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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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    How Nazis Recruit Normie Conservatives For Meme Wars

    MisterSwig
    By MisterSwig,
    A couple weeks ago anonymous Nazis of the Alt-Right created a new meme on the image board called 4chan, and they convinced normal people and young students to spread it around schools via flyers. The campaign is worldwide, and it actually made national news here in the United States a few days ago. The truly troubling thing, however, is that most normal white folk don't understand how and why this meme was developed by Nazis, and many of them are unwittingly adopting its content into their own individual belief systems. Right now, to many ignorant conservatives, the simple notion that "it's okay to be white" seems like the most rational, enlightened response ever to anti-White Leftist memes about White Privilege and White Guilt. But how will these people react once they learn that IOTBW has its roots in racist, white nationalist culture? Depending on how well they have integrated the meme into the rest of their thoughts, they could be highly susceptible to further Nazi indoctrination. Perhaps uninitiated normies will search videos for "it's okay to be white," and perhaps they will see that in the top Google results is a fan-vid for an obscure Aggressive Force song called "It's okay to be white." And perhaps they will watch this punk rock video, which is full of racist propaganda, including images of Nazis and lyrics about denying the Holocaust. Or perhaps the ignorant newcomer will search for related images and find a similarly worded flyer for the Church of Creativity that reads: It's Alright To Be White. The Church of Creativity is an online white nationalist organization. They have been using this meme on flyers and website banners to encourage pride in one's white skin and recruit new members to the cause. The Nazis are not going away, and they have the right to spread their insidious rhetoric and propaganda. So the way to fight them is to stop being stupid and to stop being a clueless pawn in their cultural meme war with the anti-White Leftists. When more popular, mainstream people like Tucker Carlson defend IOTBW on Fox News, they think they are accepting a profound truth, when in reality they have become brainless fodder on the front lines of the meme war. If normal conservatives ever wake up to the truth about this particular meme, those who embraced it early on will be compelled to admit their stupidity, or they will be bounced from the realm of common sense and probably spiral down into the pits of identity politics, where the racists reside.

    What are you listening at the moment?

    Uriah
    By Uriah,
    Admins - please give it a try. This topic is for the members to share the music they are listening to, it supposed to be updated constantly. And this is what's keeping me awake: Air - Love 2 The French duel is now out with a new album. It is rare to hear this kind of statement from a professional musician but Dunckel and Godin thought that their last album Pocket Symphony wasn't satisfying, partly because of their recent project with Charlotte Gainsbourg 5.55 which took a lot of efforts. I heard today for the first time the new album Love 2 and it is very varied, this is one of those albums which don't produce very good singles (do the joy, sing sang sung) but are very good as a whole. Their best and first album Moon Safari was like that.

    Reblogged:Gladwell's Trumpian Disregard for Facts

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Editor's Note: I am taking the next couple of days off from blogging. Happy Thanksgiving, and I'll see you Monday.

    Dollars and Crosses recently pointed out a 2009 review, by Steven Pinker, of Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw -- and Other Adventures. The whole review is thought-provoking, but I'll make do here with an excerpt of an excerpt:
    Given that anyone, including Gladwell, could simply look these terms up (excepting "igon value", a term Gladwell, a mathematician's son, grossly misspells), this is more than jarring to me. In fact, it reminds me of the following quote about Donald Trump, by Onkar Ghate of the Ayn Rand Institute:
    Having a terminal degree, I have had my share of experiences hearing people holding out on things in my field that I can instantly see they know nothing about. But at least in many such cases, it would take more than a quick internet search or peek in a dictionary or checking back with an expert to correct the problem -- unlike, say, finding a definition of some term. On top of that, Gladwell was writing a book. Pinker goes on to note that a "common thread in Gladwell's writing is a kind of populism," and I must agree. I guess I now have an answer to an old question I raised here some time back, regarding another unflattering review:
    Pinker concedes that there can be value in Gladwell's writings, but cautions against his longer-form writing. I suppose so, but would say that my advice goes double in that situation: "[O]ne should never take just one person's word, however glib or authoritative, for anything."

    I suspect that many of the same cultural factors that make Gladwell a popular writer are also responsible for the rises of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, each of whom shows disdain for easily-discoverable truths in his own way.

    -- CAV Link to Original

    Private Property-Who Does It Belong to Anyway?

    Collectivist
    By Collectivist,
    Private Property-Who Does It Belong To Anyway?   If you recognize that a person has the right to live their own life then you must out of necessity recognize the right of a person to hold, give away, remove, regulate or sell private property as an owner sees fit. These two principles (the right to life and property) are inseparable. They have been the preeminent trait of American ideals since the founders of the nation signed the document of independence which separated us from the innumerable morose philosophies of the rest of the world. To deny these two principles of rights renders such persons as a meer stewards of the state. You may have bought you home, car, furniture etc. with your own money but the state may dispose of these possessions whenever or wherever it desires (without warning or permission) as is the case of millions of people living under rights denying totalitarian regimes. Let me provide a small example from a fictitious little town located somewhere USA. This town has a project going to replace worn, corroded and leaky sewer pipes within city limits. In order to lay new pipes the town must dig 6~10 to the right a main road intruding on private property. However most of the public would agree that the town has the right of egress to repair, prevent and eliminate public hazards with these limits. What the public would not agree is while performing this project, the city destroys homeowners driveways, expensive fixtures, garden beds and other private outways without a promise to repair any damage performed by the project.The damage stands for months with the public involved asking for but not getting any relief. The most they receive are vague promises that the town administration will deal with the damage caused at a later date...so on and so forth. Here is the problem: does the town own the right to your private property to ignore your requests for relief? If so does the town consider you just a steward in the way of “their” property without said rights? Are your taxes you pay on your property just a way to invade your wallet without care or responsibility? If so then the charter of rights Americans are said to have is just a sham, a trick and a “slight of hand” you.” This is what is called “creeping statism”, the kind when you wake up some time in the near future wondering what happened to you your family your property and your country! If private property turns out to, as it seems today, be but an annex to the state then the whole institution of Americanism falls by the wayside! Somehow we have lost our way and now serve a new principle that we, the people are servants of the government and not the other way around. Is this the kind of America that we and our children have to look forward too! I sincerely hope not, for me, for you, for our small fictitious town and for America!

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