6.11.2009

Objectivist Roundup #100

Welcome to the June 11, 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.

100 seems like quite a milestone, especially since it has been going strong each and every week for nearly two years. Depending on how you count it, perhaps the two year anniversary next month is a bigger deal, but 100 has such a nice roundness to it.

Enjoy Objectivist Roundup #100!



  1. Michael Labeit presents On Sonia Sotomayor and Judicial Craptivism posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "Sotomayor on race and guns."

  2. Andy Clarkson presents The United States Of America And Islam Have Nothing Fundamental In Common posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo today was philosophically, historically, and culturally wrong. The president's error is in attributing "Islam" to the accomplishments of the Arab world of a thousand years ago. The president couldn't be more wrong."

  3. Miranda Barzey presents Harrison Bergeron Movie posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, "My final analytical essay for English Lit on Kurt Vonegut's short story "Harrison Bergeron" and its relation to egalitarianism."

  4. Amy Mossoff presents New Edition of We The Living posted at The Little Things, saying, "Dr. Leonard Peikoff has written a new introduction for the latest edition of We The Living. Here's a taste of it, with some hero-worship thrown in for good measure."

  5. Ari Armstrong presents Judge Sotomayor's Relativism posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "The problem with Sotomayor is her race-based relativism. Truth and therefore justice are largely matters of genetic lineage, she believes."

  6. Diana Hsieh presents The Not-So-Forgotten Woman posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Amity Schlaes writes a good -- even if too political -- column on Atlas Shrugged."

  7. Edward Cline presents Obama Submits posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "One could devote a career to dissecting President Barack Obama‘s speech at Cairo University in Egypt on June 4th and point out in detail its numerous errors, fallacies and untruths. One could even dwell on how apparently na├»ve his is about the nature of Islam, an ignorance of it that is all the more revealing because he claims to have been exposed to Muslim instruction in Indonesia as a child. However, Obama‘s speech was one which George W. Bush himself could have delivered. It simply reaffirmed the evasive, non-judgmental, accommodating policies of the Bush years and broadened their scope—a defining act of submission."

  8. Kelly Elmore presents A Book For Objectivist Parents Who Are Sick of Explaining Why the Things that Happen in All the Books Are Wrong posted at Reepicheep's Coracle.

  9. Myrhaf presents Obama In Dresden posted at The New Clarion.

  10. Ryan Krause presents
    1. Indiana Pension Fund Stands Up for Bondholders' Rights posted at The Money Speech, saying, "It looked good for a few minutes."

    2. Thank Goodness for Congressional Democrats posted at The Money Speech, saying, "One bright spot in an otherwise stormy sky."

  11. Rebecca Knapp presents Murdered Abortion Doctor's Clinic Closes posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The clinic of abortion doctor George Tiller has been permanently closed as a result of his murder. While anti-abortion groups have been quick to publicly denounce the murder as “vigilantism”, there’s a reason why no one is really surprised when an abortion doctor is gunned down in cold blood."

  12. Doug Reich presents
    1. "Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition" posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "What is the connection between biblical prophecy and modern climate alarmists' certainty in predicting a global warming Armageddon?"

    2. Reality Check II: The Cost of Gas vs. The Cost of Government posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Quantitatively demonstrating why we should be investigating the government and not oil companies."

    3. Now Your State Can Print Money Too! posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "By urging the federal government to "guarantee" state debt offerings, states like California have found a back door way to access the Federal Reserve's printing press."

  13. Rational Jenn presents Tantrums and Whining and Tattling, Oh My! posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "In my latest post about parenting, I talk about strategies I use with my kids to handle some common issues that even the most rational of parents parenting the most rational of kids will encounter on occasion. ;)"

  14. Gus Van Horn presents A New Way to Fail posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, ""The island-builders are the ones giving up without a fight.""

  15. Adam Reed presents Three Democides by False Morality - Part I, Holodomor posted at Born to Identify, saying, "Stalin was the first tyrant to use, possibly without any overt understanding, the fact that it was possible to eliminate humans by the million with relatively little direct use of gallows, gas chambers, or firing squads. It was enough to make it impossible for men to use their minds to support and extend their lives. The human is the animal that lives by its mind, and dies when denied its use."

  16. Daniel presents The Potentially Alive, 4 posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "This post continues the short story of the end of the world, or its beginning."

  17. Stephen Bourque presents The Merits of Sonia Sotomayor posted at One Reality.

  18. LB presents The Battle for the Constitution posted at 3 Ring Binder.

  19. Every week, we get a few odd, completely irrelevant submissions to the Objectivist Roundup, and I and the other hosts just delete them. This week the two non-Objectivist submissions were just so crazy that I seriously considered including them for comic relief. I've decided against it, but if you feel cheated because you can't see "The Top 50 Mormon / LDS bloggers" or "Ruling Number 7 - Numerology - Your Ruling Number", please let me know and I'll post the links in the comments. My favorite number as a kid, the one I always wanted when playing sports, was 7. It could have been because I was raised watching John Elway, or it could be... my ruling number!







That concludes this, the 100th edition of the Objectivist Roundup. Next week's host is Reality Talk. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

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4 comments:

Nicholas Provenzo said...

Good stuff! Thanks for hosting!

Daniel said...

I second the note of gratitude above. A great collection of posts for the 100th carnival!

Ryan O. said...

I am just shocked and appalled at your callous dismissal of numerology as a legitimate attempt to understand our mysterious universe. Who's to say that you're right and I'm wrong? Can't there be many different paths to the truth? Isn't your saying that there is no God just as absolute and unprovable as a Mormon's claim that Heavenly Father makes spirit babies who dwell in Earthbound human vessels to be tested and then rewarded with one of three eternities?

You objectivists are so closed minded.

Charles T. said...

A lot of great stuff in that Round Up. Thanks to you and all the authors!