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October 26, 2011, 03:06:37 AM
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I have been constantly criticized by many on this forum. I have been called fake, pseudo-intellectual and even closed-minded. I never bothered to address these claims because there was never anything to refute. They were simply untrue. Although I valued the opinions and tried to understand them to the extent that I believed the speaking individual was a rational human being. I believed all human beings looked for the truth as I do.

It seems I have again made the mistake of putting too much faith in my fellow man. It seems--as I am--that we are all fallible.

The other day I acted on impulse. I gambled all my money on Bitcoinduit because of a mere possibility; a mere possibly over certainty of money in my hand. I realized my mistake quite quickly and I accepted it as I've always done with my life over the past couple of months. I am nearly free of desire. When I am not, I accept it just the same. There is no room in a peaceful life for shame.

I have no shame in knowing and speaking with the goddamn idiots on SomethingAwful and on this forum. I have no shame in sharing the same digital space with people who think they know what's best for my life. I have no shame in sharing my life with people who deny truth over convenience every chance they get.

I accept all of you for who you are and thank you for what you have given me: The experiences and the knowledge I come to enjoy to this day.

Night.
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October 26, 2011, 03:13:50 AM
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acceptance of everything is the only way I've found permanent awsomeness out of life- any opinions are non-acceptance. Nice post Smiley

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October 26, 2011, 03:45:13 AM
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I have no shame in knowing and speaking with the goddamn idiots on SomethingAwful and on this forum.

Then why'd you change your name for the fourth time and not admit it's you until every single person on this forum realized that "I. Goldstein" couldn't be anyone but you? Granted, most of us realized that from your first post, but there are a lot of libertarians on this forum, and they're kind of naive and maybe a little slow.

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I believed all human beings looked for the truth as I do.

If you were actually looking for the truth, you'd read more things that challenged your beliefs instead of constantly trying to reinforce them.

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It seems--as I am--that we are all fallible.

Thank you for this stunning realization. Next thing, you'll figure out that people aren't the least bit rational, either. And maybe, if you try hard enough, your insights on human nature will make it to the level of an average high school freshman.
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October 26, 2011, 04:29:51 AM
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I believed all human beings looked for the truth as I do.

If you were actually looking for the truth, you'd read more things that challenged your beliefs instead of constantly trying to reinforce them.

Hey Kettle. Read Wealth of Nations yet? Or maybe Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead?

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October 26, 2011, 05:09:33 AM
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Read Atlas Shrugged as a teenager. But you know I kinda did grow up in the most capitalism-loving country on Earth that loves to censor and keep anything truly leftist from the people at all costs. I'm gonna go ahead and say I've been way more exposed to capitalist thought than Atlas has to leftist thought living in small-town Texas. Call it a hunch.
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October 26, 2011, 09:27:54 AM
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I believed all human beings looked for the truth as I do.

If you were actually looking for the truth, you'd read more things that challenged your beliefs instead of constantly trying to reinforce them.

Hey Kettle. Read Wealth of Nations yet? Or maybe Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead?
These are all basic-level Economic texts.

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October 26, 2011, 01:47:36 PM
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Read Atlas Shrugged as a teenager. But you know I kinda did grow up in the most capitalism-loving country on Earth

Would that be Hong Kong, Singapore, Monaco, Dubai, or someplace else?

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October 26, 2011, 01:48:34 PM
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Let's say I enjoy Karl Marx's writing style albeit translated. The Communist Manifesto is one of my favorite books.
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October 26, 2011, 02:05:32 PM
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I have been constantly criticized by many on this forum. I have been called fake, pseudo-intellectual and even closed-minded. I never bothered to address these claims because there was never anything to refute. They were simply untrue. Although I valued the opinions and tried to understand them to the extent that I believed the speaking individual was a rational human being. I believed all human beings looked for the truth as I do.

It seems I have again made the mistake of putting too much faith in my fellow man. It seems--as I am--that we are all fallible.

The other day I acted on impulse. I gambled all my money on Bitcoinduit because of a mere possibility; a mere possibly over certainty of money in my hand. I realized my mistake quite quickly and I accepted it as I've always done with my life over the past couple of months. I am nearly free of desire. When I am not, I accept it just the same. There is no room in a peaceful life for shame.

I have no shame in knowing and speaking with the goddamn idiots on SomethingAwful and on this forum. I have no shame in sharing the same digital space with people who think they know what's best for my life. I have no shame in sharing my life with people who deny truth over convenience every chance they get.

I accept all of you for who you are and thank you for what you have given me: The experiences and the knowledge I come to enjoy to this day.

Night.

One day you will wake up and realize that all this psychological hardship you put yourself through is simply of your own creation.  All your pet conspiracy theories which pit you as the underdog against The System will unravel.  You'll question why all the people you listen to on the radio who talk about the end of fiat dollars only accept fiat dollars in exchange for their goods.

I guess what I'm trying to say is...It Gets Better™.
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October 26, 2011, 02:17:27 PM
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Yes, I'll wake up to the truth that there is no such thing as "I". Compassion and rationality can only come from our great governors on the hill. Yes, man is an irrational animal doomed to die unless he is leashed by his superiors. I will realize the truth is only in mediocrity and that I should accept authority because I am not worthy enough to own myself.

I'll accept that as soon as the Second Coming of Christ. Heh.
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October 26, 2011, 02:22:05 PM
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If man was a rational animal, it stands to reason that we wouldn't have a system this fucked in the first place, doesn't it?
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October 26, 2011, 02:28:39 PM
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If man was a rational animal, it stands to reason that we wouldn't have a system this fucked in the first place, doesn't it?

Actually it shows how man likes to act in his own self-interest. The power and control that has been successfully achieved is only a testament to man's individual rationality. Seeing the most determined men reach where they have only shows how capable we are. I am not proud of the corpses they have walked over along the way but they will eventually find they can't destroy man's happiness and maintain their wealth.

They are in for a struggle. Man is rational in the sense that they will always want to maintain their happiness. Inevitably so as their short-term blunders come to fail. Revolution occurs for a reason. I still have a lot of faith in man despite letting itself become enslaved so many times.

Revolution and evolution is key.
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October 26, 2011, 02:36:56 PM
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I will realize the truth is only in mediocrity and that I should accept authority because I am not worthy enough to own myself.

I sure do hope you were being sarcastic Smiley

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October 26, 2011, 03:01:47 PM
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I'll accept that as soon as the Second Coming of Christ. Heh.

Will you accept it sooner if SomethingAwful allows you to join by paying in BTC?

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October 26, 2011, 04:11:31 PM
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Let's say I enjoy Karl Marx's writing style albeit translated. The Communist Manifesto is one of my favorite books.
What is your opinion on Marx's ideas of alienation and commodity fetishism?

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October 26, 2011, 05:11:43 PM
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Let's say I enjoy Karl Marx's writing style albeit translated. The Communist Manifesto is one of my favorite books.
What is your opinion on Marx's ideas of alienation and commodity fetishism?
His contentions regarding commodity fetishism are largely irrational. They are based on axioms of value that are mostly subjective; although he claims otherwise. He's nearly as bad as Rand when it comes to what he defines as rational.

As for alienation, you can't force people to take interest in their work. It should be up to the individual to decide whether he derives value from being a larger shareholder of the product at-large or if he just prefers to contract his work. When it comes to his contentions based on classes, I just can't relate to it. I don't see people in these artificial groups or classes. I see them as individuals with different priorities. It's a load of rubbish to me.
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October 26, 2011, 05:49:02 PM
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Read Atlas Shrugged as a teenager. But you know I kinda did grow up in the most capitalism-loving country on Earth that loves to censor and keep anything truly leftist from the people at all costs. I'm gonna go ahead and say I've been way more exposed to capitalist thought than Atlas has to leftist thought living in small-town Texas. Call it a hunch.

It is folly to interpret any Texan's dismissal of leftist views as a lack of understanding of them. We simply dismiss them because they are silly. Not silly in a good way like Jerry Seinfeld. But silly in the way an 8 year old rationalizes their father buying them a new skateboard.

Silly like this current events example:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/26/politics/obama-student-loans/
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"These changes will make a difference for millions of Americans," Obama told a college crowd. "We should be doing everything we can to put a college education within the reach of every American."

While college costs are rising, employment prospects for new college graduates are dimming. In 2010, the unemployment rate for college graduates age 24 and younger rose to 9.4%, the highest since the Labor Department began keeping records in 1985.

Way to support the president's argument CNN! But still, I'm hugely in favor of education.


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College education costs have continued to spike in recent years. The price of attending the average public university rose 5.4% for in-state students to $21,447 this fall, according to a report released Wednesday by the College Board. The cost for one year at a typical private college rose 4.3% to $42,224.

OK, the main problem is the cost of education is rising. Granted.

Could it be a supply and demand imbalance? No, how could it be possible for college student to have too much money to waste on tuition that is needlessly high. That's Inconceivable!


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The way the Income-Based Repayment Plan works now is that graduates who enroll get charged 15% of their monthly discretionary income to pay off loans, with debt forgiven after 25 years.

Doh! The government is giving student money to pay needlessly high tuition rates. THEN, we are not even asking them to pay it back. Oh, that makes perfect sense now. Certainly, just like with free mortgage money, free education money will drive up prices.

So let's fix the problem!

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Congress passed a law set to go into effect in 2014 that would drop the monthly payment for loans originated that year to 10% of discretionary income and would forgive all debt after 20 years.

The administration would improve on the law by fast-forwarding the new terms to take effect in 2012 on loans originated that year, White House domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes noted Tuesday.

WTF!  We are going to fix the problem of increasing education cost, by having students pay back less of their loans!!!

Why don't we just charge science and engineering majors more because they are going to be rich. But give discounts to english and history majors because they are going to be poor.

Wait! Universities are actually doing that! You've got to be fucking kidding me. Deliberately penalizing people from learning to be productive, while encouraging people to study what will keep them in poverty.

Well as long as there is a plan! Go left go!
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October 26, 2011, 06:01:01 PM
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College tuitions are overpriced due to federal subsidies. When colleges will get paid regardless if a student defaults or not, you will see inflated prices like this. You guys are only playing with symptoms at this point.
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October 26, 2011, 06:02:17 PM
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Also, want to know a secret?

I hate Atlas Shrugged. I couldn't get through half of that piece of shit.
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October 26, 2011, 06:13:36 PM
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College tuitions are overpriced due to federal subsidies. When colleges will get paid regardless if a student defaults or not, you will see inflated prices like this. You guys are only playing with symptoms at this point.

Your main problem seems to stem from your inability to realize that you can't call someone an idiot while restating their premise.

And Atlas Shrugged is not that tough a read. Download the audio version if you are lazy.
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