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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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    By rohintest,
    MAPPING FUTURE OF OBJECTIVISM   HOW CAN OBJECTIVISM BECOME A DOMINANT IDEOLOGY?   INTRODUCTION The article is for long time Objectivists only. I think at this point only long time Objectivists can clearly visualize the logistics for making the ideology mainstream. Philosophy of Kant, Christianity, and Islam being examples of mainstream ideologies. Personally, I have been reading Ayn Rand and Objectivist literature for more than 20 years now.  

    Israelo-Palestinian Conflict: 2023 Edition

    By AlexL,
    Breaking News -- Israel Under Attack     

    Reblogged:Is There Really a Problem at Boeing?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Vox is an article questioning how aircraft safety news has been reported lately:Kelsey Piper argues that it is the latter, and has the statistics to back up that contention. In fact, this year, we're having about the usual number of the type of incident she ticks off above. Overall, flight remains a remarkably safe mode of travel:In light of this context, Piper asks whether journalists have a responsibility to not report such non-newsworthy events as the occasional lost tire or in-fligh

    My Ethical Theory and Rand's

    By Boydstun,
    My Ethical Theory and Rand’s Perception of mind-independent existence is fundamental to human consciousness, though not the whole of what is fundamental in human consciousness. “Existence exists, we live.” The act of grasping that statement implies that things exist, including you and I conscious living selves, our consciousness being something alive and being the faculty of perceiving that which exists. No one understanding the statement “Existence exists,” whether uttered, signed, or

    The Transporter Problem

    By DonAthos,
    In another recent thread, I was invited to make this one to explore what I'm calling "the transporter problem." In quick summary then, the "problem" considers the famous Star Trek transporter. It purports to disassemble a person (into whatever constituent elements) and then reassemble that person in identical fashion (and perhaps from the same constituent elements) at some distance. In Star Trek, people routinely utilize this technology; however (granting that this would someday be feasible

    Reblogged:Dershowitz on the Hush Money Trial

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Over at Capitalism Magazine is a piece by Alan Dershowitz which explains (a) how the Trump hush money trial is a cynical mockery of the judicial system, and (b) why everyone, regardless of where they stand on Trump, should be alarmed. I am no fan of Trump, but have long suspected that this trial was an abuse of the legal system by the Democrats. The below makes it plain that I was right:This would be an outrage on its own, but in the context of Democrat foot-dragging on the three legitimate rea

    All forms of wealth created by the mind

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    I have trouble with the idea that people go onto an island and there are fruit trees there. They are a form of wealth already there for the taking. How does that fit in with the quote below? Also a stream with fresh water. Granted one must reach out and pick the fruit or pick it off the ground, but the wealth does not have to be created. So what is the definition of wealth here?   "The source of property rights is the law of causality. All property and all forms of wealth are produced b

    Reblogged:Four Good Things

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge I will be taking Memorial Day off, and may post irregularly next week. I wish everyone a happy Memorial Day, and thank all current and past members of the United States military for helping defend our freedom. *** 1. Although Alex Epstein's classic column is about Veteran's Day, its message applies equally well to Memorial Day:I highly recommend reading (or re-reading) the whole thing. 2. On my to-do list is trying out the latest interesting bookmarklet I've run across.

    2024 US Election

    By Boydstun,
    2024 US Senate Elections  

    Reblogged:No: French Fries Aren't Cigarettes. Next.

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Among the legion panics mongered via TikTok is one that sounds like such a perfect hybrid of earworm and "eight glasses of water a day"-type garbage folk wisdom that "helpful" busybodies latch onto that I am sure I'll hear it at least seventy times over the next month. The title of a nice piece of debunkery (HT: Genetic Literacy Project) contains the fallacy: "No, Eating French Fries Is Not the Same as Smoking Cigarettes." A psychiatrist, one Paul Saladino, is responsible for arming your local

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