Nicolaus Nemeth

Going Galt

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... How can you not be willing to give such a project the benefit of the doubt? ...

Easily. It's a waste of your money, since 99% of the books are certain to end up in the garbage. Just as a copy of the Communist Manifesto or of the Marxist-in-Chief's socialist scribblings mailed to me would certainly be thrown out. Instead, send the politicians a picture of the book cover, perhaps the flyer currently available from ARI's Tea Party web site, and some Ayn Rand quotes. And give the physical books to a school (through ARI's Books to Schools program).

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Good people are concerned with what is true and good. Bad people only care about what they can get away with. Atlas can provide the first group with the ideas they need and can impress the second group, as Mindy noted, that they had better put their evil agenda on hold for now.

Please point to a time and place in history where the evil aggressors were ever appeased. I would instead offer that there is no appeasement of the evil aggressors, so let us not waste our time, money or efforts on tactics that will not work.

It is not an issue of appeasing evil aggressors but of putting them on notice that there will be a high price to pay if they aggress. Sending Atlas to a legislator tells him that some activist constituents don't agree with what he wants to do and he had better not do it. He may still want to pass socialist legislation, but he wants to get re-elected even more, so he'll vote against it.

Politicians represent the ideas of the people/culture that elects them. If moral politicians are what we want then we need to start with changing the minds of the people that elect them. In other words, the politician is the end not the beginning.

Very true. I advocate short-term political activism targeting current law-makers AND long-term intellectual activism to change the culture. We can and should do BOTH.

I do not agree that evil aggressors will not vote for their socialist legislation just because some people, even a majority of the people do not agree with them and there are many examples from history.

For example in 1993 Bill and Hillary Clinton attempted to get their Health Security Act, which was 1,342 pages long passed, which died in 1994 because of some politicians bringing attention to all it's negative consequences. Should applause be given to all those that think they changed their respective politicians mind by writing them? Not exactly, because in August of 1996 Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Protability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which included some of the worst provisions from the 1993 Health Security Act. These type of evil people/politicians do not care what you think except when they are rewording some legislation to make it look less controling. In other words they are going to listen to you so that they will know how to bamboozle you into thinking they have not done what you did not want them to do.

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I do not agree that evil aggressors will not vote for their socialist legislation just because some people, even a majority of the people do not agree with them and there are many examples from history.

For example in 1993 Bill and Hillary Clinton attempted to get their Health Security Act, which was 1,342 pages long passed, which died in 1994 because of some politicians bringing attention to all it's negative consequences. Should applause be given to all those that think they changed their respective politicians mind by writing them? Not exactly, because in August of 1996 Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Protability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which included some of the worst provisions from the 1993 Health Security Act. These type of evil people/politicians do not care what you think except when they are rewording some legislation to make it look less controling. In other words they are going to listen to you so that they will know how to bamboozle you into thinking they have not done what you did not want them to do.

Of course the Bad Guys will not be persuaded, but opposition can make them back off completely or go back to the drawing board to "rework" their schemes. All of that buys us time -- time to further our long-range cultural and political goals -- and that is a good thing.

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