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.So without any further delay (and in no particular order), here's this week's round-up:
"About the Author," Atlas Shrugged, Appendix.
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..."
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."
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?'"
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."
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