Objectivist Roundup #75

Welcome to the December 18, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Roundup, which happens to be the biggest ever (by my unscientific and barely researched count).

This week's record-size roundup includes some great insights and analyses on a wide range of topics, 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 #75!

  1. Shaun Connell presents The Get-Rich-Quick Lie posted at Financial Planning, saying, "The 'make money fast/easy' niche is philosophically bankrupt. One can't 'get' rich; one must -make- wealth. Understanding the foundation of money is a requirement to make money. You have to know what you're doing before you can do it."

  2. Ryan Puzycki presents Defending Property Rights—It's No Day at the Beach posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The McNamees own a beachfront home in California - or do they? The California Coastal Commission, in response to improvements the McNamees have made to their property, has embroiled the retired couple in a decades-long legal battle costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars."

  3. Diana Hsieh presents Advice on Objectivist Groups posted at NoodleFood, saying, "In this post, I outline the three major benefits of studying Objectivism in a local discussion group. In the comments, I offer some advice for running such a group well, given my experience in the uber-successful FROG."

  4. Adam Reed presents Wedge Strategy, Part 4: History and Implications posted at Born to Identify, saying, "Should Objectivists, still a minuscule minority in America and in the world, use wedge strategies just like everyone else? Whether or not a wedge strategy will be effective, depends on what one aims to accomplish. A wedge strategy movement can accomplish a few decades of concrete political results. But a wedge strategy does not often change minds. And when old ideologies persist in most human minds, their concrete political embodiments will tend to return."

  5. John Drake presents Management books for the Objectivst Activist posted at Try Reason!, saying, "A list of management books (and related fields) that Objectivists may want to look at if they are interested in activism. Cross-posted at NoodleFood."

  6. Darren Cauthon presents The Day the Earth Stood Still - Spoiler Alert posted at Darren Cauthon, saying, "I saw the new "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and here are my thoughts."

  7. Ari Armstrong presents 'Taxpayers... Bleeding at Every Pore' posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "In this partial review of Burton Folsom's new book, I discuss the nature of federal relief and make-work under FDR -- and the implications for the modern day."

  8. Myrhaf presents Pragmatism Now posted at The New Clarion, saying, "This is a look at President Bush and Secretary Paulson's pragmatism in the bailout."

  9. Ryan Puzycki presents Hell on Earth and Good Will Toward Men posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "After inauguration, Barack Obama plans to present a "major" speech in the capital of a Muslim country, in order to establish relationships of mutual respect with countries of "good will who want their citizens and ours to prosper together." On what basis would one assume that any Islamic regime has this kind of goodwill?"

  10. Adam Reed presents Free Internet versus Free Internet posted at Born to Identify, saying, "You can have either a free Internet with "free" as in "free speech," or a free Internet with "free" as in "free beer." It's one or the other, guys; you can't have both."

  11. Ryan Puzycki presents Whole Foods, Partial Rights posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Citing antitrust concerns, the FTC has stepped in to reverse an already in-process merger between Whole Foods and Wild Oats. The real threat, though, is not Whole Foods' justly earned growing market share, but the FTC's power to arbitrarily interfere in a company's business decisions as it has in this case."

  12. Jared Rhoads presents The Lucidicus Project - Editorials on Individual Rights in Medicine posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Senator Chris Dodd wants to add preventive medicine to next year's push for healthcare reform. Is that really such a smart idea?"

  13. Shaun Connell presents Why Inflation is Inevitable posted at Financial Planning, saying, "Ideas have consequences. The whole Washington bunch is ramrodding policies after policies that are going to destroy the US dollar. Read more about the $2 trillion so-called "bailout" of bad business, and how it's going to affect your finances."

  14. Paul Hsieh presents The Truth About Semi-Automatic Firearms posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Guns and epistemology! What more could one ask for?"

  15. Monica presents Review of "Mad Sheep" posted at FA-RM, saying, "In a recent search at my local library for readings on the history of agriculture in the United States, I came across an explosive book entitled "Mad Sheep." Read my summary of the Faillace family's shocking story, and how they discovered the hard way about the massive corruption and non-objectivity of the USDA."

  16. Flibbert presents Flibbert's Super-Robusto Veggie and Meat Chunky Chili Extravaganza: A Recipe in Three Pots posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "This week, I'm submitting a recipe for the audience's consideration. I think the title speaks for itself, so there you have it!"

  17. Andrew Dalton presents The continuing uselessness of Time posted at Witch Doctor Repellent, saying, "A reminder of how Time Magazine is committed, on principle, to be the worst mainstream news outlet."

  18. Rational Jenn presents See? This Is What I Don't Get posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "A post where I am better able to state my case in the comments section than in the post itself, demonstrating the benefit of thoughtful comments."

  19. Stella presents The generic love train posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Why generics, the darlings of universal health care and haters of Big Pharma, aren't the perfect solution everyone seems to think they are."

  20. Brandon Byrd presents Alkan and Hamelin: Two Names You Should Know posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Takes a look at the neglected romantic piano music of Charles-Valentin Alkan, as well as the awe-inspiring virtuosity of pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin."

  21. Michael Labeit presents On The Necessity of Unregulated Oil Speculation posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "Oil speculators have been vilified by the 'know-nots.' Now a 'know' demonstrates how the 'haves' help the 'have-nots.'"

  22. Gus Van Horn presents Asking the Right Question posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "One of the most valuable skills one can possess is to be able, in any given situation, to ask the right question."

  23. C. August presents Global Warmings: Not Just for the Earth Anymore posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "Yup, I said 'Warmings.' Plural. In this post I slowly catch onto some interesting facts about the primary driver of the warming trend, and some impacts I hadn't known before."

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1 comment:

Jenn Casey said...

Awesome carnival! Thanks, as always, for hosting!