What is a foot race?

London 2012 Olympics: Games legend Michael Johnson believes Oscar Pistorius has an ‘unfair advantage’

Oscar Pistorius is a double amputee who runs track using prosthetic legs. Some say this may give him an unfair advantage over whole bodied individuals.

I say that it poses and interesting question into the purposes of track and field competitions. Say two people, Adam and Bert, are competing in a foot race. Each competitor trains 8 hours a day, has the best equipment, and is in top physical form. But runner Adam was born with a slight genetic edge over runner Bert, so Adam wins. Is it fair to reward Adam for a characteristic over which he has no control?

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When Objectivists are right, but tedious

Forbes: The Dog-Eat-Dog Welfare State Is Lose-Lose

“That’s the beauty of capitalism. Because all economic relationships are voluntary, people only enter into them when each party thinks it’s to his advantage. When you accept a job, for instance, it’s not because the employer forced you to work at the point of a gun. It’s because you valued the paycheck more than other possible uses of your time. It’s a gain for you and a gain for your employer.”

See, the problem isn’t with what they’re saying. I tend to agree with 95% of Objectivist political philosophy. The problem is that Objectivists are awful writers. They actually try to incorporate stock phrases and cliches into their writing because they are the stock phrases and cliches used by the Dear Leader.

Don’t get me wrong, I respect Ayn Rand quite a bit. But she wasn’t perfect and she’s dead now. Reciting her words and treating her ideas as inerrant is a combination of creepy and tiresome to people not devoted to following her. I suppose you could say that I think Objectivism has a lot in common with religion; which is to say they’re imperfect human endeavors bereft of revelation.