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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

    Maintaining a marriage

    re-entity
    By re-entity,
    I am about to marry in a few weeks and I am interested in your ideas and advice for maintaining a marriage. This is not motivated from the fear of failure but from the desire to keep life as radiant as our first date and the time spent together since. Fundamentals are fine but I'm really interested in side issues like maintaining appearance, ie., physical beauty, arranging finances, overcoming arguments and keeping things fresh and exciting. Your thoughts please...

    Property Rights

    Discipulus
    By Discipulus,
    I was hoping that somebody could either englighten me or direct me to a source which might adress a question I've been pondering. In disputes with a somewhat liberal friend of mind, he has denied that property rights are anything but an arbitrary invention of man. He says claiming property is an act of coercion, and therefore any philosophy which accepts the non-coercion principle cannot accept the idea of private property. This led me off on a tangent. In the state of nature, how exactly are property rights established? If two people claim the same piece of land, and neither has any prior claim to it, then what is to be done? Do they just fight it out? Should they just "share" and split it down the middle? I'm sure that Rand addressed the idea of the basis of property rights at some point, but in most of her work their legitimacy is accepted implicitly. A more explicit explanation of her views would be most welcome, and greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

    Fetishes

    Roark4Prez2112
    By Roark4Prez2112,
    I have been thinking about sexual fetishes, in terms of their ethical status. Are they moral or immoral? Why or why not? Clearly, what gives pleasure without infringing on anyone's rights is morally acceptable. But is there something wrong with the sense of life of those who like strange sexual fetishes? Are they evading reality in trying to distort the standard sexual practice? "Bukake," a group sexual activity involving self-stimulation in a social context, has recently come to my attention [via my unfortunately often immoral cohabitant at college]. My opinion is that this kind of vile abuse of the sexual facility constitutes depravity, but I am not sure. Please help me with this strange topic.

    Introduction

    pvtmorriscsa
    By pvtmorriscsa,
    Howdy All, My name is Rob, and I currently reside in Columbus, Ohio. Where the Republichristians act like they are Dipsh*tocrats, and the Dipsh*tocrats act like looter-freaks. I stumbled onto Ayn Rand around three years ago. My political conscience had fallen in line with the "Conservative" side of American politics. My fundemental beliefs did not completely fall into line with them, but they were a far cry closer than the oft times blatant socialism of the "Liberal" side. I even for a while called myself "Social Liberal, and Politically Conservate". Well then this girlfriend of mine recommened I read, "The Fountainhead". Then her mother recommened it as well. Now I had seen these two ladies devour stacks of romance novels, so I was really hesitant. One day I was in dire need of "reading" materials, and it was all that was available. I was hooked. I finished it two weeks later. Often I would reread whole chapters just to make sure I did not miss anything. Next I read Anthem, and by the time I got to Atlas Shrugged, I was addicted. The more I read, the more I realized, that there is a way that makes sense. No more trying to describe myself from two different groups. Here was one cohesive mindset without the need of any mental gymnastics. Anyway, that is me. At least in a litte part. I said all that to say this. Check out what happened in India today: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...id=516&ncid=716 Pretty interesting story really. The thing I thought was most interesting, was the peasants supporting secularism. Sort of goes against the pattern. Rob

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