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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: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 
Space Cowboys -- Yippee Aye Yea!!!
Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

Review of "Space Cowboys":

This movie is a must see for anyone who thinks life is full of
adventure; especially if you are a young at heart old geezer who
is not about to give up on your life's passion. It's totally
over the top, totally unbelievable -- and the most wonderful
movie I've seen in a very long time. It's style reminds me of
the Golden Age of science fiction -- where man did the
impossible, made it seem plausible, and had a great time in the

The story is about four men slotted to be in on the space race
at the beginning, who where ousted by NASA because they were too
daring in their pursuit of pushing the envelope; but were
re-instated forty years later when an antique Russian satellite
goes haywire and is about to come crashing down on planet earth.
Turns out the technology is so old that the only people who
understand it are men from another era -- the type of men who
know the sky is not the limit.

Once they get up there, they discover the satellite is a
hold-over from the cold war in more ways than one, and they have
to think of something or disastrous consequences will result.
How they decide to handle the situation is -- well, you wouldn't
believe me if I told you, but it is so outrageous I burst into
exultant laughter; it's such an ingenious solution that it
satisfies all four men's most fervent desire. The very last
scene is both poignant and uplifting -- and says it all.

If you love can-do optimism, you're going to love these old
relics from a better era as they scamper about doing things even
NASA thinks is crazy.

I rate it a ten plus on a scale of ten.

Matt Sissel Fine Art

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