objectivation

Nietzsche was a cranky, curmudgeonly crazy man who thought people sucked and there was no reason to not be an asshole.
Aleister Crowley read Nietzsche and didn’t get it, so he created a fucked up version of Nietzsche’s already fucked-up ideology and called it Thelema.
Ayn Rand read Nietzsche and Crowley and didn’t get it, so she created a fucked up version of Nietzsche’s and Crowley’s already fucked-up ideologies and called it Objectivism.
Anton LaVey read Nietzsche, Crowley and Rand and didn’t get any of it, so he created a fucked up version of those already fucked-up ideologies and called it The Church of Satan.

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“If somebody else says that running like a girl or kicking like a girl or shooting like a girl is something that you shouldn’t be doing, that’s their problem. Because if you're still scoring, and you’re still getting to the ball on time, and you’re still being first, you’re doing it right. It doesn’t matter what they say. Yes! I kick like a girl, and I swim like a girl, and I walk like a girl, and I wake up in the morning… like a girl. Because I am a girl, and that is not something that I should be ashamed of.”

Let’s make #LikeAGirl mean amazing things. Why can’t running like a girl also mean winning the race?

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Last week, local teenager Andrew Phillips picked up a copy of Ayn Rand’s best-selling dystopian novel Atlas Shrugged. Within a matter of days, Phillips finished the entire novel cover-to-cover.

Many in town held a candlelight vigil, in memory of Andrew Phillips.

“I miss Andrew,” said Monica Wake, one of Phillips’s best friends since elementary school, during the memorial service. “He was such a sweet kid. He cared so much about other people. And it’s so sad that that sweet kid is no longer with us today.” Wake, as well as many others, broke down in tears.

“I remember the last thing Andrew said to me before the wonderful person he used to be died,” said another friend, Richard Baker. “He said to me, ‘Richard, I just got to the part where Francisco gives his speech about money and the root of all evil. Ayn Rand just got that so right’. I didn’t want to believe it, but as time went by… I had to accept that the Andrew I knew was no longer with us.”

Baker then went on to say, “But after he finished the big speech at the end… it was even worse. I asked if he wanted the rest of my turkey sandwich. He said charity was for parasites, and that mine was the morality of death. I don’t even know what that means. It was just a sandwich.”

In a final, tearful eulogy by Phillips’s best friend Jacob Roark, he said, “Andrew was my best friend. He was kind. He was thoughtful. But toward the end, he slipped into something like dementia. He wasn’t the same smiling boy I used to know. He kept talking about how poor people deserve to die, that they were just leeches on society. And he said that we should do away with all government, and become an anarcho-capitalist society. It’s just…” Roark broke down sobbing. “It’s just not realistically sustainable taking into account human nature and the complexities of the real world!” Roark cried.

“I just miss my friend,” Roark said, wiping away tears of grief and loss. “He used to be cool. He used to be nice. Now he’s a Libertarian. But I won’t remember him as he is now: cold, dead, uncaring of the underprivileged. I will remember him as the wonderful human being he once was. I love you, Andrew. For free.”

The service lasted two hours, with hundreds showing up to honor the memory of Andrew Phillips.

Studies have found that the minds of thousands of impressionable teenagers are victim to readings of Atlas Shrugged every year. Phillips’s parents have issued a warning to all those contemplating Ayn Rand novels: “Don’t let yourself become a statistic. Think.”

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Unsuspecting Teenager Picks Up Copy of Atlas Shrugged

The Wishwashington Post

Now, I don’t care to discuss the alleged complaints American Indians have against this country. 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 a 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. It’s wrong to attack a country that respects (or even tries to respect) individual rights. If you do, you’re an aggressor and are morally wrong. But if a “country” does not protect rights – if a group of tribesmen are the slaves of their tribal chief – why should you respect the “rights” that they don’t have or respect? The same is true for a dictatorship. The citizens in it have individual rights, but the country has no rights and so anyone has the right to invade it, because rights are not recognized in that country; and no individual or country can have its cake and eat it too–that is, you can’t claim one should respect the “rights” of Indians, when they had no concept of rights and no respect for rights. But let’s suppose they were all beautifully innocent savages – which they certainly were not. What were they fighting for, in opposing the white man on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence; for their “right” to keep part of the earth untouched – to keep everybody out so they could live like animals or cavemen. Any European who brought with him an element of civilization had the right to take over this continent, and it’s great that some of them did. The racist Indians today – those who condemn America – do not respect individual rights.
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Ayn Rand, when asked, “When you consider the cultural genocide of Native Americans, the enslavement of blacks, and the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War Two, how can you have such a positive view of America?” at West Point Academy in 1974.

because there is some clueless white tool in my ask box trying to defend Rand to me and I am tired and not even remotely in the mood to deal with your nonsense. ayn rand is a revolting racist, end of story, and that’s 1 of a billion things that is wrong with her.

MBTI types as schools of philosophy

ISFJ: historicism, the belief that some event(s) or period(s) in history has/have had a pivotal role in the way humans have developed (e.g. believing that the fall of Rome was the turning point of human history)
ESFJ: antipositivism, the belief that human social life does not follow definite laws the way the natural world does
ISTJ: stoicism, the belief that bad and destructive emotions come from poor judgment and that one is most free when they are free from anger, jealousy, and envy
ESTJ: pragmaticism, the belief that practical topics (topics that have real-life applications) are the most relevant topics
ISFP: romanticism, part of which holds that intense emotions like apprehension, awe, horror, and fear are the most beautiful things that humans can experience
ESFP: empiricism, the belief that  knowledge either only or primarily comes from sensory experience
ISTP: objectivism, the belief that reality exists as purely as ever even without conscious creatures observing it but that humans have a connection to reality through their senses
ESTP: critical realism, the belief that some of the senses provide accurate versions of reality, while others do not
INFJ: neohumanist universalism, the belief that extending your love to all living and nonliving beings in the universe allows you to see the ultimate truth
ENFJ: epicureanism, part of which holds that making friends is essential to living a happy and satisfying life
INTJ: solipsism, the belief that the only thing that you can be absolutely sure exists is your own mind
ENTJ: transhumanism, the belief that advanced technology can and should be used to enhance humans’ physical and intellectual abilities
INFP: idealism, the belief that reality as we can know it is purely mental and does not exist outside of our minds
ENFP: ethical egoism, the belief that an ethical deed is, by definition, one done in self-interest, so long as you do not knowingly hurt others in the process
INTP: logical positivism, the belief that all of your decisions, conclusions, and beliefs should be rooted in scientific discovery and evidence
ENTP: structuralism, the belief that human social life functions as a large, overarching system or process

Hey, you know Steve Ditko, the guy who co-created Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Squirrel Girl, the Creeper, the Question, and the Ted Kord Blue Beetle? Well, at some point Ditko took a headfirst dive into the philosophy of Ayn Rand - and the Objectivism-spouting vigilante Mr. A is that particular passion of his given ultimate comic book form.

I’ve never expended much effort trying to track the stories down, but a friend of mine did, and… well, they’re about as subtle as a packet of Chick tracts, except they star a guy wearing a Destro mask and a matching pair of oversized steel mittens. Still, I can’t fault the sense of graphic design on display here; if ever there was an artist born to draw men in business suits punching the hell out of gangsters and/or abstract philosophical concepts, it was Steve Ditko.

(Amusingly, this exact page was later parodied in an issue of DC’s Ambush Bug, but “Corrupt” was replaced with “Pittsburgh.”)

(Also amusingly, spell-check thinks “Objectivism” is a typo.)

Original splash page art for the Mr. A story “Debaters,” first published in Comic Crusader #4 (1968). Scan taken from Heritage Auctions.