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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"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Russian invasion of Ukraine/Belief of Mainstream Media Narrative

    Economic Freedom
    By Economic Freedom,
    *** Split from: Objectivists are working to save the world from tyranny--isn't that altruism? *** >Just today I saw a news report that a gov't official in Russia had said that domestic opponents to Russia's current war in Ukraine will be sent to concentration camps. What was the news source? Most of what mainstream media has presented to the public regarding Ukraine has been propaganda. Even many images have been shown to be hoaxes. Ethnic Russians who speak Russian but live

    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

    Objectivist Mechanical Engineers

    By Halsey17,
    I'm just wondering about other Objectivist mechanical engineers as far as their industry or research area of choice. I'll soon be graduating and pursuing master's studies in mechanical engineering myself, and at this point my ideal industry is small arms (FN, HK, Colt...etc.). So what are you other MechEs doing? Anyone trying to design super efficient engines like JG in Atlas Shrugged or what? Is anyone doing research instead of industry? Any advice for kids like me?

    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

    Reblogged:Is Dobbs the Death of 'Pro-Life' Demagoguing?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    From a Vox story comes the following potentially good news following from a rash of thwarted attempts by theocratic Republicans to ban abortion outright in red states. Namely, the prospect of having to face electoral losses might help the GOP overcome its tendency to pretend abortion isn't as popular as most polls indicate it is:This is a hopeful possibility, if it pans out, but as the radical anti-energy agenda passed as "inflation reduction" by the Democrats might indicate, it's something we

    Ayn Rand Explained

    By Boydstun,
    Ayn Rand Explained From Tyranny to Tea Party Ronald E. Merrill, author Marsha Familaro Enright, editor (2012 Open Court) Description at Amazon

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things 1. Last weekend, one of my brothers introduced me to an outstanding beer brewed in our home state of Mississippi, Southern Prohibition's Crowd Control. I think this review is accurate:The brewery is located in Hattiesburg, a college town in the south part of the state. The next time I make it into that neck of the woods, I hope to visit the brewery or its taproom. 2. While I'm on the subject of beer, I learned yesterday that Stone Brewing named a beer based on the what3words coo

    Are there any Other Gay Objectivists Out There?

    By Deepv,
    I think left is bonkers and conservatives are stupid. I don't think it is an easy deal to disentangle so much noise to put it in such an amazing coherent framework as Rand has. So it makes sense that I could find sensible gays (if they exist) who believe in objectivism here. So taking a shot here: Are there any gay objectivists here?

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