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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:Poe's Law Headines and Pro-Hamas Astroturfing

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over the weekend, I heard a podcaster speculating on reports that someone was paying people to stage pro-Hamas "protests," i.e., tresspass, squat on, and vandalize college campuses, while threatening Jews or counter-protesters. Given the overall looniness of this day and age, any headlines to that effect would remind me of Poe's Law:Only now, one often needs to replace the emoji with a reputable source and creationist with conspiracy theorist, while remembering that there are some bat-#$%&

    How To Be Happy

    KyaryPamyu
    By KyaryPamyu,
    Schopenhauer was a big influence on Nietzsche, and Rand liked Nietzsche more than just a little. "His 'Thus Spake Zarathustra' is my Bible.  I can never commit suicide while I have it.", wrote Rand, answering a questionnaire, circa 1935[1]. By way of spiritual lineage, could it be that some of Schopenhauer's ethos inadvertently found its way into Objectivism? Well, probably not, but I'm getting paranoid! It's time for a trip down philosophical hall of fame. Like many philosophers of his era

    Robert Hessen

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    The historian Robert Hessen has died. He was a contributor to Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. He was the author of In Defense of the Corporation.

    Reblogged:Recipe: Stir-Fried Rice

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Recently, I decided I needed a good fried rice recipe. As usual, I found some promising-looking recipes to go through, with the view of combining the best parts of each for something all my own and very good. Perusing the eight I found while out for a walk, this one at Gimme Some Oven really stood out, because it discussed several of the finer points and why each was important, rather than going off on some tangent as is often the case with online recipes. NOT the author making fried rice. (Ima

    Question about the value of life from another forum

    SocratesJr
    By SocratesJr,
    I ran across the following question in a discussion I was having somewhere else: Why is life a value in an atheist universe? I don't have an answer. Do any of you?  

    Necessity and Form in Truths

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Necessity and Form in Truths In this study, I firstly examine the Objectivist account of how Rand’s theory of concepts dissolves the customary distinction of truths into ones true in virtue of meaning and ones true in virtue of experience. Although that particular character of concepts in Rand’s mold of them does dissolve that wrong divide of truths—the analytic-synthetic divide—I advance an additional character of her theory, one more peculiar to hers, that also dissolves the A-S division,

    Reblogged:Just Say No Thanks to POS Panhandlers

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Image by Patrick Tomasso, via Unsplash, license.Miss Manners tersely addresses a reader's question about a polite way to respond to the point-of-sale panhandling that has become so common today. Notably, the reader is being subjected to donation requests on every visit to a grocer he visits almost daily! The reader is completely correct on etiquette grounds that this practice is rude due to the "implication that one is being miserly" and because "Some people who would like to give generously ar

    What are you listening at the moment?

    Uriah
    By Uriah,
    Admins - please give it a try. This topic is for the members to share the music they are listening to, it supposed to be updated constantly. And this is what's keeping me awake: Air - Love 2 The French duel is now out with a new album. It is rare to hear this kind of statement from a professional musician but Dunckel and Godin thought that their last album Pocket Symphony wasn't satisfying, partly because of their recent project with Charlotte Gainsbourg 5.55 which took a lot

    Reblogged:Sanders-Trump- ... RFK Jr. Voters?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Earlier in the primary season Trumpists encouraged or aided Green crusader/anti-vax conspiracy nut RFK, Jr. -- first as a primary challenger to Joe Biden and then as an independent candidate for the Presidency. They did the latter because they saw him as doing more damage to Biden's prospects than to Trump's. I disputed that idea months ago, in part due to the kind of voter that finds appealing the likes of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump -- and historically, George Wallace and RFK, Sr. This m

    The Iranian Opposition

    Jake_Ellison
    By Jake_Ellison,
    The other thread, where we started discussing this, is becoming unbearable, so I decided to open a thread that follows the Iranian Revolution, where we can post anything notable about the demonstrators or the events in Tehran. I'll start with this, written by someone in Tehran:

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