The Moral Bias of Objectivism

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Table of Contents for The Moral Bias of Objectivism

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 Benefit Does This Challenge Have for You?
Better Ideas on Life and Joy
How did Objectivism Historically Play Out?
Know You are Morally Entitled to Respect
Be On Guard Against Predators
Adequate Protection Against Psychic Epidemics
Understanding Cultural Narcissistic Abuse
A Deep Dive into Objectivism
Check Your Intellectual Tools
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 “Better than Communism”
Objectivism is a Psychology; Treat it as Such
The Dangers of Moralizing
See Outside the Objectivist Binoculars
A Case for Liberalism: For Wonder and Curiosity
The Charge: Moral Bias
Section 1: What is … Objectivism?
Objectivism—The Sales Pitch
The Objectivist Ethics
The Objectivist Distrust of Natural Emotions
Introspection, Objectivist Style
Feelings as a Threat to Clear Thinking
Emotions: Metaphysical (Accepted) or Man-Made (Controlled)?
The Objectivist Method to Program Emotions
What is … A Healthy Psycho-Epistemology?
Apollo (Reason) and Dionysus (Untamed Emotions)
Rand’s View on Emotions: “A Sense of Life”
But What about … Life?
The Objectivist View on Happiness
If There is Rational Happiness, There is Irrational Happiness
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
Rand’s Weak and Circular Logic
The Tool—“Reason”—is Also the Conclusion
Social Engineering—To Put it Mildly
Science-y Science
Dismantle Tabula Rasa, Dismantle Objectivism
Man as Rational Producer
Abundance Versus Scarcity
Section 2: A Disciplined Look at Human Nature and Emotions (versus Rand’s)
The Profound Importance of Your Inner Core
A Happy Core is Everything
Trauma’s Influence on Happiness
Think Right to Feel Right? No, It’s Feel Right to Think Right
Control Versus Flow: Blame Versus Problem Solving
The Science of the Subconscious
Self-Created Versus Self-Honored Soul
Primary Emotions Aid Us
The Rat Park Study: Our Inner “Whims” Can Be Trusted
Emotions Speak and Teach
A Motive Force: Emotions Put us into Motion
Vulnerability Helps Mammals Bond and Survive
Primary Versus Secondary Emotions
Shame versus Happiness
The Potential of the Unknown
Embracing versus Fighting Painful Emotions
Drive Those Emotions to Happy
Fighting Negative Emotions
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
Objectivism as a Steely-Eyed Fight Against Trauma
Get Out of the Way of Compassion—the Antidote to Shame
Section 3: The Fallout of Rand’s All-Encompassing Rational Morality
The Problems with Performance-Based Moralities
Misunderstood Matter Revolts
Shame When You Fail
Turning Ease Into Unease
Anxiety Where There Need Not Be
Befriending Envy
Self-Help? What For?
Shame = FOG
Your Spark is Not Irreplaceable
A Friendly Relationship with Death
The Objectivist Sting
Being Authoritarian Makes You Geeky
Reach Out and Judge Someone
Spectacular Outbursts of Irrationality
No, Really, These Are Objectivist Issues
The Objectivist Exoskeleton
Section Four: Objectivism is Predatory, Narcissistic, and Abusive
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
When Your ‘Friend’ is an Emotionally Invalidating Bully
Don’t Just Take My Word For It: Documentation of Objectivist Abuse
The ‘Rational’ is Just a Bully
Abusers are Charming. You Probably Know Some.
Your Best Guard Against Abuse: Trust Your Intuition
The “Rational” Are Blind
Recognizing Others is Not Optional
Objectivism’s Abuse Problem
Taking Life Advice from Psychopaths
Rand’s Psychopathy
Narcissism in Objectivism
Yes. Rand’s Psychopathy and Narcissism Mattered
Healing Psychopathy: Lose Moral Bias
Lose the Moral Paradigm. Study Human Nature.
Rand Disrespects the Inner World
Humans are not Born Dysfunctional. They Are Designed to Thrive
Humanity and Performance-Based Moralities Will Never Reconcile
Replacing a Rational Morality with Emotional Management Tools
Section Five: How Better Ideas on Emotions Would Apply (The “Technology”)
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
How Humans Thrive
Humans are Relational
Healthy Relationships Are Sublime
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
Got No Chains on Me. Women Deserve Respect and Leadership.
Judgmental Versus Attuned Sex
Politics: Parts of the Economic Pie are Unlimited; Other Parts are Not
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”
Subjectivist Psychology Won
Section Six: An Abuse-Free World is Worth Fighting For
Moral Paradigms Matter
Abusers are Driving the Narrative
The Heroes We Need: Challenging Abuse
What Can One Do?
Epilogue: The Objectivist Response
Shrugging Objectivism
The Entrenched Objectivist Mindset
Mystery Objectivism & Mysterious Rand
Objectivist Blind Spots
Works Cited