Category Archives: Objectivism Lost and an Era of Disillusionment

Discussion of subjects related to the book.

How Empowerment Can Drive Real Change

Empowerment has been defined as an intentional ongoing process centered in the local community, involving mutual respect, critical reflection, caring, and group participation, through which people lacking an equal share of valued resources gain greater access to and control over … Continue reading

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To create change: question everything, but separate skepticism from nihilism

Skepticism is a critical attitude that treats every claim to truth as up for debate. A skeptical attitude is doubt as to the truth of something. It’s an approach that goes beyond just demanding evidence and, instead, questions the evidence … Continue reading

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The Rationalization of Inequality

The Medieval church became the most dominant institution in western Europe. It was one of the largest landowners of the time and collected rents and many fees for offices and services. The church did not pay taxes. The top down … Continue reading

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The Challenge to the Middle Class: “Sapere aude!” Dare to Know!

Those in power would like us to keep quiet – one man who did not adhere to this unwritten memo was the German philosopher, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). During the Enlightenment of the 18th century, a movement that introduced critical thinking … Continue reading

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The Social Contract

John Locke (1632-1704) developed a theory of natural laws and natural rights which could be used to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate government, and to argue for the legitimacy of revolt against a tyrannical government. It was the government’s responsibility … Continue reading

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