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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"
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    Reblogged:The CREEP Holds First Meeting in Mar-a-Lago

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Yes, I am borrowing a Watergate-era acronym to describe Donald Trump's election effort, which he announced yesterday: I have stated numerous times that I believe Trump to be one of the few politicians capable of getting our deeply unpopular President reelected. But don't take my word for it... We got a taste of that the first time Trump put Biden into office -- by angering so many voters that he lost despite having history's second-highest numerical vote tally. The recent midterms should serve

    Age of Electricity

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Annual amount of electrical energy produced by countries of the world is here. Leading source for generation of electric power for each US state, 2001 v 2019. Information used by NYT (10/28/20) in making these maps is from the US Energy Information Agency.

    Reblogged:Myopic Fact Checking on 15,000 Iranians

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    tl;dr: No, Iran's "parliament" didn't just vote to execute anyone: That's because they didn't have to as all the protesters face death sentences anyway. Any "fact check" failing to mention this amounts to covering for Iran's illegitimate rulers. *** Yesterday evening, a story to the effect that the Iranian parliament had voted overwhelmingly to execute 15,000 Iranian protesters caught fire. I myself retweeted it. Whereas until this happened, it was difficult to find much in legacy media outl

    Was it easy or normal for Soviet citizens in 1925 to get a visa to visit the USA? If not, why did Ayn Rand get her visa?

    The Laws of Biology
    By The Laws of Biology,
    According to Wikipedia, Ayn Rand got her visa in 1925 and left in 1926. Lenin died in 1924. Stalin was the main leader in 1925 and 1926, but I believe Stalin had not yet consolidated his dictatorial powers yet (that happened in 1927, according to Wikipedia). Nevertheless, I had thought it was always hard to escape the Soviet Union. I always thought that the Soviet Union was like George Orwell's novel "1984," with no one free and everyone afraid and a slave. And yet, Ayn Rand appar

    Reblogged:Trump Lost Two Mid-Terms in a Row

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    An Early Weekend/Post-Election Roundup There will be no post tomorrow as I am taking Veteran's Day off. *** 1. Tuesday was a good day for reproductive freedom and should serve as a warning to "pro life" Republicans who might actually want to win public office in a competitive race. Three measures favoring abortion rights passed, one anti-abortion measure lost, and another anti-abortion measure appeared to be headed for defeat. Tellingly, abortion was likely a drag on the GOP:Polling data ind

    Reblogged:Some Wave... Donald.

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Pathetic Night for Trump's Party I haven't wasted my evening or lost sleep watching election results in at least a decade, I have been that disenchanted with both parties for that long. Which kind of idiot will try to screw things up and how? is not the kind of question that gets me to stay up to see what happens next. Image by Daniel Vogel, via Unsplash, license.That said, my personal best-case scenario for this election would have been the Democrats losing the House by a small amount and T

    Did the KGB or other Soviet agency keep a file on Ayn Rand/Alisa Rosenbaum? Has any such file been found in the USSR gov't archives?

    The Laws of Biology
    By The Laws of Biology,
    Given that Ayn Rand/Alisa Rosenbaum was a Russian emigre who became very famous in the U.S. for denouncing the political philosophy of the government of the USSR, it sure seems like the government of the USSR would have tracked her actvities, at the very least. 

    Reblogged:Trumps and Cronies: Anti-(Small-R)Republicans

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Secular conservative commentator Robert Tracinski finds himself urging his readers to vote straight-ticket Democrat in tomorrow's elections. I learned of this recommendation too recently to offer a definitive opinion on it one way or the other, but I will say it is an argument worth consideration. In particular, Tracinski does a good job of cataloging what many would loosely call the "anti-democratic" tendencies of Donald Trump and his loyalists within the Republican Party. These tendencies are

    Reblogged:GOP Abortion 'Compromise' Shows Chutzpah

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Dick Morris explains why he thinks abortion will not have a major impact on the midterm elections. Here's the nut of his argument:The above reminds me of two things. First, how many times have you heard Republicans gloating that "all the Democrats had to do was sound sane" following some electoral loss? The Republicans apparently remembered their own advice concerning abortion. (I think abortion should be legal until birth, but absent a well-reasoned and well-articulated case that voters are f

    My Social Contract Debate

    determinist
    By determinist,
    I was talking to someone who said he's a fan of Obama. I didn't have a desire to debate, but I began asking him questions because I knew his answers would contradict one another. He decided to ask questions because I asked so many. My honesty sparked the debate I tried to avoid. He asked if I support stem cell research. I told him that I'm opposed to federal funding for stem cell research because I'm against taxes, not for any religious reasons. He asked why I'm against federal funding for

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