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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

    A nod from the left-coast

    By HaloNoble6,
    I've been in and out of this forum since it started but never got around to joining. Steve and David are incredibly productive with this site -- cheers to you. Anyhow, I'm a graduate student in aero/astro engineering at stanford. Looking forward to making some posts. I'll take this opt. to plug my site: www.d-anconia.com.

    did you know....?

    Old Geezer
    By Old Geezer,
    Apparently the United States is responsible for tribal fighting that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands....silly me, I would have thought it was the people doing the fighting GRRR....

    The Romantic Composers

    By Skywalker,
    Hi everyone, I'm a first time poster with a long-time interest in Objectivism, now seeking more knowledge on the subject. Having recently read the Romantic manifesto, I am comparing Rand's definition of Romanticism with the composers and writers to whom academia has given the same label. Particularly, I am speaking of Lizst, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and their ilk. I saw in the "favorite music" thread that there are fans of these composers, so I am sure some will say t

    Quick Question on Rights

    By y_feldblum,
    Is the principle of rights an ethical principle or a political principle; ie, which branch of philosophy deals with the concept? Going deeper, what exactly is the dividing line between the two branches in general?


    Kitty Hawk
    By Kitty Hawk,
    The military was headed in the right direction in Fallujah, having cornered a large number of terrorist/guerilla fighters there, and were moving in for the kill. Then they started their inexplicable (to me, at any rate) backtracking. First, a cease fire to discuss the surrender of the combatants and especially the ones responsible for killing and desecrating the bodies of the four American civilians. Now, we are merely asking the combatants to surrender their arms, not their persons, an

    Diverting the Blame for September 11th

    By AutoJC,
    Excelent commentary by Onkar Ghate Why is it that this bogus commission isn't investigating the most obvious problem with America dealing with terrorism? The 9-11 commission thinks that 9-11 could have been prevented with better intelligence. Problem is, American interests have been attacked since 1979, when Iran fell to the fundamentalists and the American Embassy was stormed. Look to the 9-11 commission to come up with the wrong conclusions.

    Mark Skousen's critique of Ayn Rand

    By Capleton,
    I would like to get some comments on the article that is linked below. In my view Mark drops the context in his desperate effort to form an effective critique (he failed!). The Troubled Economics of Ayn Rand http://www.mskousen.com/Books/Articles/0101aynrand.html

    Are Mormons Polytheists?

    By MisterSwig,
    In researching Mormons I've learned that they don't believe in the Trinity. Rather, they believe that there are separate personages in Heaven, namely Heavenly Father, Heavenly Mother, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. According to Mormons, there are other entities in Heaven, but those four get the most attention. My question then: Does this make Mormonism a polytheistic religion? Or can it properly still be considered monotheistic? (As far as I can tell, Mormons deny the charge of polythei

    Greetings from the welfare state of Minnesota

    Guest RationalEgoist
    By Guest RationalEgoist,
    Its good to be here. Though I haven't had much chance to look around, there seems to be quite a good amount of activity here... often a good sign. Anyhow, I am an actor and part-time writer (more on than off) living in the Twin Cities. I'm 31, and before I make this seem like some dating profile, know that I already found my Dagny (in intellect, accomplishment and purpose... Oh, and a knockout besides ), lol... well I'll be posting. Ciao RE$

    New Beginners Forum

    By DavidV,
    I’ve created a forum for basic questions about philosophy/Objectivism. Moderators, please move topics to and from there as you deem necessary. Also, edit the thread titles if they are not clear. All questions there should be in the form of a question and be common questions about Objectivism –on a topic that is included in OPAR, for example. If you are not sure where something belongs, leave a link to the old location when you move a thread.

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