8.14.2008

Objectivist Roundup #57

Welcome to the August 14, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Roundup.

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.


Without further ado, I present Objectivist Roundup #57!


  1. Burgess Laughlin presents In-line vs. off-line activism posted at Making Progress, saying, "This post distinguishes "in-line" from "off-line" activism by their essential difference. One secondary purpose is to show the wide range of options intellectual activists have open to them. Another secondary purpose is to point out that an Objectivist "New Intellectual" need not be a professional intellectual."

  2. Shahid Insaf presents The Absurdity of Hope posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Shahid discusses the absurdity of the hope that negotiating with Iran will somehow change its basic goals."

  3. Edward Cline presents The 'Sensitivity' Syndrome posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "The Random House decision in May to cancel the publication of Sherry Jones' novel, The Jewel of Medina, about Mohammad's child bride, Aisha, represents two developments fatal to the First Amendment and the future of freedom of speech: it is a capitulation to the "cautionary advice" that the novel might be considered "offensive" to Muslims and possibly spark a wave of violent "protest" similar to that which followed the publication of the Danish Mohammad cartoons in 2005; and it is an implicit injunction against other publishers banning the publication of any literary work that depicts Mohammad."

  4. Stephen Bourque presents Faith in the West posted at One Reality, saying, "To claim that western prosperity is a result of Christianity is an outrageous distortion based, at best, on superficial and selective observations. To recommend that we revive these superstitions in a modern world is unforgivably reckless."

  5. Daniel Rigby presents Inflation Is No Good posted at University Suckers.

  6. Paul Hsieh presents Putting Doctors on the Medicare RAC posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "Government-run Medicare continues to tighten the noose around doctors' necks. How long will it be before they give up and shrug?"

  7. Ari Armstrong presents Notes on the Housing Market posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "Are housing prices down just because fewer people are buying, or does it have more to do with the quality of houses on the market?"

  8. Ryan Puzycki presents Death and Carbon Taxes posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Are death and carbon taxes the only answer? Ryan discusses Al Gore's carbon tax plan and whether Gore's call to switch to alternative fuels is desirable, practical, or necessary."

  9. Myrhaf presents The Insidious Threat to Freedom posted at Myrhaf, saying, "This is a look at how the New Left has succeeded where the Old Left failed."

  10. Tom Stelene presents Old, Obscure, Great Books: Review No. 1 posted at Al-Kafir Akbar!.

  11. Rational Jenn presents To Comply Or Not? posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Part of our decision to homeschool involved deciding how difficult it would be to live with the laws in our state."

  12. Gus Van Horn presents Art Deco Galore posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "If we want to continue enjoying beautiful architecture, it is freedom -- not any one old building -- that we must work to preserve."

  13. Adam Reed presents Essential Issues: W's Birth-Control-Is-Abortion Directive posted at Born to Identify.

  14. Nicholas Provenzo presents China's Grand Olympic Charade posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "As I follow the 2008 Beijing Olympics in their extravagant splendor, I cannot help but think that they are predicated upon a massive fraud; specifically, that China has "emerged" as a great nation worthy of our respect and admiration. While the games themselves are spectacular, they are built upon the brute force of an authoritarian regime desperate to show both its people and the world that it deserves its grip on China."





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