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

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

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  • 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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    Reblogged:With Socialism, Prevention Is the Best Cure

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A story out of Foreign Policy purports to explain why the socialist regime in Venezuela is likely to remain in power for the next couple of years. It also reminds me a little at one point of Ayn Rand's novel, We the Living. Before I get to that point, I wish to mention that I have two major objections to the piece I'm discussing: (1) A major question is left unasked, namely, "Would regime change in Venezuela further our national self-interest and, if so, how?" (2) The very problem that got Venezuela into the trouble that it is in now is never fully addressed. That culture is altruist-collectivist from top to bottom and has been for decades, so there is little hope of anything (at least from Venezuela itself) that might replace the current leadership being substantially better.

    That said, the below is what reminded me of the Rand novel set in Soviet Russia:
    And here's the passage in question:
    And don't forget that the government organizes "rallies" at random times and places, and has its own secret police apparatus to go with the colectivos, bands of armed thugs who attack and threaten dissenters. So, yes, the situation within Venezuela is bleak, and would make efforts on our part to effect regime change difficult to say the least.

    But the real value of the article is this: While socialism is becoming fashionable in the United States, we have three things in our favor: relatively free access to material resources, time, and freedom of speech. We are much better able to fight for our continued freedom now than we would be if we allowed the socialists to win. Perhaps that is why, as the Ayn Rand Institute pointed out about We the Living (linked above):
    At least we have been given advanced warning.

    -- CAV Link to Original

    Washington DC Area?

    Lex Swan
    By Lex Swan,
    If there aren't any Objectivists in the Northern VA/Washington DC area, I completely understand. I've never met any, and I was just curious!  I am a terrible member of my generation. I am 22 years old and have basically no online presence. I am also an Objectivist, so that sort of speaks for itself. I don't really want to be on the Internet, but I was just awfully curious what other people who are fans of the books and the philosophy were like. I thought it was very funny that Washington DC was not a local forum.  Anyone out there? 

    Should you be friends with a woman you want, but can’t have?

    iflyboats
    By iflyboats,
    If you have a strong attraction to someone, should you accept a friendship if you believe she’s unattainable, and the only alternative is to delete her from your life? Does the strength of your feelings for her matter?

    Reblogged:Interviewer Gets Surprise Lesson on Keeping Agreements

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Writing about a recent interview in Israel that Monica Lewinsky abruptly ended, business writer Suzanne Lucas finds a lesson in fighting harassment and discrimination. Lucas is correct, but I think the lesson from that incident is much more general.
    The interviewer, like many people we all occasionally encounter (and who apparently see basic etiquette as a sign of weakness), hoped Lewinsky would try to avoid "making a scene." Or, to put things more accurately, she hoped Lewinsky would forget who was responsible for any "scene" that would occur, and attempt to avoid the blame for the alternative she chose -- by answering a question she did not want to answer. That was a shameful tactic by the interviewer, and I applaud Lewinsky for calling her bluff.

    -- CAV

    P.S. I have not seen the TED talk by Lewinsky that Lucas brings up later in her piece.Link to Original

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