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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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    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.

    There is no scientific evidence that the FDA improves the individual’s health

    happiness
    By happiness,
    I'm nowhere near his match, but I’d like to be the Alex Epstein of abolishing the FDA when I grow up. I like the way he attacks along epistemological lines, which are the enemy's true vulnerability. I've been thinking about how to wage the ultimate existential attack on the FDA. It would champion the pro-reason concept of science and attack the mystical authoritarianism the FDA peddles. Since the base of science is reason, the side claiming to represent "science" must prove its claims. The claim

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things Here are some useful and interesting things from a recent review of web pages I bookmarked and tagged for later review. 1. Although Steve Friedl's classic guide titled "So You Want to Be a Consultant" is written from an IT support perspective, I think almost anyone who does (or wants to do) freelance work should go through it. (And I don't think it would be far-fetched to say much of this applies to any kind of trading relationship.) Perhaps the most important theme in the 11,000

    Reblogged:Free Will and Criminality

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Psychologist Stanton Samenow, arguing against the popular idea that certain environmental factors predispose people to become criminals, produces the following counterexample:Samenow states that "circumstances that constitute a risk factor for one person can be a protective factor for another, but it seems a clear case of the truism Life is what you make of it to me: Although Samenow does not use the term free will, his remaining commentary to the effect that criminality is due to characteristic

    Reblogged:Will Spite Cost GOP in 2024?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    It is undeniable that the Mar-a-Lago raid has played into Donald Trump's hands: He is a specialist at playing victim, and a significant number of Republican voters lap it up when he does. But an interesting analysis argues that Trump's legal problems may not help him long term even within the GOP and will definitely harm his chances in the general election:I like the term spite here: It is a near-perfect characterization of the naive emotionalism/blind rebellion against the Democrats that seems

    Is Dennis Prager a political ally?

    MisterSwig
    By MisterSwig,
    Rucka and Nikos interviewed Craig Biddle about his appearance on PragerU. At 31:40 in the podcast Rucka asks: "Do you see Dennis as an ally in the fight for liberty?" He includes some skepticism citing Prager's views on big tech censorship. Perhaps Rucka read something like this quote from Prager's Townhall article called "Thoughts in a Dark Time." Rucka charges Prager with taking steps against property rights (suing Google, for example) and thus questions whether Prager is a true friend

    Reblogged:Fetterman: The Senate's Next 'Trump Democrat?'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Rolling Stone is a story detailing how Trump has all but sabotaged his own party in a crucial Senate race. The good news is that perhaps even Trump will not claim that the election was "rigged" when the Democratic candidate -- a loony lefty recovering from a stroke -- defeats the Trump-endorsed telvision quack, Mehmut Oz:The bad news is that Trump-- Forget it: Whether or not Trump manages to drag Oz over the finish line, what kind of principled opposition to the Democrats would he make

    Reblogged:Hot Air About Refineries?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Hot Air is a piece based in part on an AP story to the effect that the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, as horrendous as it is, might have a silver lining: It might toss a few bones to the fossil fuel industry. Among those bones? A new refinery!Intrigued -- because I myself thought that there had been no new refineries built in the US since 1977 and have probably repeated that claim myself -- I took a look at the Forbes article cited as the source of what "we learned in recent weeks."

    Have any prominent Objectivists addressed this point II?

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    *** Next 80 posts split from Have any prominent Objectivists addressed this point? *** I've never thought about this like this before but I'm leaning toward: it involves damage or potential damage. The key point being the effect and or the potential effect. If there is no potential damage or harm, it can't be something to defend against. There is no need to avoid it or prevent another from "doing" it i.e. having a right to prevent it.

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things 1. On finishing a book about medical quackery, I perused the bibliography and happened upon a name I wasn't expecting: Mark Twain. Twain, it turns out, wrote what the author characterized as a "caustic expose" of Christian Science and its founder, Mary Baker Eddy. The book appears at Project Gutenberg. Although our modern oracle at Wikipedia agrees that Twain disliked Eddy, it paints a more ambivalent picture on the matter of his opinion of faith healing more generally. I'm cons

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