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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

    Stories of Spirit

    Old Geezer
    By Old Geezer,
    I have been particularly struck by snippets people have left on this forum... about overcoming adversity, confronting evil etc.... and bragging, when well earned, is respectable within an objectivist social context. If you got em, Id love to hear em.

    Iraq Casualties

    Marc K.
    By Marc K.,
    I am interested in a topic I heard raised in Dr. Peikoff’s Ford Hall speech about the war in Iraq. It was also referred to in another thread here though I can’t seem to locate it. Namely: Who allows a tyranny to exist? Who is responsible for its actions? Are there really any “innocents” in a justified conflict? I am under the impression that citizens who continue to live under a tyranny sanction its existence. That it is the right of these people to alter or abolish such government w


    By buiq,
    Hello: I understand that Rand believed that an embryo is a "clump" of tissues and only has potential, thus does not deserve any rights. Recently, I have heard in the news that a pregnant woman (a week to her due date) was shot and killed along with her unborn child. That man was charged for two murders not one. Do you think that he should be charged for one or two murders? Q

    People: Martha Stewart

    By Dan9999999,
    The trial and recent conviction of Martha Stewart got me thinking, now the laws against insider trading might be unjust but most of what she was charged with was lying to the investagators, wich persumably should be a crime. So my question is if you were a jurior in her trial would you have found her guilty of comitting a crime to cover up what shouldn't be a crime?

    Pragmatism in Politics

    By AisA,
    The willingness to switch positions from day to day -- or to hold contradictory positions simultaneously -- is one of the chief consequences of pragmatism. Pragmatism holds that nothing can be known beyond immediate, perceptually given concretes. Principles are deemed useless, since “what is true today may be false tomorrow“ or “what is true for me might not be true for you“. Essentially, pragmatism tells us to act on the principle that one should never act on principles. John Kerry,

    The Passion of Ayn Rand

    By Invictus,
    I only recently found out that this movie existed. Has anyone here seen it? What events in Rand's life does it cover? How does it fair in terms of accuracy?

    Warn Level

    By Invictus,
    What exactly is the purpose of the "warn level" that I, but nobody else, have under my avatar?

    How does O'ism claim to bridge the is/ought gap?

    By y_feldblum,
    How, specifically, does Objectivism claim to bridge the is/ought gap? Has the answer to do with ought being a concept of cognition, as opposed to a metaphysical fact?

    Study Capitalism on the Beach... 2 weeks in June

    By rungkutta,
    Hello, I am thinking about renting a beach house for two weeks in June and hosting a Capitalism study group. I'm trying to see if there is sufficient interest; if this idea strikes you, then let me know A.S.A.P. so I can get things rolling! The low-down: Where: a busy east coast beach destination, like Virginia Beach. Who: 15-20 people, probably mostly college-aged folks but anyone is welcome What: The goal is to get through a fair amount of George Reisman's comprehensi

    Various Tapes and Books For Sale!

    By rungkutta,
    The following are all for sale... Shipping is included in the price! All are in practically new condition--most only listened to once. Lectures, Courses, and Books on Audio Cassette: "Aristotle's Metaphysics" by Robert Mayhew (5-tape lecture) ... $49 "The Metaphysics of Consciousness" by Harry Binswanger (3-tape lecture) ... $34 "The Philosophy of Education" by Leonard Peikoff (6-tape lecture) ... $64 "Ayn Rand's Fictional Characters as Philosophic Archetypes, Parts

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