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    Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy

    In the universe, what you see is what you get,

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

    and each person's independence is respected by all

  • Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words

    • "Metaphysics: Objective Reality"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
    • "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
    • "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
    • "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Immigration restrictions

    MisterSwig
    By MisterSwig,
    I did not base my argument on that. I see immigration laws and border control as public safety measures, intended to protect individual rights. Let's imagine that there were no government, and we lived in a small frontier settlement. We would have to worry much more about our general safety. Thus, it would be appropriate and right for us to organize like-minded folk and to initiate security patrols of the settlement's boundaries. We'd want to stop and question strangers before permitting them to get close to the heart of our community. Extend that scenario to a nation with a government, and we get a large security agency devoted to controlling the entire border. Its mandate is not based on violating your rights. On the contrary, it's based on protecting them. All rights are held within a context. The right to free association is held within the context of the society or nation which protects that right for you. Our government therefore has no obligation to protect or respect your desire to associate with someone from another country. It must first determine whether that foreigner represents an objective threat to the general welfare of the citizens it protects. And only after some vetting at the border can such a determination be made.

    Integration?

    Akilah
    By Akilah,
    What does Rand or Peikoff mean by "integration"? Rand says emotions are the automatic responses to an evaluation of some existent integrated by the subconscious. Or, the process of consciously integrating? Branden says evasion is the process of avoiding integration; that is of consciously initiating the process of disintegration.  And it's further complicated when Peikoff says the subconscious is necessarily an integrating mechanism. 

    The Case for Open Objectivism

    Azrael Rand
    By Azrael Rand,
    Hi, Originally posted this article on my minds page earlier today: https://www.minds.com/AzraelRand If you're interested, I also have a rebuttal to Stefan Molyneux's UPB: https://www.minds.com/AzraelRand/blog/an-objective-critique-of-stefan-molyneux-s-universally-prefe-891837573402587136

    Reblogged:The Soul-Body Dichotomy vs. Work and Leisure

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Writing of the poisonous idea that she called the soul-body dichotomy (or the mind-body dichotomy), Ayn Rand once summarized, through her hero, John Galt:
    A column at Ask Polly, in reply to a successful woman consumed with self-doubt, reminded me of those words, but in more concrete, day-to-day terms. The following paragraph is a great example:
    These "guilt-inducing sounds" Polly eloquently calls "the religion of I'm Not Enough," and she attributes her own struggle to emancipate herself to her Catholic background. But the truth is that the idea Rand described (along with several other false dichotomies) permeates our culture and makes life difficult for practically everyone. Even those who reject the abstract idea will usually have psychological work to do to recover from the fact that they have probably internalized this idea to some degree. Given that fact, it is worthwhile to consider the advice contained within the column for specific things one can do to achieve better psychological health. One gem that comes to my mind is the following:
    Were I to essentialize the above and all the other steps, I would say, "Test your self-evaluations against reality, rather than some arbitrary ideal." But because both the devil is in the details and this advice is easier to hold in mind with a few concrete examples, I recommend reading the whole thing, anyway.

    -- CAV Link to Original

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