Thursday, June 25, 2009

Objectivist Blog Round-Up #102

Welcome to the June 25th, 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:

Andy Clarkson presents On WBT With Pete Kaliner Last Night posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "Was on WBT-AM 1110/99.3 FM in Charlotte "The Colossus of The South" asking the question why there has been no moral condemnation of the Flint, Michigan policies to buy, tear down and"green over" private property. Principles vs. pragmatism."

Lucy Hugel presents National Service: An Immoral Ideal posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "This spring the President signed into law The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, much of which specifically targets young adults. This legislation means more than just spending a summer in a soup kitchen or a year in a South American village, although these are not small matters..."

Sarah presents The Enchanted World of Pushing Daisies posted at Art, Love, & Philosophy, saying, "A review of ABC's delightful, though recently canceled, TV series."

Grant Jones presents Buka: 16 June 1943 posted at The Dougout, saying, "Action in the nearly forgotten Southwest Pacific"

Diana Hsieh presents The News posted at NoodleFood, saying, "What happened at my dissertation defense? In short, Diana Hsieh became Dr. Diana Hsieh. Hooray!"

Kirk presents Anti-Trust Part One posted at A is A, saying, "A two part case study on Anti-Trust legislation and the damages they cause."

Paul Hsieh presents The Unfree Market in Health Care posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "Don't blame the free market for our current health care problems!"

Ari Armstrong presents Sotomayor On Abortion posted at, saying, "The reasons to oppose Sotomayor's nomination do not include her support for the right to get an abortion."

JStotts presents Objectivism and Sexuality posted at Erosophia, saying, "Overview of the speech I recently gave to the Ohio Objectivist Society on the Objectivist theory of sexuality as understood through its underlying operations. Instructions for how to obtain the full version of the speech are in the post."

Khartoum presents The Sparrowhawk series – Book One: Jack Frake posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "A review of the book, Jack Frake, the first in the Sparrowhawk series.

Ryan Krause presents Governance Issue at Apple posted at The Money Speech, saying, "What Apple has started doing right with its governance, and how Sarbanes-Oxley impedes the process, in general."

Ryan Krause presents Fighting Back by Opting Out (Or Going Galt, If the Term Appeals to You) posted at The Money Speech, saying, "What some capitalists are NOT doing to deal with encroaching government."

Daniel presents One Question, One Answer with Burgess Laughlin posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "Burgess Laughlin answers the question 'If a biography is a selective account of someone's life according to the author's judgments about what is important, what makes for a good (or bad) biography?'"

Amy Mossoff presents A Baby Maybe posted at The Little Things, saying, "Book review of "A Baby? Maybe" - an excellent book to assist in considering whether or not to have children."

Gus Van Horn presents Second-Hander posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "The Atlantic has published a glowing eulogy of William F. Buckley by Garry Wills which I highly recommend -- but with one proviso..."

C. August presents A Blind, Indifferent Juggernaut posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "I discuss what appears to be the recent acceleration of tyranny and how Americans are (or aren't) dealing with it in light of how tyranny was dealt with in the Founding Era. Some commenters offer an interesting historical perspective as well."

Rational Jenn presents A Little Bit About My Day posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Helping the kids through the steps of solving their own conflicts--rather than solving their problems for them--gives them good chances to practice Objectivist virtues. Even though the process sure takes a long time!"

Miranda Barzey presents Mia Michaels is Anti-Life posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, "So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Mia Michaels is brilliant in her craft, but her sense of life is horrible. Looking through her work there is evidence of her malevolent idea of life."

Doug Reich presents To Know Capitalism Is to Love Capitalism posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Modern writers implicitly define capitalism by non-essentials with the consequence that capitalism is often regarded to be something approximating its antithesis. Properly defining the concept of capitalism is half the battle."

Peter Cresswell presents If this is ‘not so bad,’ then what have you got for afters? posted at Not PC, saying, "When one of your country's parliamentarians quotes Ayn Rand at the head of a speech on the recession -- the very parliamentarian who once cut a swathe through New Zealand's big government -- in a speech that counsels facing up to reality -- it's appropriate to take heed, don't you think? And to celebrate the power of good ideas to capture the mainstream, however tentatively."

Edward Cline presents Obama contra Churchill posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "The joke may be on President Barack Obama. One of his first “house cleaning” chores was to order the removal from the White House Oval Office of the bust of Winston Churchill, a temporary gift from Britain in the wake of 9/11, and to replace it in that same spot with one of Abraham Lincoln. After all, didn’t Lincoln oversee a calamitous Civil War to free the slaves? One wonders just how well versed Obama is in the speeches of one of his political heroes."

Brian Phillips presents What Can One Do? posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "In response to a question regarding what one person can do to spread rational ideas, Ayn Rand once said: “Speak on any scale open to you, large or small--to your friends, your associates, your professional organizations, or any legitimate public forum. You can never tell when your words will reach the right mind at the right time.” A friend recently demonstrated this in a simple, but effective way."

That concludes this edition of the round-up. 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.

1 comment:

Rational Jenn said...

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