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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"

    I have made "Objections to Objectivism", a podcast that examines problems with Objectivism, as a way myself to learn it. Would love feedback.

    Szalapski
    By Szalapski,
      Great to find this forum, I'll browse around and hopefully have some time to jump in. I have made "Objections to Objectivism", a podcast that examines problems with Objectivism, as a way myself to learn it. Would love feedback.This podcast is intended for those with a bit of familiarity with Objectivism, but even those who have never looked into Objectivism or Rand, this podcast is still for them, as I try to explain the basics before examining them. I'm guessing many members here know more about the topics than I do and you will find much to comment on, object to, or agree with. Let me know what you think!  I'll read every reply here, or just e-mail the address I give in the podcast. Here's the main podcast feed and the podcast website. Also you can find it on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, and PodcastAddict as well as any podcast app you might have. Just look for "Objections to Objectivism" using your app's podcast search/add feature.  

    How Does "A is A" Connect to Government?

    Dustin86
    By Dustin86,
    Try as I might, I still do not know what laws and theorems in formal logic such as "A is A" have to do with government. To me, it makes as much sense if she started talking about dinosaurs and tried to connect that to how the government should be run. The two seem to have nothing to do with each other.

    Failure To Launch Epidemic

    Tenderlysharp
    By Tenderlysharp,
    I read this article this morning and am having some thoughts about the issue of Failure to Launch.  This article complains that children are being coddled, but doesn't suggest much more solution than having a family meal: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/nation-wimps/201612/the-failure-launch-epidemic   Competition for resources has made it much more difficult for a young person to own his home.  When you own your home you have a greater drive to keep it.  When most of your energy is being drained to a vampire rent lord you lose ambition.  If the housing industry is being manipulated by realtor vampires, why put all that energy into a middle man between you and the former owner of the home?  When the government is devaluing the dollar to make it look like there are gains in the economy, how can you keep the fruits of your effort?  Why put any effort into feeding the parasites?  Our parents 401K's gain money through rental properties, our parents generation is living off of our generation.  In China three generations live together, and China is now buying up 'investment' property in the US.  Why leave home?  If you refute my arguments please divulge if you own rental property, and how that is good for the economy.

    Reblogged:Huh-Huh, He Said 'Engineer'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Government officials in Oregon have been channeling Beavis and Butthead (NSFW), perseverating on a few isolated syllables in a communication. Too bad the resemblance ends there. Unlike the adolescents, the officials' infatuation with the word, "engineer" had real-world consequences for the man who had the temerity to use it: The state fined the man $500.00 -- while ignoring everything of substance he said about a traffic hazard he was trying to help a local traffic authority correct: This is not the first timeoccupational licensing laws have infringed on freedom of speech, nor will it be the last, but I am glad to learn that the Institute for Justice has taken up the case:Interested readers can read a brief press release about the lawsuit at the web site of the Institute for Justice.

    -- CAV Link to Original

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