Thursday, July 30, 2009

Objectivist Blog Round-Up #110

Welcome to the August 20th, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round-Up. This week presents 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:

Joseph Kellard presents Guggenheim's Wright Exhibit Inspires posted at The American Individualist.

Jennifer Snow presents On Parasitism posted at Literatrix, saying, "Some commentary on unscrupulous practices in the games industry and how this applies to capitalism in general."

Andy Clarkson presents Are Conservatives Going To Save Socialism Again? posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "I guest blogged at EGO this week. Asked the question, "Are Conservatives Going To Save Socialism Again?""

Roderick Fitts presents Rand on Concepts, Relation to Induction (Part 1) posted at Inductive Quest, saying, "Part 1 of a comparison between Rand's theory of concepts and the elements of induction I regard as true."

Stella presents At least this guy's honest posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "A power-lusting Democrat who's at least honest about his power lust comments on HR 3200."

Rational Jenn presents A Conversation about Integrity posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Explaining the virtue of Integrity to children can be difficult. I helped my son begin to grasp this idea by pointing out an example of when he displayed that virtue himself."

Trey Givens presents Faith Leads Youths to Believe They Can Make Things Up Themselves posted at Trey Givens, saying, "I can't say that I am a huge fan of sex education as such, but children should certainly be educated in the science and biology of sexual reproduction and associated infections and diseases. But look what happens when educators attempt to break the link between science and real life with faith and foolishness."

Roberto Sarrionandia presents Letter to 3 Mobile posted at Tito's Blog, saying, "A letter of complaint to my phone company, for encouraging government regulation"

Paul Hsieh presents The Federal Health Care Muggers posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "PajamasMedia published another of my health care OpEds."

JStotts presents Objectivism and Sexuality: YouTube posted at Erosophia, saying, "The video version of my speech "Objectivism and Sexuality" delivered to the Ohio Objectivist Society."

Ari Armstrong presents Pro-Liberty Health Rally Draws Hundreds posted at, saying, "Hundreds of people gathered in Denver July 28 to protest Obamacare and stand for liberty in medicine."

The Editors present Is Health Care a Right? Answer the question, Congressmen! posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Of the many specials on health care that have been taking place these past few weeks, this recent PJTV forum should be singularly commended for daring to ask of our political leaders the one question upon which the whole concept of government health care rests: Is health care a right?"

Stephen Bourque presents The Absolutism of Principles posted at One Reality, saying, "Like a crack in a dike, a single breach of a principle is enough to collapse it; the tiniest compromise eventually becomes a gaping hole through which all the values that the principle once supported pour out."

Ryan Krause presents Green Jobs posted at The Money Speech, saying, "A few things I've noticed in researching this abysmal topic."

John Drake presents AT&T's monopoly posted at Try Reason!, saying, "In my class, I present facts that show how AT&T's monopoly on long distance was government mandated and greatly influenced the evolution of telephone services for over 60 years. This is part of my quest to demonstrate principles through the exploration of facts."

Doug Reich presents The Modern Intellectual's Virtue of Complexity, Part I posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Why is simplicity regarded as a virtue in the physical sciences, but regarded as the hallmark of naivete in the social sciences? When we analyze human problems, should we think more like a human or a dog?"

Doug Reich presents Wishing for Non-A, The Sequel posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Many on the right seem bewildered that Obama supports a plan that will only exacerbate the problems caused by government intervention in the first place. What they fail to realize is that Obama's wish is not better health care, but egalitarianism, and the more general wish that reality be not what it is."

Michael Labeit presents On Jurists and Mortgage Loans posted at Coroner's Bureau, saying, "Wise jurists in government are badly needed in order to maintain a free society."

C. August presents Target's Free Market Health Care Innovation posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "A quick post that gives a hint to what a true free market in health care could be like."

That concludes this edition of the round-up. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Objectivist round-up using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


Rational Jenn said...

Thanks for hosting!

Joseph Kellard said...

Thanks for posting my commentary on the Wright exhibit.