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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:Will DeSantis Fight, and for Whom?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit notes that Florida's Governor, Ron DeSantis, may soon have to take a stand on an issue that can severely damage his chances for reelection, not to mention his presidential prospects:Allahpundit correctly notes that no matter what DeSantis does in such a situation, he stands to lose political capital. DeSantis has so far seemed the heir apparent to the kind of voters Donald Trump has attracted to the Republican Party, in part due to his reputation as a "fighter," and

    Reblogged:NLRB vs. the Truth

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A column in the Washington Examiner discusses the ramifications of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) opposition to what it calls "captive audience" meetings, in which employers explain the ramifications of unionizing to their employees:The author is far more charitable than the bureaucrats at the NLRB deserve when he says they underestimate the problem of peer pressure around such meetings: Past efforts to expand union membership have also centered around procedures that would have inv

    Reblogged:Autism Cases Track Organic Food Sales

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    But, as scientists know, correlation does not imply causation. Over at the Genetic Literacy Project, Arvind Suresh debunks the idea that the increase in autism cases over the past couple of decades might be due to vaccines, or GMOs paired with glyphosate. In fact, he argues that there is a solid explanation for the increase. But before getting to that explanation, Suresh recaps the sordid beginnings of such scares in the case of research fraud that kicked off the original vaccine scare, and br

    Reblogged:Michael Mann's Koch-Up

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    While listening to a recent interview of Alex Epstein by Yaron Brook, I got wind of an interesting piece at the Epstein's Energy Talking Points substack. The interview is, of course, mostly about Fossil Future, which is available today, but at one point, the conversation turned to one of the many tired old ways leftists attack opponents they won't engage (and probably couldn't answer anyway), namely the old Who Paid for That? gotcha. Not only is that a lousy argument to begin with (as Joakim B

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Kid-Related Things... ... Which Are Also Four Random Wins From the Positive Focus Logs *** 1. My son, who is almost nine, has been a picky eater all his life. Although he is branching out, albeit very slowly, having takeout at home used to present a conundrum for us: Let him pick the restaurant at the risk of boring the rest of us -- or not, with him having to eat his usual default sandwich or something he's not really going to enjoy? That's suboptimal on the evening, and neither is any

    Reblogged:Abortion Also Preserves Male Autonomy

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I recall life as a young man enough to remember that the abortion debate was, in a certain sense, not "real" to me. I was in no danger of becoming pregnant myself, and I made sure I wasn't the only one using contraception. I considered and accepted Ayn Rand's arguments in favor of abortion, but my understanding wasn't on a gut level. The passion to stand up for that right, as well as the thirst for the knowledge to become clearer about the issue were both less for me then than they are now. Thi

    Why does life begin at birth?

    Mr Jenko
    By Mr Jenko,
    Hey all - this is my first post. Please help me with the below (probably novice question).   Consciousness is that faculty of an entity which perceives existence. One must exist (and be living) to perceive existence. The unborn processes sensory material - perceiving existence- during some stage in its development. This is measurable by various technology from what I gather. Individuation of the unborn entity from the entity of the mother must therefor occur prior to its physical separat

    Ayn Rand: Her Life, Her Philosophy

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    . Who Is Ayn Rand? Ayn Rand in Her Own Words

    Reblogged:Shellenberger Profiled at Common Sense

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At Bari Weiss's Common Sense Substack blog is a good profile of best-selling author and California gubernatorial candidate Michael Shellenberger, whose Apocalypse Never I enjoyed and highly recommend. Its title is "Can a Red-Pilled Tree-Hugger Save California?" I think the piece does a very good job of describing the promise and limits of the Shellenberger candidacy, and why he could win in California:The bad and the good of Shellenberger is that he has a far-left background -- He was even a Ch

    Objectivist values and the personal.

    Akilah
    By Akilah,
    Very simply, the three cardinal values are reason, purpose, and self-esteem. Which I presume are ranked in that order as well. My question is, how does one integrate his own values with the three cardinal values and remain consistent? Exempli gratia, 'health', or 'wealth' and so on.

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