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Welcome to the Objectivist Round Up! 

:: Posted by Nicholas Provenzo at 12:01 AM

Welcome to the April 3rd, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up--it's our pleasure to be hosting this week's edition. This week's round-up presents some of the best insight and analyses written by authors who are animated by Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. According to Ayn Rand:

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

"About the Author," Atlas Shrugged, Appendix.

So without any further adieu (and in no particular order), here's this week's round-up:

Ari Armstrong presents The Republican Schism posted at FreeColorado.com. Ari says, "at a recent event in Denver, conservatives and libertarians debated the future of "fusionism," the alliance of the religious right and fiscal conservatives. I argue that fusionism is destined to fail."

Gideon Reich presents We continue to refuse to win posted at Armchair Intellectual. His post is on the continuing refusal of our government to fight the present war to a victorious conclusion.

Rational Jenn presents Return To The Dark Ages posted at Rational Jenn. "Like many others," Jenn says, "I wrote about the absurdity of "Earth Hour" and why we lit our house up like Christmas that evening!"

Myrhaf presents Notes On Acting posted at Myrhaf. Myrhaf says, "here are some insights into acting that I have come to from decades of theatre experience, going back to my first performance in -- egad! -- 1972."

Ergo presents The Nature of Emergencies posted at Leitmotif. Ergo writes, "A significant number of people in the world actually do face emergency situations on a daily basis. Does this mean that human life qua life is essentially always in a chronically anxious and uncertain mode. Are we always in an emergency situation? And a philosophy that does not address emergency situations would be irrelevant to the vast number of people in impoverished conditions who seem to face life-boat scenarios everyday."

Kim presents Copyright and Cost posted at Kim's Play Place. Kim writes that in this post, she "evaluates how much my stinginess might effect some creative soul's bottom line."

Martin Lindeskog presents EGO: Scott Powell History: Lecture One posted at EGO.

John presents Goodkind and Mises posted at Try Reason!. John writes that his post is on "short reviews of the books I'm currently reading - one by a self described Objectivist fantasy writer and the other by none-other than economist Ludwig von Mises."

Gus Van Horn presents Gushers Come from Somewhere posted at Gus Van Horn. Gus says that "there is an interesting book that recently came out on alternative fuels. Too bad its author didn't ask the obvious question: "Where are all these lies gushing FROM?""

Damon Payne presents Device Drivers and Ethics posted at Damon Payne.

C. August presents Economist refutes rationality, proves own stupidity posted at Titanic Deck Chairs. C. August writes on "bad ideas and suspect motives, passed off as science. Though perhaps, according to this guy, since we are all irrevocably irrational I really have no valid way of coming to that conclusion. Hmm..."

Craig Ceely presents Tiggers and Eeyores, Messiahs and Jihadists: Check Your Premises posted at The Anger of Compassion. Craig ponders "what can we learn from Fitna, from illusionist Derren Brown, and from Dr. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture? The importance of checking your premises -- and of letting your kids paint their walls."

And last (but hardly least), Kendall J presents Dumb, and Dumber (and Dumbest): Bernake, Paulson and Bush neck and neck (and neck)... posted at The Crucible & Column. In a post after my own heart, Kendall J writes, "Nick said to get fired up about this week's carnival and so I am. Admittedly a rant, but I'm just incredulous watching the supposed friends of the free market betray it so during this most recent economic crisis. With friends like these and this much damage done, we don't need enemies for the next several decades and we'll still be behind."

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