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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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    The US Federal Right of Private Citizens to Bear Arms

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Today the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (who is the NY Police Supt.) and hearing address of the question: “whether the state’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.” Under the present NY gun-control law two citizens not felons were denied licenses to carry handguns at all times. They were authorized to carry them for target practice and hunting away fr

    Did Ayn Rand's summer residences influence "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged"?

    The Laws of Biology
    By The Laws of Biology,
    I once read somewhere that Ayn and Frank, during the years when they had their main residence in Manhattan, also had a summer home somewhere in New England where they spent all or some of their summers every year. I think the location might have been some little resort village or cove on the coast of Connecticut. I seem to recall that some of their neighbors in this summer location were later interviewed about their remembrances of knowing the famous O’Connors. I think I rea

    Reblogged:Notable Commentary

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The scrambled chicken jokes aren't quite as funny when one realizes that Alabama law now condones what it incorrectly deems to be murder, on top of an (actual) form of female slavery. (Image by Annushka Ahuja, via Pexels, license.)"The Alabama law tries to cover up this brazen irrationality by suggesting this murder doesn't deserve punishment -- a travesty used to hide an outrage." -- Ben Bayer, "The Absurdity at the Heart of the Alabama IVF Controversy" (Austin American-Statesman) "Contempor

    Reblogged:Vance et al. vs. the Right to One's Own Life

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Several leading figures in the Trump-era GOP are touting the anti-American idea of mandatory national service:How has it come to the leaders of this country -- that fought a bitter war to end slavery -- calling for slavery as a "rite of passage?" Notably, J.D. Vance, who tops speculation as a possible Trump running mate, is even more enthusiastic about this evil idea:What the hell can Vance even mean by putting skin in the game when he's using this to justify slavery, which is what conscription

    Tests of General Relativity

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Gravity Probe B A drag-free satellite equipped with exquisite monitoring of spin axis of superconducting gyroscopes brings confirmation of two effects of GR. More on final results of the experiment will be posted soon here at the Stanford site.

    Reblogged:Revving Back Up

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Image by Bernard Gagnon, via Wikimedia Commons, license.The Van Horn family and some relatives were in various parts of Europe over the past week and change. Two highlights for me were the Acropolis Museum, which hadn't existed the first time I visited Athens way back in college, and the ruins of Delos, of which I hadn't been aware. Our planning was slightly derailed by American Airlines, whose scheduling of multi-leg international flights leaves lots to be desired. It's two years in a row now

    Zero-Sum Reasoning

    HowardRoarkSpaceDetective
    By HowardRoarkSpaceDetective,
    In discussing economics (broadly), there's always that famous zero-sum vs. positive-sum dichotomy (negative-sum, too, but it's not as relevant to free-market operations). I'm having trouble getting my mind around the proper way of thinking about where each stops and starts. Obviously, leftism exaggerates the zero-sum aspects of capitalism, but it would also be wrong to say that there are no zero-sum games in capitalism whatsoever. In terms of wealth in the long-term, I agree with Rand that "ther

    Title IX (&VII) and the Back and Forth over Discrimination Protections for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgendered

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Bostock v. Clayton County – Employment-nondiscrimination according to sexual orientation or gender change (2020). I agree with the dissent of Justice Alito in this case, excepting his remarks in B2 and his silliness of concern, on down in his dissent, over transgendered persons and locker-rooms/bathrooms.  The expansion of Title IX protection against discrimination based on sex in educational institutions receiving federal funding to include discrimination against Gays, Lesbians, . . . is c

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    Tenderlysharp
    By Tenderlysharp,
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    Coming Fall of Chevron Doctrine?

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    SCOTUSblog CATO Institute

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