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OBJECTIVISTS & OBJECTIVISM

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THE JEFFERSON SCHOOL -- 1987: During my time in Dallas, no matter what I was doing, I would still continue to read Ayn Rand books and had begun reading Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.  This was the most philosophical book I had read, and I had to read it slowly, and re-read each chapter. Nevertheless, I felt at this point that I had reached the ability to think conceptually, something I had never learned in high school.  And this gave me a sense of accomplishment.  Unfortunately though, there were very few people I could share this sense of accomplishment with, and this always made me think of Briona.

I had met other women, some very beautiful as Dallas had so many, but the encounters never went far beyond the sexual attraction or occasional interaction.  I had longed to be in a romantic relationship, but many of the women I had met seemed uninterested in current affairs, politics or even simple thought provoking conversations, and none had ever heard of Ayn Rand. And this pr…

Meeting the Snob Wolfgang Puck

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DALLAS, TEXAS -- 1985-89: Luckily, a new hotel had opened-up in Dallas, and I was able to work some banquet shifts there.  It was a 5 star hotel called The Crescent Court Hotel.

Its banquet manager, Jorge, had previously worked at the Anatole Hotel as an assistant banquet manager with Charles Lorenzi.  The banquet facility at The Crescent Court Hotel was minuscule in comparison to the Anatole Hotel, but the money was much bigger.

Jorge was originally from Bolivia, was medium built and had wavy black hair, which wasn’t bad for a man in his forties.  He also had a big black mustache and a very large oval head that seemed out of proportion to the rest of his body.

Before the banquet commenced, Jorge was always nervous and overly serious.  But after serving the dessert and coffee, he became relaxed and charming.  And as a banquet waiter, the money was always very good and so was the employee-cafeteria food.  And I was always grateful when Jorge invited me back to work some more banquet sh…

AYN RAND INSTITUTE PUSHING OPEN-BORDERS

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Recently I came across this Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) lecture by Dr. Yaron Brook: “Free Will, Free Borders.”  If I had not know who Dr. Brook was, I would have thought that he was speaking at a La Raza convention, as he was openly advocating for foreign nationals to illegally enter the United States.  Or I would have thought he was another university professor arguing that America’s borders are racist, and that America is racist.  Because, shockingly -- as the executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute (and now chairman of the board) -- this is what Yaron Brook does argue.  I furthermore couldn’t help notice how many fallacies I encountered in Dr. Brook’s presentation.  Hence, in this essay I will quote and analyze his statements. 
-- At around 2:30 minutes -- Red Herring:At this point in the lecture, Dr. Brook has not made an argument in favor of “free borders” -- what I will refer to as “open-borders.”  Instead Dr. Brook states that he was in Chicago and that he was shouted down by …