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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:The Millions Saved by Covid Vaccines

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Between leftists sowing panic about Covid (and overselling the Covid vaccines) and Trumpsters all but pretending Covid doesn't exist (and yet that the vaccines didn't work at all or were even dangerous), I can understand why many people had trouble reaching a solid conclusion about whether taking one is a good idea. And that would be true without the even more unhelpful fact that the left wants to violate our freedom by forcing us to be vaccinated -- while the right, led by Florida's Governor D

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things Recent wins from the Positive Focus Log... 1. This may sound negative, but a library I planned to use for work sessions has poor internet. I tried it. I know to avoid it if I need internet. At the same time, it is spacious, uncrowded, and very nicely designed: It would be a very pleasant place to do non-internet intensive work, and it has a nature trail outside for breaks. Or: I have a great place to do undistracted blocks of reading, thinking, or writing. 2. Speaking of wi

    Reblogged:John Madden, Innovator

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Shortly after John Madden's death last year, Christopher Jacobs of The Federalist penned a tribute to the former football coach and commentator. Madden was excellent at both, but Jacobs is most impressed with his commentary:I always appreciated Madden's explanations, but had no idea that the many enhancements to sports broadcasting in the second paragraph were his ideas. I am old enough to remember having to wait to learn the score of a game in progress, but that invention has been in use for

    Universals and Measurement

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    This essay of mine was first published in V5N2 of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies – 2004. Universals and Measurement I. Orientation Rand spoke of universals as abstractions that are concepts (1966, 1, 13). Quine spoke in the same vein of "conceptual integration—the integrating of particulars into a universal" (1961, 70). Those uses of universal engage one standard meaning of the term. Another standard meaning is the potential collection to which a concept refers. This is the colle

    Reblogged:Lomborg on Pain at the Pump

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At the New York Post, Bjorn Lomborg correctly blames green policies for the recent sharp increase in energy prices. Specifically, he reminds voters of (1) policies that discourage investment in fossil fuels that have combined with (2) those assuming that "green" energy can take a load it simply isn't ready for:These are very important facts, and I think it is even more important to note that Biden is on board with high energy prices -- except for the inconvenience they pose him at the polls. Th

    Reblogged:A Woke Term That Rhymes With Lummox

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Power Line is a brief post concerning recent efforts by the far left to become more "inclusive" -- by "helping" the blind hear the term womxn. The post includes a screenshot from the web site of UC Irvine's Womxn Center for Success. It is heartwarming to know that social justice warriors are tolerant of several possible pronunciations ... of one of the many neologisms intended to exterminate all vestiges of the word man from our vocabulary. My "favorite" is the one that rhymes with lum

    Articles in the news, referencing Ayn Rand

    softwareNerd
    By softwareNerd,
    I thought I would start a thread for Ayn Rand / Objectivism related mentions in the news. I know some folk are interested in mentions, but it isn't worth starting a new topic for each. Instead feel free to add a post to this thread if there's a mention you wish to share.     Here's one:   "Man's Ego is _____ this (fill in the blank) ____ of human progress".    That was a Final Jeopardy question that stumped a professor recently.   So, there's one more reason to read Rand: not doing so c

    Shameful Display of Anarchy and Violence

    Yes
    By Yes,
    As America prepares to certify our next President, a large band of hooligans have taken upon themselves to storm the Capitol.  This in the name of Freedom?  Are these hooligans striving to look for their Fuhrer?  As a footnote, something like this happened in fiction- in Atlas Shrugged.

    Reblogged:New York's Florida Envy

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A New York Post article by a former New Yorker notes all the negative attention his adopted state of Florida has been getting from media outlets in New York. So he spends some time making the comparisons all that noise invites:I'll never be a fan of hurricane season, but I have generally been happy with Florida since we moved here in '18, although not from New York. Charles Cook correctly notes that The intensity is all in one direction, which is true enough, but that risks making Floridians a

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Blog Roundup 1. In a short post at New Ideal, Elan Journo of the Ayn Rand Institute describes the ambit of Ben Bayer's recently-released Why the Right to Abortion Is Sacrosanct:I admire Bayer's commentary on abortion and was glad to see ARI take advantage of the opportunity afforded by the recently-leaked draft Supreme Court decision to release this. And seize this opportunity they did, as I learned from a recent appearance of Bayer on Yaron Brook's podcast about the book. I haven't yet heard

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