Objectivist Roundup #109

Welcome to the August 13, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Roundup, your weekly dose of intellectual fuel and ammunition.

This roundup features posts by blog authors who are students and advocates of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. She called it a "philosophy for living on earth" and further described it:

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.

Considering the events of the day, as socialized medicine is in danger of being pushed through, you may notice that most of the posts below deal with politics. But note that they all share a common philosophical grounding in Objectivism, and consistently promote individual rights and the socio-economic system of laissez-faire capitalism to protect those rights. Such is the value of this roundup--weekly commentary on crucial issues from a rational, individual rights perspective. Oh, and don't miss the hidden gems on induction, art, and parenting.

And with that, I am pleased to present Objectivist Roundup #109!

  1. Kevin W. presents On "Destructive Efforts" posted at Wisecracks and Wisdom, saying, "A breif examination of the language and false premises of the universal health care debate."

  2. Noah Stahl presents Help Wanted: "Difference" a plus posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Corporate America was once criticized for its alleged culture of conformity and tacit support of "glass ceilings" preventing minority advancement. Now, a day hardly goes by in any corporate setting without mention of the importance of "diversity." Nearly all major companies name diversity as among the central values of their corporate philosophies – PepsiCo strives to "Win with diversity and inclusion," while American Express declares that "Diversity is our business formula for success.""

  3. Miranda Barzey presents Protest Letter to the White House posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, "I couldn't resist the chance to turn myself into the government for opposing Obama's healthcare plan openly."

  4. Roderick Fitts presents The Importance of Concepts for Bacon posted at Inductive Quest, saying, "A technical summary of Bacon's approach to concept-formation and induction, with some interesting conclusions about logic to conclude."

  5. Diana Hsieh presents Reporting Myself posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I report my "fishy" opinions on health care reform to the Obama Administration's Minister of Propaganda."

  6. Stella presents So what can't wait, exactly? posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "The Democrats' urgency is not to change health care now, but to get Americans to agree to the change they want before they've had a chance to figure out what a disaster that would be. This is how con artists operate!"

  7. Ari Armstrong presents Meet the 'Mob:' Longmont Protests Obamacare posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "Watch these videos from the "Hands Off My Health Care" rally in Longmont, CO, including "Longmont CO Health Ralliers Reply to Democratic 'Mob' Charge.""

  8. Edward Cline presents Obama’s DNC Mouthpiece posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "On August 8, I sent this letter to the Democratic National Committee. The letter from Jen O’Malley Dillon -- obviously a form letter prepared for emailing to countless Citizens X for or against ObamaCare -- is reprinted in italics in its entirety following my response to it. Dillon’s letter is as impersonally comforting and assuring as a spam notice that you have a fantastic amount of money sitting in an account with the Bank of Lagos, ready to be wire-transferred to your stateside checking account, if only you would send the undersigned your private banking details. My response does not attempt to counter or refute every assertion, charge, and lie in Dillon’s letter, just the more egregiously offensive statements."

  9. Sarah presents The Sculpture of Michael Wilkinson posted at Art, Love, & Philosophy.

  10. Paul Hsieh presents Health Rationing in Oregon posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "Will this be the future for the rest of the US?"

  11. Rational Jenn presents Encouragement vs Praise Update posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "This is a follow up to my post of last week, on the use of encouragement instead of praise with children. There's great discussion in the comments, too."

  12. Trey Givens presents Fun Tweets About Obama's Health Care Plan posted at Trey Givens, saying, "Barack Obama and his minions have launched websites and Twitter themes around their health care "reality checks" in which they continue to spin fictions around their government-funded health insurance pyramid scheme. In response, I sent some reality checks their way in 140 characters or less."

  13. Sylvia Bokor presents Capitalism vs the Welfare State: The Next Vote posted at Sylvia Bokor Comments.

  14. Jared Rhoads presents Letters to Congress posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "If you write to Congress, remember to tell them what you are for, not just what you are against."

  15. Bill Brown presents Review of Meltdown posted at The New Clarion, saying, "Review of "Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse" by Thomas Woods, Jr."

  16. Doug Reich presents Simplistic vs. Complexistic posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "A recent scientific revolt against climate alarmism and a psychological study of climate "deniers" provides an excellent example of the stark contrast between those who employ the scientific method and those who do not."

  17. Mike Zemack presents Potter's Revenge posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, ""It's a Wonderful Life"...or is it?"

  18. Doug Reich presents Obama's Scare Tactics through a Jaundiced Eye posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "The Left has been smearing opponents of the health care bill as an uninformed, irrational mob, while posing as rational expositors of Truth. In reality, it is precisely the opposite. There is a deeper philosophical explanation to this recurring use of the argument from intimidation."

  19. Gus Van Horn presents Switch and Pitch posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "President Obama's idea of allaying our fears over medical insurance 'reform' is to liken it to the Post Office!"

  20. Michael Labeit presents On the Mathematical Inadequacy and Parasitism of Socialism posted at Coroner's Bureau, saying, "Why socialism is an affront to logical/mathematical demonstration that depends, ironically, upon capitalism to survive."

  21. Although it wasn't submitted, I'm including a post from John Lewis titled The Health Care Bill: What HR 3200, "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009," Says posted at Principles in Practice. Lewis says in the post, "What does the bill, HR 3200, short-titled 'America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,' actually say about major health care issues? I here pose a few questions in no particular order, citing relevant passages and offering a brief evaluation after each set of passages."

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