Applied Philosophy Online .com 

Where Ideas Are Brought Down to Earth!

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: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 
Movie Review: The Emperor's Club
Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

I got a free movie pass to see a sneak preview of the new movie "The 
Emperor's Club," which I had wanted to see based on the advertisements. I 
was expecting to see some connection being made between Ancient Greece and 
Ancient Rome to America, and while there was a brief mention of Aristotle, 
Socrates, and these ancient civilizations to the founding of America, it 
certainly didn't live up to what I expected--or rather, what I had hoped for.

Most disconcerting was the disconnection it presented between virtue and 
vice and one's success in life; in fact, it seemed to assert that virtue 
and vice have nothing whatsoever to do with success or failure, and that 
one will never pay a price for one's vices.

Or maybe I'm downplaying some subtlety in the movie, primarily a 
conversation between the professor and one of his students near the end of 
the movie. Nonetheless, aside from the equivalent of a stubbing of one's 
toe due to a misstep, I can't see where the villain of the story paid any 
great price for his pretentiousness, which I was fervently hoping to see by 
the end of the movie.

I do not recommend seeing this movie, but if you do happen to see it, 
perhaps you can tell me what I missed, if anything.

Matt Sissel Fine Art

Need a poem or a short story written for a special occasion or to commemorate one?

Drop me a line and we can talk terms!

Click here for examples

Be sure to check out the essays dedicated to applying Objectivism

to a wide variety of topics


All rights reserved, entire contents of web site.

Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.



If you are interested in following my writing, check back periodically or hit me up on FaceBook





Objectivist related book reviews on


Proud to be an Objectivist -- one who follows Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism: I've earned it.