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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"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Is it possible to write an objective history of any subject?

    The Laws of Biology
    By The Laws of Biology,
    Or, must the writer always take a side and promote it (even if he or she is not philosophically conscious of taking a side and promoting it)? Is a neutral, fair, balanced, impartial, scientific, objective point of view on any subject really an impossibility?

    Reblogged:Four Random Things

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    A Friday Hodgepodge 1. You might find the title off-putting, but "Meet the Hobbyists Who Collect Barf Bags" at CNN Travel is a surprisingly fun and benevolent read:I love that fact that some of these collectors worked with Dramamine on an exhibit in New York called "The Last Barf Bag," and that one of them got the last two words of that phrase inscribed on vanity plates. 2. Staying with air travel for a moment, I got a kick out of learning about "PySkyWiFi," which software developer Robert

    Reblogged:Ten Wonders of Capitalism

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I usually reserve Friday for blogging positive things, but I think this week -- which has seen Donald Trump all but guarantee the destruction of the Republican Party as a home for supporters of economic freedom -- has earned an extra day of positivity here. Without further ado, I share a neat post by software consultant Hillel Wayne titled "Ten Weird Things You Can Buy Online (And Why You Would)." His criteria should tell you that this is a cut or two above some dude finding random, stupid thi

    Reblogged:A Biden Exit Strategy

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Writing at the Atlantic, Graeme Wood offers a way for President Biden to preserve his dignity, demonstrate that his horrible debate performance was a fluke, and offer his party a way out if he can't do the second:It is with great relief I read this piece: It reminds me somewhat of the one Charles Krauthammer wrote back in '05 when Bush II's nomination of the manifestly unqualified Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court looked like an unstoppable train wreck. Back then, Krauthammer offered a way out

    Reblogged:Trump II as Hoover Redux

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    At The Hill, Ed Gresser gives a warning on tariffs to Trump and Vance, who will ignore them, and harm the "working class" they claim to be concerned about, by raising the cost of living in numerous ways. For example:As a pro-capitalist, I think taxation should be abolished, but until we can achieve that, shouldn't such a burden be borne more by those who use more of the government's services? Be that as it may, it is a shame to watch Trump-Vance so successfully pander to the very people they

    HOW CAN OBJECTIVISM BECOME A DOMINANT IDEOLOGY?

    rohintest
    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.  

    Reblogged:Three on the Vance Selection

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    As I noted yesterday and stated here before, I regard J.D. Vance as one of the worst possible choices for Vice President on Donald Trump's short list. This view is in terms of Vance's political philosophy and how that choice might affect the future direction of the Republican Party, in my estimate as a proponent of individual rights. But what does the choice mean politically? Regarding Trump's electoral chances, my gut says probably not much: Vance is certainly red meat to the Trump base, as i

    What Has the 'Pro-Life' Movement Won?

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    What Has the Pro-Life Movement Won? by Ross Douthat - 2 April 2021 Excellent review of what it has come to in the US. Legally and politically well-informed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Content of Roe and a Moral Rationale

    A Role for Abstractionism in a Direct-Realist Foundationalism

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    A Role for Abstractionism in a Direct-Realist Foundationalism by Benjamin Bayer

    Reblogged:Fox Discovers 'Addition by Subtraction'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    I have little use for cable news and less for Tucker Carlson. I never paid him much attention and am no fan, to say the least: Carlson typifies the loud-mouthed, brain-dead populism that has taken over the right -- and at a time that would otherwise be ripe for a better alternative to the left. (Lots of people these days seem to think being a jerk and taking a stand mean the same thing. That is one of many symptoms of a general loss of the ability to think in terms of principles in our culture,

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