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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:Shellenberger Rebuts MoJo RE: Sri Lanka

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I'm glad to see that John Stossel has written about Sri Lanka's centrally-planned "organic" farming debacle. This is first and foremost because the story has gotten much less attention than it deserves, even as some Western countries are getting ready to make the same mistake. Many more people need to know about this. On top of that, the fact that this story isn't all over the place doesn't mean that the left isn't busy crafting a narrative to cover its tracks, as Stossel notes and addresses i

    Reblogged:DeSantis Puts It All on the Line

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At The American Mind is a transcript of remarks by Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida to the recent National Conservatism Conference. I regard the Governor as both a likely contender for President in 2024 and a strong candidate. I am still digesting this -- it's just shy of 10,000 words, about a half-hour read -- but it is the best outline I know of of DeSantis's political philosophy, and I highly recommend it for the purpose of evaluating him as a political candidate. In my opinion, the below t

    Reblogged:DeSantis Blows Opportunity, 'Owns the Libs' Instead

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Apparently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently mass-transported Venezuelan immigrants on our dime to the virtue-signaling "sanctuary" of Martha's Vineyard. In doing so, according to conservatives, he called them on their bluff, exposing them as hypocrites. Maybe they are hypocrites, but if they were, it would hardly be the end of the story, although DeSantis might want you to think so. Get a load of this sample from the column-length dressing-down Newsweek gave the people of Martha's Viney

    Yuval Noah Harari

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    This is a philosopher that is getting traction and seems concerning. On one hand he as some valid points to make but his attack on the existence of freewill may be problematic. Here I think the word liberal is used to mean classical liberal. In particular the belief that "you can't decide what desires you have", in one context (in the moment) may be true, but not over all. Harari wrote that although the idea of free will and the liberal values based upon it "emboldened people who had to fig

    Reblogged:Biden Admin Endangers Franchise Model

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Writing at Inc., Suzanne Lucas discusses a regulatory change that threatens to end the practice of running business franchises and to greatly increase the improper, government-backed power of labor unions. This change relates to how one determines who is or is not an employee. Lucas rehashes recent history, in which McDonald's won a protracted fight with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) so it could continue offering franchises to small business owners profitably -- that is, without hav

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Blog Roundup 1. At How to Be Profitable and Moral, Jaana Woiceshyn reminds us of the meaning of Labor Day on the way to outlining how irrational anti-fossil fuel policies endanger the way of life we celebrate on that holiday:In the next sentence, Woiceshyn points to a piece by Rex Murphy titled, "Environmentalists' Biggest Triumph Was to Aid Vladimir Putin." Greens endanger not just our prosperity, but also our security. 2. Over at Value for Value, Harry Binswanger has made available a versi

    Reblogged:Three Cheers for Car Occupant Safety

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the independent nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (founded in 1959), engineers conducted and filmed a head-on offset crash between a 1959 Chevy Bel Air and a 2009 Chevy Malibu. It's an old article and an old video, but they're worthwhile examples of the marvels of technology well applied to the problem of human flourishing:This video is special to me for a couple of reasons. First, as someone who is quick to complain about misappli

    Reblogged:Lefty Rues Lack of 'Safety Net' From Bad Policy (!)

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    En route to other things, I ran across a remarkable column at CNN by Jill Filipovic. Its headline? "America Has a Problem. We, My Fellow Progressives, Must Admit It." It's about the severe hardships caused by the prolonged and unnecessary school closures, particularly in "progressive" areas, during the early part of the Covid pandemic. If you were hoping for a mea culpa or at least the beginnings of a serious bit of soul-searching, you will be disappointed, however. Yes, Filipovic all but adm

    Reblogged:CEO Eviscerated ESG Long Ago

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Via a two-part analysis of "The Evil of ESG" (which I recommend) by Yaron Brook, I learned of a lengthy reply by Cypress CEO T. J. Rodgers to a nun who "criticiz[ed] the lack of racial and gender diversity of Cypress's Board of Directors." After carefully explaining why even attempting to hire by such criteria in the mid 1990's would be a fool's errand, Rodgers explains at some length why the principles of ESG -- then called "corporate responsibility" -- would harm his business and his investor

    Reblogged:To Change the Law, Don't Undermine Rule of Law

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I am pro-choice until the moment of birth, but I cannot support this resolution.*** Pine Lake, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, has unanimously passed a resolution against the use of local funds -- or law enforcement -- to enforce that state's reproductive rights-violating "heartbeat law:"The resolution -- which the city had legal help drafting -- seems designed to provoke a test case or cause the theocrats who support such law to feel some well-deserved political pressure. Other localities and var

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