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  1. The entire graphic novel is an attack on objectivism and moral absolutism. Rorschach is essentially an objectivist hero/vigilante living in a subjective world, in which villains are not merely evil but rather have complex motivations and believe themselves to be good (unlike Miss Rand's villains). Because of his overly-simplistic world view and inability to compromise his beliefs, he suffers from madness. When Alan Moore wrote the book, he knew that (EPIC SPOILERS AHEAD) .
  2. There is an interesting discussion attached to the encyclopedia, in which an objectivist is debating a critic: http://dis.4chan.org/read/newpol/1195059362/84- The critic presents thorough and detailed responses to the objectivist's assertions, and it appears as though the objectivist eventually malfunctions, stating merely "take Chomsky and Marx and shove them up your ass, I'm an Objectivist and I won't hear any of this rambling nonsense any longer." Very good points are raised by the critic. You should check the link.
  3. As an extention of my first question, do all private businesses not work for the approval of others? In order to derive profit, businesses must fulfill a demand set by others in society. A productive innovator does not only search internally for inspiration, but must identify what others enjoy and prefer.
  4. I just finished reading the fountainhead, and understand its message of how living for one's own selfish satisfaction enriches the ego which leads to innovation, while living for the approval of others (being selfless or a "second hander") does not compliment the ego. This seems false however, as recieving approval obviously reinforces an ego. My question is, must the ego be exclusively associated with complete selfishness?
  5. Hello. I am unsure how to go about this, though I will begin by saying that I greatly enjoy the novels of Ayn Rand. The ways in which her stories are structured are engaging and entertaining, with good characterization. My friends and I make amateur films based on our original ideas, colloborating to write our own scripts and eventually filming and editing it. Recently I have decided that it would be a great experience to adapt someone else's original screenplay, and who else to approach for this but fans of one of my favorate authors! So, if there are aspiring writers among you, I call u
  6. Hello. What are the objectivist views on these issues? 1. Employees of the public sector. If a person is employed by the government to administer some sevice, truly valuing and enjoying their career, do you respect them dispite the source of their operations being money extracted from the private sector? If, as an example, a teacher at a public high school or a public social worker derives personal fulfillment from their work, while efficiently providing a service, should their acts be condemned on moral principal? 2. Unions It is expressed that the most undeserving and repulsive membe
  7. libGommi

    BIOSHOCK

    Great info, thanks. This game looks great. The environments are very original and interesting.
  8. libGommi

    BIOSHOCK

    Considering there is no part of the site dedicated to videogames (to my understanding), this is the most appropriate section I could find. May the moderators move this topic if they feel it necessary. Anyhow, there is a videogame being developed called bioshock, and I believe it is inspired by Ayn Rand. Tell me what you think. The plot of the game occurrs during the 1930's. The nation's most intelligent and innovative people have abandoned society to escape government restrictions and the threat of war, forming their own city beneath the ocean called 'Rapture'. The city of rapture is des
  9. It is obvious that Obvjectivism is opposed to religion or anything alluding to spirituality, which I entirely support, as they are indeed based on irrational premises. What is your opinion on Mythology and folk tales however? Do do believe myths reflect primitive superstitions, or do you respect them on some level? Bear in mind that myths can represent human creativity, and are designed to convey a message or advice.
  10. Well, if you're now mentioning the existence and significance different perspectives, you have just contradicted the meaning of objectivism. The fact that there are different perspectives makes reality subjective to an individual's interpretation. Objectivism is absolute, because "A is A", and as you have clearly stated, reality is not absolute. Thus, reality cannot be objective. Do you see logical inconsistency of Objectivism?
  11. I have discovered a fundamental contradiction in the Objectivist view of ethics, and thus a flaw in the basis of the philosophy. Ayn Rands states that: "An organism's life is its standard of value. That which furthers its life is the good, that which threatens it is the evil (The Virtue of Selfishness, pg. 17)". What this implies is that anything which is truly beneficial to an individual, sustaining and advancing their life, is morally good by nature. If this principal applies to the entire Universe, let us examine it in the context of animals as an example. One creature kills another for
  12. Is my claim contradictory? Citizens and the private sector are coerced into helping other people, thus they do not make the mental decision to do so. Because of this, they may still have the will to work for their own benefit, while factors beyong their control create a social society. You assume that Socialism alters our minds, destroying the human spirit and creativity, however this is not necessarily true.
  13. Let me restate that I do appreciate Ayn Rand's vision of mankind, though the exploitation brought upon by the Capitalist system is worrying. I do not believe that people should produce for the benefit of others, as this serves as a weak incentive for them to work. In fact, it would be best if they have their own personal gain as their motive. Despite a worker's ambition though, the competitive market of a free society would innevitably cause workers to be paid lower wages, because private businesses must maximize profits in order to compete. Because of this, the government should protect
  14. So this is my first post here, and I have some thoughts I would like people to address. First, I should state that despite my political beliefs being at odds with and opposed to the objectivist view, I do have some level of respect for this philosophy. I first discovered Ayn Rand on another forum, where someone mentioned Atlas Shrugged as a critical response to Socialism. This got me curious, and influenced me to read the novel. The ideas presented within the book were both optimistic and inspiring. The central characters of course represent the objectivist view of the ideal human, bein
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