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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"
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    Reblogged:So Many Ways to Say, "Shut Up!"

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Or: Unintentionally Good Advice from Lifehacker

    Recently, Lifehacker posted a "guide" on how to tell if you're "mansplaining." Being in a perverse mood, I took a look at it and found it to be even more ridiculous than I expected. Having two young children, I found the following to be not only the most amusing passage, but also the most illuminating:
    It is a good idea to practice being aware of signs that someone is becoming defensive and asking oneself whether it might be due to problems in one's communication style. But, given the insulting term and its source from the "microagression crowd, it is hard to take this advice as anything other than, "Walk on eggshells or shut up." I can't help but imagine myself talking to a kid in a contrary mood when I read the above -- and being expected to concede to their demands every time I see so much as a pout. (But shame? Really? If someone feels embarrassed when confronted with a differing opinion, it's on them to examine why: That's a completely different feeling than the justifiable anger about being treated badly.)

    Having said the above, the article is "right" by accident about one thing: If you are scrupulous about etiquette, and about how you communicate with others, and find yourself facing someone about to melt down, anyway, it probably is time to end the conversation. But this is because you are likely wasting your time.

    -- CAV

    P.S. I am old enough to remember when "woman driving" was, as this piece puts it of "mansplaining", "a thing." Even if women then were more likely to be poor drivers or, as this article indicates, men are more likely to rudely express uninformed opinions, both terms are inherently insulting and have no place in polite conversation. Link to Original

    Reblogged:Roy Moore as a Cultural Symptom

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    After correctly noting that the media's objections to Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican candidate for Senator, "are the weakest reasons to reject Moore's candidacy," Scott Holleran delves into those reasons -- the ideas that motivate him to act lawlessly regarding separation of religion and state. His piece is worth a full read, and ends as follows:
    At the same time, there is something to be gleaned from allegations about Moore's taste for teen-aged girls. This is because they lead directly back to his religiously-based morality, as detailed by the Los Angeles Times:
    Many non-fundamentalists and even non-religious people are sympathetic to the idea that Christian morality is a beneficial cultural influence and foundational to American law. If you are one of them, and yet have a healthy distaste for treating children this way, I ask that you question this assumption. I recommend doing so (1) starting with "which sect of Christianity," and (2) ideally continuing to the point of asking what morality is for and further asking yourself why you should take any answer as to the nature of morality on faith. The first step is to remind yourself of a fact many religious people at American's founding were well aware of: Political power in the hands of a rival sect was a dangerous and potentially deadly proposition. (The solution, separation of church and state, mimicked, but did not imply understanding of a more general principle: Religion wielding political power is inimical to liberty.) The second is an opportunity to do something these poor child brides aren't permitted and too few people avail themselves of: A chance to consider the proposition that taking other people's word about big questions is a practice that stunts one's ability to live a fulfilling life.

    -- CAV Link to Original

    Sci-fi/fantasy Reading Recommendations

    jfortun
    By jfortun,
    Every time I see a bad piece of science fiction I need to purge the memory by reading something good. Any recommendations? I am currently reading Edding's Belgariad based on Stephen's (I think) recommendation and am trying to track down local copies of the The Golden Age trilogy. Any other recommendations? I have read all the standards (Orson Scott Card, Tolkien, Herbert, Simmons, Asimov, Anthony) and am looking to branch out. Thanks! (also any worthwhile mystery recommendations would be appreciated)

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    dream_weaver
    By dream_weaver,
    The rise and fall of Hudson's Big Store in Detroit   Excerpt: A legend begins Joseph Lowthian Hudson and his father were running a men's clothing store in Ionia, then a small lumber town. When the Panic of 1873 struck, the town's sawmills were silenced. Without work, their customers couldn't shop. Then Hudson's father died. J.L. Hudson went bankrupt. His creditors got 60 cents on the dollar. Hudson dusted himself off and moved to Detroit to start over. In 1881, he opened his first store on the ground floor of the old Detroit Opera House on Campus Martius. In 1888, he was so successful, he repaid all the creditors he had shorted in bankruptcy in full — and with compound interest. [emphasis mine.]   The imploded store mentioned in this story was reported to be near where Gratiot Ave and Woodward Ave crossed. I have recollection of a building being imploded closer to Six or Seven Mile Rd and Woodward at the time, similar in description.

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