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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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    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Blog Roundup 1. Over at Thinking Directions, Jean Moroney discusses mental blankness, why it occurs, and what to do and not to do about it. The last is common enough that what she says about it should motivate the reader to find out what to do instead:There is a better way, and Moroney draws on Rudyard Kipling to make that way memorable. 2. Jason Crawford comments on the cautionary tale about what Wired called "the longest-running vaporware story in the history of the computer industry." Hi

    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

    An Old but New Attack on Ayn Rand

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    I would love to have some help refuting everything in this article. It is pretty hard hitting and many of my friends are asking me about it. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/8/1/2113850/-How-a-Child-Killer-Set-the-Stage-for-Today-s-Republicans-to-Revel-in-Cruelty I do have a refutation of the murder (Hickman) issue here https://aynrand.no/did-ayn-rand-admire-killer-william-hickman/

    From Charlottesville – An Inspiration, a Hope

    By Boydstun,
    Excellent guest essay today 8/11/22 in NYT: I Was Injured by a White Supremacist in Charlottesville. Strangers Lifted Me Up.

    Reblogged:Initial Conditions and Collaboration

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    IT professional Rachel Kroll once stumbled upon an indicator inherent to some projects that can indicate when a team of collaborators isn't holding up their end of the deal:Way back in my Navy days, when I learned about standard operating procedures, part of that learning was to make sure the initial conditions for any given procedure were in effect at the outset. Kroll's story reminds me a little bit of that. In any case, although Kroll stumbled on her concept by introspection when a project w

    Forum Rank (2022)

    By dream_weaver,
    Invision Software updated (v4.7.0, 7/5/2022) Invision Software updated (v4.7.1) recently (8/9/2022). I'm looking at the section regarding ranking. This question had been asked earlier Forum Rank (2005) The rank values appear to be the same, so why ranks have changed recently does not appear to be related to this off hand. Under the heading Achievement Rules there are: Comment/Reply Posted, 1 point. Comment/Reply Posted, 1 point. Content Item Posted, 1 point. Ranks have

    Reblogged:GOP: Why Not Just Say 'We're a Bunch of Idiots'?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The Republican Party has just made an attack so stupid it's receiving pushback from conservative bloggers, such as John Sexton of Hot Air. Nancy Pelosi, who ruffled feathers worldwide by visiting Taiwan, recently misspoke, saying, "China is one of the freest societies in the world..." So the "RNC Research" Twitter account posted it. Contra RNC Research, it is good for one's credibility and one's cause to acknowledge when an opponent gets something right. Naturally, the likes of Donald Trump, Jr

    Rand v. Wolff

    By Boydstun,
    ~Wolff, Rand~

    Reblogged:Partisan Media Miss Good News

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A couple of conservative news outlets report on the damage caused by leftist institutions due to poor Covid reporting by left-mainstream media and poor pandemic policy by the left, specifically in New York state. 'Left-mainstream' media, you say, Gus? Yes. It's not the main point of my post, but I have thought for some time that we now have two mainstream media, one catering to each of the two dominant political tribes of the country. Both of these part-report news and part-spin it to promote

    Reblogged:Latest Glyphosate Smear Misses 80% of Context

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    If you are suspicious of glyphosate (aka Roundup) because it seems to keep popping up in the news, let me recommend the most recent debunking of the most recent smear-piece in that particular Luddite campaign to sow ignorance and panic. Writing for the Genetic Literacy Project, a great resource for this kind of thing, horticulturalist Kevin Folta performs a lengthy and thorough debunking of the Guardian piece, which headlined "'Disturbing:' Weedkiller Ingredient Tied to Cancer Found in 80% of U

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