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7/14/2016 7:08:13 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Hitler. Because the first 4 are great president, and the last is a great/crazy leader.
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7/14/2016 7:24:38 PM
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At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Aristotle, Pope Urban II, and John Locke.
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7/14/2016 8:46:14 PM
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At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

George Washington, Aristotle or Socrates, John Locke, Adolf Hitler, and Jesus.

The first three are influential figures, and I wonder what they would think of modern society and current problems facing the world. Hitler was obviously crazy, but I world like to know more about him personally and challenge his ideas of Nazism. Meeting Jesus could actually tell me the truth about Christianity and whether its true or not.
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7/14/2016 8:57:12 PM
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At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, and Marx to result in the battle of the gods.
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7/14/2016 9:37:15 PM
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At 7/14/2016 8:57:12 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, and Marx to result in the battle of the gods.

That would be an interesting debate, although you have to understand that they are from different time periods and thus are aware/unaware of different things. If they are on the same level of historical knowledge, I do think that Locke would win. Burke, as evidenced by Paine's book "Rights of Man", has easily refutable arguments, while Marx applied idealistic idiocy to real world issues, and to much failure at that. Locke would easily destroy Marx as he could dismantle the Labor Theory of Value. Hobbes and Rousseau might be a tougher match.
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Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. -Friedman

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Friedman

Society will never be free until the last Democrat is strangled with the entrails of the last Communist.
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7/16/2016 7:40:51 PM
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At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

Socrates, Jesus, Muhammad, Albert Einstein, and Kim Il-Sung.

Socrates and Einstein were extremely eccentric and intelligent people who I would really love to know and learn from, Jesus and Muhammad could give me interesting insight on the world's two largest religions, and I want to know exactly how Kim Il-Sung made North Koreans so loyal to him.
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7/17/2016 8:16:38 PM
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At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

In a similar vein to the above-mentioned convention of political theorists, I will invite Descartes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, and Berkeley.
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7/20/2016 5:33:28 AM
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At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

Assuming that we could communicate, Cicero, Muawiya I, Niccolo Machiavelli, Carl von Clausewitz, and Elizaveta of Russia.

Cicero was one of the greatest orators and statesmen to ever live, Muawiya I was what I consider a model ruler, Machiavelli was my favorite political commentator, Clausewitz was my favorite military commentator, and Elizaveta of Russia was a pretty awesome, if idiosyncratic, ruler. I would also draw on her party-planning expertise; I just would have to make sure that nobody one-upped her.
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7/23/2016 2:59:58 AM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 7/14/2016 6:20:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
If you could host a dinner party with any 5 (dead) people from history, who would they be and why?

1. Jesus Christ - so I could hopefully discover for myself more of who he truly was.

2. Albert Einstein - so I could try to catch a glimpse of the enormity of his extensive vision regarding the nature of reality.

3. Florence Nightingale - because it truly amazes me that a person of wealth would turn away from it to help others in such awful conditions.

4. Samuel Clemens - so I could immerse myself first-hand in the elegance of his simplicity.

5. Aristotle - because it would be wonderfully exciting to hear him cooking-up logic from scratch.