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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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    Summer Seminar: Objectivism in Theory and Practice

    Concerto of Atlantis
    By Concerto of Atlantis,
    If this question has been asked and answered previously, I apologise and ask if someone could post a link to where it has been discussed. Why is there a rift in existence between ARI and TOC? What were the fundamental differences that caused this split? Thank you.

    American History X

    By Invictus,
    *Spoiler Alert* I saw this movie for the first time quite recently and was stunned at how pathetically it performed as an anti-racist statement. None of the positions espoused by Derek as a Nazi were refuted when he reforms- a reformation based on emotion rather than reason. Virtually every black person in the film is depicted as a thug while the Nazis are merely victims of their crimes. Most significantly, despite Derek's transformation his brother still gets brutally shot by one of the bl

    Doesn't reality require a singular consciousness?

    By Metaphysicist,
    The way i see it, Objectivism is not the only "true" philosophy but there are others that may be possible as well. It appears to be true that the axiom existence exists is undeniably correct. If existence did not exist, then what exactly would this mean? Nothing in reality would be different, just because we said it didn't exist. Now Rand tells the story that existence is made up of units called existents. A man is an existent who has the attribute of consciousness, which allows him t

    Game for Objectivists....

    Old Geezer
    By Old Geezer,
    I havent played this game,,,, but the idea appeals to me Jennifer Government: NationStates is a nation simulation game. You create your own country, fashioned after your own political ideals, and care for its people. Either that or you deliberately torture them. It's really up to you.

    Favourite Ayn Rand book

    By Invictus,
    Which of Rand's works did you enjoy most? Of her fiction titles I enjoyed The Fountainhead above the rest. Atlas Shrugged was probably of a higher quality but it was my first experience with Rand's philosophy and I did not relate to it in the same manner as I did the books I read after having fully familiarised myself with Objectivism. With regard to her non-fiction works I definitely found Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal to be the the best, presenting an excellent moral case for capital

    What do you value in art?

    By dondigitalia,
    Each of us enjoy art for different reasons. Some of us like look primarily for entertainment, others for beauty; there are many different aspects. What do all of you look for when viewing/listening/reading works of art? Craftmanship is the highest artistic value for me. By this, I mean the artist's skill in creating a particular piece and conveying the exact message he intends. Use of artistic techniques, reconciliation of contradictions that arise, complete conveyance of ALL sides of the t

    Prometheus Rising

    By argive99,
    Someone who I respect recommended the book "Prometheus Rising" by Robert Anton Wilson. It was recommended for insight into behavioral patterns established during youth as well as biological/gentic influences. The ultimate goal being to change those patterns for self improvement. I read about the book on Amazon and see that it is loaded with mysticism and "alternative science" but the person who recommended it (who is not an O'ist) said to stick with it and its value will be apparent. Does a

    A Mixed Economy

    By Prometheus,
    I wanted to know your opinions on the shortcomings of a mixed economy (socialist and capitalist) thank you for your time, dinesh.

    Hello from Israel!

    By d180586,
    Hello everybody... My name is Dolev, 18 years old. I got a link to this site from ARI because of the chat with Dr. Brook and I think I like this place. So... i wanted to say hello and share my happiness for finding this place. (For any of you that might be wondring- yes, it is as horrible here as it seems from where your'e at... )

    A Very Common Libertarian Argument

    By argive99,
    Hello everybody, this is my first serious post. I have read the boards for a while and while Libertarian politics are often discussed, I have a question pertaining to core arguments of their foreign policy. I have been debating with a Libertarian elsewhere on the net and I have asked his permission to reprint here his basic foreign policy arguments. His is a very good summary of similar arguments that I find from a wide cross section of Libertarians and even some who call themseles Objecti

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