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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"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Immigration restrictions

    By MisterSwig,
    I did not base my argument on that. I see immigration laws and border control as public safety measures, intended to protect individual rights. Let's imagine that there were no government, and we lived in a small frontier settlement. We would have to worry much more about our general safety. Thus, it would be appropriate and right for us to organize like-minded folk and to initiate security patrols of the settlement's boundaries. We'd want to stop and question strangers before permitting them to get close to the heart of our community. Extend that scenario to a nation with a government, and we get a large security agency devoted to controlling the entire border. Its mandate is not based on violating your rights. On the contrary, it's based on protecting them. All rights are held within a context. The right to free association is held within the context of the society or nation which protects that right for you. Our government therefore has no obligation to protect or respect your desire to associate with someone from another country. It must first determine whether that foreigner represents an objective threat to the general welfare of the citizens it protects. And only after some vetting at the border can such a determination be made.

    The Case for Open Objectivism

    Azrael Rand
    By Azrael Rand,
    Hi, Originally posted this article on my minds page earlier today: https://www.minds.com/AzraelRand If you're interested, I also have a rebuttal to Stefan Molyneux's UPB: https://www.minds.com/AzraelRand/blog/an-objective-critique-of-stefan-molyneux-s-universally-prefe-891837573402587136

    Reblogged:Lax Property Protection and Water Pollution

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Last week, in a post titled "Cause -- or Apt Analogy?," I stated incorrectly (but admittedly from hazy memory), that "At one time, for example, property rights to riverbeds were taken away from their owners so companies could dump waste into them without fear of being sued." An interested commenter asked for a citation or source, which I was unable to supply.

    Fortunately, reader Snedcat mentioned in a comment of his own a couple of illuminating sources directly pertinent to the matter:
    I find the following passage, from the first of these, particularly relevant:
    So I was generally correct that government protection of the property rights of many downstream of polluters was lessened. But these weren't rights to the riverbed. I further think that it would be wrong to infer or imply that the property status of rivers were ever laid out perfectly at any time.

    With that, let me thank Snedcat for the helpful correction and my much-improved understanding of those historical developments. (And chalk one up to the value of admitting when you don't have an answer.)

    -- CAV Link to Original

    Emotions vs Objectivism

    By brainsage,
    Greetings, Perhaps, someone here knows where to find the pdf files (or any other format) of the Emotions vs Objectivism books? Or the related materials. I've been searching the online libraries and there's only a limited access (several pages). In particular, I'm interested in the non-verbal expression of emotions and how they are treated from the rejection point of view. I've been analyzing emotional space of the text, so I need to concentrate on the three specific aspects of non-verbal expression: optical-kinesthetic, acoustical and autonomic symptoms. And then the task is to compare the possibility of rejection in each of the three cases. Hope to find at least something.. Thanks, David  

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