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Comment: Re:Godwin (Score 1) 179

by The AtomicPunk (#36423666) Attached to: France To Launch a National Patent Troll

No, she didn't - despite thousands of statists hoping you believe so.

Rand had publicly stated that opponents of statism should collect benefits as restoration of funds taken from them by force, there would be no reason for her to hide it. She would have been more likely to flaunt it.

"It is obvious, in such cases, that a man receives his own money which was taken from him by force, directly and specifically, without his consent, against his own choice. Those who advocated such laws are morally guilty, since they assumed the “right” to force employers and unwilling co-workers. But the victims, who opposed such laws, have a clear right to any refund of their own money—and they would not advance the cause of freedom if they left their money, unclaimed, for the benefit of the welfare-state administration."

Then, there is this interesting piece of evidence against the claim:

Social Security Death Index
Name: Ayn Rand
SSN: 571-32-9405
Last Residence: 10019 New York, New York, New York, United States of America
Born: 2 Feb 1905
Died: Mar 1982
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)

Doesn't look like an alias to me.

Comment: Most of you need to wake up. (Score 1) 385

by The AtomicPunk (#35777048) Attached to: No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week

There are 3 types of people responding to this:

1. Those that blame the Republicans.
2. Those that blame the Democrats.
3. Those that actually get what's going on.

Until someone is willing to have the balls to tackle both the military industrial complex and entitlement programs, neither side is serious and neither side actually disagrees on anything of substance.

This might help some of you come to grips with the problem:

Note that if you eliminated the DoD entirely (yay!), we'd still be screwed.

The only answer is to cut government back to at least Clinton-era levels - unfortunately for the socialist bureaucrat-worshippers, that means radical changes to medicare, medicaid, and social security. Unfortunately for chicken-hawk Republicans, that means radical cuts to the DoD.

It'd sure be nice if this country could get back to the principal of individual liberty and personal responsibility, but I guess that's long gone.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin