Objectivist Roundup #73

Welcome to the bursting at the seams December 4, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Roundup.

This week's especially large roundup includes some great insights and analyses -- from Somali pirates and Mumbai terrorists, to political and philosophical activism, to economics and even parenting -- 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.

And with that, I am proud to give you Objectivist Roundup #73!

  1. Adam Reed presents Wedge Strategy, Part III: Identification posted at Born to Identify, saying, "To recognize wedge strategies, it helps to have made a habit of using the techniques of what Ayn Rand, in "Philosophy: Who Needs IT," called "Philosophical Detection." Then look for discrepancies, and when the habit of philosophical detection is with you, they will jump out of the page: discrepancies between the message and the messenger; between the principle that is being implicitly or explicitly invoked, and the use that is made of that principle; between language and substance; between what is said and what is left unsaid, between what is said and what is implied. If you find A on on the exposed side of the discrepancy and B on the hidden, then you are dealing with a wedge strategy."

  2. Burgess Laughlin presents Rationalization--What is it? posted at Making Progress, saying, "Accusing someone of rationalizing is a cheap shot--unless backed up with proof. This article explores the nature of rationalization, defines it, and raises the issue of how one might initially go about proving that someone is rationalizing."

  3. Diana Hsieh presents Reflections from Reason posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Do we need a reminder of even how some of the better elements of the libertarian movement can be hostile to Ayn Rand? Perhaps not, but here's one that ran across my inbox a little while ago."

  4. Peter Cresswell presents Tyler’s reading Keynes! posted at Not PC, saying, "One of the most popular economic bloggers is about to begin a book club on his blog reading Keynes -- that defunct and long-dead economist to whose ideas the world is now all in thrall. There's better things to be reading!"

  5. Craig Ceely presents Economics! Get Yer Free Economics Education Here! posted at The Anger of Compassion, saying, "You want to learn something about economics? What could be more economical than "free?" Links to highly insightful -- and readable -- works on economics available online at no cost. How exploitative of them."

  6. Brian Phillips presents A Different Thanksgiving Story posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "This may be an old story to some, as it was originally posted last year. However, it is new to me and I found it interesting. In The Tragedy of the Commons John Stossel writes about the first few winters the Pilgrims spent in the New World."

  7. Rational Ryan presents Buy Nothing Day VS Reason and Prosperity. posted at The Dirty Kuffar, saying, "'Buy Nothing Day' is a trend that is clearly anti-human life. Black Friday should not be shunned, but embraced by rational individuals"

  8. Bill Brown presents A Demon We Must Eradicate posted at The New Clarion, saying, "The West has thus far proven to be impotent at handling the piracy problem in the Gulf of Aden."

  9. K. M. presents Terrorism and moral outrage posted at Applying philosophy to life, saying, "On the moral outrage after the terrorist attack on Mumbai, and what specifically do the terrorists outrage"

  10. Peter Cresswell presents Mumbai mass murder [updated] posted at Not PC, saying, "All they truly wanted was blood. Western blood. The cold, calculated and cowardly slaughter of innocent and prosperous people. A religion that began in violence has become a culture that now sees violence as their major, maybe only, message to the world."

  11. Paul Hsieh presents The Health Care Bailout of 2018 posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "My latest OpEd compares the current bailout crisis with President-elect Obama's plans for "universal health care"."

  12. Jared Rhoads presents The Lucidicus Project - Editorials on Individual Rights in Medicine posted at The Lucidicus Project.

  13. Flibbert presents Legislating Parenting posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "I haven't submitted posts for the carnival in a long while because I've been blogging a bunch of foolishness, but this week I have something I want you to read. In this post, I explain why we do not and should not pass laws to prevent parents from teaching their children stupid ideas like religion, while also supporting the notion that we should force parents (as well as we can) to provide proper medical care."

  14. Rational Jenn presents On Lying posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Parenting is just one more area of life where having good philosophy helps a person deal with problems more effectively. In this post, I address the issue of lying and give some specific examples about how I apply Objectivism to this particular parenting challenge."

  15. Jim Woods presents Barack ‘The Wiz’ Obama posted at Words by Woods, saying, "Jim Woods explains how one of his favorite movies ‘The Wiz’ embraces individualism and rejects collectivism through the refutation of 70s black archetypes. Applying this movie to current events, he sees Barack Obama playing the role of The Wiz, as his voters believe that, by following the yellow brick road to the Obama, they will be able to get their brain, or heart, or courage, or gasoline, or mortgage paid by him simply gifting it to them."

  16. C. August presents My Favorite Book... When I Was Five posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "As a lighter change of pace, I describe with words and pictures one of my favorite childhood books."

  17. Nicholas Provenzo presents In Memory of Leon Trager (1928-2008) posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "At a crucial time in my intellectual development, Leon Trager's personification of the Objectivist ideal helped solidify my understanding of what it meant to be an Objectivist and where Rand's ideas could take your life."

  18. Monica presents More on EPA Tyranny posted at Spark A Synapse, saying, "Five years ago I would have laughed out loud if someone had said farting cows would eventually be taxed to save the planet from global warming. Well, it's no longer a joking matter. Read all about the EPA's slimy plans to control every aspect of your life, and stay tuned on my blog for what you can do about it."

  19. Myrhaf presents In Search of the Big O posted at The New Clarion, saying, "This post might not be about what you think it is."

  20. Damon Payne presents There's Something Wrong with the Old School posted at Damon Payne.

  21. Ari Armstrong presents Dobson Insists on Faith-Based Politics posted at AriArmstrong.com, saying, "James Dobson continues to urge Christians to push faith-based politics."

  22. Darren Cauthon presents Objecting to Objectivism - The Train Scene posted at Darren Cauthon, saying, "Here is a post I wrote in response to some criticism I heard concerning the track wreck in Atlas Shrugged."

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