Objectivist Roundup #83

Welcome to the February 12, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Roundup.

This roundup features posts by blog authors who are advocates of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. She called it a "philosophy for living on earth" -- as opposed to religious mysticism focused on some non-existent other world, or an ivory tower mishmash of conflicting ideas disconnected from reality and the lives of men -- and further described Objectivism this way:

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 pleased to present Objectivist Roundup #83!

  1. Brian Phillips presents "Practical" Arguments for Property Rights posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "During my twenty years defending property rights, I have regularly encountered individuals who rely on economic and similar "practical" arguments in the defense of property rights. But these arguments are seldom effective, because people are ultimately moved by morality."

  2. John Drake presents Productivity with kids posted at Try Reason!, saying, "Maintaining high productivity can be possible as a parent, but it requires a different mindset."

  3. Burgess Laughlin presents Ayn Rand on writing book reviews posted at Making Progress, saying, "These notes from a brief section of The Art of Nonfiction cover the what, how, and why of reviewing books."

  4. Bill Brown presents Cargo Cult Capitalism posted at The New Clarion, saying, "After a trip to Ethiopia in December, I was curious why the country was so poor given all the commerce I witnessed. This post is an attempt to sort it out."

  5. Dan Edge presents The Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion hedge fund scam is being called "the biggest Ponzi scheme in history," but the title properly belongs to the Social Security program."

  6. Roberto Sarrionandia presents The Right to Education vs The Right to Life posted at Tito's Blog, saying, "Why the right to education is incompatible with the right to life."

  7. Ari Armstrong presents Low-Carb Food Stamp Diet: $4.72 Per Day posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "Here is a more detailed description of my low-budget, low-carb shopping expedition."

  8. Jim Woods presents Death by Altruism posted at Words by Woods, saying, "A philosophic autopsy examining the pioneer of heart bypass surgery illuminates the path upon which Obama asks America to walk."

  9. Amy Mossoff presents Don't Call Me Stupid posted at The Little Things, saying, "How the word "stupid" has become the new swear word, and what that says about our culture."

  10. Diana Hsieh presents Cake Wrecks posted at NoodleFood, saying, "If you desperately need to get in touch with the funny -- as I do, due to my dissertation crunch -- you'll enjoy Cake Wrecks."

  11. Daniel presents What Are Americans Drinking? posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "This post supports freedom in the beer market--specifically the right of grocery owners to sell alcohol over a certain content."

  12. Rational Jenn presents On Siblings posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "I discuss a few ideas for parenting siblings, with the key idea being: Each child is an individual."

  13. Paul Hsieh presents My PajamasMedia OpEd on Cass Sunstein posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The PajamasMedia political commentary site published my latest OpEd on the dangers of "libertarian paternalism"."

  14. Peter Cresswell presents Minimum wage rise: everybody loses posted at Not PC, saying, "In the teeth of a world depression, New Zealand's government has just elected to raise, instead of abolish, the minimum wage. It's not about economics, it's just politics."

  15. Michael Labeit presents On "The Undercurrent" vs. the Overcast posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "American college students have plenty to learn from their Objectivist peers."

  16. Edward Cline presents Mending the Fabric posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "A respondent to "An Inauguration of Tyranny" chided me for writing so much about current political trends and events, such as Barack Obama's election and his and Congress's plans to "socialize" the country by hook or by crook -- chiefly by crook. Here is my answer."

  17. Tom Stelene presents Christianity Is Not Great, Pt. 2 posted at The Imaginary Philosophy, saying, "This is the second part in a series of posts arguing against Dinesh D'Souza's book, What's So Great About Christianity?"

  18. And I have to add this, though it wasn't submitted by the author, because it succintly describes the roadmap to economic recovery that the country desperately needs to follow. How to Solve Economic Crisis in 5 minutes, by Doug Reich at The Rational Capitalist.

That concludes this edition of the Objectivist Roundup. Next week's host is The Rule of Reason. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

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1 comment:

Jenn Casey said...

Thanks! (Weird, but I just now received this on my Reader.)