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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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    Is there a recording of the Albert Ellis/NB debate?

    Skylark1
    By Skylark1,
    For a friend.

    Unveiling Ayn Rand's Misinterpretation: Kant's Noumenal Realm and the Fallacy of the Consequent

    Ogg_Vorbis
    By Ogg_Vorbis,
    -Ayn Rand (For the New Intellectual, 32; Kndl ed.)   If the majority of philosophers rejected Kant's "noumenal" realm, they have left out an important aspect of his philosophy - the source of all phenomena. Because even if the noumenal is unknowable, it is, for Kant, the grounds for phenomena beyond the senses. It doesn't matter if the senses modify, what matters is that Kant posited the noumenal's existence.    It is THIS that is the problem with modern p

    Reblogged:One Day, Two Disasters in Louisiana

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    This morning, I read about two disasters, one natural and one man-made, that happened yesterday in Louisiana. Debris lines show the extent of the flooding. The faint uppermost line is less than a foot below doorstep level. (Image by the author, copying permitted.)The former took the form of a nasty storm that not only spawned a tornado that touched down northeast of New Orleans, but also dumped over half a foot of rain within a couple of hours. Fortunately for us, our neighborhood got just the

    Eminent Domain

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Barrett’s dissent begins on page 33 of this pdf of the US Supreme Court decision yesterday continuing to broaden the power of private firms to invoke the Eminent Domain clause for private commerce. Excerpt from her dissent: “While the Court cloaks its analysis in the “plan of the Convention,” it seems to be animated by pragmatic concerns. Congress judged private condemnation suits to be the most efficient way to construct natural gas pipelines, and to this point, States have cooperated

    People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Statement of Facts in the Indictment – 4/4/23

    Reblogged:Four Wins From the Past Month

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge Whenever possible, I list three wins at the end of each day. Here are a few from a recent review of my planner. *** 1. As our family waited in the terminal ahead of an hours-long couple of flights from the West Coast to home, my son cast an uncomfortable and concerned glance at his parents. "I feel nauseous," he said a little weakly. Grabbing a bag from the lunch Mrs. Van Horn had just brought over, I thrust it into his hands. "Keep this with you in case you can't make i

    Donald Trump

    Skylark1
    By Skylark1,
    What do you guys think about President Trump? Or is it still too early to form an opinion?

    Reblogged:Also, Don't Be a Dragon!

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Jerry Liu offers the following advice, which fellow role-playing gamers will find easy to translate into real-life terms and quite memorable: Use your potions and scrolls. He opens with a familiar scenario:The answer to his last question arrives from an experiment that it's probably fair to say went better than he expected:Liu elaborates on his lesson, in the rest of his short, thought-provoking post. One insight worth remembering is that many things are actually not single-use -- although they

    Reblogged:Biden vs. Gig Work Update

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Reason, John Stossel notes that "The Labor Department just imposed 300 pages of new regulations to reclassify many individual contractors as payroll employees." Great. I guess that's why our tax preparer had all sorts of questions about gig work for us this year. Naturally, news media uncritically parrot the administration's alleged justifications for the changes, despite the fact that, as Stossel reminds us, this terrible idea has already been tried and failed in California:Stossel al

    Reblogged:Barbarians Escalate Against Israel

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over the weekend and from its own territory, Iran launched a barrage of hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel, using Israel's attack on its "embassy" in Syria as an excuse. I recommend Yaron Brook's real-time reporting and commentary (embedded here). I was out running errands when I began listening. Any time I checked, I found him to be well ahead of other outlets both in terms of timeliness and quality of information. The whole thing was barely a blip in mainstream media, and even sites

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