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  • Posted by  $  WilliamShipley 6 months, 2 weeks ago
    I have a brother who's pretty conservative and a sister who borders on communist. It really easy to have two children grow up in the same house and come out differently.
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    • Posted by term2 6 months, 1 week ago
      Female culture in the USA is really screwed up. Most are weak “stronger together” “make everyone FEEL good” types. Others are entitled by the woman’s liberation movement and are aggressive and kind of hateful towards men. Only a few are just real people who happen to be women
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      • Posted by Andy 6 months, 1 week ago
        It's hard to forgive a group who believes in being "stronger together" or making everyone feel good without regard to reality. Maybe they're not really women if they don't go along with female culture. Or maybe the "stronger together" view of female culture is a media lie.
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  • Posted by GaryL 6 months, 1 week ago
    Growing up in the same house has little to do with how different we all are. Me and my brother have a sister who is off in La La land and a full blown Hillary supporter and we can't figure for the life of us figure out how she got so twisted.
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    • Posted by term2 6 months, 1 week ago
      Subtle cultural influences when young were probably responsible. Home life is only experienced maybe 8 hours a day, and influences from an older woman in the house (mom) could be very sugnifucant
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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 6 months, 1 week ago
    Me dino has a brother who votes for Obamanations such as The Evil Hag and sympathized with all the crying snowflakes when Trump won.
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    • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 6 months, 1 week ago
      I have one sister, who thank God, is a capitalist and a conservative like I am. But I have a bunch of cousins who I grew up with who are real leftist nut cases. I think that they suffer from a mental disorder of not being able to think for themselves. They are easily led and believe the leftist line that Santa Claus does exist.
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      • Posted by  $  allosaur 6 months, 1 week ago
        I have cousins on my mother's side are left-wingers and many have migrated south to become Florida Yankees.
        I have another brother who called his apartment complex manager a snowflake and smiled when he told me the man did not like it.
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        • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 6 months, 1 week ago
          Too many North Eastern Yankees are migrating to Florida and bringing along their Liberal ideas. The state is loaded with these jerks, and I'm afraid that it might be a blue state for the upcoming election.
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          • Posted by seez52 6 months, 1 week ago
            Dang Yankees are overrunning us here in Nashville, too. They really like it here, now they want to change it to just like the hell holes they came from.
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            • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 6 months, 1 week ago
              Yes, I heard about that happening in Nashville. They just can't help destroying wherever they go. What we need is one of those border walls that President Trump wants to build. A few years ago some New Hampshire state law maker wanted to make a law that would keep Conservatives out of the state....well, maybe it can work both ways. Yeah, right.
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            • Posted by freedomforall 6 months, 1 week ago
              Sorry to hear that. TN was a split state in Lincoln's Corporate Welfare War, so yankees have been there forever. I have friends (originally from NC) who love living in Nashville, too (probably 15+ years iirc.)
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 6 months, 1 week ago
    My wife is, like me, pretty conservative, while her brother is very liberal. They adore each other, having been very close in age growing up.

    My brother and I haven't spoken in years, and it has nothing to do with political views. I had to learn, the hard way, just how toxic a person he is, extremely narcissistic, ruthless, and lazy. After being around me, my wife's unattached friends over the years would pose the traditional question, "Does he have a brother?" My wife's response would be "Honey, my husband is Dr. Jekyll, and his brother is Mr. Hyde."
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  • Posted by Lucky 6 months, 2 weeks ago
    Four questions. I comment on number 4.
    The author is being didactic rather than naturalistic.
    Her point is to show the importance of taking a person as an individual, by who he/she is, by achievements and values rather than by who the parents are, their class or inheritance.

    Now question 1 and 2, Who is John Galt? He is the inventor of a device with profound implications for energy users, and he explains a set of values derived from first principles on how individuals should run their lives. The implication of the question is- what breakfast cereal does he eat?
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    • Posted by term2 6 months, 1 week ago
      John galt seems to me to be a rugged individualist on a mission. He happens also to be a capable inventor. He is tired of what would now be Hillary and sanders supporters and figured a way to do domestic terror in them and destroy them without violating their rights. (Clever). Dagny and rearden were representative of smart and more normal people in our culture. Galt was obsessed to achieve his goal
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    • Posted by  $  MikeMarotta 6 months, 2 weeks ago
      I have to disagree. Ayn Rand said in The Romanitic Manifesto that is it not the purpose of art to be didactic. Unfortunately, she did not expand on that. You should read her own expositions of her theory of romantic art. See CircuitGuy's post on Moral Indignation. Many people came to Atlas Shrugged and found that in there for themselves. Rand discusses how different people can find different expressions within the same work of art.
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      • Posted by Lucky 6 months, 1 week ago
        Hmm.mm. good point, but, I stand, even if contradicting The Romantic Manifesto.
        You say, " different people can find different expressions ..", definitely.
        I find AS not naturalistic, and yes there is a strong romantic feel , but it is mainly a warning - go 'that' way and this will happen, explanations are given. The plot develops exactly as the explanations foretold.
        'We' were warned, 'we' chose exactly 'that' direction, the result is as predicted, the only difference is in the time scale, in AS it takes a year or so, in life the result is spread over decades.

        The OP says we are given very little of the background of John Galt. I think this is deliberate, it prevents the reader judging on that background rather than on achievements. Rand's plot uses identity politics only to condemn the concept.
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  • Posted by  $  6 months ago
    I guess the original meaning behind my question was that, at least in the third movie, characters like Galt seemed one-dimensional, we don't see who they are as people. Perhaps that was the point. They seemed to talk only about business, with little depth to the character. I'm in the middle of the book and it seems to be less the case there.
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 6 months, 1 week ago
    I can understand how Dagny and Jim Taggart could be so different. It depends on what was expected of each child growing up. Was one favored? Which parent did the child wish to emulate most? Then, using all their observations, how did they apply them to life. Each is an individual, with their own way of interpreting and applying lessons of life. No two children in a family are treated exactly the same. Dad taught me the realities of life, while my older step=brother was treated like a heir apparent to the throne by his mom. Sam house, different people with different results.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 6 months, 1 week ago
    A number of years ago my son and I were working with 3D software to come up with an interplanetary spacecraft design that was powered by the Casimir Effect. The Craft was organic looking (insectoid) about 5280 ft. long with quad pods on pylons extending out from the middle of the ship. The pods had open apertures where the Casimir Plates are, the energy derived was stored in carbon (Buckyball) matrix storage cells to power large plasma engines or alternatively electro-static thrust array.
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  • Posted by  $  Zero 6 months, 1 week ago
    Objectivists are not Libertarians. They are very similar in the political spectrum, but there are significant differences.
    (Rational limits on weapons ownership and objective vs subjective morality being two important ones.)

    All the heros in AS are Obj's of course.
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      • Posted by  $  Zero 6 months ago
        38 years an Objectivist. I've read everything she's written.
        (That doesn't mean I can't be wrong but, in this case, I am not.)

        She did not support private ownership of military grade weapons.
        I'm not talking hand guns and rifles. I'm talking tanks and missiles.

        Libertarians believe you should be able to buy nukes. Anarchists insist on it.
        Ayn Rand did not.

        I could point you to the relevant passages, but in light of your discourtesy I'll simply say, "Look it up."
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