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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"

    Reblogged:Sandwiches of Injustice

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    "Evil HR Lady" Suzanne Lucas hits the nail on the head when she calls for the death of the "feedback sandwich," the kissing cousin of the internet's flame sandwich: Lucas doesn't use the term, but her further comments about it being good practice to routinely offer praise or timely criticism indicate the nature of the problem with such "sandwiches": There is a dearth of justice in a working relationship in which someone feels the need to do this. I am glad someone has noticed this problem and found a constructive way to address it.

    -- CAV Link to Original

    Reblogged:How the Civil Rights Movement Became an Embarrassment

    Michael J. Hurd Ph.D.
    By Michael J. Hurd Ph.D.,
    Donald Trump’s feud with civil rights icon John Lewis is highlighting the president-elect’s willingness to attack any and all political rivals even with his inauguration less than a week away. The Republican billionaire slammed the Democratic congressman — and his Atlanta-area district — on Saturday, a day after Lewis described Trump as an illegitimate president. Lewis, like a handful of Democratic lawmakers, vowed to skip Trump’s Friday swearing-in ceremony. Trump tweeted that Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.” …Lewis is among the most revered leaders of the civil rights movement and devoted his life to promoting equal rights for African-Americans. He suffered a fractured skull while leading the march in Selma, Alabama more than a half century ago. This whole incident reminds you of how militant and intolerant the Democratic Party has become. Rep. John Lewis called Trump an “illegitimate president” who’s only in office, he claims, because of Russian hacking. Trump naturally slammed back and defended himself. And for this reason alone Trump is (yet again) branded a racist. Welcome to the world of Democrats, President-elect Trump. In their world, racism does not refer to hatred of any particular race. It refers to dissenting opinion of any kind. One might ask how the party and movement of Martin Luther King got to this point. Well, if we’re honest about it, such a development was inevitable. While Martin Luther King had eloquent points to make, the fact remains that the civil rights movement, even in its day, was never an individual rights movement. The civil rights movement did not primarily seek to extend the rights of the individual equally to the whole population (black and white alike). That was, however, part of the impact of the movement, to its credit. But the civil rights movement always was more about collectivism and socialism than it was about individualism, individual rights and economic freedom. It wasn’t about upholding individual rights under the Constitution; it was about “social justice,” something intended to take us beyond the Constitution. So-called social justice has less to do with the Constitution than it has to do with the ideas and practices of people like Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky, a Communist radical who influenced both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. That’s why it didn’t take long for the civil rights movement to morph into the pressure group warfare of the economic left. The left, then and now, does not define equality as being equal under the law. Instead, the concept of equal individual rights was replaced by the goal of equal outcome. Until or unless all people have the same amount of wealth and income, it’s proof of racism, according to the unstated (sometimes openly stated) premises of this view. As a result, what started out as some eloquent thinking on the part of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement about peaceful resistance degenerated into the petty, demanding, entitled and freebie-demanding gang of political hacks who now comprise the Democratic Party establishment. That’s one reason why people like Rep. John Lewis, whom we’re supposed to accept uncritically because of his race along with his past association with Martin Luther King, scream “victim” when nobody victimized them at all, and when they, in fact, are the ones who pick the fights. That’s precisely what happened between Lewis and Donald Trump over the last several days. If you doubt what I’m saying, imagine the ensuing hysteria bordering on martial law if a member of the Republican Party had called Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton (had she won) an “illegitimate” occupant of the White House. Sadly, it’s just more evidence of how the division in American politics and government is increasingly unsustainable. It’s like a bad marriage, and regardless of who’s in the White House, we honestly can’t go on like this for much longer.   Follow Dr. Hurd on Facebook. Search under “Michael  Hurd” (Rehoboth Beach DE). Get up-to-the-minute postings, recommended articles and links, and engage in back-and-forth discussion with Dr. Hurd on topics of interest. Also follow Dr. Hurd on Twitter at @MichaelJHurd1 Check out Dr. Hurd’s latest Newsmax Insider column here! Dr. Hurd’s writings read on the air by Rush Limbaugh! Read more HERE. The post How the Civil Rights Movement Became an Embarrassment appeared first on Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D. | Living Resources Center. View the full article @ www.DrHurd.com

    The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    ARI Media Feed
    By ARI Media Feed,
    The birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., offers Americans an opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating racism in all its forms. A good place to start is with Ayn Rand’s 1963 article, “Racism.” Link to original

    Reblogged:Worry-Warts Are Watching You

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A couple of recent stories from Free Range Kids, Lenore Skenazy's parenting blog, have reminded me of Ayn Rand's essay on "The Ethics of Emergencies," which argues that, because emergency situations are not metaphysically normal for man (cited at link), they should not serve as the basis for the ethical system by which he should live his whole life:
    The modern variant of comparing our existence to a hospital or a life boat is to demand that we all live by the imaginary, worst-case dictates of precautionary thinking. Think of the biggest worry-wart you know (and probably ignore), and then imagine that person in power over your daily life. Here are just a couple of examples of this from Skenazy's blog, one from journalism and one from parenting. Here's the first:
    And now, before you laugh at yet another dumb reporter, consider the second, in which a father -- thanks to the courts empowering yet another meddlesome creep with a camera -- received criminal sentencing for making his eight year old son walk home on a familiar route one evening:
    The above excerpt hardly does the case justice, so I recommend reading all of it. Do note that Tang correctly assessed the chances of harm coming to his son and made that clear in court -- and that the court labeled this speculation. This court then sided with the fevered speculation of the man mentioned in the first sentence of the above.

    After you do, consider the fact that, although such cases are currently rare enough to remain newsworthy, they are becoming common enough that we should speak up about them. Yes, the widespread availability of mobile cameras does mean that we might be filmed or photographed at any given moment. But having to live up to someone else's ridiculous notions about what is "safe" should not and need not be part of the bargain.

    -- CAV Link to Original

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