Thursday, August 20, 2009

Objectivist Blog Round-Up # 113

Welcome to the July 30th, 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:

A. Chambers presents The Caretaker State? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "For decades, politicians have spoken about their visions to “take care” of American citizens, the world population, and the Earth itself. But long before Presidents Obama and Bush, presidents who held a very different vision of the role of government led America."

Burgess Laughlin presents Weaving the Fabric of History posted at Making Progress, saying, "Ideas cause actions. History is the sum of human actions through time. This hopeful post illustrates one tiny thread of change flowing through the fabric of US culture, from 1957 to 2009."

Alex Moya presents The (False) Logic of Sacrifice posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "In his latest book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, the philosopher Peter Singer claims that you are morally obligated to relieve poverty. Singer offers his readers the following “proof” demonstrating why everyone is immoral if they don’t sacrifice for others. But where does one draw the line?"

Brian Phillips presents The "Public Option" and Education posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "The "public option" in education offers some valuable lessons regarding health care. But only if we think in principles."

Kevin W. presents We Need a “Martian” Option for Health Care Reform! posted at Wisecracks and Wisdom, saying, "Giving what-for to a webcomic posted this week about Obamacare."

Ryan Krause presents The West Bank Has A Stock Exchange? posted at The Money Speech, saying, "West Bank residents choose luxury foreign cars over car bombs."

Diana Hsieh presents Homeowners Associations posted at NoodleFood, saying, "These neighborhood groups often impose irrational rules -- and serve as breeding grounds for petty power-lusters without a shred of respect for property or contract law."

Michael Labeit presents On the Epistemological Problem of Anarchy posted at Coroner's Bureau, saying, "A libertarian anarchist responds to my critique of libertarian anarchism and advocacy of limited government."

Kelly Elmore presents Post-Partum Depression posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "One of the less talked about (especially among Objectivists) possibilities of parenthood."

Ari Armstrong presents Rationing inherent in Obamacare: Sources for Gazette Article posted at, saying, "Read my Gazette article on rationing, then read my follow-up notes."

Stella presents What's missing from One Lesson posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Henry Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson" is still a classic -- but Hazlitt's arguments need a moral component in order to combat healthcare "reform.""

Paul Hsieh presents The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "Whole Foods CEO John Mackey demonstrates courage and integrity in speaking out in favor of free market health care reform."

Michael Labeit presents On Private Factor Ownership and Effective Government posted at Bathtub Gin Brigade, saying, "Why private ownership of the means of production is essential for military effectiveness."

Doug Reich presents Why Liberals Don't Read Their Bills, Evade Their Constituents, but "Penetrate the Message Wars" posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Analysis of how a non-conceptual approach to knowledge leads liberals to vote for any policy seeming to involve sacrifice and state control, regardless of the consequences."

Doug Reich presents Health Insurance Negation Plan posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Obama's proposal to stop insurers from considering pre-existing conditions does not represent a "reform" of insurance, it represents an obliteration of the concept of insurance"

Stephen Bourque presents One Reality: Death Panels posted at One Reality, saying, "What better than “death panel” could capture the meaning of a council of wise government officials who sit around a table deciding who gets what health care, like the Three Fates, spinning, weaving, and - yes - cutting?"

C. August presents Tax Withholding is the Threat Here? posted at Titanic Deck Chairs.

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