Objectivism

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"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows."

Objectivism also known as Randism or Randianism is a philosophy of author and philosopher Ayn Rand. On political matters, objectivists favour free market capitalism and the opposition to statism.

History

Rand originally expressed her philosophical ideas in her novels - most notably, in both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. She further elaborated on them in her periodicals The Objectivist Newsletter, The Objectivist, and The Ayn Rand Letter, and in non-fiction books such as Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology and The Virtue of Selfishness.

The name "Objectivism" derives from the idea that human knowledge and values are objective: they exist and are determined by the nature of reality, to be discovered by one's mind, and are not created by the thoughts one has. Rand stated that she chose the name because her preferred term for a philosophy based on the primacy of existence—"existentialism"—had already been taken.

Rand characterized Objectivism as "a philosophy for living on earth", based on reality, and intended as a method of defining human nature and the nature of the world in which we live.

Philosophy

When discussing Objectivism it is important to note that it isn't merely an ideology but rather a full philosophy, meaning that instead of just being a theory of politics it's a theory of philosophy as a whole (meaning: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics as well as politics). Or at least that's what it's intended to be.

Metaphysics

As Ayn Rand wrote in "The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made" (Philosophy: Who Needs It): "The primacy of existence (of reality) is the axiom that existence exists, i.e., that the universe exists independent of consciousness (of any consciousness), that things are what they are, that they possess a specific nature, an identity.

Epistemology

Rand bases her solution to the problem of universals on a quasi-mathematical analysis of similarity. Rejecting the common view that similarity is unanalysable, she defines similarity as: "the relationship between two or more existents which possess the same characteristic(s), but in different measure or degree."

The grasp of similarity, she holds, requires a contrast between the two or more similar items and a third item that differs from them, but differs along the same scale of measurement (which she termed a "Conceptual Common Denominator"). Thus two shades of blue, to be perceived as similar must be contrasted with something differing greatly in hue from both—e.g., a shade of red.

Accordingly, Rand defines "concept" as: a "mental integration of two or more units possessing the same distinguishing characteristic(s) with their particular measurements omitted."

Ethics

The provocative title of Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness matches an equally provocative thesis about ethics. Traditional ethics has always been suspicious of self-interest, praising acts that are selfless in intent and calling amoral or immoral acts that are motivated by self-interest. A self-interested person, on the traditional view, will not consider the interests of others and so will slight or harm those interests in the pursuit of his own. Rand’s view is that the exact opposite is true: Self-interest, properly understood, is the standard of morality and selflessness is the deepest immorality. Self-interest rightly understood, according to Rand, is to see oneself as an end in oneself.

Politics

Although her political views are often classified as conservative or libertarian, Rand preferred the term "radical for capitalism". She worked with conservatives on political projects, but disagreed with them over issues such as religion and ethics. Rand denounced libertarianism, which she associated with anarchism.

Aesthetics

The essence of Rand's view of art is that an artwork presents a philosophy, that is, a basic view of life. To identify what an artwork concretizes, Rand introduces her concept of metaphysical value-judgments. Rand's aesthetic theory, being reached inductively rather than being deductively imposed on phenomena, allows for special cases which differ in certain respects, such that the same general principles apply in a somewhat different way. Architecture and music are such cases. Rand's championing of Romanticism is one more case in which she applies the principle that underlies her entire aesthetics. Art serves a fundamental need of man's consciousness by bringing his concepts to the perceptual level of his consciousness and allowing him to grasp them directly, as if they were precepts, thereby unifying man's consciousness and offering him a coherent view of existence

Personality

Objectivism in comics will usually display exaggerated traits of her founder, Ayn Rand.

  • Often depicted to be selfish, and proud to be so.
  • Writes mediocre fiction.
  • In some comics shown to REEEEE at collectivists.
  • Loves bosses.
  • Will beat you to death with her bare hands if you are a freeloader/thief.
  • Her favorite game is Bioshock, but only the opening monologue.

How to Draw

Flag of Objectivism
  1. Draw a ball with eyes and a pink bow
  2. Separate the ball into 2 equal diagonal sides of Gold on the top and Light Blue on the bottom
  3. On the ball draw a white circle outline, with arched lines in it.
  4. Below the globe draw a person holding it up.

And you're finished!

Color Name HEX RGB
Gold #FFDB27 255, 219, 39
Light Blue #00AAF3 0, 170, 243
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255


Relationships

Men of Ability

  • Minarchism - Shares my beliefs on economics and the state.
  • Capitalism - My dad and the only social system compatible with my philosophy.
  • Classical Liberalism - He’s a big inspiration of mine. He has an excellent blueprint for the economy.
  • Zionism - Israel is the only democratic, civilized country in the Middle East, and I support the Israeli people against their savage enemies.
  • Neo-Libertarianism - The only other one in my quadrant who agrees with me on the Middle East.
  • Secularism - I’m an atheist, and I think religion is just superstitious nonsense. However, I also believe that people should be able to follow whatever religion they want to.
  • Imperialism - " [The Native Americans] didn't have any rights to the land and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived and were not using... What was it they were fighting for, if they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their "right" to keep part of the earth untouched, unused and not even as property, just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal, or maybe a few caves above it. Any white person who brought the element of civilization had the right to take over this continent." - Ayn Rand

Ordinary Men

  • Anarcho-Capitalism - Stupid anarchist, but otherwise he is not an enemy.
  • Libertarian Conservatism - Post-Thanks for quoting me, now please stop the Bible thumping.
  • Libertarianism - For the last time, we aren't the same! I don't care how much you think we look alike!
  • Libertarian Feminism - Better then her I guess, but when will you realize that the collectivist identity politics of feminism aren't really compatible with my kind of values?
  • Manosphere - A bit collectivist but MGTOW and Anthony Dream Johnson are good also men are superior to women.
  • Neoconservatism - Yes, you have the moral right to invade dictatorships and Israel is worth supporting, but stop being so statist!
  • Pinochetism - Statist but great job with these commies.
  • Pink Capitalism - Economically based, culturally retarded.
  • Avaritionism - YOU LITERALLY EAT THE POOR?! Cool!
  • Alt-Right Libertarianism - Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. (The civil rights movement is assaulting our liberty and white people using manifest destiny to genocide native people was based.)
  • Grey Enlightenment - Don't come closer to me, you evil Kantian! Your economics is insane even for me!

Looters

  • All the poors, beggars, and bums - You immoral, low-life, low-IQ, PARASITES!!!
  • Anarchism - "Anarchy, as a political concept, is a naive floating abstraction: . . . a society without an organized government would be at the mercy of the first criminal who came along and who would precipitate it into the chaos of gang warfare. But the possibility of human immorality is not the only objection to anarchy: even a society whose every member were fully rational and faultlessly moral, could not function in a state of anarchy; it is the need of objective laws and of an arbiter for honest disagreements among men that necessitates the establishment of a government." - Ayn Rand
  • Gays - Unproductive freaks.
  • Pol Potism - Literally Anthem, but even worse!
  • Syndicalism - FUCKING PARASITE!!!
  • Anarcho-Egoism - He's anti-philosophy and thinks private property is a spook.
  • Feminism - Identity politics are not good for achieving individualism, and I cannot stand this alliance with lesbians and prostitutes! Abortion rights are cool though.
  • Marxism–Leninism - You are one reason why I left the Soviet Union. I hate you.
  • Leninism - I hate you too. You always failed.
  • Ego-Communism - Does.... not...... compute......
  • Nazism - Evil Jew-hating collectivist.
  • Marxist Feminism - I told you feminists were collectivist reds.
  • Luxemburgism - See? That's what I meant.
  • National Bolshevism - You're the purest form of evil and tyranny!
  • Libertarian Socialism - I'm not an oxymoron! You're the oxymoron!
  • Piratism - It is the proper role of government to protect intellectual property through patents and copyrights, you parasite!
  • Welfarists - Stop wasting money on those who will never even be able to become a normal member of society, let everyone help themselves.
  • Indigenism - "I believe, with good reason, the most unsympathetic Hollywood portrayal of Indians and what they did to the white man. They had no right to a country merely because they were born here and then acted like savages. The white man did not conquer this country. And you're racist if you object, because it means you believe that certain men are entitled to something because of their race. You believe that if someone is born in a magnificent country and doesn't know what to do with it, he still has a property right to it. He does not. Since the Indians did not have the concept of property or property rights-- they didn't have a settled society they had predominantly nomadic tribal "cultures" -- they didn't have rights to the land and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights that they had not conceived of and were not using." - Ayn Rand.
  • Primitive Communism -Ideal of socialism is a barbarian society, thank you for recognizing this.
  • Illegalism - You say that you are motivated by self interest, and you still oppose capitalism?

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