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  1. I've read the book a couple of times. So where is the rest of Objectivist epistemology?
  2. In that case you're simply being an Objectivist and defining your spectrum in terms of a government's position on property rights.
  3. I evidently haven't defined "rational centrism" very well. If Objectivism is on the extreme Right (considered from the US viewpoint of the political spectrum), then it has to be a form of totalitarian fascism. Of course it is not that. If on the other hand Objectivism were placed on the far Left of the political spectrum, it would have to promote a state-less workers' utopia. But I know that Objectivism does not promote such a bland existence as that. Nor does it, as the fascists would have it, make everybody march in goose-step rhythm to whatever the State says is right. In either case, the individual becomes expendable relative to the value of the commune or the State.
  4. "Do you have an issue with those who dismiss seeking an "eternal bliss in the after-life" for finding happiness or bliss on the Earth, or can you stay focused on enjoying the fruits of your labors whilst still here on Earth?" I'm not promoting any ideas beyond the idea that our moral stance defines for us who the enemy is. Christianity was just an example. As for practicing a philosophy, I've seen that it depends on personality traits and values. People choose whatever philosophy defines them better than they can define themselves. Or they invent a philosophy for the same reason, to better define themselves and their values and oftentimes to defend themselves from those who claim to have better values. You say that Objectivism doesn't advocate Hedonism. On the other hand, it doesn't directly oppose it either. Christians do that. "What is the standard of life and where does it come from? Moral standards have to come from without..." That's the view of a follower, someone who is waiting to have their moral standards come to them pre-digested like worms from a robin's stomach. Anybody who claims such is merely practicing commonness. He or she lives not in accordance with superlatives but revels in mediocrity. Any superlatives that happen to come their way must be knocked down to a level of mediocrity approaching if not equalling that of James Taggart.
  5. It already is mainstream in many ways. Stop psychologizing others, it is just a form of ad hominem. Stop looking preppy, take on a casual look instead. Don't imitate famous Objectivists, just be yourself. Engage in pop culture for its own sake, don't analyze and criticize it. Don't use the word "Man," as in "man's rights," all the time. Talk about human rights instead. Refer to Objectivist principles in the context of today's culture, not the culture of 50 years ago.
  6. Yes. I'm asking you to justify assertions. How do you discern intent?
  7. How do you distinguish a lie from simply being wrong in a statement?
  8. I'm trying to find out what the lies are.
  9. Are you disappointed over a campaign promise that Trump didn't make real?
  10. So in truth, Trump's policy is America Last?
  11. Then why does Trump say that NAFTA is disastrous for the American people, or words to that effect?
  12. My understanding of Trump's policies has it that he is trying to put America First. That would include eliminating unfair trade advantages held by foreign countries. http://time.com/4386335/donald-trump-trade-speech-transcript/
  13. Does Trump support Marxism in any way?
  14. The mainstream's stance toward being principled on principle is, I think, to characterize it as naive and impractical, closed-minded and dogmatic. Beyond that, I'm not seeing being principled on principle as being taken seriously. Those who pursue such a lifestyle are sometimes punished for it by losing their jobs or being stripped of financial support. It is the nature of Statism, although in some countries you will simply be executed for your principles. However, I don't believe all historical schools of philosophy are being considered in Objectivist thought. Focusing on Pragmatism as the dominant philosophy is simply based on locating some philosophy that has the opposite approach to Objectivism. A Christian, for example, would probably say that our culture is dominated by Hedonistic practices. So whatever the cultural guiding principle is to you depends on your philosophy life. I haven't seen Objectivism deal with the Hedonistic aspects of our culture. A Christian is, in a way, a very selfish person, because the goal of Christianity is for everybody to go to Heaven, and to exist in a spiritual paradise for eternity. The idea is still to enjoy the fruits of your labors, as it is with Objectivism. So that is a parallel, although with Christianity eternal bliss in the after-life is the goal, while Objectivism's concern is with finding happiness or bliss on the Earth.
  15. Is the United States ruled by the irrational Left or the irrational Right?
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