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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:Both Parties Wrong on 'Globalization'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    John Stossel has a column that correctly calls out Joe Biden and Donald Trump as both being wrong about free trade, which both parties smear as "globalization" when it's convenient. The piece briefly debunks five common myths, and I was glad to see Imports take jobs from Americans addressed as Myth No. 2:The piece avoids putting off readers with detailed descriptions of the economic laws that make free trade a good thing, opting for more colloquial descriptions. For example, the Law of Compara

    Censorship in Scotland?

    Doug Morris
    By Doug Morris,
    A New York Times opinion piece by a columnist named Ross Douthat says that Scotland has passed a new anti-hate-speech law that threatens free speech.  "The new Scottish law criminalizes public speech deemed “insulting” to a protected group (as opposed to the higher bar of “abusive”), and prosecutors need only prove that the speech was “likely” to encourage hatred rather than being explicitly intended to do so. One can offer a defense based on the speech in question being “reasonable,” and there

    Reblogged:Trump Tries to Sidestep Abortion

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Donald Trump, whose Supreme Court appointments eventually overturned Roe vs. Wade, has stuck his finger into the wind and decided his best chance at a second term lies with pretending that abortion isn't really a big issue. The right, which only cares about (a) banning abortion and (b) whether Trump can win (in that order), is mostly in a bubble, taking him "seriously but not literally:" They sense that Trump will say whatever is most likely to get him elected and will roll with whatever progre

    Anthem

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Ayn Rand’s novella ANTHEM, published in 1938 and revised in a 1946 edition, is set in a fictitious collectivist community, one smaller and simpler than Kira’s historical setting in WE THE LIVING. Rand’s ANTHEM is presented as a journal kept by her protagonist whose name is Equality 7-2521. He records that he dares to choose, in the secrecy of his own mind, work he hopes to do when leaving the Home of the Students. He loves the Science of Things. He hopes he will be selected to be a scholar, but

    Head Up and Forward – Moving Through Life with Ease and Poise – The Alexander Technique

    monart
    By monart,
    In the fifty years since I first studied Ayn Rand’s works and, in applying Objectivist principles to the life around and within me, I found several important ideas that made significant improvements in my life, which I offer here to those may be interested. One is described in the following. Head Up and Forward – Moving Through Life with Ease and Poise – The Alexander Technique Many individuals move through life in a hunched, twisted, and crooked manner (to some degree), unbalanced, un

    Determinism as presented by Dr. Robert Sapolsky

    Solvreven
    By Solvreven,
    Hi, I'm curious about you're arguments against Robert Sapolsky's "idea of Determinism". I think he has made the strongest case there ever has been for determinism, I myself do not agree with him, as I think he starts at the wrong level. For those not familiar with his works, here's an introduction:   

    Foundational Frames: Descartes and Rand

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    I should locate this work and its Addendums in this collection of works. I expect to be adding yet another addendum, this one on Descartes and Rand in their relations to Aristotle's metaphysics and philosophy of mechanics and biology. Foundational Frames: Descartes and Rand

    Original Sham

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    The Original Sham was that mortality was not naturally inherent in life. According to this sham, death as a general phenomenon among humans needed an explanation outside the nature of life, the explanation on offer being that there had been an artificial devising of a systematic preclusion of endless life, making all humans mortal. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and care for it. He told the man ‘You may eat from every tree in the garden, but not form

    Can an Objectivist also be ethnically Jewish?

    visaplace
    By visaplace,
    When I am asked whether I am Jewish, I reply as follows: No. I was raised Jewish but I do not consider myself Jewish; I am an atheist. Some have argued that I could have answered "yes" to this question and qualify my answser by saying that I am "ethnically Jewish". I think this is a misleading charaterization and is concept-stealing. Judiasm, is a religion. As such, to be a member of that religion, one has to believe in the existence of god at minimum. Now a Jew would argue that you could

    Ayn Rand and dualism

    QuidProQuo
    By QuidProQuo,
    I know that Ayn Rand does not reduce the consciousness to the brain, but what is the metaphysical status of it in her view? Not reducible to the brain but an emergent property of the brain? Where can I read more on this topic specifically in Objectivism? 

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