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“”Did it ever occur to you, Miss Taggart, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade, nor in their most personal desires –
if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical? There is no conflict and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat to the aims of another –
if men understand that reality
is an absolute not to be faked,
that lies do not work,
that the unearned cannot be had,
that the undeserved cannot be given,
that the destruction of a value which is, will not bring value to that which isn’t.
The businessman who wishes to gain a market by throttling a superior competitor, a worker who wants a share of his employers wealth, the artist who envies a rival’s higher talent –
they’re all wishing facts out of existence, and destruction is the only means of their wish.
If they pursue it, they will not achieve a market, a fortune or an immortal fame – they will merely destroy production, employment and art.
A wish for the irrational is not to be achieved, whether the sacrificial victims are willing or not.
But men will not cease to desire the impossible and will not lose their longing to destroy – so long as self destruction and self sacrifice are preached to them as the practical means of achieving the happiness of the recipients””

(John Galt)
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged.
 

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“”Did it ever occur to you, Miss Taggart, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade, nor in their most personal desires –
if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical? There is no conflict and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat to the aims of another –
if men understand that reality
is an absolute not to be faked,
that lies do not work,
that the unearned cannot be had,
that the undeserved cannot be given,
that the destruction of a value which is, will not bring value to that which isn’t.
The businessman who wishes to gain a market by throttling a superior competitor, a worker who wants a share of his employers wealth, the artist who envies a rival’s higher talent –
they’re all wishing facts out of existence, and destruction is the only means of their wish.
If they pursue it, they will not achieve a market, a fortune or an immortal fame – they will merely destroy production, employment and art.
A wish for the irrational is not to be achieved, whether the sacrificial victims are willing or not.
But men will not cease to desire the impossible and will not lose their longing to destroy – so long as self destruction and self sacrifice are preached to them as the practical means of achieving the happiness of the recipients””

(John Galt)
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged.
Who he???

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I sent my sent stepdaughter through a $15,000 dollar a year Montessori school in downtown Boston and she has grown into the most incredible young woman, although we differ on ideas, a young lady of 25 who graduated MIT and is doing her post-graduate work at Michigan.

If I have nothing else to proud of my life I have this to hang my hat on.

As I understand they are not all that expensive and Jeff Bezos has donated billions to this educational system as he came from it too.

Just fucking be right for you and your kid's sake.

"Through a Montessori education, a child comes to realize that he lives in an orderly universe and that he can understand and succeed if he tries. He learns the value of being observant and exerting effort, the importance of forming accurate concepts of the things he encounters, the joy of writing and reading, and the fascinating nature and practicality of math. Through a Montessori education, the child takes the first crucial steps on the road to becoming an independent, self-sustaining, life-loving adult. What more could a parent want for his child?" —Heike Larson
 
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Montessori is the best. i wish it had been available through h.s. when i was growing up.
 
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“John Galt is Prometheus who changed his mind. After centuries of being torn by vultures in payment for having brought to men the fire of the gods, he broke his chains and he withdrew his fire — until the day when men withdraw their vultures.”- Francisco D'Anconia - Atlas Shrugged
 

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"If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
 

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The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

Oscar Wilde on the English Foxhunt
 
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They offer me their truth vs my truth; instead I choose objective truth.
They offer me their whim vs my whim; instead I choose reason.
They offer me black vs white, male vs female, young vs old, straight vs gay; instead I choose individualism.
They offer a sacrifice of myself to others vs a sacrifice of others to myself; instead I choose non-sacrificial trade.
They offer me anarchy vs totalitarianism; instead I choose freedom.
They offer me socialism vs fascism; instead I choose free-market capitalism.
They offer me conservative vs liberal; instead I choose individual rights with government limited to protecting them.
They offer false alternative after false alternative; but I think in objectively defined fundamental principles.

I am a rational animal.

JL
 
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"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." - E.E. Cummings

"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention." -Aldous Huxley

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. ~ Victor Hugo

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