Objectivist Round Up #46

Welcome to the May 29, 2008 edition of the Objectivist round up. This is #46, and it boasts an impressive array of articles on a variety of topics. Enjoy!

Valda Redfern presents Vide Dicus et Jana posted at Valzhalla, saying, "A famous poet once said that every man was either a Greek or a Roman in his basic approach to life. Here we see that Dick and Jane were Romans and can infer that the Cat in the Hat must have been a Greek. (At any rate, he was considerably more literate.)"

Stella presents If there were no FDA posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Answering a common question about what would happen if onerous government regulations were removed."

Greg Perkins presents Why the New Atheists Can't Even Beat D'Souza: Science vs. Miracles posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Wouldn't a scientist have to be irresponsible or even hypocritical for dismissing miracles out of hand, without examining the evidence? The 'New Atheists' stumble badly in debate against Christian apologist Dinesh D'Souza when addressing issues such as these. This is the second in a series of pieces exploring key weaknesses in their philosophical foundation -- and illustrating how D'Souza wouldn't stand a snowball's chance against an Objectivist."

Diana Hsieh presents Swallow My Postmodernist Propaganda Whole -- Or Else! posted at NoodleFood, saying, "An English professor threatens to sue her students for daring to question her postmodern ideas."

Paul Hsieh presents Creationist Science Teachers posted at NoodleFood, saying, "How many high school science teachers are creationists? The answer may surprise you."

Flibbert presents Environmentalists Fail to Make Effective Metaphor, Recriminate Selves in Process posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "I know I JUST posted this, but I couldn't miss out on two carnivals in a row! This week, I came across some environmentalists who dressed up as cavemen and accuse the European auto industry (think Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz) of being a dinosaur. The irony was too much to ignore. But there's a more sinister aspect to this ridiculosity: Green is becoming quite the modern way of thinking. As someone who does not want to live in a cave or push a car with his feet, I find this troubling, to say the least."

C. August presents Bombarded by the Arbitrary posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "An interesting story of a woman who can't forget the boring details of daily life. Any of them."

Paul McKeever presents Inflation, the Gold Standard, and Fractional Reserve Banking posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "Interested in learning (or about learning more) about money and banking? Interested in the law as it pertains to money and banking? I have just released part/episode 5 of my “Understanding Money & Banking” video series. Titled “Inflation, the Gold Standard, and Fractional Reserve Banking“, part 5 challenges the view of some that inflation is simply the result of government expansion of the currency supply, and the view that “if we just returned to a gold standard, we would not have inflation”. Topics include: the nature of “gold standard”; useful vs. useless gold standards; hyper-inflation in history; fractional reserve banking; 100% reserve requirements."

Kim presents Two Super Scary Things posted at Kim's Play Place, saying, "Can't evade this reality--although you might like to try."

Edward Cline presents Waging the War of Non-Ideas posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Ayn Rand was always there first. She articulated the fundamentals of metaphysics and epistemology that govern the continuance of human existence. Her portrayal of villainy in Atlas Shrugged dramatized the dead-end of the kind of consciousness that refuses to acknowledge the existence of anything and everything, of a consciousness that wishes A to be non-A at the same time, to be militantly certain of nothing in order to reshape reality to the need of the moment.

That same species of consciousness has also been charged with the security of the U.S. against Islamic jihad."

Myrhaf presents Obama Calls On Young Americans to Serve (Him) posted at Myrhaf.

Gus Van Horn presents Beyond SEEDy posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Shame on Google for forgetting the defenders of freedom. Shame on the New York Times for aiding the cause against freedom."

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Jenn Casey said...

Carnival looks great! Thanks for hosting!

Kim said...

Great job! Thanks for including my submission.