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  1. Happy Birthday to JMR

    Thank you! And a beautiful day it is, indeed.
  2. Professor M. Northrup Buechner of St. John’s University has posted an essay entitled, "How the Economy Works." It goes along with his new book, Objective Economics: How Ayn Rand's Philosophy Changes Everything About Economics. Essentially, his book explains a new theory of how prices work. He discards the modern view of economics and casts prices in terms of the objective-subjective-intrinsic trichotomy that Objectivists are familiar with. I'm in the middle of reading the book now, and I like it so far. The essay is posted on Buechner's site here: He has granted permission allowing anyone to post or republish the essay, as long as it is reproduced in its entirety. I decided to make an attractive two-column PDF version of it, which I've posted here: (I also corrected one typo that was in the web text. "choses" > "chooses".) Enjoy, Jared
  3. Current line up of presidential candidates

    If you're interested in hearing more from Gary Johnson, I just posted some video from a town hall meeting of his that I attended earlier this week in New Hampshire. I condensed the 90-minute event down to about 12 minutes, here:
  4. Hello everyone, I just want to let everyone know that we are accepting suggestions for future books to cover as part of our "Twead" series, which people seem to enjoy. To "twead" a book, as I use the term, is to read a book and then send out via Twitter a handful of comments, reactions, highlights and/or selected quotations (good or bad). I then collect these tweets into one place and post them on the website. The format is very brief; it is not intended to be the same as a book review, which is a separate art form that I love but do not do myself. We've posted nine tweads so far on Here is a list to browse: I'm limiting the subjects roughly to politics, economics, and health policy. Also, I try to twead books that are no more than a few months old. We have five books in the queue right now (e.g., #10 will be "The Truth About Obamacare" by Sally Pipes, and #11 will be "Restoring America's Health Care System" by Scott Atlas), but I thought it would be good to welcome outside suggestions as we add more. Thanks! Jared
  5. Dae Jang Geum (2003-2005)

    My wife and I just started watching this; so far, we like it. Another period drama with a medical component that I can recommend is Bramwell. For a little write-up, see:
  6. Happy Birthday to JMR

    Thank you, everyone! A year older and a year wiser :-)
  7. Fascinating! I look forward to watching it. Thanks for posting.
  8. Happy Birthday to JMR

    A belated thank you, Betsy! Hope all is well in sunny California.
  9. Scriabin's Etudes

    Thanks for posting that link and recommendation. I don't know if anyone has already mentioned these, but Medtner’s Op 47 and 54 might also appeal to people who like the Scriabin pieces above. Unfortunately, I do not have a link. Best, Jared

    To Ed and others, For anyone who is interested, I posted a brief report on the July 4th Tea Party in Boston. It covers the first of the two events. Also, for anyone who is not familiar with The Lucidicus Project, feel free to click around and learn about it. We give away books and materials (including Atlas Shrugged) to medical students in order to help them learn about the moral and economic case for capitalism in medicine. We're growing and we would love your support! Regards, Jared

    The link above somehow got mangled. Here is the actual URL: Regards, Jared

    I have posted some Tea Party pics in an editorial on the protest in Boston, where it all started 236 years ago. Lucidicus Editorial: Tax Day Tea Party '09 That is a permanent link that won't change. Regards, Jared Rhoads
  13. Has anyone heard Dr. Edith Packer's Nine Lectures on Psychology? Anger Happiness Skills Understanding the Subconscious The Art of Introspection Toward a Lasting Romantic Relationship, Part I Toward a Lasting Romantic Relationship, Part II The Role of Philosophy in Psychotherapy The Obsessive-Compulsive Syndrome The Psychological Requirements of a Free Society The written excerpts seem interesting. If anyone is selling their used copy, I might be interested in buying them, or trading for some course that I have.
  14. Seeking good podcasts

    Yes, it has become a favorite of mine, particularly for any car ride of over an hour in duration. p.s. If you have any interest in business or management, be sure to catch the episode featuring guest John Allison of BB&T (5/7/2007).
  15. Seeking good podcasts

    No worries--it would have been wise for me to make that clear. After all, this is a philosophy discussion forum. As for your observation about the Lenin painting, the Wikipedia entry on him notes that he was a staunch leftist in college. I heard somewhere else that he gets a kick out of his own physical resemblance to Lenin. That doesn't surprise me in the least. -Jared
  16. Seeking good podcasts

    I hope my recommendation of Jim Cramer's podcasts isn't misconstrued as an endorsement of his philosophy or politics (or, for that matter, his television show). Wall Street Confidential is a show that does day-to-day market commentary. I recommend it in the same sense I would the Wall Street Journal for business news.
  17. Seeking good podcasts

    Dr. Peikoff's and Dr. Kenner's sites have already been mentioned, so I will suggest EconTalk by Russ Roberts, professor of Economics at George Mason University and Stanford's Hoover Institute. Mr. Roberts is not an Objectivist (due, I believe, to a misreading of some of her ethics), but I still think it is one of the best weekly podcast out there. The website is And even if economics is not your thing, I would recommend keeping it on your list for the times when he tackles lighter topics like the Chevy Volt (9/1/2008), the price of popcorn at the movies (6/23/2008), ticket prices and scalping (7/16/2007), and so on. Another podcast to check out is Wall Street Confidential, which features investment analyst Jim Cramer. Rather than his usual boisterous self, he is typically quite collected and cogent on this program. Podcasts posted daily. -Jared
  18. Taped courses for sale

    Another update of three more items now on eBay: Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Peikoff) America's Healthcare Crisis (Salsman) Free Market Economics (Rothbard) These auctions all end on Thursday, Oct 18th. The other ones I posted last week end on Friday, Oct 12th.
  19. I have some additions and subtractions to my list of taped courses and lectures for sale, so here is an update. Almost all are in like-new condition, with the original handouts and supplements. Just send me a message through THE FORUM if you are interested in anything. All proceeds go to my personal goal of purchasing a piano. Prices include shipping to anywhere in the United States. If you live outside of the U.S., just let me know and I'll get an estimate. 1) "'Buy American' is Un-American" by Harry Binswanger (2 tapes) ... $16 ($30 new) 2) "Nine Lectures on Psychology" by Edith Packer (on Anger, Happiness, the Subconscious, Introspection, Romance, Psychotherapy, Obsessive-Compulsive Syndrome, Society, etc.) ... $70 3) "America's Health Care Crisis" by Richard Salsman (1 tape, 75 min with Q&A) ... $8 ($17 new) 4) "Philosophic and Literary Integration in Atlas Shrugged" by Andrew Bernstein (7 tapes) ... $59 ($90 new) 5) "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Parts I and II" by Leonard Peikoff (24 tapes) ... $220 ($280 new; they have been retitled to "Advanced Seminars on OPAR, Parts I and II") 6) "Fiction Writing" by Ayn Rand (21 tapes) ... $210 ($275 new) 7) "The Foundations of Capitalism" by Israel Kirzner (14 tapes) ... $90 (Note: Kirzner is not an Objectivist.) 8) "The Music of Rachmaninoff" by Stephen Siek (4 tapes) ... $32 ($46 new) 9) "Objective Communication" by Leonard Peikoff (20 tapes) ... $175 ($240 new) 10) "The History of Philosophy Vol. II (Kant to the present)" by Leonard Peikoff (24 tapes) ... $275 ($350 new) 11) "A Short Course on Free-Market Economics" by Murray Rothbard (16 tapes) ... $95 (Note: Rothbard is not an Objectivist.) 12) "Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations, Parts I & II (abridged)" produced by Knowledge Products (4 tapes) ... $15 Here are some assorted pics, just to give you an idea.
  20. Taped courses for sale

    I should probably just list the URLs instead of being so cryptic: Kizner: Foundations of Capitalism Peikoff: History of Philosophy II Binswanger: Buy American is Un-American Siek: The Music of Rachmaninoff
  21. Taped courses for sale

    FYI: I have just added numbers 1, 7, 8, and 10 from the list above to eBay with much-reduced starting bids.
  22. "What do you believe is true..."

    I just finished reading through them all. There are some pretty interesting ones. One funny thing is that two of the contributors are at odds with each other. The "I believe, but cannot prove" that Daniel Dennett offers is the opposite of the one that Alison Gopnik offers!
  23. Jokes

    Woops, next time I'll do a search before I post. This one has been shared at least three times already.
  24. Photography

    Holland is a very bicycle-friendly country. One can be in the middle of nowhere--or in this case in between Zwolle and Winschoten--and still come upon a perfectly manicured bike path. I'd go back just to be able to ride through the morning mist, in pindrop silence, and without a soul in sight.
  25. 7-11 Dumps Chavez

    This is good news, and I'd like to applaud someone--although I'm not sure exactly who just yet. Debbie Schlussel, the writer to which Oakes linked, calls it a "courageous step for corporate America." It could be, or it could be a courageous step for "corporate Japan." 7-Eleven is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seven & I Holdings Company, which is a Japanese corporation. On the other hand, over half of the 7-Eleven locations in the United States are owned and operated by franchisees. I would be interested to know whether the thrust of this action came from the holdings company, the franchisees, or both, and whether it was contested. (I bring this up because of my interest in management theory, not because I expect it to alter how the move should be judged politically.) -Jared