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Name: Brian B.
Joined: December 27, 2004

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What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.

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1. Freedom, justice, equality, truth, beauty, goodness, honor, courage and excellence have no state of excess and are enabled by each other.

2. We desperately need to move beyond culture for human values. In other words, we need a metaculturalism, not a multiculturalism.

3. It's a fallacy to suggest that compromise is always correct. But in order to avoid two extremes, it's not a fallacy to suggest a middle way.

4. The Golden Rule provides for justice. Treat others as you would be treated, and as some do others wrong, treat those as if they wronged you.

5. The idea that a Supreme Being could ever be jealous, or even angry, is an ignorant lie spread by those who confuse honor with idolatry.

6. Elections are ruined by the "spoiler" effect, but not if we can vote for two candidates based on their mutual undecidability. If we are torn between two candidates, we should be allowed to choose both and let the election break the tie. This is not approval voting, where clones are encouraged, but rather an elimination process that sidesteps a dilemma in the voter's intent when no counting dilemma exists. This would avoid most runoff elections, which is typically the result of a design flaw that allows a vote for only one person when there are two positions on the final ballot. It also conforms to the majority rule, which must logically reach a 50% threshold in decision making to be valid.

7. If self-understanding or self-knowledge is the awareness of why we do something, then self-reasoning is implied. Just as self-evidence is understanding the value of something without proof, self-reasoning is discovering for ourselves what is meaningful and important. This is key to our autonomy, independence and self-control. If we don't have our own reasons for doing something, then we aren't free. Contrast this with the common fallacy: "I am free, therefore I do what I want." The virtues of self-reasoning include confidence, wisdom, temperance, patience, prudence, modesty and sincerity.

8. The most dangerous thinking in the world comes not from those trapped in religious dogma with their hostage souls, but from the pseudo-intellectuals who view that condition as harmless or good, or see it as a competitive advantage for themselves. This enables the pseudo-intellectual to get cultural approval. The history of brutality is the willing participation of those who are mostly ambivalent towards their own actions.

9. If we conclude that justice is just the right amount of something, then it becomes apparent that goodness is always finessed.

10. The only reason for a public government to print and insure a money supply is to create prosperity, and to determine and collect taxes from those who prosper, in order to avoid taxing anyone else, which would lower economic demand and raise demand for government services.

11. Those who add no apparent value through their effort, or work, would need to conceal this fact, and then be prone to despise those who express any unfairness in one form or another. This phenomenon circumscribes all political theory.

12. It is remarkable how low self-esteem lends itself to emotional certainty, as insecurity clings to conviction. Just as loyalty is a false honor, self-righteousness is a false confidence. The ancients were wise to admonish humans to first know themselves.

13. A higher consciousness or self-awareness comes from being marginalized, though not from believing something else to be true, but by knowing the common belief to be false.

14. If integrity is doing the right and popular action when nobody will notice, then honor is doing the right but unpopular action when everybody will notice.

15. When a person is guilt-induced to accept the pseudo-humanistic fallacy that all cultures have the same social value, something unexpected happens. They typically downplay the positive aspects of their own culture, while apologizing for the negative aspects of other cultures, in order to balance the equation and recast the fallacy, in their minds, to be a fact.

16. Pride plus ignorance equals stupidity, while humility and ignorance add up to wisdom. This is the importance of attitude.

17. Avoiding things like fish or meat or having children for the world's sake is often a vain attempt at remediation, if the goal is to raise the costs for undesired behaviors, rather than increase the supply and lower the costs for those behaviors.

18. In American politics, the social division tends to consider one side to be stupid, and one side to be evil. The subjective position then becomes the righteous versus the practical and/or intelligent. It means that only one side can hope to validate its concerns, while the other can only believe in them.

19. Pro-labor politicians strive to bypass collective bargaining in order to guarantee health, safety and retirement benefits. Pro-business politicians strive to bypass economic theory in order to privatize government for profit, borrow money to replace taxes, and lower incomes for most of their constituents.

20. Culture is a set of traditional expectations upon the individual; a mandatory social ordering of variable intensity. To promote or protect the stereotype of culture is blindly supporting the argument against the individual. As culture remains the root of all war, hatred, racism, slavery, and gender bias, its positive aspects are debatable, because all attributes are seen as positive within the culture itself. Multiculturalism is ironic as a cultural doctrine because it promotes all cultures, and therefore none of them, validating each group's specialness without being responsible for the hate policies within the group. It is the fallacy of composition/division to infer that what is good for individuals is also good for groups.

21. The abortion rights controversy is based on ignoring human gene expression in favor of a purity of soul. Parents who abort are basing their decision on overwhelming obligations in reproducing themselves, including risks known only to them. Some observers choose to see this as their spiritual concern, imagining a sinless and pure being, under attack for worldly reasons, good versus evil. Hypocritically, most who would outlaw abortion see no personal obligations attached to their religious demands whatsoever. The idolatrous worship of this imagined purity of soul, by definition, eliminates their personal responsibilities for raising it in the world.

22. It is a false idealism to believe that every group should get what they want without honoring freedom, justice and equality. Sadly, this is the vulgarized political correctness in the West.

23. The reason some believe that there is no difference between the left and right American presidential candidates is because they compare them during the final months when the campaigns try to attract the undecided and centrist voters.

24. Socrates died for our sins, which was the notion that culture and beliefs should guide us, and not sound reason by way of competent leadership.

25. It would be difficult to fully conceive of Christianity without considering that it is more than a colonial subjugation or a common pacifier. It is best thought of as a company policy for the service class, to train the hired help. This explains the shallow conversion, the artificial dignity, the arrogant humility, the monetized morals, the token charity and the utmost loyalty and condemnation. This manner affords the flexibility to be disguised as a nobleman's curse or a slave's blessing.

26. Media bias, generally, is the paternal impulse to protect their consumers from disturbing realizations, whether they be about human nature, or about the forces that control our destinies. Among their reasons for doing this include the self-preserving instinct to never allow themselves to become the story itself. This leaves a wide gap for so-called critics, cranks and conspiracy theorists to fill.

27. All victories are symbolic, as ideologically maintained or the artificial conclusion of a game.

28. Courage, honesty and intelligence are directly related, despite perceptions that bravery is foolishness and intelligence is cunning. To say that liars are cowards because they don't know any better is probably accurate, or else courage and honesty would be accidents of ignorance.

29. As communism typifies a scenario where desired ends justifies the means, libertarianism typifies a scenario where the means justify the ends, no matter what the ends may be. Accordingly, both act as top-down, supply-side state solutions to the identical problem of controlling production and eliminating the shifting influence of demand, and both have third-world economic profiles as outcomes.

30. It is possible to be addicted to guilt, because guilt is a temporary reduction in self-image. So, by adopting easily imagined guilt, the ego likewise imagines that it must be easily worth more without it, thereby an addiction forms.

31. American Republicanism was once the condescending attitude that wealthy people were more entitled to run the country for their own benefit. A borrowed lowbrow version of this now wins elections, but from wannabes who have no assets to protect, merely a desire to obtain them. This illustrates the common thinking error of adopting an economic model of opportunity based on the post-success defensive behavior of those who are pushing the ladders away; political alignment as magical talisman. At least the old-school conservatives displayed self-respect, which is all anyone should expect from a political position.

32. The popular notion of self-sufficiency, as in providing for oneself, is an Eden-like fantasy that borders on solipsism. Not only is freedom collectivized, but nature is too, as a necessity to freedom. If self-survival is possible at all, it is only because a limit is enforced upon abundance.

33. The justifying purpose of a democracy is to serve the common interest, whether it is the majority will or not. Accordingly, the public may seek ways to select a governing body that is least corrupted by self-interest and influence, which might include an extended ban on acquiring property in order to serve as a representative.

34. When someone wishes to punish someone for not succeeding in life, it may seem like they are enforcing the concept that life is not fair, but they are actually in denial of the fact that life is not fair. To sincerely blame a victim requires the simplistic notion that they had fair opportunity, but failed against the odds.

35. A liberal position is one where public government is trusted more than private corporations; where educators and caregivers find support and understanding, and where individual members are often from oppressed groups because they know the value of freedom and human rights. The obverse of this is typically a corrupt fascism or colonialism that curbs human potential as a policy, and blames the victims while exulting and fabricating a glorious past in order to confuse progress.

36. It is possible that attempts to establish civil and equal rights to all humans has oddly produced a jealous reaction among those who preach love and tolerance, since the former lessens the demand for the latter.

37. The difference between a true nobility and a false nobility is often subtle. The former protects the defenseless from their circumstances, while the latter merely preserves the defenseless in their circumstances.

38. Political corruption is not just taking money for favors, because that's just plain corruption in a political context. Political corruption is also voting for anyone's investments which should otherwise succeed or fail economically, which is an argument against privatization of government.

39. It is not surprising that those who deny evolution and the past human struggle to survive also tend to deny that honest and hardworking people everywhere also struggle to survive. The creationist tendency is the constant hope that someone else with means will guarantee survival.

40. The Golden Rule is apt because it implies a way to respect differences in others as we would want them to respect our own differences, not simply as a reflection of ourselves in others. It also extends to animals.