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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:Will the Market Save Remote Work?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Setting aside the propriety of the Covid "lockdowns," a major silver lining in my view was that countless people who might not have tried or gotten to try working remotely did so. Based on a recent Business Insider story, it would seem that the experiment was a resounding success, at least for a significant number of knowledge workers:The story elaborates on some of the ways this is backfiring, and cites anecdotes and studies to the effect that remote workers are generally more productive. Re

    Reblogged:GOP Contempt for Rule of Law Exposed

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    The following interesting identification appears in a Vox story about a ruling against a particularly odious anti-abortion law in Texas:This brings to my mind the following quote by Ayn Rand regarding how truly vile and dangerous such vague laws are:While we aren't living under a dictatorship, Rand's point stands; and it is interesting to note how Republican officials have responded to attempts by physicians to achieve clarity on what procedures they can perform:Observe that, when push comes to

    Science of Philosophy vs. Science Science?

    By HowardRoarkSpaceDetective,
    As we all know, empiricists like to argue that "science" has disproven what Objectivists would call "intrinsicism". Now, if philosophy is a kind of science (in the sense that both disciplines are inductive), then they're right. But they don't mean it the way we mean it. For example, my departure with religion began with the problem of free will, but now, as an Objectivist, I wouldn't make that argument. So what exactly is the difference between what we call the philosophy-as-science and what the


    By Seattle_Kyle,
    Hello Rational Thinkers,   I am relatively new to Objectivism and am extremely intrigued by some of the moral ideas Rand had. One of the ways I've grown in understanding is by finding interesting stories or topics and challenging AI chatbots on what Rand would have considered moral or immoral. While reading "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman, I couldn't get through the first page without him mentioning a story that he considered an "act of parental heroism [that] testifies to t

    Reblogged:Four Recent Wins

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge 1. About a year ago, I purchased a more capable laptop and wanted to be able to boot it into Linux or Windows. That was easy enough to achieve, but the last time I set a computer up that way, I wasn't hip to the idea of whole disk encryption -- something a car break-in rectified for me some time after that. Unfortunately, while one would expect to be able to have two operating systems on one computer and have hard drive encryption enabled for each, it is not exactly straig

    How much education do we OWE our children?

    Doug Morris
    By Doug Morris,
    It seems pretty clear that neglecting a child's nutritional needs can rise to the level of abuse or neglect, in extreme cases justifying government intervention to protect the rights of the child. What about the child's educational needs?  Are we obligated to see that the child learns the three R's?  Are we obligated to see that the child learns anything else?

    Top Secret

    By Reidy,
    In the 1940s Rand worked on Top Secret, a never-realized movie about the Manhattan Project (see Journals). Such a movie is finally coming out.

    Reblogged:NAACP Called 'Detached' Over Policing

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    In deep blue cities across the country, "progressives" have enacted policies that, in the most charitable interpretation, they seem to think will help stamp out any racial iniquities that still plague our law enforcement and criminal justice systems. These measures often include funding cuts to police departments, or non-enforcement of laws against minor crimes, or non-prosecution of many criminal offenses. (I think of the whole as the opposite of the "Broken Windows Theory" of policing in both

    Peikoff Lectures

    By Boydstun,
    All recorded lectures of Leonard Peikoff are to become available here.

    Reblogged:ESG: Illegal, Unprofitable (AND Often Wrong)

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Writing at the Washington Examiner, Robert Bork provides both an analysis of the legal status of Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investing (as it is known at the moment) and an update on how it is faring as an investment strategy. (As one might expect with anything the left promotes, one would wonder how mankind had managed to survive for so long before it was devised. It's good to hear another perspective for a change.) Regarding the former, the practice of placing concerns other than

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