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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

    Iraqi Women

    AshRyan
    By AshRyan,
    There is a story on MSNBC today about the current situation of Iraqi women. (You can view it here.) Here's how I responded to it on my blog: A while back I noted that our campus was holding Islam Awareness Week, which included a panel discussion about "Revealing the Truth about Women in Islam." The idea is that Islamic women are not oppressed by their religion, but rather empowered by it. Personally, I find this attempt by the left to reconcile two of their great dogmas, feminism and m

    A, Not A and B

    TravellingFool
    By TravellingFool,
    Having only really started reading about Objectivism in itself about two months ago, I still have a lot to figure out and understand. I found the following quote in an online guide to Objectivism... I was wondering if someone who understands this could explain the idea of as it seemed to me that it would make more sense if the sentence read "B can neither be A nor not-A", although this is probably due to lack of insight on my part. Thanks The TravellingFool

    Hello from Hungary

    Capitalism Forever
    By Capitalism Forever,
    Howdy! My name is Roland. I was born in Hungary and still live there. I grew up during the final decade of Communism. My first memory involving the United States is hearing the radio news reader's anxious voice reporting on how "Washington continues with its star warfare plans." I had no idea at that time what "Washington" was, let alone a "star warfare plan," but I thought whatever it was, it must be something great and powerful--something done by men who can. I felt I could identify with

    Buying good produced immorally.

    m0zart
    By m0zart,
    I have a question, which I think I know the answer to, but would like to hear what others on this forum would say about it. In a situation where certain goods are produced in a manner that involves the initiation of force, would the purchase of said goods be a form of participation in that aggression?

    Ethical Questions...

    DAC
    By DAC,
    Here is an 'ethical quiz' I ran across while reading the news online. I took it as an opportunity to saturate the mainstream media with my objectivist views. Here is the link for any who are interested... Ethical Quiz

    Socialist claim on drug companies

    primemover
    By primemover,
    I have recently come across a claim by a fellow at work that I was unprepared to answer. He said that drug companies intentionally keep life saving medications and cures off of the market in order to sell drugs to treat the symptoms so they can make more of a profit. I asked him if he had any proof of this and he just responded that it was common knowledge or some crap like that. I told him that it sounds a lot like the "we never landed on the moon" conspiracy theory.

    What is the nature of Mathematical concepts?

    RationalEgoistSG
    By RationalEgoistSG,
    I openly profess that I do not know much about mathematics or the philosophy of mathematics. However, I have been curious about one important point. Are mathematical objects (such as the number 2 or an equation, etc.) existents in reality or are they like objective concepts that describe the relationship between physical existents? (Or are they something else altogether?) It would seem to me that mathematical objects are the latter, concepts that describe the relationship between physic

    What is the nature of proof?

    Guest Skeptic
    By Guest Skeptic,
    Proof is "the evidence or argument that compels the mind to accept an assertion as true." (google) This compulsion is basically the same as any other physical reaction. I want to believe Objectivism, but the axioms confuse me.

    Man has no purpose since he doesn't benefit Earth?

    Areactor
    By Areactor,
    Many arguements from usually the left enviornmentalists, say that man literally has no purpose since it doesn't serve the planet any positives. Is this true?

    Personal Introduction

    Guest kgvl
    By Guest kgvl,
    Hi all ... I have been monitoring your website for a brief time now. The discussions are generally quite interesting to follow. Some of you seem quite knowledgable of Objectivist philosophy. I have admired Rand's Fountainhead movie since I was a child [nearly 50 yrs ago]. Unfortunately, I was brought up in the conflicts of religion, altruism, self-sacfirce, and the gnawing perception that 'something is really wrong with all this stuff they're feeding me'. After experiencing the full w

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