Thursday, November 13, 2008

Objectivist Round-Up - November 13, 2008

Welcome to the November 13th 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.

Without any further ado, it is my pleasure to present this week's round-up:

Edward Cline presents Of Subversion, Subservience, and the Suffocation of Freedom posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Those of you who value their freedom, you know what is now expected of you, to argue, while you still can, for the reinstatement of a republic of reason."

Darren Cauthon presents My Argument Against Voting posted at Darren Cauthon.
Greg Zeigerson presents Two Topics: The U.S. Elections and The Merging of Man and Machine posted at Zigory.

Khartoum presents The American Dream -- As Possible As It's True. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "Capitalism has been vindicated -- yet again. A fascinating new memoir, Scratch Beginnings, tells the story of Adam Shepard who finished grad school and went to check if the American Dream could ever really come true."

Khartoum presents Free Speech Forum Pisses Off Audience Members. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "The members of the audience stormed out of a panel discussion hosted by the American University's Objectivists' free speech forum. The forum sought to discuss the nature of free speech and how totalitarian Islam was a threat to free speech."

Andy Clarkson presents Reason As The Basis Of Human Interaction posted at The Charlotte Capitalist.

Rational Ryan presents The Preposterous Premise of Proposition 8 posted at The Dirty Kuffar, saying, "Examines the recent decision in California to ban gay marriage, the motivations and the false premise any ban on gay marriage carries."

Paul McKeever presents Banking and Morality: 100% Reserve versus “Fractional” Reserves posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "this blog post, made in response to a vlogger who advocates fractional reserves, preceded my video response to his video (my video response is now available here: )."

Burgess Laughlin presents Asymmetrical Debate? posted at Making Progress, saying, "This post wrestles with the problem of the conflict of reason and mysticism in society. Exercising reason, which is rare, requires a great deal of time and effort, but mysticism, which is common, requires neither. How can reason possibly win?"

KLB presents Measure Q and the Lending Crisis in Education posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Los Angeles recently passed Measure Q, a $7 billion dollar bond measure to fund public schools. This is on top of the $19 billion worth of bond measures already passed to prop up the L.A. public school system over the last eleven years. Must we keep pouring money into a dysfunctional educational system that has shown itself clearly incapable of translating that money into a quality product?"

Michael Labeit presents On the Purpose and Productiveness of Entrepreneurship posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "The role of entrepreneurship as well as of the profit/loss system has been thoroughly corrupted by Marxist "thought." Dr. Ludwig von Mises eviscerates the Marxist and anti-profit arguments in his monograph "Profit and Loss" as well as laboriously explains and the defends to virtue of entrepreneurship and of the profit/loss system. Entrepreneurs, Mises holds, are our allies not our enemies. This essay is a brief synopsis for those who wish to understand the nature of entrepreneurial profit but who may not possess the time necessary to read and fully understand Mises's monograph."

Beth Haynes presents Thoughts after the election posted at Wealth is not the Problem, saying, "I am not sure exactly how this works, so if you could refer me to a source or explain a little more, I'd greatly appreciate it. But, it looks interesting enough to give it a try and see what happens! Thanks, Beth"

Adam Reed presents Objectivist Activism Report: The Defeat of Proposition 4 posted at Born to Identify, saying, "When I began my activism for the recent elections, the Christo-Fascists had placed two propositions for constitutional amendments on the ballot. All the pollsters were predicting that Proposition 4 would win, and Proposition 8 would lose. I estimate that my OpEds reached about a million voters. Proposition 4 lost with 223,088 votes from the half-way mark. I consider it likely that my OpEds contributed to this result. All while opponents of Proposition 8, the second Christo-Fascist warhorse, managed to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory."

Paul Hsieh presents The Future of Social Security? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Why do some liberals want the government to confiscate private 401(k) retirement accounts? To "protect" American workers, of course!"

Shaun Connell presents Will You Survive the Financial Storm? posted at Financial Planning, saying, "One thing is certain: the next few years will unveil more and more global economic restrictions, crises and "hard times." Don't be among the losers -- learn how to turn economic hardship into profit by rationally analyzing your situation."

K. M. presents Book Review: NEXT posted at Applying philosophy to life, saying, "A review of Michael Crichton's novel NEXT that raises issues of patent laws, intellectual property and role of government in research"

C. August presents America Urges Government to 'Do Something!' posted at Titanic Deck Chairs.

Myrhaf presents Is There a There There? at Myrhaf.

Cogito presents Determinism Versus Causality: Frozen Abstractions at Cogito's Thoughts saying "A somewhat disorganized post discussing what I think is an example of the frozen abstraction fallacy that occurs in the thinking of many."

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Anonymous said...

The word you want is "ado." It's "without any further ado." Sorry to be so picky.

Anonymous said...

The previous anonymous beat me to it. Yeah, it's "ado." Adieu means "good-bye."

Joe said...

This one is spam:

Shaun Connell presents Will You Survive the Financial Storm? posted at Financial Planning