Objectivist Roundup #126

Welcome to the December 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 #126!

  1. Noah Stahl presents A Lack of Judgment posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "What are the consequences of refusing to morally judge others?"

  2. Sylvia Bokor presents The Goal of Government Health Care posted at Sylvia Bokor Comments.

  3. Bill Brown presents Opening the Climategates posted at The New Clarion, saying, "Unlike the mainstream media, I can't ignore what the Climategate emails are telling me."

  4. Jasmine presents Dr Andrew Bernstein speaks on UNC Campus posted at Rational Education, saying, "features part 1 Q & A video from Dr Andrew Bernstein's lecture on "Religion versus Morality" on UNC Chapel Hill campus last week."

  5. Gus Van Horn presents A Very Good Deal for Society posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Saving money is not an end in itself, and forcing me to do so is wrong."

  6. Stephen Bourque presents Dennis Prager: If There Is No God, Part 14 posted at One Reality, saying, "In this, the final installment of my Prager series, Kolya says, "If there were no God He would have to be invented.""

  7. Diana Hsieh presents The Flow of the Kindle posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Why the "Heraclitean stream of words" on a Kindle prevents me from using it for serious reading."

  8. Avi Aharon presents Avi Aharon » Defending the objectivist state of Israel posted at Avi Aharon.

  9. Rational Jenn presents Discipline Without Rewards posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "I explain why we do not use reward systems to encourage our kids to do certain things or behave in a certain way. There's some interesting discussion in the comments, too."

  10. Amy Mossoff presents Reward Systems posted at The Little Things, saying, "This is a response to Rational Jenn's Discipline without Rewards, a discussion on whether rewards are an appropriate parenting tool. Jenn says no, I say sometimes."

  11. Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh LTE in WSJ on Climate Change posted at NoodleFood, saying, "My new personal record for LTE brevity (30 words!) in this letter printed by the Wall Street Journal."

  12. C.W. presents Inflation Watch Update posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "The entries on this blog are economic analysis from a free market and Objectivist postion. It is intended to both keep people informed as to what the government is doing with the money supply and other important economic issues and help them understand what may affect their own immediate welfare."

  13. Trey Givens presents How to Wear a Scarf and Worry Forever about Being Killed By It « Trey Givens posted at Trey Givens, saying, "For my post, I made a video showing various ways to wear a scarf. Why? Because I'm vain, it's that time of year, and because Colin asked me to."

  14. Peter Cresswell presents Not PC: Global Warming posted at Not PC, saying, "Not a post, so much as an ongoing series of posts on Global Warming and ClimateGate to mark the Copenhagen HopenChangen LovenHugIn. With spice."

  15. Brian Phillips presents Why I Can't Operate a Taxi in Houston posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "During this era of job losses and exorbitant government spending to "create" jobs, it is interesting to note the lengths to which government goes to prevent job creation. For example, it is virtually impossible to legally open a taxicab company in Houston."

  16. Edward Cline presents The Climate “Creationists” posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Global warming is a religion, not a science. The prospect of governing every action of every individual on the planet in the name of staving off “catastrophic climate change,” and charging especially the U.S. a fee for impoverishing it, makes belief in global warming as tenacious and anti-reason as the literal interpretation of the Bible is to a fundamentalist or evangelical holly-roller. The fraudsters and reivers have come too close to their goal of “world governance” to concede not only error, but the lies that sustained that error, as well. They want to rule, or at least see men ruled by others."

  17. Doug Reich presents Obama Open To Any Ideas to Create Jobs, Except Ideas that Will Create Jobs posted at The Rational Capitalist.

  18. [In Spanish] Guillermo Pineda presents Semana Copenhague y las lecciones de George Reisman del Mises Institute posted at Capitalismo, saying, "George Reisman was a member of Ayn Rand's group of discussion and later joined the Mises Institute. He's written many posts on environmentalism and the incentives behind this socialist movement."

  19. [In Spanish] Guillermo Pineda presents Una pinta de odio contra el Capitalismo posted at Homo Homini Lupus, saying, "A graffiti painted in Barcelona started this post. Afterwards, I comment on why I am a radical for capitalism and feel proud of it. (In Spanish)"

  20. [Not Objectivist, but interesting] Ottens presents Dean Rehabilitates Socialism posted at Atlantic Sentinel, saying, "Former DNC chairman Howard Dean declares that the debate about whether to “have” capitalism or socialism is over. “We are going to have both.” Socialism has held so many nations under oppression; it has condemned so many people to self-destruction and death that is almost unimaginable that an American of all people, a citizen of the very country that resisted socialism with reason and with force for half a century, should now champion it in blissful ignorance of its cruelties and hardships."

That concludes Objectivist Roundup #126. Next week's host will be Rational Jenn. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

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1 comment:

mike250 said...

the final link is interesting. Especially the dude who believes in "socialism light" and in the "evils" of unbridled capitalism. Sounds like a moderate who doesn't take "extremes". Unprincipled to the core.