Thursday, October 23, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #67

Welcome to the October 23rd, 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.

So without any further delay (and in no particular order), here's this week's round-up:

Kevin McAllister presents Network Neutrality posted at Logical Disconnect, saying, "Having built networks for years nothing makes my blood boil more than the clamoring for "freedom" through government oversight."

Paul McKeever presents Banking and Morality: 100% Reserve versus “Fractional” Reserves posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "the issue of the ethics of reserve requirements in bank lending has been largely neglected in the Objectivist literature. This is a response to a YouTube advocate of libertarian/anarcho-capitalist "free banking" who thinks Objectivists ought not to condemn the fractional reserve system, and who thinks that everything would be fine if we just got rid of central banks."

Guy Barnett presents Give Peace a Chance? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Are Jewish-Arab rock bands the key to peace in the Middle East?"

Rob Abiera presents My latest LTE posted at The Morality War, saying, "My effort to take advantage of an opportunity to counter the message that the economic crisis was caused by selfish greed comes to naught when my letter to my local paper is returned unread because it's over the word limit!"

Noah Stahl presents The Latest Diplomatic Tactic: Make-Believe posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The U.S. has just taken North Korea off its list of state sponsors of terrorism. What is the reason for this significant change in policy?"

Adam Edwards presents No Lament for Libertarians posted at Monopoly On Reason.

Adam Edwards presents Do Not Vote posted at Monopoly On Reason.

Dan Edge presents Is Barak Obama a Socialist? posted at The Edge of Reason, saying, "In this blog post I address the question of whether or not Obama can properly be labeled a socialist, as is the common charge."

Ari Armstrong presents Amendment 48: Burton's Equivocation posted at, saying, "Kristi Burton, sponsor of the measure that would define a fertilized egg as a person in Colorado's constitution, continues to ignore the relevant biological facts and the legal implications of the measure."

Myrhaf presents The Myrhaf Endorsement: Abstain posted at Myrhaf, saying, "Here is an explanation of how I will vote."

Paul Hsieh presents Force That Isn't Force posted at NoodleFood, saying, "A prime example of conceptual "package dealing"."

Brandon Byrd presents Getting Rand Wrong posted at NoodleFood.

Diana Hsieh presents Diana Hsieh in the New York Times posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The Coalition for Secular Government makes a brief appearance in a a New York Times "On Religion" column about Colorado's Amendment 48."

C. August presents Goodbye Gridlock posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "With a looming supermajority from the Left, are we about to see a new New Deal play out with Obama as the 'new and improved' FDR?"

C. August presents Obama's Greenmail and Growing Glaciers posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "While a President Obama has plans to use the threat of disastrous EPA regulations to blackmail Congress into passing cap-and-trade, there is growing physical evidence that the globe isn't about melt. Would anyone care to lay odds on whether that will have any impact?"

Peter Cresswell presents Nasty, brutish - and as stupid as a political journalist posted at Not PC, saying, "When alleged economist Paul Krugman Paul Krugman got a Nobel award for earlier more rational work, most of us knew the prestige of the Nobel would be used to promote his current theme: the alleged horrors of economic freedom; and his favourite prescription: the need for bigger, more interventionist government. Who would have thought the leaders of bigger, more interventionist governments would embrace his prescription so quickly!"

Edward Cline presents Ayn Rand Avenged posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Answering the engineered takeover of the economy by the federal government is an unprecedented cultural phenomenon: People who read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged years ago and dismissed it but now see the parallels are filled with trepidation. All are now realizing that “the end is near.” But, the end of what?"

Nicholas Provenzo presents CAC dukes it out at Opposing Views posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "It is my pleasure to announce that the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism has been enrolled as an expert at Opposing Views."

Doug presents Book Review: The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care by David Gratzer posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care is an excellent resource on health care economics and the history of health care policy."

Rational Jenn presents The AJC Gets It Dead Right posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "I think I'm finally figuring out that most politicians don't use words to express actual ideas. I know--I'm a little slow on the uptake here."

Kendall Justiniano presents My Hero Anna Schwartz posted at The Crucible & Column, saying, "Milton Friedman's co-author of the influential "A Monetary History of the United States" weighs in on the financial crisis and makes so many good points that she hits not a double or a triple, but knocks it out of the park for a... a... what do you call it when you get to fifth base? I love you Anna!"

Tom Stelene presents If Prager Knew What He Was Writing About: A Reply to "If There Is No God" posted at Al-Kafir Akbar!.

Gus Van Horn presents Law Promotes Discrimination posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Anti-discrimination laws are not just immoral. They are achieving the opposite of their intended purpose even as they are being commandeered by America's enemies for 'legal jihad'.

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

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Anonymous said...

Wow... is it me, or does the Round-up seem to get bigger and bigger every week?

No complaining here! Just a pleasant observation.

Rational Jenn said...

Thanks for again being an enthusiastic and gracious host!

I'm with Anon--the carnival is getting bigger and better every week. Yay!

Wes, Editor said...

Thanks for including us!

Paul Hsieh said...

For the record, I disagree with Paul McKeever's views on fractional reserve banking, as do many other Objectivists.

(This is also a topic of discussion in the NoodleFood comments section.)

Nicholas Provenzo said...

I too respectfully disagree with Paul McKeever on fractional reserve banking, but my disagreement does not rise to the level of excluding (hopefully) honest debate form the round-up.

Per-Olof Samuelsson said...

Also for the record, I disagree about 110% with Diana Hsieh's view on fractional reserve banking.

Anonymous said...

I disagree 113% with anyone who agrees with me.

Anonymous said...

I disagree 115% with whoever disagrees with me which, of course, means that we are 15% in agreement! :)