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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,
    Four Things Image by Tom Barrett, via Unsplash, license.1. My Fun Web Site of the Week is that of the Cloud Appreciation Society, which bills itself as "the society for people who love the sky." There are several pictorial features worth looking at, including "Today's Cloud-a-Day," the "Cloud of the Month," "Recent Clouds Spotted," and news pertaining to clouds. There are also a book and a "Cloud-a-Day" phone app on offer. 2. I have no immediate use for this idea, but it's too good to forget

    Reblogged:Search Suggestion Answers Unasked Question

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    One of the Christmas gifts in the Van Horn household this year was a cup with a lid and a rubber bottom on it. My kids were toddlers recently enough that the rubber bottom reminded me of one of the many (and seemingly always proliferating) varieties of sippy cups out there. (Badly-designed sippy cups were something of a pet peeve to me back when the kids were toddlers.) I believe this screenshot of a search box and auto-completions is protected as Fair Use under U.S. copyright law.That kind of

    Some Bad News From Florida

    By necrovore,
    The religious book-banners are coming out in force: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=34489884 (which links to) https://popular.info/p/florida-teachers-told-to-remove-books This might make it a felony for a teacher to participate in the ARI's books for teachers program.

    Reblogged:Nationalists Are Glomming on to ESG

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At RealClear Energy is a column titled "When the New Right Meets the Old Left on ESG," by Rupert Darwall. It is notable for bringing up an interesting historical note and for warning about a possible trend. First, the history:Hmmm. Nuns trying to shame a business into becoming a sacrificial lamb... Sounds familiar, doesn't it? It's too bad BlackRock didn't have someone like T.J. Rodgers at its helm. Second, the warning:I am not sure what distresses me more here -- the fact that "conservative

    Reblogged:Gas Stove Myths; Leftist Myopia and Projection

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Nearly a year ago, I saw the hype machine revving up against gas stoves, per the following Tweet:See the screen-captured Tweet for the misquote (or slip of the tongue) regarding the fear-based throwing out of a gas oven, on the basis of one scientific study, taken out of context. Naturally (Hah!), since the right doesn't know how to do anything but ape the left, the developing story of how evil gas stoves supposedly are has turned into the latest "culture war." To hear the right, the feds are c

    Is Hypergamy Bad?

    Apollo Masters
    By Apollo Masters,
    I wrote a script about hypergamy and I would like to know your guys' thought about it. More specifically, I think that hypergamy is bad, and I want to know if you agree that hypergamy is bad, and if my solution is practical. To begin: Hypergamy is when women only date men who are superior to them. For example: A hypergamous woman who makes $250,000 a year, would only date a man who makes more than $250,000. If he makes $150,000, that's not good enough. Hypergamy is

    COVID-19 Mass Vaccination is a Military Operation

    By Dupin,
    “As part of the Autonomous Diagnostics to Enable Prevention and Therapeutics (ADEPT) program in 2011, DARPA began investing in nucleic acid vaccines.  The hypothesis was that rather than delivering antigens to the immune system, we could deliver genes that encode the antigen and allow the human body to produce the antigen from its own cells, triggering a protective immune response.  In December 2020, former ADEPT performer Moderna’s RNA vaccine received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) appr

    Reblogged:Call It 'Woke Cronyism' Instead, Please

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    In a Nation piece whose nasty tone reminds me of Ayn Rand's Lillian Rearden, Joan Walsh notes that Ron DeSantis is crusading against something he is calling "woke capitalism" -- a term coined by Ross Douthat, the conservative writer at the New York Times. Like the terms overregulation and crony capitalism, the phrase involves a stumbling out of the gate at a time when the enemies of freedom already have a head-start. Reardon -- I mean Walsh -- elaborates on her idea of what DeSantis is fightin

    Ayn Rand was openly in favor of British colonialism, says Harry Binswanger

    By RationalEgoist,
    In episode #18 of HBTV, Binswanger quotes Rand as having said "I am in favor of colonialism". This does not come as a shock to me, considering the public arguments that she put forth as to why it was morally just for the colonists to settle in America or for Jewish populations to settle in Palestine. If you're not familiar with her argumentation, she essentially argued that the British colonists and the Jewish settlers represented a beachhead of civilization and progress in places where backward

    Intellectual Property

    By KateTheCapitalist,
    I feel as though A correct interpretation of Objectivist legal stance on Intellectual Property is that of Anti Copyright because of the innate property right violations that IP suggests, when you have a scarce resource like a spear for example and you use that spear and someone takes it this is a clear violation of your property right to that spear because it creates a conflict in which the original owner is the only justifiably right one   however when someone copies your idea of a spear an

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