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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:The American Civil War vs. Putin's War

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Historian Jonathan Jones of the Virginia Military Institute draws a lengthy and interesting parallel between Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the miliary campaign of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Two interrelated similarities stand out, the first being the two having somewhat militaristic cultures and an overconfidence in their militaries based on superficially different misapplications of government force and recent battlefield success:Doesn't that sound familiar? Within memory of its

    Progressive education?

    Doug Morris
    By Doug Morris,
    Different meanings of "progressive education". Ayn Rand drew a sharp distinction between the Montessori method (good, because it developed children's cognition) and progressive education (bad, because it did the opposite). I just looked up progressive education on Wikipedia.  Wikipedia presents the concept as a broad umbrella that includes the Montessori method and the Boy Scouts.   It is always important to clearly understand what we are referring to, for both clear thinking and

    Reblogged:Corruption: That's What Xi Said.

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over the years, I have come to expect very little at best of Western media outlets covering dictators, and borderline fawning at worst. (Even today, few "journalists" would try to get away with open admiration of a despot, even one whose policies, like zero Covid, they support.) This is particularly true of left-wing media covering Communists like Fidel Castro and those who pay lip-service to that bankrupt ideology, like Xi Jinping. An AP story covering Xi's further consolidation of power at C

    US EXPANSIONISM, THE EVIL ROLE OF THE UN, AND THE NECESSITY FOR INDIA TO CHANGE

    Jacob Smith
    By Jacob Smith,
    I came across an article by an Indian who seems to have some knowledge about American philosophy / politics. To keep it small, I am reproducing an important part of this article – if people are interested I will reproduce it entirely. Within what I have quoted below, there is an important sub-article: The most important problem of democracy in brief:                                   Unless we find an answer to that problem, we will never stop America’s slow, imperceptible slide to the aby

    Mathematics and Philosophy

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    At the entrance of Plato’s Academy was the inscription: LET NO ONE IGNORANT OF GEOMETRY ENTER HERE! I quite agree. No general epistemology having no competent epistemology of mathematics is a real competitor in general epistemology. Mathematical knowledge is crucial in the conceptual power of humans. These books are some of those I study in my quest for formulating a competent epistemology of mathematics, and some may be excellent for interest of some readers here.   THE JOY OF ABSTRAC

    Reblogged:Speech, Property Rights in Trump's Crosshairs

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The Hill has published an editorial by Alan Dershowitz on Donald Trump's new lawsuit against several major social media companies. If I recall correctly, Dershowitz is widely regarded as an expert on freedom of speech. If my memory has served me well, God help us.There are at least three things I can see wrong here, just off the top of my head. (1) The concept of censorship pertains only to government action. (See link above at sic.) (2) Forcing a private company to publish views its owners dis

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things 1. I have mentioned that I am eager for a decent non-iOS Android alternative. So, too is Google, it turns out:If this effort (called Fuchsia) succeeds -- and fixes some of the insane weird bugs that seem to evolve with each Android update -- I could hope to be content again with my smart phone some day. 2. The Guardian takes a look at what it's like to be a "super recognizer":When I first learned about super-recognizers, I took an online test hosted by a research group intereste

    Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    by Michael Tomasello Books by which I learned of his important work: A Natural History of Human History of Human Thinking (2014) A Natural History of Human Morality (2016) Becoming Human – A Theory of Ontogeny (2019)  

    Reblogged:The Jones Act vs. US Shipbuilding

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Veronique de Rugy has written a piece that can double as a short primer on that century-plus old piece of cronyism known as the Jones Act. It is interesting to compare its remit with its performance:Most of the remainder of the piece explores these costs -- which are substantial indeed. Most striking to me is just how much it has "bolstered" the American shipbuilding industry:This will hardly surprise anyone with a scintilla of economic literacy, given earlier figures showing that building a sh

    Reblogged:Putin's War to Expose Green Sabotage in US

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Whether or not one believes allegations that Russia and China have been funding the "green" organizations whose work is helping to undermine energy security in the West, it is undeniable that Putin has used Europe's energy dependence on Russia as a weapon in his campaign to annex Ukraine. As Europe has scrambled to replace some of the energy it can no longer pipe in, knock-on effects have followed, as Jazz Shaw notes at Hot Air. Among these effects will be severe energy shortages in the Northe

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