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  •  Part of Objectivism (7+ / 0-)

    is a fundamental denial of the relevance of empirical evidence to social theory, be it economic, historical, or political.  Only reasoning from first principles can be reliable.

    This inures them against the real evidence before their eyes that their theory is unsound.  They don't even usually get mad at you when you point out how historically sound Social Security and Medicare have been, for example, they just get patronizing, making claims like, "in the long run, Social Security and Medicare made us less wealthy."  

    What you've got with the Prisoner's Dilemma is a flaw in their theory developed from the very same first principles they also require.  They don't have a means of dealing with those kinds of flaws.

    Fundamentally, Objectivism is wrong not just empirically, which they claim they don't care about or that the data is incomplete, but also theoretically.  They've built a system that enables sociopathy, and have the gall to act incredulous that sociopathy comes to dominate it.

    From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

    by Nellebracht on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 11:50:15 AM PST

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