Objectivist Roundup #118

Welcome to the October 15, 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 #118!

  1. Roberto Sarrionandia presents On Peace posted at Tito's Blog, saying, "A post on the cause of peace - and its betrayal by modern politics."

  2. Ifat Glassman presents Values without a valuer posted at Psychology of Selfishness.

  3. Stella presents The good news and the bad news posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Insurers finally speak out against healthcare "reform" -- but they need to make the moral argument, not the practical one."

  4. Trey Givens presents Bones to Pick posted at Trey Givens, saying, "I was watching Bones and the writers did another one of their all-too-typical nods to mysticism. This is my rant."

  5. Kelly Elmore presents Classical Education: An Optional Value posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This post examines my reasons for believing that a classical education, though it might be really great, is not necessarily the best kind of education for every student. The focus is on college level work, but I think this has applications for children as well."

  6. Paul Hsieh presents The Price of A Life in Massachusetts posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "Massachusetts health care moves one step closer towards explicit rationing. Do we really want this for the rest of the country?"

  7. Jason Stotts presents On Marijuana posted at Erosophia, saying, "Some thoughts on the the reasonableness of the prohibition on marijuana."

  8. Stephen Bourque presents Dennis Prager: If There Is No God, Part 10 posted at One Reality, saying, "It is plainly not true that without God, there is 'little to inspire people to create inspiring art.'"

  9. Doug Reich presents Blogs Under Attack By Our Choice Architect posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Internet freedom and more broadly, freedom of speech, is under attack and the government's arguments bear the horrifying philosophical fingerprint of an old nemesis, Cass Sunstein a.k.a. the "choice architect"."

  10. Brian Phillips presents Principles, Propositions, and Property Rights posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "When an individual abandons principles he approaches each issue in isolation from other issues. He has no way to integrate or connect seemingly separate issues, and deals with each on a case-by-case basis. The resulting conclusions are often contradictory, as evidenced by two recent editorials in the Chronicle that take contradictory positions on property rights."

  11. Edward Cline presents The Ignoble Nobel Peace Prize posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "One searches in vain through the whole list of Nobel Peace Prize winners from 1901 to the present for a single laureate whose work measurably advanced the cause of peace. Why? The "peace" pined for is essentially a Kantian concept. It is disconnected from reality. Work for peace, urges the Committee, even if your efforts are spoiled by war and conflict. Peace is good for its own sake. Work for peace as though you wished it to become a maxim, a moral rule."

  12. Grant Jones presents Genocide in Sudan: It's the Jihad posted at The Dougout, saying, "Simon Deng, guest speaker at Kansas State University, tells his story of being enslaved by Arabs and the ongoing genocide/Jihad in southern Sudan."

  13. Ari Armstrong presents Media Panel: Discussion Continues posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "I joined a media panel also attended by the Denver Post's Greg Moore and others."

  14. Dan Edge presents Letter to Media Announcing Prelim posted at The Edge of Reason, saying, "My preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 15 @ 3:00pm at the Greenville Municipal Court (426 N. Main St)."

  15. Doug Reich presents Sacred Scriptures of the Human Race posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "The brilliant 19th century orator, Robert G. Ingersoll, provides an eloquent reminder of why religion is antithetical to liberty and human happiness."

  16. Greg Perkins presents The Irony, It Burns posted at NoodleFood, saying, "A recent PJTV commentary registers outrage at the deification of Obama, at the sacrilege of any comparison of him to a Christlike Savior. And indeed it is dangerous to give up our independent understanding and follow authority as if we live in some sort of yes-we-can world where believing makes it so -- yet conservatives miss the painfully obvious application of their criticism to the religious outlook itself."

  17. Myrhaf presents Secrets and Revelations posted at Myrhaf, saying, "This one is about fiction writing."

  18. Galileo Blogs presents Stealing the Commanding Heights posted at Galileo Blogs, saying, "The government's subsidies, guarantees against default, and promiscuously cheap credit created an atmosphere in which private bankers were rewarded for taking excessive risks, and made to look like suckers if they prudently restrained themselves. Yet the government blames the bankers for this mess and now wants to control their pay."

  19. Jason Stotts presents My First Nude Beach posted at Erosophia, saying, "A short essay about my first experience at a nude beach."

  20. Jim Woods presents Evaluating Teacher Proficiency posted at Words by Woods, saying, "Jump starting flat student math scores requires testing the teachers."

  21. Doug Reich presents Iran Builds Bomb, America Bombs Moon, Obama Gets Prize posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "The real reason Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and why it will lead to war."

  22. Finally, I present Stop Thinking You're So Great, a brief look at an op-ed that perfectly describes the views driving Obama's need to apologize for America.

That concludes Objectivist Roundup #118. Next week's host will be The Rule of Reason. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

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