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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"
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    Philosophic cycles

    dream_weaver
    By dream_weaver,
    Leonard Peikoff, in his lecture "The Founders of Western Philosophy", makes a comment regarding cycles of philosophy - that philosophy appears to have cycles going from the application of reason, to the application of rationalism to the application of skepticism; repeat. So far, touching base on Thales, Hereclitis, Parmenides, Plato and Aristotle, he points out what might be considered merits and/or demerits of each in a summary. Cycles appear in many aspects of existence. Positing a cyclical ph

    Reblogged:New Tech; Old Trick

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Cal Newport, author of the recently-released Digital Minimalism, offers a piece of advice on his blog that he says he wishes he'd given in the book. He names it after the practice of parents who had their land lines in out-of-the-way parts of the home, way back when land lines were useful: As you might expect, Newport elaborates and gives a few exceptions to this rule, which is close to what I do about half the time I am awake and at home with the kids: Mine sits on a charger on the standing d

    Reblogged:Law Against Gigs Also Gags Free Speech

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A California law that goes into effect in January next year will ignore decades of precedent and codify a bad court decision -- making many freelancers (including Uber drivers) into employees in that state. (I blogged about Assembly Bill 5 and wrote a RealClear Markets piece on it before it was passed.) That this blatant attack on freedom of contract makes it harder for so many people to earn a living is bad enough. But Kassy Dillon, a freelance writer who is affected notes that it even manages

    Reblogged:Predictable After a Fashion

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I'm not wild about their name for this observation since I oppose such government intrusions as Prohibition and taxation. (And that is no endorsement of the person I am about to name!) Nevertheless, the general idea behind the "Al Capone Theory of Sexual Harassment" that Valerie Aurora and Leigh Honeywell discuss is more useful than one might think: The name comes from the fact that the Federal government convicted Al Capone of tax evasion, which it could prove, instead of his smuggling-relate

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