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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


    By bidmeadj,
    Hi all. I'm just wondering if anyone else here is at all interested in forensics. If so, what interests you most about it? My interest lies mainly in the techniques involved; I love listening to the explanation of specific techniques and seeing how certain cases benefited from them. The documentary-esque forensics shows on Discovery and CourtTV do a good job of that. Especially Forensic Files on CourtTV. Love that show. Also, for those who are interested in forensics, does anyone kn


    Guest Steve
    By Guest Steve,
    My name is Steve, I'm 18 and a freshman at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. I was first introduced to Ayn Rand and Objectivism during my senior year in high school when I was assigned to read The Fountainhead (amazing huh?) Since then I've read Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, We The Living, Night of January 16th, The Virtue of Selfishness, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Philosophy: Who Needs It, Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, Loving Life by Craig Biddle, and bits and p

    Tom Rexton

    Tom Rexton
    By Tom Rexton,
    Hi, Jeff Franco is my real name and I am (or about to be in two weeks) a junior of Lakes High School in Lakewood, WA. I've lived in four states and two countries (my father is an enlisted, active-duty soldier who is currently deployed in Iraq). I was introduced to Objectivism by picking off the biggest book in my English teacher's book shelf. That book was The Fountainhead. I read it in November of last year and immediately after I finished it I bought Atlas Shrugged and managed to compl

    Any Rutgers Objectivists?

    By Atlas51184,
    Do any of you go to Rutgers University in NJ or know an Objectivist who does? I am going to be a freshman there in a few week, so... please tell me if the answer is yes.

    Why does Dagny leave Atlantis?

    By F23AC,
    Hey all. This is Anthony Carreras. I introduced myself in the introduction section prior to getting this registration thing down. Anyhow, I have a question I'd like to ask you all about a specific scene from Atlas Shrugged, which I am assuming most of you (if not all) have read. (Steve - I asked you this question once on IM). The scene is when Dagny is in Atlantis, debating in her mind whether or not to stay in Atlantis or go back to the railroad. John Galt says to her, "If any of yo

    People: Leo Strauss

    By Atlas51184,
    I was reading about Leo Strauss here and I wanted to know if anyone has any opinions of him. My knowledge is limited to what I read in this article.

    My thoughts on academic vs. elective education.

    By danielshrugged,
    Is a vocational education in elementary through high school an example of Pragmatism? Are academic courses any better for training one's conceptual faculty than elective courses? I wrote an article for Toronto's New Intellectual in which I argued in favor of academic over elective courses. Their editor, Andrew Lui, rejects my position. If nobody persaudes me I'm wrong, I'm going to cancel my plans to distribute the paper at my college, so a lot hinges on this. Persuade away! I will inc

    Rob's OAC class

    By danielshrugged,
    Fellow 1st year OAC students, I still haven't received any further grades from Rob. This is the same with you? What the heck is taking him so long?

    Why isn't there more writing on the base of O'ism?

    By RationalEgoistSG,
    I am currently re-reading Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, and I am fully realizing that Objectivist metaphysics really establish a good foundation for everything that follows. In the majority of philosophical disputes that I've had with others concerning ethics, politics, and aesthetics, the fundamental disagreement has almost always come from differing views of metaphysics and epistemology. I believe that Objectivist metaphysics and epistemology firmly establish the corre

    Human Relations

    By John,
    I'm so glad I'm in a technical school and don't have to put up with many classes like this but it still bothers me. The first thing we learned about was self-esteem and how we get it: Shouldn't self esteem come from the self. Why would other people make a difference. Now we are learning about motivation and how as leaders we have to "wear a pathway" to motivate people to do what we want them to do. We can do this through fear or acting nice. This is what I think. Self-este

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