Thursday, February 19, 2009

Objectivist Blog Round-Up

Welcome to the February 19th, 2009 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:

Rituparna Basu presents A Tribute to Darwin posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "On his 200th birthday, we should recognize Darwin’s immense contribution to science."

Ryan Puzycki presents High Crimes and Michael Phelps posted at The Undercurrent, saying, Prosecuting Michael Phelps—or anyone—for marijuana use is a rejection of the American conception of law and government."

Kendall Justiniano presents Strikes Two and Three – Time for a New Batter posted at simply Capitalism, saying, "Commentary on the "stimulus" bill and TARP II from the newest Objectivist Group blog,"

Khartoum presents Religion Versus Valentines Day. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "This post deals with the opposition of valentines day by the three religions I have encountered in India -- Hinduism, Islam and Christianity."

Paul McKeever presents Paul McKeever’s Minimal Maxims and Bon Arrows, volume 1, issue 3 : Paul McKeever posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "one day, people will realize these statements aren't so weird after all."

Non Talbot Wels presents Averting a Crisis or Causing One? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Last year California passed a law meant to decrease man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Considering the enormous impingement on our personal freedom such measures bring about, shouldn't we at least be certain that greenhouse gas emissions are in fact as lethal as the law's supporters claim?"

Myrhaf presents Stealth Tyranny posted at The New Clarion, saying, "Hidden in the bowels of HR1 is a provision that will begin the rationing of health care in America."

Grant Jones presents Ayaan Hirsi Ali: There Is No Moderate Islam posted at The Dougout.

Diana Hsieh presents 1 in 7 Americans Functionally Illiterate posted at NoodleFood, saying, "America's government education system functions as well as the Post Office. Don't miss the excellent comments on this post."

Brian Phillips presents Mayoral Preview: Brian Phillips posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "Over the past few months I have previewed some of the potential candidates for the Houston Mayoral election in 2009. I have even fantasized about my ideal candidate. But rather than continue to wait in vain for my ideal candidate to emerge, I am now declaring my virtual candidacy for Houston Mayor. (By virtual candidacy, I mean that I am not literally running for Mayor. But I will address the issues as if I were.)"

Daniel presents I Award You No Points posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "This is a humorous quote that's worth committing to memory for those moments when somebody says something so stupid or so irrational, that you merely want to state your disapproval and move on without wasting any time on a lost cause..."

Rational Jenn presents The Art Of War For Parents posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "In this parenting post, I talk about whether it is ever appropriate to use force to get a child to do something against his will, and offer some techniques for handling conflicts with children."

Roberto Sarrionandia presents Making Waves posted at Tito's Blog.

Michael Labeit presents On the Origin of the Mentality that Endorses Obama and His Legislation posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "The rotten and unsophisticated propensity to yield oneself before the altar of President Obama has its origins within the schools."

Jim Woods presents My Strike posted at Words by Woods, saying, "What happens when Congress imposes its irrational whims upon business? Consequences."

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

Update: Removed non-Objectivist link.


Michael Labeit said...

Is it Thursdays now? Just curious.

Burgess Laughlin said...

See the link at the bottom of the Round-up page:

That gives the actual date for already published round-ups and the scheduled date for the upcoming round-ups.

Normally, round-ups appear on Thursdays, but sometimes--because of Blogger or general internet problems--the publication is delayed.

I hope you will sign up to host a round-up on your site.

Rational Jenn said...

Thanks for hosting the carnival! It looks great!

And thank you, Burgess, for answering Michael's question. I'll be in touch with you about next week's carnival.

And I hope everyone who participates in the carnival will consider hosting!

C. August said...

I wondered about that "self-actualization" mumbo jumbo (re: the removed post mentioned in Nick's update). That post did mention The Fountainhead but the author clearly had no idea what it meant.

Nicholas Provenzo said...

Yeah, I just skimmed it an saw the Fountainhead reference and left it that that. My bad . . .

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ed waldo said...

RE: Edward Cline
13 March 2009
On The Left-Wing Reaction to John Galt, Ayn Rand, and Tea Parties

A fairly complete rebuttal at:

12 March 2009
Going Galt? Ayn Kampf, Revisited