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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:When Your Planner Disrupts

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Noticing that the way I maintain my daily planner was causing me distraction, I recently realized that a major problem was that I was attempting to use the same document to simultaneously track what venture capitalist Paul Graham might call the maker's and the manager's aspects of my schedule, or Cal Newport (author of Deep Work) might call deep and shallow work, or Alex Epstein might call what-thinking and how-thinking. (These categories do not completely overlap, but they together indicate th

    Reblogged:Utilities Wrongly Blamed for Surcharges

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A ProPublica piece by Talia Buford titled, "The Obscure Charges That Utility Companies Add to Your Bills" discusses "16 lurking surcharges" on bills from a New Jersey electric utility. Predictably and wrongly, the article departs from there to impugn utilities nationwide for cheating their customers and implying that they have a freer hand to run their own affairs than they actually do: In other words, utilities have to go through regulators to set rates -- which are apparently not adequate t

    Reblogged:Altruism vs. Objective Communication

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The Campaign for Free Speech recently released disturbing poll results (PDF) showing, among other things, that a slim majority of Americans regard the First Amendment as "outdated" and in need of a re-write. Image by Miguel Henriques, via Unsplash, license. Furthermore, about half of respondents thought (undefined) "hate speech" should be illegal and over three quarters regarded the following as true: "The First Amendment allows anyone to say their opinion no matter what, and they are protec

    Peikoff’s Dissertation – Prep

    By Boydstun,
    . The Status of the Law of Contradiction in Classical Logical Ontologism Leonard Peikoff – Ph.D. Dissertation (NYU 1964) Leonard Peikoff first met Ayn Rand when he was seventeen. That was in 1951. His cousin Barbara Wiedman (later Branden) had become a friend of Rand’s in the preceding year. The young friends of Rand had read and been greatly moved by her novel The Fountainhead, and they were greatly impressed with Rand and her philosophical ideas as conveyed to them in convers

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