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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

    Selling Organs

    Old Geezer
    By Old Geezer,
    First a preface; Uncle Sam and Uncle Kofi Annan and whatever other uncles I have dont have a right to regulate Buying/Selling of organs. (They do have the right to investigate use of force in such) That being said, Is selling one's organs wrong?

    Can/should the state encourage rationality?

    Old Geezer
    By Old Geezer,
    The courts have recently ruled that to protect society, the court can force individuals into mental health treatment. Anyone who has ever seen a schizophrenic on Haldol then off Haldol knows that medications can increase people's ability to think rationally, perceive reality accurately, and to adhere to important social norms (such as not acting aggressively) Often on these boards it has been asserted that a society of rational individuals is in everyone's best interests. Further, w

    Intro

    Jason W
    By Jason W,
    Hey everyone, just a quick intro. Jason W here from Houston; transfering to Providence, RI this Sept. Just finished Atlas Shrugged about an hour ago, then got online and checked out Google for "Egoist" and came across the site. Going to start Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand when I get some free time. Looking forward to reading the site, Jason-

    Hello to you from me

    deanima99
    By deanima99,
    I'm so special I just received *two* invites to this group! (ocn and ari-campus) So I'm a newbie to this site but so far it looks great! I became interested in Objectivism in high school and have devoured all the literature and most of the tape sets since. I've been a student of the ARI OAC for three years now and was very active in the University of Illinois Club as an undergrad. And alas, I have just left the U of I for Yale University to pursue my Ph.D. in Psychology--specifically Cogn

    How can a moral code be objective?

    Chien
    By Chien,
    How can ethics be couched in an objective context?? Ethics, the practical branch of philosophy, is concerned with human conduct. Ethics serves as a guide to human action. So it deals with subjects - individual human beings. Objects as opposed to subjects are devoid of emotional content, consciousness and meaning. A purely objective view of individuals and the world is a quantitative worldview. Therefore, a purely objective worldview cannot render normative moral judgments. Logic or re

    Monopolies

    RationalEgoistSG
    By RationalEgoistSG,
    Before I begin this discussion, I want to establish a few things. 1. I understand and believe that there is a distinct difference between economic power and political power, and that purely economic monopolies could not gain political power under capitalism. 2. I am against antitrust law. That being said, I am wondering about the economic effects of monopolies rather than political ones. My main concern is that once a monopoly is established in a given market, because of the

    Salutations Objectivist

    Universal Poet
    By Universal Poet,
    Hello. I'm new to the boards and I'd like to take this opportunity to ask a starter question (I hope it's not inappropriate). I have heard this term 'New Intellectual' in relation to objectivism, and I want to know what a new intellectual is and where do I to start. Is there an ideal starting point? I know very little of objectivism and I fear saying what I may know incase I'm wrong. Cheers David

    Hello

    andrew
    By andrew,
    Hello there fellow rational minds. My name is Andrew, and let me just say I'm elated to discover ObjectivismOnline.net. I'm currently a senior in high school with plans on dual majoring in business and computer science with a minor in economics when I attend college in the fall. My father was the one who introduced me to Objectivism by giving me a copy of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (a paperback from 1967 that still had in it a subscription card for the monthly journal "The Objectivist"

    Greetings from Soviet Canuckistan

    Jefferson
    By Jefferson,
    Hello. I'm 15 years old, in grade 10 at high school. I discovered Ayn Rand/Objectivism over a year ago when I found The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution in my family's library. I am now a true-blue (ARI) Objectivist. My career interest is law, probably business law (which I will practice in the U.S.A.). I'm rather busy with school right now, but I'll log on as regularly as possible. I'll try to get a picture up in the near future.

    U.S. Founded on Christianity?

    WWJGD?
    By WWJGD?,
    Since encountering Objectivism, I developed a deep interest in the personal philosophies and lives of our Founding Fathers. I have started a collection of such works as The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, The Federalist Papers, Notes on Virginia by Thomas Jefferson, etc. What has really suprised me is that many of these men were not Christians. Since I can remember, I have heard that old bromide, "This nation was founded on Christianity, by golly!"

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