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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:Stossel on Air Traffic Control

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Every once in a while, a story about a government-run enterprise that ought to be private turns up baffling examples of obsolescence and inefficiency. John Stossel's recent column about air traffic control in the United States is the latest of these. I had no idea that we're still tracking flights using pieces of paper and with data obtained from binoculars while the rest of the world has moved on to computer tracking and high-definition cameras:Stossel nicely explains why we have this state of

    Objectivism Online is Twenty Years Old!

    By DavidV,
    20 years ago, I came back from my internship at the Ayn Rand Institute's OCON conference excited to meet other Objectivists.  This was a year before Facebook when IRC Chat was still the most popular venue for Objectivists to chat. So I decided to start my own Objectivism Forum - Objectivism (then ) Here is the post announcing the new site:       After I graduated college in 2004, I handed off management to a series of admins and moderators, continuing to this day.  I'

    Reblogged:Youngkin: Too Religious

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I got unexpected data on a possible presidential candidate at a business advice blog, of all places yesterday. The following is from a high-ranking, nonreligious state employee who is feeling pressured to go along with public expressions of religious faith on the job:The comment section is interesting in that the participants do explain that such behavior is regarded as normal or even expected of politicians from some parts of the country -- something I know from experience is, regrettably, tru

    The Brute of January 6th

    By Bogdan,
    I wrote this really short story, I thought I should share it. The Brute of January 6th

    Reblogged:Gig Work Ban Update

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Image by Max Chen, via Pexels, license.Back in 2020, California's voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 22 in response to the infamous AB-5 gig work ban that had been passed and signed into law by their legislature and governor not long before. Predictably, labor unions and other interests have challenged the measure in courts, with a state judge weighing in in August 2021. That ruling allowed the measure to remain in force. Most recently, a federal court has also ruled in favor of the pr

    Reblogged:Post-Roe GOP: (More Obviously) Pro-Welfare

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at FiveThirtyEight is a piece discussing a post-Roe, pro-welfare-state refocusing among some Republicans. (I was going to say change of opinion, but that would imply that these Republicans ever actually understood or cared about freedom.) It isn't uniform by any means, but it is entirely predictable to anyone who understands that philosophical fundamentals shape political opinion:A bit later, an analyst hits the nail on the head by calling such measures "post-Dobbs guilt bills." This is d

    Shameful Display of Anarchy and Violence

    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.

    Rand and Kant Being Friends

    By KyaryPamyu,
    Confused? I'll summarize one of the main texts of the Kantian tradition. How compatible is the Kantian framework with Objectivism? You be the judge. The book is F.W.J. Schelling's System of Transcendental Idealism (1800), a famous work that enjoys the same status in the philosophical tradition as, let's say, Beethoven's Eroica symphony does in music. (Also check out Boydstun's thread on the same book, and some of his other explorations of Kantianism. ---------------- What causes the cha

    What Has the 'Pro-Life' Movement Won?

    By Boydstun,
    What Has the Pro-Life Movement Won? by Ross Douthat - 2 April 2021 Excellent review of what it has come to in the US. Legally and politically well-informed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Content of Roe and a Moral Rationale

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Notable Commentary "Regardless of the ultimate trajectory of the H5N1 strain currently engulfing avian species globally, it serves as a reminder of the absolute necessity to be proactive in the face of an unavoidable future influenza pandemic." -- Amesh Adalja, in "What Bird Flu Reminds Us About Influenza Pandemics" (Medpage Today) "I don't think there is anything nefarious about the term 'immunity debt,' but I do believe it is being misused and misapplied in a manner that doesn't really ge

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