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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"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Can the Objectivist view on free-will be considered a form of agent-causation?

    By Gnome07,
    I was researching the general views on the subject of free will, when this made me think of Objectivism. It made me wonder whether the O'ist view would fit under this, as it embraces both free will and causality, while dismissing the need for physical indeterminism such as the Epicurean Swerve or Quantum Mechanics.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_causation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism_(metaphysics) Thoughts?

    Reblogged:Red and Blue Governors vs. Golden Geese

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    This Floridian has been watching, stunned, as its self-proclaimed pro-freedom governor, Ron DeSantis, has pursued a vendetta against the Disney Corporation simply for exercising its free speech rights. Image by Milo Winter, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.Rather than hold Disney's sock-puppet ESG wokeness up as an example of the need to get the state out of investing, DeSantis has been attacking Disney as a corporation and making threats that, if realized, would rightly cause the company t

    Reblogged:Considering the Altruist 'Gush Gallop'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    If you have ever heard a committed altruist getting ready to pull off a sacrifice, it can be quite memorable and even instructive. Among the things I observed from such an episode is a sort of Gish Gallop-like phenomenon, such as one I journaled regarding a scheme in which I was among the proposed sacrificial victims:Since most people equate altruism with morality, it is probably easy for someone hatching such a plan to regard it as fait accompli in some sense: What "evil" person could oppose it

    Shameful Display of Anarchy and Violence

    By Yes,
    As America prepares to certify our next President, a large band of hooligans have taken upon themselves to storm the Capitol.  This in the name of Freedom?  Are these hooligans striving to look for their Fuhrer?  As a footnote, something like this happened in fiction- in Atlas Shrugged.

    Reblogged:Two Perspectives on a Hiring Practice

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Recently, I ran into a Suzanne Lucas column about an increasingly common job candidate screening tactic that I'd encountered a few times as an applicant before. Expecting from the tongue-in-cheek title to read something pitched to job candidates, I was surprised to find that the piece was actually aimed at hiring managers. In "Dear Job Candidate, Please Do a Week's Worth of Work to Apply," Suzanne Lucas explains how hiring managers who do this might be shooting themselves in the foot, even for

    Reblogged:Four Random Things

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge 1. The below has my vote as best web site disclaimer:The above appears at the bottom of each page of Jason Eckert's web site, which is worth a visit by anyone for whom the disclaimer does not apply. (HT: Irreal) 2. At Ask a Manager, we have a short tale documenting a passive-aggressive sign that actually worked:There is at least one other among the collection of 15. Not all precisely fit the billing, but they're amusing. 3. I'm hearing lots lately about people experimen

    Reblogged:DeSantis's Crime-Family 'Values'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Ron DeSantis is proving to be such a lunatic that I might need to rename my blog, given that hardly a day goes by without his outdoing himself to appeal to the Trump base in the worst possible manner. And lots of conservatives are lapping it up... Today, we have Ed Morrissey of Hot Air approvingly reporting that the governor has openly speculated that Florida should perhaps build a prison next to Disney:No. The larger issue, of which DeSantis seem oblivious, is What is a government for? News

    Regarding the Punishment of Opinions

    By necrovore,
    Over the past decade or so it has become much more acceptable to "punish" people because of their opinions -- because they expressed them, or just because they have them. It has been pointed out that there is a big difference between the government carrying out this "punishment," such as by throwing people in prison, and private individuals (or groups) carrying it out, such as by denying service at a bar or a bank. In the latter case, property owners are merely exercising their right to the

    Reblogged:"The System" vs. Your Life

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A tech blogger relates a few disturbing examples of people in his industry who seem to have lost ambition or are "shrugging" in a sort of blind rebellion, apparently against poor incentive structures at work. We have: the guy who lets his company waste $100k/month, someone who toots his own horn about fixing his own buggy software, and someone who uses a backlog of pending bug fixes as a means of dodging development work:The author is (properly) shocked by this mindset, which is alien to himsel

    Reblogged:YOU Are the Forgotten Man of Altruism

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    ... and you have probably been trained to do the forgetting yourself. Workplace advice columnist Alison Green tackles the following problem: "Our cleaner pressures me to stay late with her because she fears our workplace is haunted." Image by Lan Gao, via Unsplash, license.This is the twenty-first century, but I can see checking just to be sure. Two things stand out in the title that both belong in the dustbin of history. The first, which most people will spot, would be superstition. Most peop

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