Issue XXIII

June 16 - July 11, 2004

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Argumentation
Argumentum ad Experientiam:
G. Stolyarov II
July 6, 2004
G. Stolyarov II pinpoints a logical fallacy, a subtle variation on the ad hominem argument, that is pervasive and even respectable in today's culture.

Art
The New Renaissance Hat: A Symbol of the Revival of Reason:
G. Stolyarov II
June 20, 2004
G. Stolyarov II introduces a new symbol to characterize the principles behind a successful rational movement for cultural reform. The New Renaissance Hat is to become TRA's new logo.

Films
Michael Moore's Mystery Message:
G. Stolyarov II
June 28, 2004
Gather round, and Mr. Stolyarov shall teach you a new game, called “Michael Moore’s Mystery Message.” It is a fun game, really; you get to see a film, visit a colorful website, manage a few ironic laughs at someone who seeks to make you laugh at President Bush, and, at the end, receive a grand prize. What is this prize? That is a mystery to be unraveled, much like Michael Moore’s message. Are you ready?

Filosofy
Abortion versus Selfishness: Obstruction by Periferals:
G. Stolyarov II
June 16, 2004
G. Stolyarov II explains how unconditional support for a non-fundamental viewpoint in an ideology can undermine one's consistency in applying the fundamentals of such an ideology. He demonstrates, as an example, how the abortion position peculiar to most Objectivists undermines the more fundamental Objectivist principle of egoism.

Eine Objektivistische Stellungnahme der Beschlsse:
G. Stolyarov II; translated by Wolfgang Scheide
June 21, 2004
Wolfgang Scheide has translated G. Stolyarov II's Objectivist Statement of Resolves into German. This is an immense contribution to the spread of Objectivist filosofy and is indicative of the increasing spread of the New Renaissance.

The Mark of the Fanatic:
G. Stolyarov II
June 24, 2004
Too often the mindset of the fanatic has been confused with that of the principled "extremist." G. Stolyarov II demonstrates that the two archetypes are in fact diametrical opposites, and warns of the grave threat of fanaticism within even the minds of some of those who claim to be championing the cause of reason and freedom.

Perception: A Mistake at the Heart of Objectivist Epistemology:
Reginald Firehammer
June 26, 2004
Reginald Firehammer reveals a key mistake that Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff, and David Kelley all overlooked within the Objectivist theory of perception. He offers an elegant solution to this error, which may well be the most profound fundamental development in filosofy in the past 25 years. 

Converting to Objectivism:
Joe Trusnik
June 28, 2004
Joe Trusnik uses his personal experience as an example of the tolerant attitude needed in order to spread the principles of Objectivism and convince sincere thinkers to adopt them.

Literature
A Review of Vilfredo Pareto's The Rise and Fall of Elites:
G. Stolyarov II
June 20, 2004
G. Stolyarov II reviews the 1901 work of an Italian sociologist who predicted the rise of socialism and the principles by which not only its ruling class, but all subsequent elites manage to rise to power. You can order the book here.

Politics
First Thoughts on Free Trade:
Jonathan Rick
June 21, 2004
Jonathan Rick exposes a renewed case against free trade by Paul Craig Roberts and Senator Charles Schumer as a mere rehash of old protectionist fallacies, and instead offers a viable defense of unhampered commerce.

The Mexican Truck Miasma:
Gary M. Galles
July 6, 2004
Dr. Gary M. Galles explains how some government regulations influence Mexican companies to use their oldest and worst trucks at border crossings, and how some American bureaucrats then use this fact to scapegoat the Mexican trucking industry and justify protectionism.

Privatize Space Exploration:
Robert Garmong
July 6, 2004
The fenomenal success of the launch of SpaceShipOne, compared with the pitiful inefficiency of the government shuttle program, serves as further evidence of the need to privatize the space program, argues Dr. Robert Garmong.

Post-Veto Authority:
G. Stolyarov II
July 11, 2004
G. Stolyarov II suggests the creation of an additional check on the authority of the Legislative Branch to pass laws, especially those that intrude upon individual rights. The post-veto authority possesses the chance to repeal regulations from the (Anti)Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the Great Society, which threaten American freedoms to this day.

"The discipline of desire is the background of character." 
~ John Locke