Objectivist Roundup #113

Welcome to the September 10, 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 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.

And with that, I am pleased to present Objectivist Roundup #113!

  1. John Drake presents Dewey's wrong approach to education posted at Try Reason!, saying, "While in general, I am not a big fan of analyzing quotations out of context, one quote of Dewey's, whose educational philosophy I am familiar with, is packed full of philosophic assumptions. I look at some of flawed ideas supporting his statement."

  2. Rob Abiera presents What determines the size of government? posted at The Morality War, saying, "My comments regarding an editorial in my local paper which asserts that Americans are ready to debate the size of government."

  3. Brian Phillips presents Plato's War on Houston: From Zoning to "SmartCode", Part 1 posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "The Greek philosopher Plato died more than 2,300 years ago, yet he is waging war on Houston today. His ideas live on, made manifest in the myriad proposals to shape the city through government regulation and controls."

  4. Miranda Barzey presents Dealing with Emotions posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, "The cure for overwhelming emotion? Reason."

  5. Paul McKeever presents McKeever on McParland on Conservatives on Obama posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "if nothing else, perhaps you'll get a giggle out of the Jesus Obama image."

  6. Stephen Bourque presents The Treachery of Unintegrated Facts posted at One Reality, saying, "The young professional today righteously places a “Question Authority” bumper sticker next to the “Obama/Biden” label on the trunk of his hybrid car, blissfully unaware that he accepts every government directive and politically-correct norm without question."

  7. Trey Givens presents Caveman-Friendly Shepherd's Pie posted at Trey Givens, saying, "Autumn is coming to NYC and being tired of lighter fare, I decided it's time to find some comfort food for the winter. With that in mind, I made over a recipe for Shepherd's Pie to make it caveman friendly. It was delicious, cheap, and easy. Enjoy!"

  8. Dan Edge presents Adventures in Activism: A True Story of Protest, Arrest, and Release posted at The Edge of Reason, saying, "From the introduction:

    "The following is a chronicle of the events preceding, during, and after the downtown protest I organized against the “emergency” curfew ordinance – events which led to my arrest for "contributing to the delinquency of a minor.""

    I spent 17 hours in a detainment cell drunk tank to make this article happen, so read it or I'll turn all your minors into delinquent miners. It's long (8 pages, single-spaced), so check this out when you have time and buckle up!"

  9. Paul Hsieh presents Medical Alert: Women and Thigh Fractures posted at GeekPress, saying, "This is a change of pace from my usual blogging. Recent research shows that women taking certain commonly-prescribed medications for osteoporosis are apparently at increased risk for developing unusual femur (thigh bone) fractures. Click through for more information."

  10. Diana Hsieh presents Atlas Shrugged Reading Groups posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Colorado's Front Range Objectivism is starting up Atlas Shrugged Reading Groups. Come see what they're all about!"

  11. Jasmine presents I Protest posted at Rational Education, saying, "My protest is quite simply, because I am quite tired and fed up of making myself and my kids the guinea pigs of whatever new experiments the public schools can come up with, and force it on me. The latest President speech debate simply helped my resolve to speak out, that is all."

  12. Kelly Elmore presents Rasselas and Happiness posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This post is about Samuel Johnson's novel The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, Dr. Johnson's ideas about happiness (as expressed in this novel), and what that means to Objectivists."

  13. Rational Jenn presents Mythbusting: Ayn Rand, Mommies, and Children posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "I'm usually pretty amazed by those who attack Ayn Rand personally for somehow being against the Mommy profession and children in general. So I pulled together some of her own words that contradict that sentiment."

  14. Stella presents Pharmacists and their consciences posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Thoughts on a question answered in Dr. Peikoff's most recent Podcast."

  15. Edward Cline presents Barack Obama: Seducer of the Young posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "On September 8th, President Barack Obama addressed the nation's school children (from kindergarten up through high school), and, under the subterfuge of encouraging them study hard and become "the best they can be," slipped in the message that service to the country and sacrifice to others should be their primary motives."

  16. Roderick Fitts presents Inductive Quest: The Justification for Induction--Or Lack of It posted at Inductive Quest, saying, "a essay which discusses my reasons for thinking that induction doesn't have a justification, and doesn't need one. Hopefully, it shows an important point about the notion of justification."

  17. Gus Van Horn presents Well. He is from Hawaii... posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Barack Obama's Justice Department will be about as effective fighting against discriminatory law as the Republicans were in dismantling the welfare state."

  18. Doug Reich presents Literally Experiencing the Broken Window Fallacy posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Actually experiencing a broken window led me to the usual conclusion."

  19. C. August presents Van Jones: Plucking the Leaves but Leaving the Roots posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "One czar is gone, but because the conservatives aren't challenging the roots of the problem with principled, individual rights positions, more weeds will keep sprouting up."

  20. Doug Reich presents Inside a Bubble posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Today's Chinese-US economic relationship is remarkably similar to the US-British relationship of the 1920's which gave rise to the Great Depression."

That concludes Objectivist Roundup #113. Next week's host is Stella at ReasonPharm. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Rational Education said...

C August,

Thanks for hosting "Objectivist Roundup #113" and including my blog posting -I am excited at having my made this "first".

I made an error and should have sent in "I Protest" (title of the post) to follow presents and apologize for the mistake.


C. August said...

No worries. I just made the edit to your submission.