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Links I found interesting for 17-09-2014

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houseboatonstyx
Sep. 17th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
It’s almost as if basing a community around people who hate other people and don’t want to have to pay for any services that don’t directly and concretely benefit themselves is inherently unstable.

According to the article, it never got as far as needing utilities and such. The promoter sold lots he didn't own, in an area where most of the planned building was illegal. This is a swindle, and people are suing to get their money back -- hating him, not each other.


Edited at 2014-09-17 09:03 am (UTC)
nancylebov
Sep. 17th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Exactly. After reading that story, I wonder whether Objectivism selects for naivety-- Rand heroes get into trouble because they just want to do their work well and end up trusting the wrong people.
houseboatonstyx
Sep. 17th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Like Roark and the Whosis Temple. Being focused on work means less attention available for suspecting all strangers.

Still, I also see Roark (or Rearden etc) as being too busy with their own work to get interested in any -ism, even Objectivism -- unless some proponent seeks them out personally.
nancylebov
Sep. 19th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
I suspect that Roark wouldn't have been at all patient with Rand.
houseboatonstyx
Sep. 20th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. He was plenty patient with Dominique. There could be an interesting crossover, if Francisco tried to recruit him, with an explanation of why so many people were out to cause him trouble.
yea_mon
Sep. 17th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
NASA Building new shuttles
I wish it was so, but the curse of the lazy story-writer strikes again - as it does with a monotonous drum-beat in today's hyper-connected world: NASA is not building new shuttles, it is building new capsules.
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