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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:Indulge FOMO Once, Earn JOMO Permanently

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    "We will continue to say no more often and to bigger tasks, and to build spaces in which others are empowered to set boundaries. This is the only way to make room for intentional 'yes' in our finite [work] lives." -- Amanda E. Cravens, Rebecca L. Nelson, A. R. Siders, and Nicola Ulibarri*** Let me very highly recommend a Nature career column (a five minute read, archived here) that I learned about through episode 213 (7:06-27:38) of Cal Newport's Deep Questions podcast. Its title is "Why Four Sc

    Reblogged:A Stunning Expose of Racism Indeed

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Manhattan Contrarian is an analysis of an alleged expose of racism on the part of law enforcement in New York City. What is astounding is not that, in this day and age, the police are arbitrarily and routinely arresting individuals on the basis of their race. (To the degree this still happens it remains an outrage, but I don't think it is right to imply that it is routine.) Quite to the contrary, it's just how patronizing the expose is, and how destructive the implied remedy would be fo

    Reblogged:An Opening for Small-L Libertarianism?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Political Commentator Ruy Teixeira, alarmed at Democrat uncompetitiveness among working-class voters, has been outlining a plan for "reform and renewal" for them. It makes for interesting reading, and could just as easily be a winning blueprint for Republicans, whose theocratic tendencies are just as unwelcome to what I think of as normal Americans (many of whom also fit within the demographic Teixeira focuses on) as the green/anti-energy tendencies of the Democrats. Two broad points really st

    Objectivist Mechanical Engineers

    Halsey17
    By Halsey17,
    I'm just wondering about other Objectivist mechanical engineers as far as their industry or research area of choice. I'll soon be graduating and pursuing master's studies in mechanical engineering myself, and at this point my ideal industry is small arms (FN, HK, Colt...etc.). So what are you other MechEs doing? Anyone trying to design super efficient engines like JG in Atlas Shrugged or what? Is anyone doing research instead of industry? Any advice for kids like me?

    Better Capitalism

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Better Capitalism – Jesus, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, and MLK Jr. on Moving from Plantation to Partnership Economics (2022) Paul E Knowlton (Engineer, Attorney, Pastoral Counselor) and Aaron E. Hedges (MDiv, MBA) This book urges reformation of the current US economic system to what the authors name Partnership Economics. The reforms are mostly via private actions under guideline of the conception Partnership Economics. The particulars of that conception are vague, not very specific. Th

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Four Things I Learned About Hurricane Preps This Time Having lived in Houston for seventeen years and evacuating twice, I figured dealing with hurricanes in Florida would be something of a cinch. WRONG! Below are four things I learned this time around, as I get ready to stand down from sheltering in place for the first time I found myself in a three-day cone. *** 1. In Florida, forecast uncertainty can make early evacuation a difficult decision, and population density can make late evacuatio

    Why use the Word “Selfishness” explanation only gets you half way there

    freestyle
    By freestyle,
    I just came across the below video… Why Use the Word “Selfishness”? YouTube TheObjectivistStandard C. Biddle And this is something I’ve been kicking around for about 12 years now… and I still don’t have a good answer.  Biddle does a solid job of explaining and reiterating what Rand said at the start of TVOS.   While understanding that is important, there is a very important aspect of the question that the explanation misses. I  have found that most people (even altruists) unders

    Win Some, Lose Some

    Reidy
    By Reidy,
    Say what you will about Dobbs, the recent EPA decision is shaping up as very good news. Here's an example of just how happy we should be.  

    Reblogged:There Is Such a Thing as Finished Software

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A software developer laments the experience of getting into hot water with Apple's App Store for the sin of not "updating" her finished, future-compatible app for three years:This is a simple game for kids -- who will presumably outgrow it -- written in such a way as to account for whatever tweaking Apple might do to its hardware. And it's by an active developer who should get credit for knowing when a major change for future compatibility might actually be necessary. This is, of course, Apple'

    Russian invasion of Ukraine/Belief of Mainstream Media Narrative

    Economic Freedom
    By Economic Freedom,
    *** Split from: Objectivists are working to save the world from tyranny--isn't that altruism? *** >Just today I saw a news report that a gov't official in Russia had said that domestic opponents to Russia's current war in Ukraine will be sent to concentration camps. What was the news source? Most of what mainstream media has presented to the public regarding Ukraine has been propaganda. Even many images have been shown to be hoaxes. Ethnic Russians who speak Russian but live

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