Archive for June, 2008

Annual Potluck & Party

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton are hosting the eighth annual
Arizona Objectivists’ Pot Luck and Party at their home
on Saturday, July 19, 2008 beginning at 6 PM.

DINNER
Sandwiches from Extreme Pita

YOU BRING:
A side dish, a dessert, or beverages.
Options include: salad (potato, fruit, green, pasta, etc.),
vegetables, cookies, cake, wine, beer.
Please avoid anything that needs to be heated.
We’ve got the chips covered too.

GAME:
ReFraze using Objectivist words or phrases.
An example from the category Movies
ReFraze: Uppermost firearm
Answer: Top Gun

DISCUSSION:
TAS 2008 Summer Seminar recap.
ARI 2008 Summer Conference recap by Bill Perry

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
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Sat 21Jun08 Thoughts on Voting

WHEN:
SATURDAY, June 21, 2008 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Thoughts on Voting
Talk to be given at The Atlas Society 2008 Summer Seminar
You are invited to critique the talk to help Jackie prepare for the
presentation as the Summer Seminar.

SPEAKER:
Jackie Hazelton

ABSTRACT:
In November 2008 we will again be faced with voting for President of the U.S.
and other political offices. Objectivists, at least the ones I know in
Arizona, are divided into three groups when it comes to attitudes on voting:
those who don’t vote, those who vote Libertarian and those who vote for one
of the mainstream party candidates. Objectivism doesn’t appear to lead to
agreement on how political views should be expressed via voting. Why is
that? What did Rand have to say about voting? What illogical notions
surround the idea of voting? Is the current pluralistic voting system used
in the U.S. a good one? If not, what voting system would be better and how
would you go about evaluating a voting system? Should you vote and if so,
how can Objectivism aid you in making your selection? This talk will address
these and other questions concerning voting. The talk will NOT be an
analysis of the candidates for President in the 2008 election, but it should
give you an approach to do your own analysis from an Objectivist
perspective.

OUTLINE:

I. BACKGROUND AND DEFINITIONS

II. REASONS FOR VOTING

III. REASONS FOR NOT VOTING

IV. WHAT RAND AND PEIKOFF HAD TO SAY ABOUT VOTING

V. HOW TO EVALUATE A VOTING SYSTEM

VI. VOTING SYSTEMS COMPARED
A. Plurality
B. Borda Count
C. Condorcet
D. Instant Runoff
E. Approval
F. Range

VII. CONCLUSION

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
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BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008; 6:30 PM

Leader: Jackie Hazelton
Topic: Perennial Questions of Objectivism: Tape 4: Government vs Anarchy;
Audio Tape of David Kelley at the 2001 Summer Seminar

(from the Summer Seminar brochure) From the time that Ayn Rand first set forth Objectivism as a philosophical system, a small set of perennial questions have occupied the attention of
people with an intellectual interest in Objectivism. How is free will
compatible with the law of causality? Can all values be grounded in
survival-literal existence or non-existence-or must we introduce flourishing
as the ultimate moral goal? Is it possible to prove that it is always in our
interest to respect the rights of others? Such questions occupy the vast bulk
of discussion time on internet discussion lists, college bull sessions, and
other forums. In this six-unit course, David Kelley will discuss one question
per day. His goal is not to provide definitive answers, but to analyze why
these questions have proved so difficult for Objectivists. He will define the
issue, summarize arguments for the alternative views, and indicate what sort
of additional evidence or analysis would be required to resolve the issue.