October 9, 2012

ThreeSources Book Club

All the Liberty on the Rocks events have been incredibly interesting. But Dr. Yaron Brook really hit it out of the park last night.

The head of the Ayn Rand Institute brings a superb humor and disciplined presentation of Rand's ideas. I have been sharply critical of some others and don't care to name names -- but Brook is an effective advocate.

Brother jg, blog friend Terri, the lovely bride, my great-nephew and I left with signed copies of his book.

Rather than a standard review corner, I suggest we set a date (Oct 21? 28?) for a wider discussion. Sound good?

'Atlas Shrugged' QOTD Posted by John Kranz at October 9, 2012 10:42 AM

If it's in the morning I think we'll be in.

I Tweeted this but it bears repeating frequently:

Whenever anyone tells you he or she is opposed to Obama but plans to vote for a minor party candidate ask them, "Why not just write me in? I have the same chance of winning as ______ (insert non-Mitt Romney candidate here.) And I'd even be a better president!"

Credit to Dr. Yaron Brook for this gem.

Posted by: johngalt at October 9, 2012 11:13 AM

I was thinking of something more virtual, right here on these very pages -- though your idear is good too.

And yes, I do plan to add that awesome arrow to my "Libertario Delensda Est" quiver.

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2012 11:21 AM

Sounds like a good plan to me...currently both dates are open, though 28 might actually see me completing the whole book.

I too blogged on the "vote for me" concept. It illustrates at the gut level how wasted a vote for a non D or R will be.

Posted by: Terri at October 9, 2012 11:54 AM

'Why not just write me in? I have the same chance of winning as ______ '

Because, if enough people vote for a single candidate, it will increased his percentage, get noticed and allow him more press time.

Posted by: Steve D at October 9, 2012 12:33 PM

By a similar argument, unless your candidate ties or loses by one vote, voting for him is a complete waste of time.

Posted by: Steve D at October 9, 2012 12:39 PM

Thanks for the comment Steve, but I think you may be carrying the "sovereign individual" thing a bit too far. Voting strategies in a democracy affect thousands of votes in every state, not just your own. Furthermore, recent elections have been breathtakingly close - a few hundred votes at times, or just five votes from each of the 67 counties in Florida.

Ours (Colorado) is a swing state. Ohio is even more critical, and folks with principled yet naive votes for minor candidates in these states could deliver the deciding electoral votes to our current disaster of a president (who happens to also be a swell guy.)

If Mitt Romney isn't principled enough to earn your vote (which I'd be happy to discuss in detail) just ask yourself if you're willing to risk 4 more years of economic decay and permanence of a new nationwide entitlement while we wait for a pluarlity of Americans to completely dispense with their worldview and vote for that rilly smart former governor of the state most Americans think isn't even in the USA.

Posted by: johngalt at October 9, 2012 1:11 PM

@Steve D: I second the thanks for your thoughtful comment. BUT...

Here is where I'm coming from: I am in a swing state. None of my (many) friends who will be voting for the President can be reached by reason. None of my friends are "undecideds." I know a couple dozen libertarian types, however. They will listen to reason and I will make the case that the differential between Governor Romney and President Obama is so large, that it is worth making the pragmatic choice.

I won't get all of them and I may reach none. But I strongly believe in this large liberty-differential and intend to do whatever I can to elect Gov. Romney and Chairman Ryan.

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2012 3:11 PM

Virtual Book Club sounds like fun. Is there an app for that?

Posted by: johngalt at October 9, 2012 4:49 PM

We could Skype... I was just thinking of a blog thread, basically holding review corner for a few weeks to give everyone time to complete the reading assignment. Somebody starts a review corner, then pandemonium...

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2012 5:47 PM

@SD: a perfect case in point "for your consideration". In CO, our votes can really, REALLY count by getting 9 EVs to Romney. In CA, by brother makes a perfect point that he can with nary an afterthought vote independent b/c Romney will never get CA's electoral votes.

Californication; the 21st century's Twilight Zone.

Posted by: nanobrewer at October 10, 2012 1:53 AM

Say, Insty has this "in the mail" today! Should be good for a few hundred copies. Exxxxcellent.

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