Thursday, September 11, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #61 - September 11th, 2008

Welcome to the September 11th, 2008 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.

Seven years ago today, America endured a ruthless and unprovoked attack upon her people. In the intervening years, America has suffered greatly and has yet to fully restore the peace and security that her people and all the just people of the world so richly deserve.

The posts below reflect each contributor's assessment of the meaning of this anniversary, from the vicious nature of the Islamic threat, the half-hearted response of the West in retaliation, the heroism and achievements of those murdered that day, the appalling symbol of un-restored lower Manhattan, to our own moral commitment to a proper victory. I could assign a theme for this project, it would be "Nothing Less Than Victory;" a charge that should be the singular rallying cry heard around the world in response to the savagery of September 11th.

So in the name of such a victory, it is my honor to present our round-up:

Stephen Bourque presents Henry's Walk to Work posted at One Reality, saying, "It would be tragic indeed if men could not remain free without having a war to remind them that liberty is the most rare commodity in history. And it would be still more tragic if our freedom - the freedom of the United States of America - perished because men forgot that war is necessary when an enemy has its knife at our throats."

Edward Cline presents 1776 vs. 9/11 posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Inspired by Patrick Henry's Stamp Act Resolves in 1765, the American colonies rallied together in a common cause to oppose the British Parliament's authority to impose taxes, and to retain their right of self-governance. Today, in the face of Islamist tyranny, we are witness to a far different response."

Adam Reed presents The outrage of September 11 and the tragedy of September 14, 2001 - and the choice of 2008. posted at Born to Identify.

Myrhaf presents Twilight of the West posted at Myrhaf.

Eric Clayton presents It Changed Everything posted at Atlantis.

Amy Mossoff presents Struck by Lightning posted at The Little Things.

Paul Hsieh presents NoodleFood: Do Americans Want Victory? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The Americans of 1941 wanted victory and were willing to fight to achieve it. Do the Americans of 2008?"

Gideon Reich presents September 11, 2008 posted at Armchair Intellectual, saying, "Thoughts on the seventh anniversary of that murderous day."

Rational Jenn presents The End Of Normal posted at Rational Jenn.

Tom Stelene presents Al-Kafir Akbar!: Islamists & Multiculturlists posted at Al-Kafir Akbar!.

Gus Van Horn presents Five years ago ... posted at Gus Van Horn, saying ,"I may be a little too preoccupied with hurricane preparations to write a good 9/11 piece tomorrow, so if you don't hear from me in time, please link to this post on the subject. It is from 2006, the fifth anniversary of the atrocities."

And last, I present Five Great American Paintings (Part IV: Freedom of Speech) posted at The Rule of Reason, saying "In 1943, as America fought a desperate struggle against tyranny in a worldwide war, artist Norman Rockwell sought to depict the essence and value of America with his brush and inspired a nation with his creation. Today, on the anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, recalling Rockwell's masterwork can inspire us to victory in our struggle as well.

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In addition to the 9-11-themed posts, here are posts on other topics of interest:

Rational Ryan presents The Nationalism of John McCain. posted at The Dirty Kuffar, saying, "A blog exploring the Nationalist ethos of the Republican nominee for President."

Paul McKeever presents Freedom versus Freedumb posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "I here do what many others have done before (compare individualist with collectivist notions of "liberty" or "freedom"), but I supply for you what I believe to be a novel definition of freedom...the one I'll be elaborating upon more in my book."

Greg Perkins presents Another Objectivist at Ford Hall Forum? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The founder of Wikipedia says Rand's philosophy of Objectivism guides his vision, but I have some tough questions for him on that front."

Burgess Laughlin presents A Study Group for Intellectual Activists posted at Making Progress, saying, "This post, one of a series on Study Groups for Objectivists (SGO), describes an upcoming study group examining in detail Drs. Brook and Ghate's three 2008 OCON lectures on intellectual activism: "Cultural Movements: Creating Change." Their lectures focus on the successes of the environmentalist, free-market, and Christian fundamentalist movements and the lessons they offer to Objectivists outside ARI."

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That concludes this edition of our Round-Up. Please submit your blog article to the next edition (to be hosted by Titanic Deck Chairs) using our carnival submission form, and past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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1 comment:

Beth said...

Thank you for today's round up. I would like to introduce my blog to this group and to add my contribution to the remembrance of the Sept. 11 attack.
Beth Haynes