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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.

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This is Your Mind

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Don't Blame Wall Street

Governments and Individual Rights

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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

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Batman and Justice

Paul Ryan and Objectivism

Philosophy in the Workplace

Articulating Freedom

The Argument for Freedom

Psycho-epistemology

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

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Freedom of Speech -- a Sacred Right

Objective Value

Teleological Measurements

Induction

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Cognition

Ayn Rand as a Moral Hero

Moral Integrity

On Dualism

Protest NSA Spying

The Objectivist Trilogy

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Tolerance and DIM

Individual Rights

How We Know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Freedom Versus Online Piracy

By Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

01/17/2012

[02/04/2012 Note:  I have decided to re-write this particular essay, retaining the philosophy but omitting the specific references to SOPA and PIPA due to the fact that I am not a lawyer and I do not understand the intricacies of how one law relates to another in the legal code. I am against SOPA and PIPA as written from my brief investigation into them because they do not state the minimal standard of violation that would be prosecuted and because there are no specified legal remedies or punishments for violations of the court orders to delist a foreign website. I think these would set a very bad precedent being non-objective law on the internet.]

American’s fought The American Revolutionary War to form a government that would protect free speech rather than abrogate it. This means that the US Government must keep its hands off any privately owned  material presented in any material form by an author, whether the author makes it public or not. And it also means that the government must protect said speech from those who would steal it and present it as their own creations. This means that the US Government, in its effort to protect free speech, must stop on-line piracy – the willful posting of material that is not owned by the person posting it (aside from “fair use” standards of small portions). It goes both ways – the individual has the right to speak his mind and a right to keep what is his, and the American government must protect both the author and the authorship / ownership of that product.

The internet is a bastion of free speech, and needs to remain so, as it is the right of every man to speak his own mind, regardless of who doesn’t like it – including the government.  However, speaking your own mind does not mean redistributing material that is not yours and that you have no permission to redistribute. And something has to be done about that practice on the internet.  But, in order to remain moral, regarding the internet piracy proliferation, a means must be found that punishes the thieves while protecting the innocent. And government control of the internet is not the way to do that. Every effort must be made to keep the internet free of government intrusion, except insofar as intellectual property rights and other applications of individual rights are protected by the necessity of government force against the violators.  Go after the pirates, yes, but leave the rest of us alone!

When piracy was on the rise on the high seas, it was not fought by shutting down the shipping lanes – the pirates were punished. And the shipping lanes were thus free. Similarly, the internet must remain free for the commerce of the human mind to continue.

 

Also, see my essay on the necessity of having specific and objective laws in order to preserve freedom.

  

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