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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

    All forms of wealth created by the mind

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    I have trouble with the idea that people go onto an island and there are fruit trees there. They are a form of wealth already there for the taking. How does that fit in with the quote below? Also a stream with fresh water. Granted one must reach out and pick the fruit or pick it off the ground, but the wealth does not have to be created. So what is the definition of wealth here?   "The source of property rights is the law of causality. All property and all forms of wealth are produced b

    2024 US Election

    By Boydstun,
    2024 US Senate Elections  

    Reblogged:Dershowitz on the Hush Money Trial

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Capitalism Magazine is a piece by Alan Dershowitz which explains (a) how the Trump hush money trial is a cynical mockery of the judicial system, and (b) why everyone, regardless of where they stand on Trump, should be alarmed. I am no fan of Trump, but have long suspected that this trial was an abuse of the legal system by the Democrats. The below makes it plain that I was right:This would be an outrage on its own, but in the context of Democrat foot-dragging on the three legitimate rea

    Opposition to Objectivism, Objectivists coming from Libertarians? What to make of it, especially from our perspective?

    By Mthomas9s,

    Reblogged:No: French Fries Aren't Cigarettes. Next.

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Among the legion panics mongered via TikTok is one that sounds like such a perfect hybrid of earworm and "eight glasses of water a day"-type garbage folk wisdom that "helpful" busybodies latch onto that I am sure I'll hear it at least seventy times over the next month. The title of a nice piece of debunkery (HT: Genetic Literacy Project) contains the fallacy: "No, Eating French Fries Is Not the Same as Smoking Cigarettes." A psychiatrist, one Paul Saladino, is responsible for arming your local

    The Transporter Problem

    By DonAthos,
    In another recent thread, I was invited to make this one to explore what I'm calling "the transporter problem." In quick summary then, the "problem" considers the famous Star Trek transporter. It purports to disassemble a person (into whatever constituent elements) and then reassemble that person in identical fashion (and perhaps from the same constituent elements) at some distance. In Star Trek, people routinely utilize this technology; however (granting that this would someday be feasible

    Pro-Capitalist Brevity

    By avakrael,
    America's [Life, Liberty, & Happiness] VERSUS the Dark Ages' [Nasty, Brutish, & Short] Which do you prefer?

    The Objectivist philosophy on art in a nutshell

    By 123Me,
    Hi, I am looking for information by those who consider themselves to have a basic grasp of Objectivist philosophy, mainly aesthetics.  My question involves all art, but without that option in the forum I figure that I should put it in the visual art spot. So, my base assumption is that with Objectivism, there is a particular standard for art, namely, idealism if I remember reading right. Can someone please explain to me the concept of idealism in art, looking kind of for a "idealism in a

    Microtubules, Quantum and Indeterminism

    By Solvreven,
    So I'm not sure how many in this forum has seen this update. There might be some evidence that suggests that conciousness is created by something called microtubules. At the same time the study shows that the brain uses Quantum Effects that as far as we know are indetermined. This does not prove that we have free will, but it ties a theory between Quantum Mechanics and Metaphysics. Hope this could be interesting for more people here. Here's a video:    

    Reblogged:Who Needs Neville Chamberlain?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Two news stories yesterday perfectly illustrate the moral bankruptcy of today's American foreign policy. In the first, the Associated Press reports the death of the President of Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, and who himself has been called the "Butcher of Tehran" for carrying out mass executions of political prisoners in 1988 for that barbarous, outlaw theocracy:The second story shows what a farce the phrase holding them accountable above is:Cropped from image by unknown photographer, via

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