(1) The "Rape" Scene (2) Skirting Government Fees (3) Libel Laws
In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions:
00:39 - "I wanted to know your take on the "rape" scene in The Fountainhead. My opinion was that Dominique "resisted" Roark (but didn't call for help), because of her inner conflict. She hated Roark and herself for desiring him because of her malevolent view of the world. But then later in the story she tells Wynand that Roark raped her and emphasised that he didn't ask for consent. That didn't make a lot of sense to me when I read it, could you explain? Was this just Ayn Rand taking artistic liberties?"
05:47 - "When I need to park on the street in my city, I don't pay the city what it's asking for, be that paying for a parking meter or the purchase of a parking pass. I am able to do so without getting parking tickets. Do you regard this as theft? If so, is this theft okay because I'm stealing from the city, who stole the wealth for the creation and upkeep of the roads I'm parking on? If it makes a difference, I'm 16 and have yet to pay taxes, so I haven't personally been stolen from. I've heard you call similar behavior a hatred/disregard for the nature reality in the past. If the same applies to my behavior, does this reflect a corrupted sense of life on my part?"
11:08 - "From an objectivist point of view, what speech is not protected as free speech? I assume like most people, myself included, you recognize calls to violence against an individual as beyond the realm of free speech. But what do you think about slander? Is it moral for you to use force against me to prevent me from calling you a child rapist? If so, what about if I call you a communist? If only the first slanderous statement should be illegal, what exactly makes that one worse?"
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