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Objectivist Round-Up - July 10, 2008 

:: Posted by Nicholas Provenzo at 12:01 AM

Welcome to the July 10, 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:


I present Five Great American Paintings (Part II) posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "It was made very clear to me at OCON that I need to finish my great American art series of blog posts, so to please the starving Objectivist masses, here is Post II featuring Norman Rockwell's The Homecoming Marine."


Edward Cline presents John McCain: Pseudo-Maverick I posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "This is part one of my analyses of US Presidential Candidate John McCain and his contempt for self-interest."


Burgess Laughlin presents What is a movement? posted at Making Progress, saying, "I learned from Aristotle that an effective place to start in thinking about a problem is to ask: "What is it?" That is what this article does, as preparation for one or more later articles on movements of the past and present."


Ari Armstrong presents Rational Endowment posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "Perhaps the endowment effect is more rational than we've been told."


Gus Van Horn presents Common(s) Confusion posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Freedom of speech is not the same thing as forcing someone else to help you be heard."


Monica presents Plant Community Responses to Global Warming posted at Spark A Synapse, saying, "Some recent research by a prominent plant ecologist indicates that grasslands may be more resistant to climate change than previously anticipated. Interesting stuff."


Paul Hsieh presents OCON: Q&A Session with Leonard Peikoff posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Dr. Leonard Peikoff held a special 90 minute Q&A session for OCON attendees. Here are a few of the best questions and answers."


Greg Perkins presents Principled Punishment and the Death Penalty posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Just what would make killing a heinous murderer necessary in lieu of, say, locking him up for life? Here I propose a way of thinking about punishment that answers that challenge, and more."


Myrhaf presents A New Era of Servitude posted at Myrhaf, saying, "This post looks at Obama's speech last week about his national service program."


Peter Cresswell presents Snouts in a $750 million trough posted at Not PC, saying, "Only politicians could demand renunciation, sacrifice and the strangling of western industry out of mouths so full of pork."


Justin Ketterer presents Osama's Reasoning posted at Deus Ex Machina.


That concludes this edition of the Objectivist Round-Up. Submit your blog article to the next edition (to be hosted by Noodlefood) using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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