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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:Great as a Tool of Exchange, Poor as a Goal

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At Thinking Directions, Jean Moroney gives us "Three Reasons Money May Not Be the Goal to Set" in a very insightful post on goal-setting. The three reasons stem from the fact that the versatility of money that makes it a great tool of exchange causes any goal set as an amount of money to be too abstract to serve as a decent goal -- unless, as she indicates, one already has a very clear idea of how to make the money and what one will use it for. (And in that case, the amount of money is really a

    Reblogged:Brodeur: 'Solo Moron' -- or Fall Guy?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has publicly stated that he does not support a law on blogging proposed by Republican state senator Jason Brodeur. Said proposal would force bloggers to register with the state and make monthly reports if they have the temerity to discuss certain government officials. The bill has been rightly slammed by Republicans like Newt Gingrich and in conservative media, with a writer at National Review memorably calling Brodeur a "solo moron." DeSantis briefly discussed th

    Reblogged:Column: Egg Price Debate Hides Guilt and Scheming On Both Sides

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    "A dozen large eggs, $5.33 at Walmart," my mother texted from Mississippi. "Thanks, Joe," and, "Half of America voted for that," my brothers replied in turn. Suddenly, I recalled those "I did that" stickers on gas pumps. At least most people understand that printing fiat money causes inflation. I'm no fan of Biden, either, but I couldn't join the pile on Biden for reasons I will explain. Image by Erol Ahmed, via Unsplash, license.I cannot forget Trump's inflationary policies so I can’t blame al


    By Boydstun,
    I joined Facebook originally in order to get access to particulars of certain Objectivist gigs that, some years back, were being announced outside of Facebook, but to get the particulars you had to be able to get into the link to Facebook, which in those days required FB membership. I had not intended to do any socializing there. I had used my real name, and after a few months of being on there, a long-time real-life friend found me and made Friend request to me, which I accepted. Next thing you

    Reblogged:Is Florida Blogging Proposal Orbán-Inspired?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Recently, a Republican legislator in Florida proposed a law requiring bloggers who write about certain elected officials to register with the state or be fined. This is wrong, and signing something like this into law would disqualify Ron DeSantis from office as far as I'm concerned. A story about the proposal at Mother Jones suggests that DeSantis is behind it, and that a similar law in Hungary inspired it:I would not be surprised, and I was well aware that some conservatives like Rod Dreher, w

    Reblogged:It Is Not 'Self-Interest' to Take Illness Lightly

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Replying to someone whose employer is oblivious at best to the pandemic, Alison Green wisely observes (Scroll down to no. 3.) that how a business handles a crisis isn't just an indicator of how they might handle other crises, but of how they operate in general: Yes, and that goes for individuals, governments, and political factions as well. But I can give only one cheer, because Green's acumen in management is dulled by her acceptance of common stereotypes about selfishness as short-sighted an

    How many masks do you wear?

    By Tenderlysharp,
    How many masks do you wear? I chose to present and ponder this topic as a Metaphysical and Epistemologcal exploration of identity.   This thread is not so much to argue the benefits and safety of the mask.  Another thread seems to do a thorough job in favor of the mask: https://forum.objectivismonline.com/index.php?/topic/34048-rebloggedit-is-not-self-interest-to-take-illness-lightly/&tab=comments#comment-368272 I wear the mask every day, I had Covid in February, never been mo

    New substack post for students of objectivism

    Grandpa Hays
    By Grandpa Hays,
    I am Robert Hays, and write under the name of grandpahays. I have created a substack (grandpahays.substack.com). I considered myself a student of objectivism in high school and the first years of college. Ayn Rand was stil working then, and I also attended several lecture series offered by the Nathaniel Brandon Institute. I have written a 9 part posting (and posted the first three parts) to my substack. This series is entitled "Reflictions of an Elderly Former Student of Objectivism. In it, I po

    The Presuppositionalist Argument for the Axioms of Objectivism

    By intrinsicist,
    Hello again, I wanted make a thread to discuss my latest post from my blog Active Objectivism.  I think this form of argument, known as "presuppositionalism" or a "transcendental argument", is crucial to philosophy, and largely unrecognized and unappreciated. Ever since Kant it has been fallaciously thought only to prove things about man's own mind or perspective (Kant's so-called "transcendental idealism", aka. the "Copernican revolution"), thus damning the science of metaphysics

    Reflections of an elderly former student of Objectivism

    Grandpa Hays
    By Grandpa Hays,
    I am now 76. Back in grade school and early college I considered myself a "student of objectivism". I no long do. I'm secular, trained as a scientist (PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford), and now label myself a "natural philosopher" and writer. But I remain in agreement with much of Objectivism. Why have I pulled back from "student of" status? I have posted a 9-part essay about my reflections on Objectivism--and how it needs to be improved. You can see this on grandpahays.substack.com. Select th

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