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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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    Blocked off my account

    Guest AlexL
    By Guest AlexL,
    Please confirm that this message was successfully received ! Account: Username : AlexL Email: [email protected]   Hi, I can't login into my account anymore. Before that happened, I tried, in my profile, to redefine my email address (to the same as before, in fact). Now, when trying to log in, I  get a message that I didn't yet confirmed my new email address by clicking a link in the confirmation mail I had to get from the Objectivism Online Forum. But I

    Reblogged:Rand's "The Establishing of an Establishment" Meets von Mises's Bureaucracy

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    "Government funding means government control." -- Me to a lefty friend years ago, on why I would not sign her petition for more government "support" of the arts. *** Two professors writing for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal argue that "Administrators Have Seized the Ivory Tower." I think the below nicely summarizes what they lay out, as far as the symptoms go:They make a few stabs at causes, but I found their analysis unsatisfying. Yes, there is corruption. Yes, recent economy

    Domestic Flight / Real ID

    By tadmjones,
    During the national shutdown, I had to renew  my drivers' licenses and the option of choice if not the only option at the time was to use the interwebs. Having used the web previously for renewing other state documents I was familiar with additional screens in the process that ask for extra services for an additional fee, I normally just decline and proceed to the next screen , well my bad for not reading all the words as one of the choices was to file for a "REAL ID", but I bypassed the option

    My Thoughts on the Objectivist Aesthetics

    By KyaryPamyu,
    Although Rand never mentions how she reached her theory of art, it's reasonable to assume that she did it by induction from established and important works of literature, painting etc. Virtually all art up until the late 19th century has been representational. Rand's contribution is a theory of representational art, so it can be argued that it has little application to alternative frameworks such as non-representational and conceptual art. Whether this is a limitation or not comes down to your p

    Age of Electricity

    By Boydstun,
    Annual amount of electrical energy produced by countries of the world is here. Leading source for generation of electric power for each US state, 2001 v 2019. Information used by NYT (10/28/20) in making these maps is from the US Energy Information Agency.

    Reblogged:Every Day and Every Breath Are Sacred

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Conservative Ross Douthat complains at length that Canada permits euthanasia. It is worthwhile to consider what Douthat complains about. He opens:I have embedded the video below, but I have not made my mind up on it. It is touching in its portrayal of Hatch and what she loved about life. At the same time, it was made with the aim of persuading people that assisted suicide is a good thing, and I am inclined to think that it ends up being red meat for most of those who already share that opini


    By Boydstun,
    An ample review of Richard Salsman's book Where Have All the Capitalists Gone? (2021) is in the latest issue of REASON PAPERS here.

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Odds and Ends 1. This soccer fan has been pleasantly surprised by the performances the United States Men's National Team have turned in en route to advancing from the group stage in the World Cup. In its last match, a must-win against Iran, every single starting player on the pitch played professionally for a club in a major European league for what I think is the first time. That in itself is a sign of progress for soccer in the U.S. But I have managed to watch every American game so far and

    Reblogged:Phone Ringer: The Bell Tolls for Thee

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Imagine if every person in the world had the ability, at their arbitrary whim, to anonymously activate your fire alarm inside your home. That is the reality of the telephone. There is nothing quite as rude as the telephone. -- Jim Fisher*** Image by Robert Linder, via Unsplash, license.I'm old enough to remember telephone etiquette changing with the advent of the answering machine. At first, lots of people thought it was rude to make people listen to a recorded message if you weren't around. Bu

    Reblogged:Krugman Misses Wider Lesson on China

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    We live in strange times indeed: I found myself momentarily nodding in agreement with something Paul Krugman -- of all people -- said this morning after reading his editorial regarding the unrest in China, which began as a rebuke of Xi's "zero Covid" policies:I'd beware of any would-be autocrat, but let's indulge Krugman: If we presume for a moment that an autocrat really does know (and actually wants) what is best for his country, one who is open to evidence and will change course when he is wr

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