Objectivist Roundup #95

Welcome to the May 7, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Roundup, your weekly dose of intellectual fuel and ammunition.

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 muddle of conflicting ideas disconnected from reality and the lives of men.

The breathtaking scope of attacks on freedom and individual rights by the government of these United States, as well as similar attacks in other nations across the globe, is reflected in the content and tone of the posts listed below. As disastrous current events pile up, it's good to remember that ideas drive history and progress. To quote Ayn Rand:

There is only one power that determines the course of history, just as it determines the course of every individual life: the power of man’s rational faculty—the power of ideas. ... If you understand the dominant philosophy of a society, you can predict its course. But convictions and philosophy are matters open to man’s choice. ...

It is the philosophy of the mysticism-altruism-collectivism axis that has brought us to our present state and is carrying us toward a finale such as that of the society presented in Atlas Shrugged. It is only the philosophy of the reason-individualism-capitalism axis that can save us and carry us, instead, toward the Atlantis projected in the last two pages of my novel.
--Capitalism: The Unknown Idea (ARL)

History is made by minorities—or, more precisely, history is made by intellectual movements, which are created by minorities. Who belongs to these minorities? Anyone who is able and willing actively to concern himself with intellectual issues. Here, it is not quantity, but quality that counts (the quality—and consistency—of the ideas one is advocating).
--Philosophy: Who Needs It (ARL)

Enjoy Objectivist Roundup #95!

  1. Brian presents Interview with Dr. John Lewis posted at Reality Talk, saying, "Dr. John Lewis, who gave the stirring speech at the Charlotte Tea Party on April 15th, granted us an interview to discuss the impact of his speech, his new book, the future of the country, and other topics. Read on for some great responses."

  2. John Drake presents The Selfish Giver posted at Try Reason!, saying, "Can a picture of two adorable kids (mine of course) demonstrate an abstract moral principle? Take a look, read the story, and let me know what you think."

  3. Ryan Krause presents No More Drunk Driving at Anheuser-Busch posted at The Money Speech, saying, "InBev is implementing a very interesting strategy at Anheuser-Busch. It's much leaner and more merit-based, and could turn out to create some real value."

  4. Roberto Sarrionandia presents Concepts in Human Activity posted at Tito's Blog, saying, "The importance of the conceptual level of human activity"

  5. Ari Armstrong presents Censoring Scott McInnis posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "Colorado's campaign finance laws constitute censorship."

  6. Justin Ketterer presents Designers are Metaphysical Mathematicians posted at Valuable Mechanisms: The Design & Engineering Blog of Justin Ketterer, saying, "It seems that there's a lot of mystical, incoherent thinking in the creative arts. As an aspiring design engineer, I wanted to explain how "creativity" may not be as inexplicable as it's often thought to be. How better to do that than by bringing Rand's theory of epistemology to bear on the issue?"

  7. Doug Reich presents Meet Cass Sunstein: Your "Choice Architect" posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Analysis and link to oppose "choice architecture" guru and Platonic Philosopher King wannabe, Cass Sunstein, Obama's Toohey-esque nominee to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs"

  8. Martin Lindeskog presents LISTEN TO SCOTT HOLLERAN | EGO posted at EGO.

  9. Rational Jenn presents Garage Sale! posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Our family had a great time working productively at our semiannual garage sale."

  10. Adam Reed presents On Crimes Motivated By Collectivisms, And Their Proper Punishment posted at Born to Identify.

  11. Paul Hsieh presents OpEd at PJM: "Health Care Reform vs. Universal Health Care" posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "PajamasMedia.com published another one of my health care OpEds!"

  12. Rajesh Dhawan presents Union of Keynes and Kant posted at Objective extrospection, saying, "Non-reason and anti-capitalism come together in this call by the Harvard professor Mankiw to destroy what Rand said was "the ultimate barometer of a society's virtue"- the money."

  13. Brian Phillips presents Government Without Taxation: Introduction posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "Death and taxes, we are often told, are two inevitable facts of life. However, a crucial distinction exists between the two—death is a metaphysical fact, while taxes are a man-made fact. As such, death is in fact inevitable, but taxes are not. The metaphysical is absolute and immutable; the man-made is subject to the choices and actions of man."

  14. JStotts presents Kinsey and Sexual identity posted at Erosophia, saying, "Thinking of sexuality in terms of homosexual v. heterosexual will leave most people unaccounted for."

  15. I present The Flawed Economics of Socialized Medicine posted on this blog. I analyze the claim that one of the problems in health care now is a shortage of doctors, drawing on the economic arguments linking price controls and shortages, and that no amount of supply can satisfy the demand for a price-controlled good.

  16. Rob Abiera presents Tea Parties and selfishness posted at The Morality War, saying, "This is my response to a letter in the Oklahoma Gazette in which Tea Party participants were accused of selfishness."

  17. Gus Van Horn presents Government Schooling to Fail Again at Gus Van Horn, saying, "One day, if I have anything to say about it, most people will quit dismissing statism as mere foolishness. Instead, they will judge the moral caliber of its advocates and act accordingly."

  18. Amit Ghate presents Questioning the Value of Regulation posted at Thrutch, saying, "A post linking to my recent editorial on the subject."

  19. Ed Cline presents Obama’s “Blood-Tax” at The Rule of Reason.

That concludes this edition of the Objectivist Roundup. Next week's host is John Drake at Try Reason!. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

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Jenn Casey said...

Looks awesome! Thanks for hosting!

Martin Lindeskog said...

Great carnival! Thanks for including my entry. I have been blogging for seven years now and I am happy to see so many new intellectuals in the blogosphere!

Best Premises,

Martin Lindeskog - American in spirit.
Gothenburg, Sweden.

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