The Moral Bias of Objectivism

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Table of Contents for The Moral Bias of Objectivism

Part I: The Issue
Introduction: The Challenge
Ayn Rand’s Faulty View of Human Nature
The “mind” dominating the “heart” is core to Objectivism
Our relationship with our inner core matters profoundly
Rand was no psychologist
Objectivism creates moral bias
What is Moral Bias?
Moral Bias: The Process
Disruption in the Feedback Loop
Objectivism’s Moral Bias
Shedding Moral Bias
What Benefit Does This Challenge Have for You?
Better ideas on life and joy
Know how Objectivism has historically worked out
Be on guard against predators
Know you are morally entitled to respect
Shed moral bias so good ideas might finally win
Saying “no” to services you don’t need
Adequate protection against psychic epidemics
Finally standing up to cultural narcissistic abuse
A deep dive into Objectivism
Check Your Premises
In Objectivism, reason isn’t just a tool; it’s a way to be
Your “logic” is just your intuition
The burden of proof is on anyone who want to know the truth
Weak arguments from Objectivists defending tabula rasa
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy does not prove Objectivism
Objectivism needs to be something better than “better than communism”
Objectivism is a psychology; treat it as such
The dangers of moralizing
Beware Rand’s hypnotic way of writing
See outside the Objectivist binoculars
A Case for Liberalism
The Charge: Moral Bias
Section 1: What is … Objectivism?
Objectivism—The Sales Pitch
The Objectivist Ethics
Objectivism’s Premise
Introspection, Objectivist Style
Feelings as a threat to clear thinking
What is … a healthy psycho-epistemology?
Are emotions metaphysical (accepted) or man-made (controlled)?
The Objectivist Premise
The Objectivist Method to Program Emotions
Apollo versus Dionysus (reason versus wild emotions)
A sense of life: Rand’s most formal view on emotions
The Objectivist view on happiness
If there is rational happiness, there is irrational happiness
Gatekeepers of pleasure
Ayn Rand’s judgment of your sense of life
Avoiding the hedonism-to-slavery pipeline
Happiness as an achievement
Disciplining happiness to serve us
The opposite of steady: emotionally whipped around by life events
Drive those emotions to happy
Fighting negative emotions
The False Ideal of the Objectivist Ethics
Moralists need blank slate theory
The Fictional Objectivist Overlay
Man as rational producer: fact or fiction?
Abundance versus Scarcity
Rand’s Weak and Circular Logic
Circular logic: the tool is also the conclusion
Social engineering—to put it mildly
Science-y science
Dismantle tabula rasa, dismantle Objectivism
Section 2: A Disciplined Look at the Inner World
Emotional Intelligence
A happy core is kind of everything
Trauma’s influence on happiness
The personality that fits
The science of the subconscious
Primary Emotions as Primary Movers
The Rat Park Study: Our inner “whims” can be trusted
Emotions speak and teach
Emotions put us into motion
Vulnerability and danger helps mammals bond and survive
Guilt, pain, and fear: a love note
Sadness rightly slows us down
Sensitivity is core to all life
Get out of the way—of emotions. They have work to do.
Joy is the removal of toxic
Primary versus Secondary Emotions
Emotional Intelligence Tools
Think right to feel right -or- feel right to think right?
Control versus flow / blame versus problem solving
Handling Negative Emotions
Objectivism is a fight against trauma, not abuse
Compassion: shame’s antidote
Happiness versus Shame
Subjectivist psychology won
Lose the Moral Paradigm. Study Human Nature.
Objectivism’s moral bias: distrusting the inner world
Humans are designed to thrive
Humanity and performance-based moralities will never reconcile
A case for liberalism
Replacing a rational morality with emotional management tools
Section 3: The Fallout of the Objectivist Ethics
The Problems with Performance-Based Moralities
Misunderstood matter revolts
Internal Havoc of Harsh Moralities: Shame, Unease, and Anxiety
Shame when you fail
Turning ease into unease
Anxiety where there need not be
Befriending envy
Self-Help? What for?
Shame = FOG
A friendly relationship with death
Your spark is not irreplaceable
External Havoc from Harsh Moralities: Bursts of Irrationality and Judgmentalism
The Objectivist Sting
Reach out and judge someone
Spectacular outbursts of irrationality
No, really, these are Objectivist issues
The Objectivist Exoskeleton
Rand Disarms You
Lay down your whims and weapons
A right to LIFE—not a subordination to moral law
The Inferior Status of the ‘Irrational’ in Objectivism
What We Can Learn from the “Irrational”
Objectivism is Predatory and Abusive
Invalidating emotions is how abusers work
The “rational” (the “cool and collected”) is really just a bully
Abusers don’t come in trench coats
Your best guard against abuse: trust your intuition
Needs for thee but not for me
If we are to be “moral” and objective, recognizing other’s pain is not optional
The “rational” are exasperatingly blind
Don’t just take my word for it: documentation of Objectivist abuse
Taking Life Advice from Psychopaths
Rand’s Psychopathy
Narcissism in Objectivism
Yes. Rand’s Psychopathy and Narcissism Mattered
The Real Horror Files: The Ideology-Reality Gap
Healing psychopathy: lose the moral bias
Objectivism’s Abuse Problem
How Moral Bias Operates
Part II: A New (Old) Vision
Section 4: A World Designed Around the Wild
An Ethos
A Caregiving Ethos
Mammals require nurturing
Healthy Relationships Are Sublime
In the way of caregiving: Rand’s views on family life
The success of mankind depends on quality child raising
Industrialization Ruined Proper Mothering
Do we care about women and children or not?
A Caregiving Ethics
Caregiving beats in people
Hyper individualism disrupts otherwise natural caregiving
A Lack of Caregiving: A Dystopia
Quality Caregiving
Children Are Born with a Spark Plug
Ayn Rand on Early Education
The Actual Problems with Early Education
Ayn Rand on College Education
Control Education: Control Minds
Objectivism is Still Authoritarianism
Leonard Peikoff on Education
The Transformation Process
Precisely Inaccurate: The Danger of Traditional Education
Tabula Rasa Versus Child Development
Responsive Mentorship
Lecture Format: It’s Not Mentorship
The Amazing Potential. If We Could Just See It
Objectivism versus Liberal Sex
Got No Chains on Me: Ending Patriarchy
Liberal Politics
Metaphysical (Abundant) versus Man-Made Wealth
Free Markets, not “Capitalism”
Freedom is a Mandatory Condition for Successful Human Thriving
Coercion Itself Hurts Humanity
Immigration: We Have Little Right to Restrict the Free Movement of People
Trade Restrictions on Tyrants Oppress the People
War is Reined by a Commodity-Based Currency
Victimless Crimes: The Free Market Will Always Have Its Issues
Restraining Parental Abuse
Can We Please Hold Sexual Abusers Accountable?
Jail: Containment, not Punishment
Eschewing Private Punitive Means
Emergencies Need More Thought Than as Asides
Non-Violent Language Raises the Standard
Shifting Politics 2020 and After
In Defense of “Liberal”
Reclaiming “Liberal”
Section 5: An Abuse-Free World is Worth Fighting For
Moral Paradigms Matter
Abuse is in a person’s moral paradigm
Abuse lives because it is normalized ethically
Giving teeth to standing up to abuse
Abusers are Driving the Narrative
The Heroes We Need: Challenging Abuse
Understand abuse
Call out the abuse
Educate about abuse
Emotional Intelligence
Withstanding shame
What Can One Do?
Just stop
A Morality that Stands up to Abuse
Epilogue: The Objectivist Response
Shrugging Objectivism
The Entrenched Objectivist Mindset
Mystery Objectivism & Mysterious Rand
Objectivist Blind Spots
Works Cited