond providing social engagement and distraction in the material realm of work or play, the need for transcendence, solitude and spiritual communion is addressed with the ubiquitous availability and universally endorsed consumption of the drug soma. Soma is an allusion to a ritualistic drink of the same name consumed by ancient Indo-Aryans. In the book, soma is a hallucinogen that takes users on enjoyable, hangover-free "holidays". It was developed by the World State to provide these inner-directed personal experiences within a socially managed context of State-run "religious" organisations; social clubs. The hypnopedically inculcated [sleep-programmed] affinity for the State-produced drug, as a self-medicating comfort mechanism in the face of stress or discomfort, thereby eliminates the need for religion or other personal allegiances outside or beyond the World State; the book describes it as having "all the advantages of Christianity and alcohol, [with] none of their defects."=====
            for me, love and sleep take care of it!!! -- j
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  • Posted by Herb7734 10 years, 2 months ago
    Right out of the pages of A.R.'s magnum opuses, just as if they were written yesterday. It is both amazing and unfortunate that she was so right.
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  • Posted by LarryHeart 10 years, 2 months ago
    I would stop selling the new machines in France and keep the technology secret. It's really only about the froth and a bit better extraction anyway. The competitor capsules don't fit properly and the coffee is inferior.
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  • Posted by Robbie53024 10 years, 2 months ago
    So, Nespresso just advertises how much better their new maker is than their old brewer. The marketplace will decide which is better.
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  • Posted by stadler178 10 years, 2 months ago
    What, nobody uses the old coffeemaker anymore? Anyway, this reminds me of when Lysol put out their hands-free soap dispenser. Then they created a new version and the new soap refills wouldn't fit in the old dispenser. I don't know if there were any lawsuits about it, though.

    Actually, some consumers got creative with that product and figured out how to open up the soap dispenser and put any liquid soap of their choosing inside it. I'm surprised no one figured out how to do something similar with this coffee machine. Oh, wait, they probably have, now that I think of it. I've seen commercials for something like this, I think.

    But I digress. That's pretty shocking. 'Predatory technology'?? Did the horse-and-buggy industry call the automobile by that name? This isn't even that much of an innovation--it's a differently shaped coffee device. I mean, if you have the tech to make it in the first place, changing its shape shouldn't be all that difficult, should it?
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  • Posted by LetsShrug 10 years, 2 months ago
    "predatory technology"....hmmmm what about predatory law suits...brought about because someone dare have a better idea than you could think of for your own machine. Who's the real predator in the room??
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  • Posted by ObjectiveAnalyst 10 years, 2 months ago
    "You’re changing everything up in ways that are difficult to copy. Not only that, but you’re urging consumers to ignore our products and use only Nespresso brand capsules in Nespresso machines. This is unfair!" Boo hoo... build your own machines. Life isn't fair. It is like lowering the bar so the least capable don't feel bad. But why then should anyone excel? Mediocrity for all!
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  • Posted by asmsage 10 years, 2 months ago
    Love all the comments in this thread, my remarks is that Inventors actually are driven to go underground to produce their devices we have thousands of people self installing what is called HHO technology in there vehicles. mainstream science wont acknowledge the process because they don't understand but thousands of experimenters of which I am one have installed the devices on their vehicles successfully and gotten 25% to 50% lift on there gas mileage. i had one on my 2005 buick lacrosse for 3 years and my gas milage went from 32 hyway to 43 hyway MPG my car was a v6 3.6.liter engine and ran very smoothly adding the hydrogen and oxygen to the gas mix with a 3rd party computer chip controlling the process. as long as man has a inquiring mind inventors will tinker with changes that upset the mainstream slacker scientists who just want to protect their out of date theory's and sell books to justify their existence. God bless all of you. I haven't given up on america just yet.
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