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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

    Debate Help

    Tryptonique
    By Tryptonique,
    I am working with two friends (coaching) who are going to debate the following topic (on the negative) RESOLVED: All young adults in every nation should be required to perform at least one full year of national service. I'm trying to come up with examples where people have been required to do national service to the detriment of their own self interest. One example that I have thought of is Communist Russia. In We The Living it mentions that people are required to go to communis

    Usage Of 'compromised' Words

    Gabriel
    By Gabriel,
    There are certain words, such as 'morality', 'moral/immoral', 'evil', etc. that have a powerful unconscious negative/discomfort 'load', due to their miss-use and tarnishing by different religious groups or otherwise sadistic weirdos. These words have become extremly caricaturized in contemporany society. For example, if I listen to a speech of dr. Peikoff and he frequently uses these words that create psychological discomfort for the audience, some of his message gets lost, and some people

    The Pursuit Of Power And Political Pull

    Gabriel
    By Gabriel,
    I think we all agree that the focus of the lives of most people is the procurement of desired goods and services. In practice, goods can be obtained through production or trade. Professional politicians, the kind you meet in all western states today, are, from this perspective, traders of popularity and pull. They trade popularity because that's the main capital/raw material of their trade. It is their main concern to appeal to the most people, ideally to the most powerful, and to do so i

    The State

    Gabriel
    By Gabriel,
    Lately, I've been considering the role of the state. I'd like to share with you a scenario I've been examining: Let's say that CountryA starts subsidizes 55% of the cost of producing cars, therefore car manufacturers in CountryA can afford to cut prices with up to 50% Let us also supose, for clarity, that CountryA only exports cars to CountryB. CountryB is also a manufacturers of cars. There are 2 likely scenarios: 1) According to laissez-faire economics, the state of CountryB has

    Semantics When Referring To Men And Mankind

    iouswuoibev
    By iouswuoibev,
    In her literature, Ayn Rand spoke of man and mankind. In this day of political correctness it is tempting to yield to the objections some people might have to these terms, reasoning that it is better to use different words if it will avoid possible protest, and get the point across quicker. I think there are appropriate places for shying away from the use of these terms. For instance, I wouldn't start a sentence by going: "I would like all the men on this forum to post their ideas" when ref

    AS eBay auction...

    RationalBiker
    By RationalBiker,
    I can imagine folks would be willing to pay a hefty sum for a 1st edition in excellent condition, but $2000? I'll be interested to see if this one sells. VES

    Some strange posting dates

    stephen_speicher
    By stephen_speicher,
    I wonder if anyone else has noticed that sometimes the posting date in the "Last Action" column of a subject forum has the wrong date. For instance, right now in the "Miscellaneous" forum, I see the following: ---------Topic Title----------------------- ... ----------Last Action------------------ Poll: Pro Choice = Pro Death Penalty?..........1st June 2004 - 11:44 AM (Pages 1 2 3 ...9 )agree or disagree?...........Last Post by: mvkormes But, if you click on that last post, when

    Where To Go For Enlightenment?

    IdentityCrisis
    By IdentityCrisis,
    I started a thread on the CapMag forums and was told about this forum, so I figured I should bring this up here as well. There was an objectivist exercise scientist and bodybuilder named Mike Mentzer who, after a great deal of both theorization and in-the-trenches expirementation, discovered that much of the conventional wisdom on exercise is not only useless but harmful. I tried his program instead, and got wonderful results. But the thing is that I never would have heard

    Hippie Here

    hippie
    By hippie,
    Hello, all. I'm Adam, I spend most of my year in Boston at Brandeis University but come home to Florida in the summer. I have majors in philosophy and history, and I intend to get a masters in philosophy at NYU. I may tack on a major in Spanish if I can work it in. I will be studying in Israel during the coming spring. I like to travel and have been to Britain, France, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Greece, and Switzerland. I would truly like

    Sports And Objectivism

    HankRearden
    By HankRearden,
    Are sports consistent wtih Objectivism? What is the social value of professional sports? What is the personal value?

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