Question: What do Objectivists think of the validity of Objectivism? In analyzing its own construct, is it merely being subjective?

Answer: Objectivists hold that the philosophy is fundamentally inductive and empirical: It is objective, based in the facts of reality and human nature. Its essential principles have such a sound basis that we can be certain of them.
Ayn Rand put it this way: "I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows" ( "Introducing Objectivism," The Objectivist Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 8, August 1962, p. 35).
Personally, Objectivism was not a worldview I leaped into, but one I became convinced of through examining the facts over the course of years. I do not regard myself primarily as "an Objectivist." Primarily, I simply endeavor to be objective. Objectivism is a consequence, not a presumption.


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