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:: Thursday, June 05, 2008 ::

Get Fired Up for the Objectivist Round Up! 

:: Posted by Nicholas Provenzo at 12:01 AM

Welcome to the June 5th, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up--it's again 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 delay (and in no particular order), here's this week's round-up:

Peter Cresswell presents Americans for paedophilia posted at Not PC. Peter Writes: My NOT PC blog is primarily aimed at mainstream, politically aware New Zealand readers -- which is why I've not previously promoted posts to the Carnival -- but my recent post on the 'death' of the American Libertarian Party should interest all OBloggers. Enjoy. :-)

Kim presents My Take on Heirarchy--A Layman's View of Pedagogy posted at Kim's Play Place. Kim writes: I have not read ITOE or finished OPAR. Any ideas I have of epistemology are from good friends, and hubby, who didn't mind being tutors and also from Philosophy of Education by Leonard Peikoff and Lisa VanDamme's articles. So if you feel so inclined, take a look and let me know how much I got wrong! I'm sure there's plenty. Perhaps I got something right as well.

Ari Armstrong presents Barr Beats Anarchist posted at FreeColorado.com. Ari writes: To win the Libertarian nomination for president, Bob Barr barely beat an anarchist who defended child pornography.

Dan Edge presents In Rememberance of The Unknown Hero posted at The Edge of Reason. Dan writes: This week 19 years ago, a lone man stared down a line of tanks heading towards Tiananmen Square. His heroism should be remembered and celebrated forever.

Paul Hsieh presents Harvard Law Review Article on Charity posted at NoodleFood. Paul writes: What is the proper role of charity in man's life? Is the primary moral purpose of life to sacrifice for others? Or there a higher purpose? Read two contrasting approaches -- one from the Harvard Law Review and one from Ayn Rand.

Diana Hsieh presents Right to Primitivism posted at NoodleFood. Diana writes: Do "uncontacted tribes" in the Amazon have a right to remain that way?

Greg Perkins presents NoodleFood: Why the New Atheists Can't Even Beat D'Souza: The Gap in Religious Thought posted at NoodleFood. Greg writes: How do you explain the existence and order of the universe, the staggering complexity of life, the existence of morality, and so on -- without God? The "God Hypothesis" looks stronger today than ever in light of the growth in scientific knowledge, doesn't it? The 'New Atheists' stumble in debate against Christian apologist Dinesh D'Souza when addressing issues such as these. This is the third in a series of pieces exploring key weaknesses in their philosophical foundation -- and illustrating how D'Souza wouldn't stand a snowball's chance against an Objectivist.

Rational Jenn presents Here We Go Again posted at Rational Jenn. Rational Jenn writes: Here in Atlanta, the amount of water available for human use is once again determined by the needs of fish and mussels. Outrageous!

Darren Cauthon presents Iron Man and Making Money posted at Darren Cauthon.

C. August presents The Anti-Concept of Human Rights posted at Titanic Deck Chairs. C. August writes: As Inigo Montoya said: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Does the term "human rights" mean what we think it means anymore?

Flibbert presents When Should You Die to Save the Planet? posted at Flibbertigibbet. Flibbert writes: really think the absolute most enjoyable post I wrote this week was actually a pair of posts in which I talk about men's fashion. It all started with me talking about Murses and how I'm against them and it went from there to places like capris pants, mandals and other topics that I think the world should be better informed about. BUT! While mandals are an abomination, they aren't quite the threat to freedom and individualism and happy childhoods that environmentalism is, so for this week's carnival, I'm submitting my post about this site created by Australian Broadcast Corporation to educate children about keeping the earth clean. The most horrifying part of the site is a calculator that tells children when they should die. No, really. Anyway, I blogged about it. Go read it and leave me some comments.

(I'll add that I visited the website Flibbert examines, and yes, it's just that horrifying).

And last, but hardly least, Gus Van Horn presents Prohibition Ends in Chicago posted at Gus Van Horn. Gus writes: Until recently, you had to go to a "duckeasy" to enjoy foie gras at a restaurant in the "City of the Big Brothers".

So there you have it: the Objectivist voice of reason on the Internet. Next week, Rational Jenn will host the Round-Up, so until then, I bid you my adieu.

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