Objectivist Round Up #55

Welcome to the July 31, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.

This week's round up includes some great insights 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.

[HT: Nick Provenzo at Rule of Reason for the intro...]

Without further ado, I present Objectivist Round Up #55!

Burgess Laughlin presents Fiction Writing: The most difficult career? posted at Making Progress, saying, "This post is an application of earlier posts on Central Purpose in Life."

A guest blogger presents Uncle Sam Is Not a Nanny posted at The Undercurrent.

Jared Rhoads presents The Lucidicus Project - Editorials on Capitalism in Medicine posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "The Lucidicus Project is not a blog, but this entry may be of interest to readers of the Objectivist Round Up nevertheless."
{In reviewing this site, I found that this organization sends "Medical Intellectual's Self-Defense Kits" to future physicians. The kits include a copy of Atlas Shrugged, "Medicine: Death of a Profession" by Leonard Peikoff, and other valuable resources. Check it out! -- C.}

Justin Ketterer presents Athletes Shrugged posted at Deus Ex Machina, saying, "The Olympics are a stunning display of individual athlete's dedication to personal achievement -- and that smacks of ideals which run quite contrary to much of the silly subjectivist notions of our age. A bit of satire on the issue..."

Peter Cresswell presents Why I'm a leftie posted at Not PC, saying, "Self-confessed leftie Chris Trotter is challenged to present a "things-I-believe-in" column. The results are more revealing than he might think."

Diana Hsieh presents Objectivist Party? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "If Objectivists and sympathizers sequester themselves in their own political party, they are sure to lose whatever political influence they might otherwise have."

Jared Rhoads presents The Lucidicus Project - Editorials on Individual Rights in Medicine posted at The Lucidicus Project.
{Note: This second post from Jared Rhoads discusses McCain's proposed health care "reforms". Be sure to check out both of his posts in this round up. -- C.}

Paul Hsieh presents Individualism, America, and Ayn Rand posted at NoodleFood, saying, "My response to a letter in the Denver Post criticizing "Ayn Rand individualism"."

C. August presents Misdirected Outrage in WSJ posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "A confused Wall Street Journal columnist longs for populist uprisings and more regulation to solve the mortgage bust."

Gus Van Horn presents Protection? For Whom? No One. posted at Gus Van Horn.
{This is a horrific story of government coercion, with a real-life villain from the EPA named Pansy Maddox (I'm not kidding) mobilizing the full force of the federal government and the courts to jail two law-abiding citizens for developing their own land. -- C.}

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