Thursday, August 07, 2008

Objectivist Round Up # 56 - August 7, 2008

Welcome to the August 7, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round-Up--it's again our pleasure to be hosting this week's edition. This 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:

Edward Cline presents Towards a Culture of Reason posted at The Rule of Reason, saying "The question arose recently among some bloggers: Of all the arts, is fiction writing the most difficult career to pursue?"

Myrhaf presents 10 Reasons Obama Might Not Be Such a Bad President posted at Myrhaf.

Ryan Puzycki presents Mixed Economy, Decisively Bad Results posted at The Undercurrent.

Burgess Laughlin presents What is in-line activism? posted at Making Progress, saying, "The most potent form of intellectual activism may be activism that is a direct application of one's passionately held central purpose in life. This post gives an example."

Paul McKeever presents Atlas Shrugged, Freedom, and the Reincarnation of Whitaker Chambers posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "This is my response to a recent straw-manning/smear of Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Atlas Shrugged."

Tom Stelene presents Delusions posted at Al-Kafir Akbar!.

Rituparna Basu presents Science and Faith: Enemies posted at The UndercurrentRituparna discusses the relationship between science and faith, showing how the two necessarily come into conflict."

Roderick Fitts presents Closed System vs. Open System: Why the Open System Fails (Part 1 of 5) posted at University of Michigan Students of Objectivism, saying, "Here is my five-part series criticizing David Kelley's views on the open system interpretation of Objectivism, explaining why the open system in general is mistaken, and dispeling some misunderstandings of the closed system espoused by Leonard Peikoff."

Dan Edge presents The Ponies Made Me Do It posted at The Undercurrent. Dan discusses NBA official Tim Donaghy's recent felony conspiracy conviction for betting on games he refereed and his counselor's defense: the claim that gambling is “hidden disease” which compels its victims to act against their wills."

K. M. presents Mehta Couple's Abortion Case posted at Applying philosophy to life, saying, "Regarding a sad case where the Bombay High Court rejected a couple's plea to permit abortion"

Diana Hsieh presents Our Secular Constitution posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Three passages of the US Constitution make clear that the Founders intended their new government to be independent of any religion"

Ari Armstrong presents Massage Licensing Rubs Special Interests posted at, saying, "Colorado massage therapists now must register with the state. Does this protect consumers -- or just special interests?"

C. August presents Wal-Mart in Honduras: A Capitalist Success Story posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "In a shocking discovery, NPR realizes that capitalism, via Wal-Mart, actually benefits poor farmers in developing nations."

Adam Reed presents Born to Identify posted at Born to Identify.

Paul Hsieh presents Who Has The Wealth? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Why are some countries more prosperous than others? And how is their wealth related to their basic ideas and values?"

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1 comment:

Ryan Alger said...

I love these. Keep em' Coming!