Thursday, October 22, 2009

Objectivist Blog Round-Up #119

Welcome to the October 22nd, 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:

Benjamin Skipper presents The Power of Epistemology II: Institutionalized Education posted at Benpercent, saying, "It is superficial to say that lengthening school days will stress out kids. If Obama's goal comes to be, he will worsen the epistemological crisis we are seeing in our culture today."

Andy Clarkson presents The Epistemology of Richard Dawkins posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "On Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of seeing Richard Dawkins speak at Queens College in Charlotte. He presented to a “sold-out” (tickets were free) crowd of 2300. Dawkins read selections from his new book “The Greatest Show On Earth” and then took questions. The book is a defense of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It was great to hear a prominent figure explicitly advocate “reason”, “rational analysis of evidence”, “science”, and so on."

Jared Rhoads presents Health Reform Tea Party posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "The Lucidicus Project attended the health reform Tea Party rally in Boston on October 17th. I spoke at the event and gave several interviews. Here is a report, including photos and a news clip."

Jeff Montgomery presents Review - Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns posted at Fun With Gravity, saying, "In this post I review Jennifer Burns' clear-headed and respectful intellectual biography of Ayn Rand. I found it to be an interesting and enjoyable read."

Diana Hsieh presents LTE on Free Speech posted at NoodleFood, saying, "My letter to the editor on the FTC's new speech regulations for bloggers was published in the Denver Post."

Paul Hsieh presents Hong Kong Vs. Typhoon posted at NoodleFood, saying, "This time lapse video of "Typhoon 'Nangka' over Hong Kong" made me appreciate the power of storms -- and the power of men's ability to build cities capable of withstanding them."

John Drake presents Your feelings are illegal posted at Try Reason!, saying, "I was saddened recently watching the movie Equilibrium when I realized that it is a manifestation of Kant's ideal society, and that we are not all that far from it."

Kirk presents The Reality of Medical Care posted at A is A, saying, "At a time when comprehensive medical care is being pushed on us all, it is important to look at reality rather than what we wish reality to be when making our decision."

Ari Armstrong presents Activism and Writing Letters to the Editor posted at, saying, "Some basics to writing an effective letter to the editor."

Kelly Valenzuela presents The Berlin Wall posted at Rant from the Rock.
Stella presents Once you pop, you can't stop posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "The status quo is a sticky thing -- which is why we need to avoid creating yet another government entitlement through healthcare "reform.""

Rational Jenn presents In Which I'm An Activist posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "You never know when an opportunity for activism will present itself. In this case, I was able to make a point about the "right" to healthcare in a concrete way, and help others do so, too."

Doug Reich presents Tales from the History of Money and Banking, Part II posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "What does the hyperinflation of the French Revolution have to do with our current economy? Andrew Dickson White told us - in 1912."

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Martin Lindeskog said...

Great round-up! For you who are interested in food, recipes and good things in life, you are welcome to send your blog post entry to the new #GoodThing In Life Carnival & Chat. I am planning to start the first edition during Thanksgiving weekend. For more information, please read my post, GoodThing In Life Carnival And Chat.

Cheers! :)

Rational Jenn said...

Thanks so much for hosting!