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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

    What is an Adult

    (MIKE) MichaleHansonBryan
    By (MIKE) MichaleHansonBryan,
    In Objectivism, when should person no longer considered a minor/child, but a fully responsible and reasonable adult who can make there choices? Ie: Marriage, Work, Sex, Voting, ect.

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four News Items

    1. An article in the Weekly Standard suggests at least a partial answer to the question, "Why are Iranians protesting now?" This article is also worth reading for its perspective on the nature of the revolution: Iranians "have realized that they will not be able to live normal decent lives and the economic situation will not get better for as long as the mullahs are in power," according to an Iranian expatriate who is helping organize protests.

    2. Abha Bhattarai of the Washington Post describes "5 Ways the Future of Retail Is Already Here." Most interesting to me is the first, digital price displays that could allow stores to change prices quickly.
    The option to pay more for an item low in stock would beat the pants off of simply having to do without. Walmart, are you listening?

    There could be a downside for shoppers on a budget, though. There needs to be some warning if prices are going to go up.

    3. And speaking of prices that rise by the hour, cautionary tales for anti-capitalist Americans continue to pour out of Venezuela. Here's a vignette about hyperinflation from another one:
    Anyone who wants socialism, thinking it will improve his life, should read this article for a start.

    4. Theocrats in Florida are borrowing a page from paternalistic Democrats in their silly crusade against pornography:
    What's next? Warning labels? "The contents of this magazine are known to the state of Florida to cause blindness."

    -- CAV Link to Original

    The Law of Identity

    Collectivist
    By Collectivist,
    If you do not believe in the law of identity (i.e that A is A); that you do not believe in what your sense’s reveal to you: if this is your personal functional axiom then you are forced by necessity to believe that nothing exists but change. The next step is to ask is what changes, from what to what? But it is the concept of indentity that allows such questions to be asked in the first place!

    walling people into their own property

    Puzzle Peddler
    By Puzzle Peddler,
    Let's say you own an average house in a subdivision, and you are surrounded on all sides by private property owned by neighbours and private road companies. Now let's say I decided to buy all the land adjacent to your house on all sides (from your neighbours and the road companies). So now your property is surrounded on all sides by my property... What if I do this: 1) I allow you to pass through my land to return to your house from work, and then I erect a 30 foot wall (with no exit) all around your house (the wall itself is on my land). - Legal under capitalism? (I will argue that I am merely exercising the right to build stuff on my own private property) 2) Let's say I don't build a wall, but once you return to your house I refuse to let you trespass on my property again (aka so now you can't leave, because I the land I own completely surrounds your land). Legal under capitalism?

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