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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

    Maintaining a marriage

    By re-entity,
    I am about to marry in a few weeks and I am interested in your ideas and advice for maintaining a marriage. This is not motivated from the fear of failure but from the desire to keep life as radiant as our first date and the time spent together since. Fundamentals are fine but I'm really interested in side issues like maintaining appearance, ie., physical beauty, arranging finances, overcoming arguments and keeping things fresh and exciting. Your thoughts please...

    Property Rights

    By Discipulus,
    I was hoping that somebody could either englighten me or direct me to a source which might adress a question I've been pondering. In disputes with a somewhat liberal friend of mind, he has denied that property rights are anything but an arbitrary invention of man. He says claiming property is an act of coercion, and therefore any philosophy which accepts the non-coercion principle cannot accept the idea of private property. This led me off on a tangent. In the state of nature, how exactly a

    Tracing your emotions

    By re-entity,
    First question: are the source of your emotions black and white to you? Second: How do you go about tracing an emotion? For example... * Do you consciously follow a path back to the ideas that are their source? * Do you wait for that path to become obvious over time? * Or some other method?


    By Roark4Prez2112,
    I have been thinking about sexual fetishes, in terms of their ethical status. Are they moral or immoral? Why or why not? Clearly, what gives pleasure without infringing on anyone's rights is morally acceptable. But is there something wrong with the sense of life of those who like strange sexual fetishes? Are they evading reality in trying to distort the standard sexual practice? "Bukake," a group sexual activity involving self-stimulation in a social context, has recently come to my attention [v


    By pvtmorriscsa,
    Howdy All, My name is Rob, and I currently reside in Columbus, Ohio. Where the Republichristians act like they are Dipsh*tocrats, and the Dipsh*tocrats act like looter-freaks. I stumbled onto Ayn Rand around three years ago. My political conscience had fallen in line with the "Conservative" side of American politics. My fundemental beliefs did not completely fall into line with them, but they were a far cry closer than the oft times blatant socialism of the "Liberal" side. I even for

    Music Videos

    By Tryptonique,
    I think a lot of us have seen music videos at some time or another. Which ones do you really think are high quality? Some Music Vids that I really enjoy are: 1) "Fiction" -Orgy 2)"Tear Away" -Drowning Pool This song has the seven most beautiful words I have heard in a modern rock song ("I don't care about anyone else but me") as its chorus. 3) "1979" - The Smashing Pumpkins What would you guys add to the list (or what do you think about the ones I mentioned)

    Question about values

    By John,
    If I value something in nature such as oil and I obtain it without initiating force against others it is mine. How would I explain this to other rational people? What are the principles involved?

    The Ethics of Thoughts and Desires

    By sanchopanza,
    Can thoughts and desires, anything within a person's own mind, ever be subject to moral judgement? I have been arguing this point with a few people and surprisingly few agree with me that thoughts and desires will always be amoral. I purposely used extreme examples such as child molestation to prove the point and most people argue back that even thinking about immoral actions is immoral. I even spoke to somebody who denied the existence of amorality - every action or thought he concluded


    By ernie,
    I'm doing a little research, and was hoping you guys could answer a question for me. Feel free to say whatever comes to mind, or not respond at all. I won't use your responses for any specific purpose. It's just to help me understand a few things. In Atlas Shrugged, John Galt asks Dagny about the feeling she had when The John Galt Line made its first run. He says it's that feeling he chose to accept as the norm in his life, the greatest sense of accomplishment. Each of Ayn Rand's character


    By Patrick,
    I am currently an undergraduate majoring in philosophy. My goal is to go to grad school, get a PhD, and begin an academic career. I want to teach philosophy as well as publish my own work. I have read every book ever published by Ayn Rand and I happen to agree with her on every philosophical issue - for this reason I consider myself an Objectivist.

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