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Writings based on Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand's most popular novels are Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, which present her philosophy, Objectivism, in vivid characterizations.

  Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, esthetics, and  politics are the five main branches of philosophy that she identifies. Utilizing her methodology, one can be rational about all aspects of life. These essays present my understanding of Objectivism.

Older Essays

This is Your Mind

Independence Day Special 2005

Copyright Issues Statement

Independence Day Special 2011:

 Jesus or Ayn Rand?

Don't Blame Wall Street

Governments and Individual Rights

Anarcho-Capitalism rebuttal

Doctors and Individual Rights

Internet Freedom VS On-line Piracy

Laws Must be Specific to Preserve Freedom

To Students of Objectivism

Kant as Founder of Modern Art

Thinking in Terms of Principles

The Purpose of Art

On Objectivity -- The Method of Thought

Applications of Philosophy

Happiness by a Proper Standard

Morality and War

Induction and Anarchism

Immigration and Applied Egoism

Independence Day 2012:

  Losing the Battle

On Civil Society

Batman and Justice

Paul Ryan and Objectivism

Philosophy in the Workplace

Articulating Freedom

The Argument for Freedom


Black Friday Special, The Morality of Profit

Intellectual Property Rights

How The Internet Works

Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History

The Morality of Copyrights and Patents


Freedom of Speech -- a Sacred Right

Objective Value

Teleological Measurements




Ayn Rand as a Moral Hero

Moral Integrity

On Dualism

Protest NSA Spying

The Objectivist Trilogy

The DIM Hypothesis

Tolerance and DIM

Individual Rights

How We Know



































Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 
Elian Gonzalez as state property
Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

I'm not an expert on either immigration law or child custody
law, but if Cuba is going to take the position that Elian will
be in the custody of the government of Cuba, rather than Elian's
father (even though he is still alive), then hasn't the INS
already lost its case -- i.e. if the INS is going to maintain
that a child belongs in the custody of his parent(s), but Elian
won't be in this case, then what bases at all do they have for
saying it's a child custody case? I certainly hope the relatives
in Florida have a good lawyer, because I think this could be

>From Paul Blair 
>>From today's *Washington Times* 
>>Elian 'a possession' of state, Cuba says
>>MIAMI - The Cuban government said yesterday it will take custody of
>> 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez once the Clinton administration turns over 
>>the boy to his father, who is preparing to come to the United States.
>>"He [Elian] is a possession of the Cuban government," said Luis 
>>Fernandez, a spokesman for Cuba's unofficial embassy in Washington. 
>>Once the transfer takes place, he said, "No other entity can remove 

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