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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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    What Has the 'Pro-Life' Movement Won?

    By Boydstun,
    What Has the Pro-Life Movement Won? by Ross Douthat - 2 April 2021 Excellent review of what it has come to in the US. Legally and politically well-informed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Content of Roe and a Moral Rationale

    Russian invasion of Ukraine/Belief of Mainstream Media Narrative

    Economic Freedom
    By Economic Freedom,
    *** Split from: Objectivists are working to save the world from tyranny--isn't that altruism? *** >Just today I saw a news report that a gov't official in Russia had said that domestic opponents to Russia's current war in Ukraine will be sent to concentration camps. What was the news source? Most of what mainstream media has presented to the public regarding Ukraine has been propaganda. Even many images have been shown to be hoaxes. Ethnic Russians who speak Russian but live

    There Is No "Thing-In-Itself"

    From a recent discussion: "Nietzsche also rejects the need for a world beyond the world of appearances (the thing-in-itself)..." Rand does not merely reject the "need" for noumena. She regards the very concept as invalid: "But 'things-in-themselves' as separated from consciousness and yet discussed in terms of a consciousness—is an invalid equivocation" (Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, Appendix Discussions). It is an equivocation on "consciousness" because in order to metaphy

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I'm taking next week off for the holiday and for travel. I'll be back on July 13. In the meantime, there's lots here to keep you busy. Happy Independence Day! *** Notable Commentary "A fetus is not an independently existing, physically self-sufficient being that can have rights." -- Agustina Vergara Cid, in "Government Should Not Interfere With the Right to an Abortion" (The Orange County Register) "We can accomplish much more freeing America's energy sector from overregulation than turning t

    Reblogged:Free Markets (Also) Kicked to Curb by Dobbs

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    In a very interesting column, Jonah Goldberg considers the meaning of the recent Dobbs decision in terms of the political coalition that he calls the "conservative movement." Recall that this "movement" was always at best a temporary alliance among portions of society being marginalized by the left:Note that each of these legs represents through an imperfect or corrupt proxy something truly valuable that Americans generally support, but are intellectually confused about: economic freedom, the n

    Why use the Word “Selfishness” explanation only gets you half way there

    By freestyle,
    I just came across the below video… Why Use the Word “Selfishness”? YouTube TheObjectivistStandard C. Biddle And this is something I’ve been kicking around for about 12 years now… and I still don’t have a good answer.  Biddle does a solid job of explaining and reiterating what Rand said at the start of TVOS.   While understanding that is important, there is a very important aspect of the question that the explanation misses. I  have found that most people (even altruists) unders

    Reblogged:An Investment Strategy Applied to Consulting

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    "The best part of being a statistician is that you get to play in everybody else's backyard." -- John Tukey, as quoted by John D. Cook *** At SIAM News is a valuable and entertaining interview of statistican and mathematical consultant John D. Cook by Krešimir Josić. I have followed Cook's blog, originally titled The Endeavour, for years. A short excerpt from the interview will do double duty for showing why I follow Cook and why you might consider reading the whole interview:The above quote is

    Great Description of Objectivist Metaphysics

    By KyaryPamyu,
    It's a talk on Vedanta philosophy, but it's almost a word for word exposition of Rand's take on metaphysics. He explains how the validity of perception ('appearance') cannot be denied through reasoning, because the concepts used in reasoning are derived from perception. Unfortunately, he then claims to have a solution, which is to 'go beyond' the notions of space, time and causality. But one can easily retort: 'beyond' and 'within' are spacial concepts. You can go the whole way an

    Your Thoughts on Modern Poetry

    By KyaryPamyu,
    I know poetry is the most hot-button issue on this forum, but I'm chiming in with yet another installment, this time on modern poetry. Usually when we talk, we use whatever words, metaphors and styles help us effectively communicate the message.  In poetry, however, the form is not passive, but an active participant in achieving the desired meaning and effect. We all know that rhyme and meter are artificial, but check this out, if I write the next words Like             This

    Reblogged:January 6: A Win for Divided Government?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit speculates that the big winner in the January 6 hearings is Ron DeSantis, who already looks like the Republican's best bet to win in 2024:I think this analysis is spot-on, but I think that Trump will run again unless he dies or is legally barred from running again, which I am inclined to think he should be. If Trump is the Republican nominee, he will probably lose simply because he antagonizes enough people -- as we saw in 2020 when he lost with the second-highest p

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