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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: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 
Movie Review--Armageddon
Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

>From Allan Gotthelf:
>In a way, the film is worse just because of the element I noted
>which Jason didn't: it suckers in admirers of this-worldly
>talent, and then alternately jabs at and blasts the values
behind that
>admiration throughout.

I went to see "Armageddon" because the previews indicated it
would be better than "Deep Impact" regarding the motivations of
the characters and the presentation of the heroes.

I was so deeply impacted by the maggots presented as humans in
the first asteroid blaster movie, that a fellow movie-goer
stared at my expression of disgust in complete bewilderment. It
was supposed to be "a disaster movie with heart" -- and it was
overly emotionalistic. I found myself almost hoping the asteroid
would hit, giving the surviving bacteria the chance to start
evolution all over again, and perhaps evolving into something
better than what the movie presented as man.

"Armageddon" promised to be a display of technical virtuosity on
many levels, but aside from the special effects, it was a
complete let-down. For example, even though the "heroes" had a
mobile drilling rig, they stayed where they landed -- the only
solid iron plate on the entire asteroid -- and ruined the
equipment trying to drill a hole.

If the message of "Deep Impact" was that emotions will save the
day, the message of "Armageddon" was that brute force will save
the day. If this is the best Hollywood can come up with, we
don't need an asteroid to destroy us.

Both movies had one thing in common: The best representatives
of man had to be sacrificed, so their inferiors could go on.

Matt Sissel Fine Art

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