Thursday, December 11, 2008

Objectivist Blog Round-Up

Welcome to the December 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.

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

Edward Cline presents A Rookery of Rogues posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Watching the federal "bailout" story unfold over the last several months, I was struck by a unsettling familiarity with it that I could not pinpoint, a sense of déjà vu garnished with an unsavory intimacy. Then, at a recent book signing at Colonial Williamsburg, it hit me: the current bailout, complete with a cast of scoundrels, pages of fraud and lies, and an oscillating expediency exercised by the originating principals -- including presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama -- was no precedent at all."

Andy Clarkson presents History of Ideas: Democritus Update posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "Adding notes on Democritus to "History of Ideas" series. Democritus was one of the Greek Big Three -- Aristotle and Plato are the others -- whose ideas drive our culture today."

Guy Barnett presents Welcome to the Post-Danish-Cartoons World posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Islamic intimidation strikes again. Sony is the latest example of self-censorship in the name of appeasing Islamists who take murderous offense at anyone not following their religious precepts."

A. Chambers presents Condemned By Democracy posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Parwez Kambakhsh, a young man in Afghanistan, was given a death sentence, later commuted to a 20-year-prison term, for blasphemy. Democracy is what makes this kind of verdict possible - it is the problem, not the solution."

Doug presents Book Review: New Deal or Raw Deal? by Burton Folsom posted at The Rule of Reason.

Rational Ryan presents Religious Relativism and Subjectivism. posted at The Dirty Kuffar, saying, "Briefly discusses the relativistic nature of Religion's ethics and metaphysics."
Rachel presents Beyond Blogging posted at Brass in Pocket, saying, "This post is a response to a post by Myrhaf at The New Clarion."

Flibbert presents Local Bailouts posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "Everyone's talking about bailouts these days! And it's not just the people in Washington. Here in NYC, a bailout is being proposed for the ever-inefficient, ineffectual MTA above and beyond the regularly scheduled bailouts NY pays them! Get the full rant over at my blog!"

Michael Labeit presents Again, On the Reason/Mysticism Dichotomy posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "No new revelations here. A run-of-the-mill Aristotlian explanation for why reason and mysticism are incompatible. Just a refresher for newcomers or those of you who have perhaps become rusty."

Rational Ryan presents The Left Wants to Compromise on Abortion. posted at The Dirty Kuffar, saying, "The Left wants to compromise on their pro-choice position, but the Religious Right is still full steam ahead."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Peikoff had an especially interesting podcast on Dec. 8th, in which he commented on Obama's "virtue of selfishness" comment and also Alan Greenspan, which he says he hadn't said a word about for decades. Check it out and please link to it. thanks.