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DON'T READ MY BOOK
if you are a Conservative, a Randite, or a Statist.
But if you want a consistent and principled presentation of Objectivism
give it a peek.

A Guide to the Philosophy of Objectivism
David King
Who the hell is David King?

It is my intention to present an introduction, from the perspective of a scientist, to the ideas of Objectivism, a guide to other presentations of these ideas, and some applications of the ideas to important problems. Here you will find a rather motley mosaic of subsections, each generated from whatever sources of information I have encountered and each analyzed as best I can from within the context of my three-decade study of Objectivism.

In order to promote the maximum dissemination of the ideas, I have decided to place all my writings into the Public Domain. I grant permission to anyone to use my writings, or any parts of them, in any way that may help to further the spread of reason and freedom in our society.

MyBook is an ongoing project for me as I add new ideas and revise old ideas in a continual attempt to make a better presentation. I would appreciate being notified of errors of any kind in these writings, or of any statements that could be clarified so as to make a better presentation.

MyBook is dedicated to two non-existent fictional characters:

William Hastings, who does not appear in ATLAS SHRUGGED
and
Emmanuel Goldstein, who does not appear in 1984

MyBook consists of these four files, and several essays with the filenames CHAPTRnn, comprising altogether about 1200 Kilobytes.
DICT - An Objectivist dictionary
FALLACYS - A handbook of logical fallacies
BOOKLIST - other sources for Objectivist ideas
OBJINDEX - A keyword index of:
The Objectivst Newsletter
The Objectivist
The Ayn Rand Letter
The Objectivist Forum
Basic Principles of Objectivism
Principles of Efficient Thinking
The Psychology of Romantic Love
Atlas Shrugged
The Fountainhead


Chapter 1 ..... AYN RAND AND OBJECTIVISM - PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE
Chapter 2 ..... THINKING
Chapter 3 ..... THE IMPORTANCE OF CORRECT DEFINITIONS
Chapter 4 ..... ECONOMICS FROM AN OBJECTIVIST VIEWPOINT
Chapter 5 ..... RIGHTS AND FREEDOM
Chapter 6 ..... THE ETHICS UNDERLYING SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Chapter 7 ..... GOVERNMENT
Chapter 8 ..... BEYOND GOVERNMENT
Chapter 9 ..... RELIGION
Chapter 10 ... SPIRITUALITY, ART, AND BEAUTY
Chapter 11 ... THE DISASTROUS STATE OF AMERICAN EDUCATION
Chapter 12 ... THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION
Chapter 13 ... LIBERTARIAN GUERILLA WARFARE
Chapter 14 ... TO SHRUG - AN ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE FOR AN INDIVIDUALIST

Chapter 1
AYN RAND AND OBJECTIVISM - PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE
Starting with a critique of Ayn Rand, I move into a presentation of Objectivism, then to a consideration of the connection between Science and Philosophy, with some additional comments in which I try to make the scientific mentality a little less mysterious to people who have not been explicitly schooled in a scientific field.
* Randism vs Objectivism
* Rand's incorrect definition of selfish
* Rand's personal statist views
* Rand's failure to distinguish between politics and economics
* What is Objectivism?
* The Antagonism Between Philosophy and Science
* How Scientists Can Build Bombs
* The Connection Between Philosophy and Science
* The Scientific Attitude of Mind
* Some History of Science
* Science vs Magic
* Examples of the Scientific Attitude applied
* Some Critiques of Science
* Why Objectivism is rejected
* The Commentator Syndrome
* Objectivism in the Universities

Chapter 2
THINKING
* Tools of Thought
* Language
* Strength And Leverage
* IQ As A Potential
* The Major High-IQ Societies
* Useful Thinking Techniques
* Memory
* Procedures for Carrying on a Discussion
* Criticism
* The Scientific Method
* The Military Staff Study
* Notes on the Significance of Intellectual Context
* Faulty Thought Processes
* Piagetian Operational Stages
* The Use Of Emotions As Tools Of Cognition
* Introspection
* Orwell - Newspeak - Brainwashing - Prolefeed
* Hallmarks of a Cult
* The Philosophical Chameleon

Chapter 3
THE IMPORTANCE OF CORRECT DEFINITIONS
* On the Importance of Correct Definitions
* How to Make a Definition
* Concept Reduction
Some approaches to defining a few interesting concepts
* Certainty
* Probability
* To Be
* References
* Envy
* Instinct
* Luck
* Standard vs Purpose - Man qua Man - to Survive or to Flourish
* Nonsense
* Compromise

Chapter 4
ECONOMICS FROM AN OBJECTIVIST VIEWPOINT
* Objective vs Subjective Economic Value
* History
* The Corporate Enterprise
* Political Power vs Economic Power
* Property
...* What is property?
...* The right to property
...* Why must we recognize property rights?
...* Philosophical underpinnings
...* Ownership
...* John Locke on Property
...* Some questions about the Lockean thesis
...* Intellectual Property - Information as Property
...* Some false arguments
...* Digital information
...* Bibliography
* Capitalism
* Wealth
* The Need For Money
* The Evolution of Money and the Nature of inflation
* The Effects of Inflation
Several miscellaneous issues
* Foundations
* Bootstrap Economics
* Economic Calculations
* Agriculture in China: An example of central control vs individual control
* The Tragedy of the Commons
* The Public Goods Problem
* Fascism-Communism
* Marx
* The Luddite Phenomenon
* Liability
* Productivity
* Fair Trade
* The Gross National Product

Chapter 5
RIGHTS AND FREEDOM
* Natural Rights
* There is no such Thing as Freedom

Chapter 6
THE ETHICS UNDERLYING SOCIAL STRUCTURE
* Some Ethical Concepts Defined
* Philosophy Underlies Society
* Foundation of Law
* Stateolatry
* Miscellaneous Ethical Topics
* Voting
* Majority Rule - Democracy
* Assisted Suicide
* Abortion
* Ethics as Black-and-White
* Honesty vs Dishonesty
* Crime - The Criminal Mentality
* Hate Crimes
* Conspiracy
* What is a Slave?
* Profound Ethical Concerns
* Charity - Egalitarianism - Welfarism
* Coerced Compassion
* Effect of Social Complexity on Statism
* Dual Ideologies
* Hallmarks of a Conservative
* Libertarian Foreign Policy
* The Ethical Carnivore
* Voluntary vs Coercive - Trade vs Theft
* Self-Defense
* Preemptive Force
* Rules vs Principles

Chapter 7
GOVERNMENT
* Government defined
* Descriptions of Government
* Corruption in Government
* The Real Function of Government
* What Government Responds to
* Political Intentions are Irrelevant
* Failures and Contradictions of Government
* Government Murders During the 20th Century
* The War On Drugs

Chapter 8
BEYOND GOVERNMENT
* Limited Government
* Jury
* Government is a Mistake
* Anarchism
* A Covenant for a Union of Sovereign Americans

Chapter 9
RELIGION
* Christianity vs Objectivism
* Christianity vs the Lightning Rod
* Christianity vs Women and Sex
* Interview with God
* Robert Ingersoll on Religion
* Religious Roots of Evil
* Attila and the Witch Doctor
* Basic Principles of Objectivism - Nathaniel Branden - from Lecture #4
* The Case of God vs the Case of Reality
* God as Big Daddy
* Religion and Insanity

Chapter 10
SPIRITUALITY, ART, AND BEAUTY
* The Spirituality of a Scientist
* The Credo of a Rational Man
* Prayer
* Oath
* Marriage
* Love
* Table Blessing
* Art
* Beauty
* The Need for and Function of Art and Beauty
* The Nature of Fiction
* Music
* Dancing
* Some Writing Techniques
* The Destruction of Art under Statism
* Miscellaneous Comments on Art

Chapter 11
THE DISASTROUS STATE OF AMERICAN EDUCATION
* SAT score decline
* High School dropout rate
* Quality of Education
* Quality of the Teachers
* Futility of Reform - Principles underlying government schooling
* Tragic consequences

Chapter 12
THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION
* Alienation
* Principles have Consequences
* Freedom/Slavery schizophrenia
* Financial Manipulation
* Standard of Living
* Dependency
* Dictatorship American Style
* The Alternative of Freedom
* Cultural Value-deprivation
* Inheritance
* Conservation - Environmentalism

Chapter 13
LIBERTARIAN GUERILLA WARFARE
* Rebellion against Government
* The Peaceful Means Argument
* Injustice is Everyone's Fight
* The Problem of the Innocents
* Questions to Determine Philosophical Orientation
* Prerequisites of a revolution
* Thoughts on Terrorism and Guerrilla Warfare
* Strategy - Disarm and Disable
* Tactics - Focus, Meaning, Purpose
* Morale

Chapter 14
TO SHRUG - AN ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE FOR AN INDIVIDUALIST
* Underlying Philosophy
* Historical Precedent
* Implementation of Shrugging
* A Different World-View
* Escape from the moneylenders
* A suitable dwelling
* Lifetime supplies
* Income reduction
* Occupation
* Security
* The Moral is the Practical
* Recommendations
* Bibliography




Miscellaneous Essays