Decida con Objetividad

Estamos a días de las elecciones generales y los sentimientos y emociones empiezan a confundirnos. Las campañas negras aparecerán y el morbo que genera la indecisión de repensar hasta el último minuto nos invade. No obstante, es en estos momentos cuando más objetividad debemos de tener.

La filósofa Ayn Rand, escribió mucho sobre la toma de decisiones racionales e irracionales. Criticó durante toda su vida que los hombres eligieran políticos corruptos e injustos y que, incluso, votáramos a favor de candidatos que explícitamente han dicho que no respetarán los derechos de los ciudadanos.

En las palabras de Rand, el derecho al voto es parte central de un sistema social libre, y su valor depende de la estructura constitucional que implemente y delimite estrictamente el poder de los votantes. En Guatemala, tenemos un sistema republicano de elecciones y tan importante como el voto que daremos a la papeleta de Presidente y Vicepresidente, será la elección que hagamos en las papeletas para Diputados.

En teoría, en Guatemala tenemos un sistema de gobierno representativo. Este gobierno se basa teóricamente en el principio de que el hombre es un ser racional y qué, como diría Rand, somos capaces de percibir los hechos de la realidad, evaluarlos, formar juicios racionales, tomar nuestras propias decisiones y asumir la responsabilidad de los mismos. En teoría, porque desafortunadamente durante las últimas elecciones los políticos que hemos elegido han mostrado ir en contra de nuestros intereses racionales.

Las elecciones que tendremos el domingo serán el instrumento mediante el cual los guatemaltecos elegiremos de nuevo representantes y los autorizaremos para que nos representen en el gobierno.

Votar es un derecho derivado de nuestra libertad de acción y de nuestro derecho a la vida. Rand explicaba que los niños no pueden votar porque aún no han adquirido los conocimientos necesarios para formarse un juicio racional sobre cuestiones políticas. ¿Por qué? Porque la posesión de una facultad racional no garantiza que un hombre la usará, solo que puede usarla y, por lo tanto, es responsable de sus acciones hasta que es capaz de evaluarlas en base a un código de ética propio.

Este domingo debemos votar objetivamente con las herramientas de la razón: hagamos un proceso de identificación e integración basado no en percepciones y opiniones sino analizando la evidencia de lo que cada candidato ofrece y es capaz de darnos. Votemos por quienes defienden nuestra libertad individual y nuestro derecho a ser felices, por quienes nos permitirán buscar nuestra felicidad libremente. Votemos por quienes respeten nuestra independencia y no busquen limitar nuestras acciones privadas ni busquen decirnos a quién podemos o no podemos amar. Votemos por quienes respeten a todos los individuos por igual y por quienes nos ofrezcan un gobierno que cumplirá con sus obligaciones constitucionales, incluyendo las obligaciones en temas de derechos sociales. Votemos por un gobierno que esté dispuesto a repensar el gobierno y que esté abierto a revisar nuestra Constitución para corregir las fallas que en la misma existen y para que podamos construir una república más limitada y basada en leyes abstractas y generales donde todos seamos libres de buscar la felicidad.

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Free Online Education on Objectivism, the philosophy founded by Ayn Rand

I am happy to learn that more online Free services are been made available for those interested in studying Philosophy.  The news was sent by the Atlas Society,
The Atlas Society is launching a new video education series, theAtlas University. And we need your input as we get the first units ready for public launch. This is your chance to get an inside, first look at one of our biggest initiatives for 2012.

Atlas University is a video course series offering accessible, engaging, and enriching courses on Objectivism, the philosophy founded by Ayn Rand.  Our primary target audiences for this particular course are students interested in an “Objectivism 101” course and adults interested in an introductory continuing education curriculum focused on Objectivism.  If you are familiar with The Teaching Company’s Great Courses (http://www.thegreatcourses.com/) imagine this as an addition to their catalog.

The first Atlas University series is going to be a 10-part course called “Reason,” a survey of Objectivist epistemology. The instructors are TAS founder and chief intellectual officer David Kelley, PhD, and TAS director of programs William R Thomas, MA.

The planned ten parts of the “Reason” course are:

  1. What is reason? I (Speaker: David Kelley)
  2. What is reason? II The Conceptual Faculty (Speaker: William R Thomas)
  3. Volitional nature of reason (Speaker: William R Thomas)
  4. Objectivity I: Objective reality (Speaker: David Kelley)
  5. Objectivity II: Objective Knowledge? (Speaker: David Kelley)
  6. Reason and Emotion (Speaker: William R Thomas)
  7. Certainty (Speaker: David Kelley)
  8. Religion, God, and the supernatural (Speaker: David Kelley)
  9. Reason vs. mysticism and subjectivism (Speaker: William R Thomas)
  10. Conclusion: Living by Reason (Speaker: William R Thomas)

The first two 30-minute videos in this course are now ready for viewing.

In lecture 1, “What is Reason,” David Kelley introduces the course by considering what reason is and what role it plays in human life and civilization. Kelley surveys the history of modern philosophical thought to offer the viewer a grasp of how reason is viewed in the culture today and what challenges a defender of reason faces.


Lecture 2,“The Conceptual Faculty,” with William R Thomas takes up the most essential of these challenges, giving the distinctively Objectivist view of reason as the human faculty that allows us to mentally grasp universal terms via abstraction from the particular existents that we experience. Thomas presents Ayn Rand’s “measurement-omission” theory of concepts in an accessible, fresh manner, showing what makes it possible for our words to have objective meaning. Objective concept-formation is key to clear thinking.


We’re looking for individuals willing to preview these video programs and give us feedback on the content and the production values and general advise us on how make this course, and the Atlas University as whole, the best it can be.

Would you like to participate?

Just send an email to atlasu@atlassociety.org and enter “Atlas U” into the subject field of the email.

If you are accepted to take part, we will give you free access to these videos over a ten-day period (July  13-23).

You will be sent a link to two surveys, one relating to each video. You can use these surveys to offer your feedback. But please complete the surveys by Monday, July 24.

We will consider your feedback as we revise these two videos for full public release and as we continue creating videos in this and other Atlas University courses.

We would very much appreciate your participation.

Thanks,
The Atlas Society

New Online Campus for the Study of Philosophy!

I have recently being informed about a new Objectivist Philosophy Program coming online next January 10, 2012.  The program is sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute that will create an online Campus.

ARI Campus will allow students around the world to take courses at their own pace and on their own time—for free. Students at all levels will be able of exploring educational materials in multimedia courses.

Initial course offerings will include the following:

The full, public launch of the site is slated for September of 2012. Add to your calendars the date January 10, 2012 and log in to the initial courses that will be offered by the ARI Campus!

Win an Audiobook of Ayn Rand this Xmas!!!

I have decided to give a Christmas gift for my readers!  Starting today, December 05 until December 15 at 23:59 (UTC/GMT -6 hours) I will open the comment area of this post for you to WIN ONE AUDIOBOOK written by Ayn Rand!!!

THE OPTIONS ARE:

HOW TO WIN?

  1. Click “Like” in the Facebook Box on the Right.
  2. Write a comment and register with a valid e-mail in the Comment Area of this post.
    1. Share a short bio of who you are, where you live, etc.
    2. Include which book of the previous list you want to read (actually, to listen) and why.
    3. Tell us why you like Ayn Rand’s ideas, since when have you studied her works and which is your favorite book by her. Or maybe this will be your first time reading (listening) one of her books? Tell us that too and why you decided to participate!

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

  • I will announce the winner on December 16th. here at www.capitalisthistory.com after writing all your names in a paper, mixing them in a bag and choosing one without seeing!
  • The winner will receive the gift code of his chosen book from me on December 25th.


“The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: “Merry Christmas”—not “Weep and Repent.” And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form—by giving presents to one’s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .” Ayn Rand