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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

    Hi all

    By Ramare,
    Hi all, Yet another lurker here who’s been wondering whether to join or no . . . I guess I’m taking the plunge. A lil somethin’ about me: I’m a fiction writer, although it still feels weird to say that, as I am unpublished and have only the vaguest plans for a novel in the works. Perhaps aspiring novelist would be more appropriate, although I do have a growing collection of short stories that I am rather proud of (most days, anyway). Or maybe it should be editor by day, writer by nigh

    What did "Who is John Galt?" mean to you?

    By AmbivalentEye,
    I want to know what this o e question meant to yoou when you first encountered it. what it signified in your minds. what it meant to you...specifically, as you read from page to page in search of an answer. I read atlas shrugged at the age of 12. i finished it in 2 weeks, and when i finished it, i simply started it over. i will discuss my answer to this topic, but i don't have the time right now. i'll come again.

    Recommended books that analyze Objectivism?

    By Unhip,
    If you know of any good cheap books that analyze objectivism please write them down or give me link.

    FYI: Resignation as Admin for OO

    By RadCap,
    Hello all, Since I still get email and pms concerning administrative issues related to the board, I wanted to let everyone know that I have resigned as an admin/moderator of the forum. The reason for this is simple - I found myself unable to formulate a consistent principle or set of principles to guide my administrative actions on this board. Since the purpose of additional admins is to relieve the owner of the site from the overwhelming time and effort required to police this forum, my

    The Last Place on Earth

    By BlackSabbath,
    Anyone read this book by Roland Huntford? It concerns the race for the south pole between Captain Scott and Roald Amundsen. We were having a discussion on the UK objectivist list about it and it is seen as a controversial book in many quarters. I got the idea to buy it when I was reading the compendium of the Objectivist Magazine (1980-87).

    Crime Rates

    Old Geezer
    By Old Geezer,
    Why are crime rates for many violent crimes higher in the US than in Europe? Wouldnt the opposite follow from a country with fewer Socialist Policies and Higher Incarceration rates for violent criminals? what explains this?

    Mind *and* Body

    By gabrielpm,
    In my previous topic, about having children, GreedyCapitalist made a very interesting and revealing comment for the Objectivism mindset, about how one shouldn't care if one's children share his genes. I can't seem to be able to get my head around this one. Maybe you can clear up some issues... If we are both mind and body, a union in a single entity of the two, which is what I believe, then it is logical to presume that both elements are part of our self-image, part of the *actual* self.

    Is Courage a virtue?

    By AshRyan,
    According to many ethical systems (particularly those of the ancients), courage is a cardinal virtue. It is not, however, one of those named by Ayn Rand in her account of virtue. What is courage, and how does it fit into the Objectivist ethics? My thoughts on this so far are that courage could be defined as the loyalty to values in the face of significant opposition or danger. It could be classified as a minor virtue derivative of (or subsumed under) the virtue of integrity. Thoughts?

    Property Ownership

    By Bob_Jones,
    Some questions on property rights I am wondering how something first becomes owned (not becoming owned by being purchased from a previous owner) and how you apply ownership to things that move over or through many properties (such as air, rivers, and aquifers). Also, does an individual own the airspace above his land to an infinite height? who own's the moon (or how could one come to own it)

    Is it ever rational to be irrational?

    The Sailor
    By The Sailor,
    Is there ever a time for irrational behavior within the objectivist views?

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