Objectivist Roundup #123

Welcome to the November 19, 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 #123!

  1. Jared Rhoads presents Hello, I'm capitalism... posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "What if advocates of free market health reforms spoofed the Mac vs. PC television ads from Apple?"

  2. Avi Aharon presents Avi Aharon » The Objectivist state of Israel posted at Avi Aharon.

  3. Gus Van Horn presents (Non-)Buyer's Remorse posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Sramana Mitra fails her own multiple-choice question on the way to inadvertently admitting that she never really understood Ayn Rand."

  4. Myrhaf presents Ayn Rand the Valuer posted at The New Clarion.

  5. Jim Woods presents Identification of Terrorism is Productive posted at Words by Woods, saying, "Pipes' pragmatic attempt to discount identifying the Ft. Hood attack as an instance of terrorism would result in not making the necessary policy response."

  6. Ari Armstrong presents Outlawing Low-Priced Books Robs Your Wallet and Freedom posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "Why the American Booksellers Association is wrong to seek antitrust action against competitors."

  7. Paul Hsieh presents Mafia-Style Health Insurance posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "The Washington Examiner has published my latest health care OpEd, "Mafia-Style Health Insurance: An Offer You Can't Refuse"."

  8. Diana Hsieh presents Earth First Cries over Trees posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Can tree-hugging environmentalists get any more ridiculous? I hope not."

  9. Guillermo Pineda presents On the 50th. Anniversary of Atlas Shrugged – the John Galt speech video-dramatization posted at Homo Homini Lupus.

  10. Benjamin Skipper presents The Case for Long-Term Optimism posted at Benpercent, saying, "There is still reason to be optimistic about the future despite the grim probability of the medical industry being taken over in a few short months."

  11. Rational Jenn presents Non-Punitive Discipline Keeps Me Honest posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "In a situation where I was tempted to use punitive parenting to get my kids to do what I wanted, I instead expressed my selfish needs to them in a calm honest way--and got more cooperation. Not only did I get what I was after, I was treating them in the exact way I want them to treat me and other rational humans (young and old)."

  12. Doug Reich presents Oy...Again with the Desert Island posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "My simple parable could teach Nobel Prize winning economists why wealth depends on production - not the creation of phony pieces of paper"

  13. Sylvia Bokor presents "A repbulic if you can keep it." posted at Sylvia Bokor Comments.

  14. Jason Stotts presents Majority of Americans Against Governmental Healthcare posted at Erosophia, saying, "Recent polls showing that Americans no longer approve of governmental healthcare, but does this mean anything to the very same politicians who said they were advancing healthcare because the people demanded it?"

  15. Doug Reich presents Why the Pelosi Plan Will Kill People... for Dummies posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Another roundup of some excellent articles exposing the deadly consequences of the Pelosi plan along with my simple synopsis of health care economics"

  16. Daniel presents Feynman's Father posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "Richard Feynman was a scientist who approached his subject with infectious curiosity and wonder. Feynman often attributed his approach to the world to the lessons he learned from his father growing up. Presented here are three such lessons."

  17. Joseph Kellard presents With Freedom Comes Responsibility: Part II posted at The American Individualist. saying, "Please consider my submission to be included in the next Objectivist Roundup.

  18. Stephen Bourque presents Just Take the Blue Pill, Lady posted at One Reality, saying, "The Obama administration is setting the stage for rationing medical services."

  19. Doug Reich presents The New Deal 2.0: An Old Contradiction posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Modern leftists overtly recycle New Deal policies to confront the economic crisis including this peach - paying employees to work less."

That concludes Objectivist Roundup #123. Next week's host will be Rational Jenn. 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.

1 comment:

Martin Lindeskog said...

Great carnival!

I am starting a new carnival on November 28. It is called #GoodThing in Life Carnival & Chat. This first edition will be dedicated to the Thanksgiving in Jamestown, Virginia. Please read my post, Blog Carnival, for more information.