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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:Two Million MORE Federal Jobs Under Trump

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    John Stossel offers a rebuttal to the idea that Trump "drained the swamp" even a little bit during his first term:I've noted Trump's spending contribution to "Bidenflation" here before, but had not seen other specific examples of his profligacy mentioned until this column. Specifically, I did not know about the two million new federal employees he hired. The welfare state is so big that size can be a proxy for abuse of government -- but only if we remind ourselves of the proper purpose of gove

    What does my mind need?

    HowardRoarkSpaceDetective
    By HowardRoarkSpaceDetective,
    I'm reading Viable Values by Tara Smith. I've really enjoyed it as she covers a lot of questions I don't typically hear addressed by Rand or Piekoff in terms that I understand. She brought up an issue that has baffled me for a long time: motivation. She discusses what man's psychological needs are, and how most of the values that constitute "flourishing" are values because they keep us from forgetting why we're doing what we're doing or that we're capable of doing it. I recently heard Harry Bins

    "Only in America" is right!

    KendallJ
    By KendallJ,
    By Kendall J from The Crucible & Column,cross-posted by MetaBlog "Maybe I shouldn't disagree with the Oracle of Omaha," I interjected, "but I think that the stock [Coca Cola] will take a big hit tomorrow [the day after announcing the resignation of CEO Doug Ivester]." Unfortunately I was proved to be right as the stock declined about 10%. Warren [buffet], to his credit, chased me down in Washington the next day to say, "I'm sorry, I was wrong and you were right. You are t

    Reblogged:Ad Hominem Is Dumb, Coming and Going

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A couple of headlines this morning reminded me of the logical fallacy named above, which Wikipedia reminds us:The first headline this reminded me of was "Trump: 'Hannibal Lecter Is a Wonderful Man'" at The Hill. Other outlets jumping on the story -- in an attempt to make news out of a word salad/feeble attempt at humor -- added such things as in apparent praise of the cannibal. I am no fan of Donald Trump, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't advocating cannibalism. Just a hunch. My quick read of on

    Robots

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Tomorrow – Kissing Robots? Beyond Tomorrow – French-Kissing Robots? At present talking robots engage jaw motions only. Hu sees the need to get robots to use lips as well if a human is to retain interest. 

    Reblogged:Why a Service Animal Racket Vice an Industry?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Astral Codex Ten, whose author is a mental health professional, is a very interesting description of the unintended consequences of a seemingly benign government regulation. Let's first consider the intent:So far, so good. Who would want to deprive an anxious or depressed person of such an unintrusive and simple aid as having a pet around while they navigate their lives en route to recovery? I will not beat up the author for failing to ask the following question: What is the best way

    Reblogged:Who's Pulling the 'Pro-Hamas' Strings?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    And who made that so easy? Monday, I noted the artificial-looking nature of the anti-"Zionist" protests that have been going on across college campuses, but had to admit I was in no position to speak about funding. Fortunately, Francis Menton of The Manhattan Contrarian has taken a deeper look at who might be providing financial and other support for these criminal mobs. I like how the post starts by clearly stating why it is worth taking such a look:The post is about a six-minute read, clock

    Reblogged:Capitalism Fought Jim Crow From the Start

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I have long praised a happy result of the free market: It discourages racism. Two memorable examples I have brought up here include commercial desegregation in Houston (when segregation was called "bad for business") and the universal reach of the Sears catalog across the South. Both of these show capitalism blunting the force of segregation, or helping end it outright. Notably, thanks to a recent John Stossel article, we can now add a historic example of capitalism actively resisting Jim Crow

    Reblogged:Left 'White'-Washes Anti-Semitism

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Some time back, I tweeted a Value for Value post by Peter Schwartz which explains how our culture's dominant ethical code, altruism, justifies supporting Hamas over Israel, despite the demands of justice to do exactly the opposite. Schwartz says in part:Now that Iran, a nation nearly ten times more populous than Israel, has more directly waged war against Israel, it would be interesting to quiz the above schoolteacher about which side she is on. I would not expect her allegiance to have shifte

    Rand and the Greeks

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    I wrote this and originally posted it online in 2010. Rand and the Greeks In the “The Objectivist Ethics” Rand stated: “Aristotle did not regard ethics as an exact science” (14). “He based his ethical system on observations of what the noble and wise men of his time chose to do, leaving unanswered the questions of: why they chose to do it and why he evaluated them as noble and wise” (OE 14). Insofar as Aristotle’s approach was indeed as described in the preceding quotation (see e.g. NE

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