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"
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By Universal Poet,
Hello. I'm new to the boards and I'd like to take this opportunity to ask a starter question (I hope it's not inappropriate). I have heard this term 'New Intellectual' in relation to objectivism, and I want to know what a new intellectual is and where do I to start. Is there an ideal starting point? I know very little of objectivism and I fear saying what I may know incase I'm wrong. Cheers David
Hello there fellow rational minds. My name is Andrew, and let me just say I'm elated to discover ObjectivismOnline.net. I'm currently a senior in high school with plans on dual majoring in business and computer science with a minor in economics when I attend college in the fall. My father was the one who introduced me to Objectivism by giving me a copy of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (a paperback from 1967 that still had in it a subscription card for the monthly journal "The Objectivist"). I was absolutely fascinated by the works within the book with some of my favorites being "America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business", "'Extremism,' or The Art of Smearing", and "Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise" (although I must admit every article provided me with valuable insight). I then moved onto The Fountainhead (the same copy my grandfather read in 1947) and I've pronounced myself an Objectivist ever since, and unless I experience an epiphany an Objectivist is what I will stay. I attend a private high school where a substantial majority of the students and faculty belong on the American-Left side of the political spectrum. It's so out there that, to give on example, the administration requires students to attend school during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day where we listen to the University of Michigan's Keynote speaker who has for the past two years been, respectively, Grace Lee Boggs and Lani Guinier. Between our post-modern English classes and a school initiated diversity program it's hard for the average student not to subscribe to a Leftist ideology by osmosis. I started an online newspaper last year entitled The Discourse in an attempt to voice my philosophy to the school as a whole. I look forward to diving into serious philosophical discussions!
Hello. I'm 15 years old, in grade 10 at high school. I discovered Ayn Rand/Objectivism over a year ago when I found The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution in my family's library. I am now a true-blue (ARI) Objectivist. My career interest is law, probably business law (which I will practice in the U.S.A.). I'm rather busy with school right now, but I'll log on as regularly as possible. I'll try to get a picture up in the near future.
Since encountering Objectivism, I developed a deep interest in the personal philosophies and lives of our Founding Fathers. I have started a collection of such works as The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, The Federalist Papers, Notes on Virginia by Thomas Jefferson, etc. What has really suprised me is that many of these men were not Christians. Since I can remember, I have heard that old bromide, "This nation was founded on Christianity, by golly!" I can't figure out where this myth originated. The Founding Fathers were quite clear as to their position on Religion. John Adams even said in the Treaty of Tripoli that "this nation is in no sense founded on the Christian religion." So why am I still encountering people who say that it was founded on Christianity? When I ask them why they think this I rarely get anything coherent. Anyone else still running into this?