Another Lousy Update

It has been a while since I posted on my dear old blog, but I have to say things have been going pretty good. Work has been good – life good. It’s funny because I find it much more difficult to find things to write about when things are going well than when things are difficult. I guess I am naturally morbid when it comes to writing about stuff.

Other than life I have been diving into a couple of books that I am extremely pleased with. One is Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and “Rights of Men” combo book and the other is the massive 1200 page undertaking “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. Both very much about liberty, property rights, and freedom of men. All of topic in which I thoroughly enjoy.

Anyways, I just figured that I would shoot out a poor excuse of an update, that no one will read. 🙂


3 thoughts on “Another Lousy Update

  1. Jon

    You’re getting ready to drink the Kool-aid — Atlas Shrugged. 🙂 I think it’s a book that you either reject completely, or it plays a central role in your outlook. My father considered it the ‘family bible’. I find myself defending Rand to those that dismiss her, but arguing against her when speaking to Ayn Randians (like my father)!

  2. Atticus Finch Post author

    I’m on about page 500 – almost half way through… It is certainly influential. I certainly am not rejecting it completely so I think it is going to play a large role in my outlook…

    I have to remember not to accept it as religion though – I read somewhere that Ayn Rand accepted government help towards the end of her life to get by, so I guess even she gave in to the system at some point. 😉

    There are certainly some valuable lessons though!

  3. Jon

    I hadn’t heard about her accepting government help — that’s incredible (given her philosophy).

    The thing that was most salient to me was her view on taxes — instead of someone voluntarily contributing money to others (charity), the government essentially comes up to you and puts a gun to your head and says pay up. Of course, no one really comes with a gun, but since the government can arrest you for not paying taxes, it amounts to the same thing. Coercion by force, rather than free decisions by individuals. But I think there are good arguments against her view as well.


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