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  1. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    Your response about Spencer didn't really engage with what Kal said about Spencer and you didn't bother to address the last two lines in particular. You instead pivoted to smarming about how you wish everyone was like KoW, by being civil to people with stupid or vile ideas, while continuing to engage in conversation with the person you apparently think is the worst and most counter-productive participant in this thread.
  2. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    You haven't earned any special attention from me, snowflake. I notice Kal had some good responses to you that you chose to ignore in favor of engaging with me. If you're trying to sell this idea that civility earns quality responses, you haven't practiced what you preach.
  3. Advanced syphilis would be my guess. (I am only half joking.)
  4. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    Br16 is definitely better than you at refusing to respond to anger with more anger. Look, we agree on something after all. He's not any better than you at actually engaging with solid counterarguments though.
  5. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    Again, Br16 IGNORED (maybe using all caps will get you to acknowledge this fucking point) Liffguard's substantive and polite critique of Rand to respond to my angry posts several times. He did, in fact, choose to sink to a lower a level by saying "Try the Maduro diet" -- like that's a real response to any critiques of Rand. So what's your point, again? You act like one person being mean is an unlimited excuse to ignore the many other intelligent and polite criticisms he COULD have responded to, but HE CHOSE NOT TO.
  6. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    You're not very good at engaging substantive critiques yourself. I did use anger and sarcasm, but again, I started off with a real world example of the problems with objectivism, and there hasn't been a real response. I've brought something to the table. All you've got is useless and inaccurate whining about civility, when, as I have explained numerous times, civility did not get any real responses from the OP. Given that you've relied in the past on exaggerated claims to make your own arguments, maybe you could stand to learn something here too. There has been no rash of careers ended by accusations of racism, liberal outrage culture did not get someone arrested for making jokes about bombing an airport, and Br16 did not get shouted mercilessly off the stage before he had a chance to respond to polite, substantive criticisms of Ayn Rand. You're so good at ignoring other people's arguments and just repeating your own bullshit endlessly, it's not a stretch to call you a gaslighter.
  7. Apparently it was Tom Cotton's idea. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/tom-cotton-trump-greenland-purchase-idea?fbclid=IwAR1mC1eFfl7bjFZuO4OvK5lQ0c6EKu72N8fxWhX7Bf6zHJTyr0T5BwcYvLg
  8. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    I've read his posts. I just don't find them convincing. If you'd actually read my response you would see that Br16 had numerous chances to engage with more polite posters, but ignored them to engage with my posts, despite your wailing and hand-wringing about how my angry posts, rooted in real world experience about the imbalance of power between capital and labor, were ineffective in drawing engagement. I guess my posts are like honey for intellectually dishonest flies like you and Br16.
  9. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    I wish you had the guts to engage with me directly instead of talking about me out of the side of your mouth or asking me to PM you so your humiliations can be in private.
  10. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    I, too, had pointed out Liffguard's post as an excellent post to respond to. There's no reason that Br16 couldn't just respond to that. In fact, he had numerous opportunities to engage with someone who had substantively critiqued the text, but he went back to try and issue me some "Objectivism for Dummies" style life pointers about lining up a new job after I had landed what I thought was the job of my dreams. He ignored Liffguard to respond to my angrier posts. Indeed, there were numerous attempts by others to engage him on a civil level, and he said those were interesting and he'd respond after reading some links. And yet he never did respond to any of those. He kept responding to me, though. But even in his responses to my real world example of the imbalance between capital and labor, he couldn't bring up any real-world examples of objectivism working for him, which is something I requested. It's almost like he had no real responses to the criticism of Rand's shitty self-serving book. Don't rewrite the history of this thread to ennoble Br16's failure.
  11. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    I got a pretty vivid demonstration of the aggrieved defensiveness of the Trumpkin on social media the other day. A little local Facebook group for parents in my corner of liberal Massachusetts, where discussion is usually limited to requests for local vendor recommendations or questions about homework packets from the elementary school. Someone posted that her "Hate has no home here" sign had been stolen. It occasioned an eruption of preemptive resentful defensiveness from a couple of dipshits, who decided to MediocreWhiteMansplain why those signs were the true artifacts of hate, because they were evidence of hatred for Trump and part of the national conspiracy to make Trump voters feel terrible. We got an explanation of the genesis of those signs, why Trump's Muslim ban is indistinguishable from a previous Obama policy, fulsome accusations of liberal fake news hatemongering, you can't wear a MAGA hat without being assaulted, etc etc. A suburban mom's yard sign got stolen, and yet the real victims were a pair of upper-middle-class white Christian right wing men, who were apparently triggered by the mere existence of a "hate has no home here" sentiment somewhere within ten miles of them. I guess it's a symptom of the same atrophied brain disease that makes you think Roseanne Barr losing her job over a months-long torrent of deranged and racists tweets is a full-on assault on the prerogatives of the most privileged people who have ever existed.
  12. DanteGabriel

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    I'd think a lot of the civility fetishists check two or three of these boxes, like @Heartofice.
  13. DanteGabriel

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    I'll go ahead and confirm that I wasn't joking. Pantaleo is too dumb and vicious to be a Staten Island cop. ICE was practically made for him.
  14. DanteGabriel

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    I'm sure Trump is ready to offer him a job with ICE and make him a poster boy for how unfairly cops are treated.
  15. DanteGabriel

    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Fully agree. Airport security is security theater that exists mostly to soothe dim authoritarians. And yet someone getting arrested for an airport bombing joke is what @Heartofice considers to be an example of how liberal oversensitivity has ruined everything.
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