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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

    Post-Soviet Europe

    By Invictus,
    I’m sure you have all heard it said many times that the nations of Eastern Europe were better off under socialism. This is a misconception that has been coming up a lot lately and is in need of some attention. Even my usually respectable International Relations lecturer raised the possibility that free market reforms have had an adverse effect on the economies and people of the former Marxist experiment states. The graph below, called the liberalization Index, demonstrates the extent to which seven former socialist states have undergone economic liberalization. The boundaries of the index range from 0 (least liberal) to 1 (most liberal). As you can see Russia and Ukraine have been the most reluctant to adopt liberal reforms while the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have welcomed free enterprise. From World Bank, World Development Indicators Now observe the level of growth experienced by the nations that have embraced a free market compared to those that haven’t. Between 1991 and 2000 Poland has had an annual GDP growth rate of 4.4, Hungary 2.2, and the Czech Republic 1.3. Contrast this to the situation in Russia, with -3.5, and Ukraine, at -7.4. Furthermore, all but Russia is experiencing greater growth than during the soviet era when Hungary was moving at 0.9 a year and Ukraine at -7.5. It is obvious that free enterprise is the recipe for growth. Source. This is not to say that problems are not being experienced throughout the former USSR. When a people are subject to the kind of collectivist atmosphere - that sees creativity punished, stagnation enforced, freedom of the mind suppressed, and inefficiency encouraged - for as long as the Eastern Europeans were, the cure is never immediate. But given time, and further liberalization, communisms leftovers will be overcome.

    Hello from Bainbridge Island, WA

    By Elle,
    Hello I'm Elle. I'm a first year college student working with my Dad to run a small business in investment consulting and research. I'm geared towards an economics major at the moment, but I'm sure anyone in school knows what it feels like feeling out your major in your first year. I'm looking forward to exchanging thoughts with you. -Elle

    How the ARI recycles essays

    By AutoJC,
    Damnit, Peter Schwartz! Please stop recycling your essays! First, on October 6, 2003 Then, on April 8, 2004 He just changed the first sentence in the first paragraph, then all else stayed the same. Other authors there do this, too. Certainly, with the intelligent minds over there, ARI can do better than that.

    new campus club site: FSU Objectivism

    By ZiggyKD,
    I thought it'd be a good idea to put something about my club's web site here as my first post. The club was just formed this January at Florida State University, and we've already got a speaker coming by - Andrew Bernstein will give a lecture on Global Capitalism in a few weeks here. FSU Objectivism I've been thinking of reworking the layout a bit, organization isn't as tight as I'd like it to be. Any thoughts?

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