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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

    What is the "self"? What is "consciousness"?

    SelfishRandroid
    By SelfishRandroid,
    Rand defines the self as follows: "A man’s self is his mind—the faculty that perceives reality, forms judgments, chooses values." In Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, she elaborates: "Consciousness is not a primary object, it is not an independent existent, it is an attribute of a certain kind of existents." And: "The notion of 'self' is an axiomatic concept; it's implicit in the concept of 'consciousness'; it can't be separated from it." I'm trying to clarify the relationship

    Ayn Rand and Marx, theory of compensation for labour.

    Sebastien
    By Sebastien,
    Marx says that the value of labour is measured by the amount of money necessary to produce the worker's subsistence. Rand says that the concept of value is dependent on the concept of life. If I work for ten hours and secure my subsistence living by working for ten hours, then the value of my labour is the life that it has given me. So I'm not being exploited. Marx argues that I'm being exploited if my labour contract says that I am compensated for 10 hours labour with $100,

    Reblogged:A Century Ago: Nonsenseorship

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The Democrats' disingenuous riff on Warren Harding's 1920 campaign slogan isn't the only thing about the political landscape that resembles the one of a century ago: We also live in a time when the censorious impulses of anti-freedom crusaders are on full display, and deserving of ridicule. This makes a 1922 anthology titled Nonsenseorship worth a thought. A review of the book, which is now public domain, appears at Public Domain Review, and states in part: The more things change, the more th

    Reblogged:A Century Ago: Nonsenseorship

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The Democrats' disingenuous riff on Warren Harding's 1920 campaign slogan isn't the only thing about the political landscape that resembles the one of a century ago: We also live in a time when the censorious impulses of anti-freedom crusaders are on full display, and deserving of ridicule. This makes a 1922 anthology titled Nonsenseorship worth a thought. A review of the book, which is now public domain, appears at Public Domain Review, and states in part: The more things change, the more th

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