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  • Birthday 06/27/1996

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    A 19 year old British guy who likes American ideas and attitudes too much for his own good
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    Interested in Libertarian and Objectivist ideas, but not a subscriber per sei. One could consider me a Neoconservative with a more free market, individualist bent.
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    Politics, Psychology and Economics, as well as my fair share of cartoons and anime. An odd mix.

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  1. Very much so in my humble opinion as a foreigner. The guy is obscenely against economic globalisation for a start with his whole protectionist appeal, if put into place his policies would be damaging to the global economy and they'd shift the position of 'world's most powerful trading hub' to China once and for all, which'd be incredibly dangerous for the future of liberal civilisation. Hes also got a Luddite streak, attacking other candidates (Rubio) for wanting to assist advanced technological Capitalism that could destroy old, dying manufacturing jobs that Trump thinks should be preserved f
  2. Considering its just been aired in its entirety yesterday, so im gonna be binge-watching it considering how phenomenal the first 2 episodes were, I thought it'd be interesting to ask around here if anyone else is watching. For those who dont know what it is, its an incredibly well-done alternate history thing where the Axis have won WW2, and IMO its one of the most pro-freedom shows made in a long time. There is an eerily well-done moment in the second episode where a father of a young boy explains how the old pre-Nazi America was degenerate and evil because of individualism and self-interest
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangism Although swept aside into total obscurity along with a multitude of other schools of thought, I thought Objectivists might find this quite interesting. In the context of the entire history of Chinese philosophy its also a complete anomaly, such an extremely individualist, anti-government and egoistic philosophy has never popped up elsewhere. Chinese thought has been overwhelmingly anti-individual and collectivist.
  4. Overall we've been seeing a definite rise in the idea of Capitalism as a moral system IMO, its certainly progress. I'd attribute it with the rising popularity of the New Left once again, and its associated diatribes about how Capitalism is some inherently exploitative system we must constantly flagellate our entire civilisation and values for. A lot of people dont like that they're all being barraged constantly with how evil they are simply for selling their labour or goods. Also on-topic, one of the guys who runs Whole Foods has been pretty outspoken lately about Capitalism and free markets:
  5. I do confess to struggling with chronic depression most of my life, and I am on medication for it. It leads to a crippling lack of motivation, and I often self-sabotage. I was wondering if Objectivism has any specific take or advice on this kind of thing as a philosophy based on an individual's drive to achievement; truth be told im not particularly sure why im making this post, but I find philosophy can be therapeutic sometimes.
  6. What is the Objectivist stance on World War 2 and the Cold War? Do Objectivists see them as justified and noble struggles (or only one and not the other), or just a gross and violent orgy of state-directed destruction on behalf of the democratic world that was unnecessary? Personally I think World War 2 and the Cold War were some of the most clearly delineated battles between liberal-democratic Capitalist civilisation and the regressive totalitarian barbarism of Fascism and Communism. As a result of that, I believe firmly that Vietnam was a justified war, as were acts like the atomic bombings
  7. Ah, I see what you mean. So Objectivists would be willing to maintain a large military force and all that entails if necessary? My issue here is I completely fail to see how this can be funded without some form of general taxation that is not voluntary. But thats a discussion for another thread. Yes. I think a part of being a Neocon is definitely acknowledging that the state has a role in promoting general welfare, just not in standard liberal/left-wing ways of throwing money at things. I endorse the welfare state, but not in its current form per sei. I think huge portions of the whole tax sy
  8. I think out of all the answers here this one explained it best. I'd say my question has been thoroughly answered. So if im not mistaken: ones contributions and productivity are valued on what others value in them, and if they are striving to the best of their ability at them as individuals. Electrician A and Electrician B can both strive to be amazing electricians, producing and contributing as much as they can, even if one produces less than the other. Of course, this is productivity and improvement in the context of being electricians.
  9. False consciousness or Cognitive Dissonance? I guess? I imagine you were referring to me. I actually have a fair amount of other issues with Objectivism that i'd like to tackle elsewhere, so im far from the converted, but right now i'd like to knock down a few misconceptions I may or may not have (and in this case, it was indeed a misconception apparently). Im also just interested in understanding Objectivism as a philosophy overall.
  10. First off thanks for the warm welcome everybody! This is interesting. I haven't heard this take before, so Objectivists would be willing to have a 'larger government' if they deemed it necessary for the preservation and protection of individual rights? So if it was deemed necessary the government could extend beyond just police, courts and military? How far does this extend the purpose of government in the mind of an Objectivist in an extreme case? I may be misreading this. Im familiar with the classic Trotskyite connection. Its worth saying that this is a little bit of a misconception. Fi
  11. I mean, a variety of factors could affect this: how many people go to both in that time of year, where are the geographical positions of the electricians that could affect their customer base, did one have a wider friend circle or advertising network, etc. Setting aside that and sticking to the pure theoretical, while I can see what you're getting at, I dont mean equal in terms of ability or productivity, in fact I dont think this is even really a question of equality but how one can actually quantify ones 'overall worth' effectively. The electrician that only wires 25 homes, if he were not t
  12. Case in point, Rand focuses on 'great men', namely businessmen, CEOs, etc a lot. But what of average workers and people? I know the stereotype of Objectivism is that these people are useless moochers, but I doubt this is so, they're individuals too. How is their role in society viewed by Objectivists? Are they equally as important in their individual endeavours as the richest and most powerful? Or are they beneath them/worth less? This is something I cant wrap my head around, as I see an electrician as, in his own way, contributing as much as a businessman. Without the electricians of the worl
  13. 19 year old Psychology student whose recently taken an interest to Libertarianism and by association, Objectivism as a philosophy/school of thought. Primarily came to the ideology by way of Psychology (specifically Erich Fromm and his emphasis on the control-freedom dichotomy of society), which has made me more appreciating of individualism over the years and skeptical of the ability of government to throw money at things and achieve magical results. I'd say that as it stands im a Neoconservative (scream inducing to vast portions of humanity) with a more small government bent on domestic polic
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