Objectivist Roundup #131

Welcome to the January 14, 2010 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 #131!

  1. Burgess Laughlin presents What if other philosophers had been novelists too? posted at Making Progress, saying, "A novel demonstrates its author's philosophy, whether he holds it explicitly or implicitly. Ayn Rand demonstrated her philosophy, Objectivism, in her novels. What would have been the nature of novels by the three earlier primary philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, and Kant)?"

  2. Rachel Miner presents Tool Box: The Movie Freeze Game & Body Language Dictionary posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "Two tools to bring out the richness of social situations which have provided me lots of joyful moments."

  3. Mike Zemack presents Aborting "CO2 Machines" posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, "Here is a brief perspective on the recent EPA ruling regulating CO2, including how it relates to issues such as the "pro-life" drive to legally ban abortion."

  4. Gus Van Horn presents River Boat Epistemology posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Gus Van Horn plays Texas Hold'em for fun and profit."

  5. John Drake presents The Concepts of Data and Information posted at Try Reason!, saying, "In this post, I explain an integration of the concepts of data and information terms of Objectivist's Epistemology."

  6. Ottens presents Capitalism Under Persecution posted at Atlantic Sentinel, saying, "Defenders of capitalism have become scarce and capitalism itself, a forgotten ideal."

  7. Paul Hsieh presents Where U.S. Health Care Ranks Number One posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "In the political fight over health care, it's too easy to get lost in the negative. Here's a reminder of the positive values that we should be fighting for."

  8. Ari Armstrong presents Avatar: Cinematic History, 'Matrix for Hippies' posted at AriArmstrong.com, saying, "Avatar is, ironically, a technological marvel that rails against technology."

  9. Trey Givens presents Lottery Insurance posted at Trey Givens, saying, "This is another one of my Government Health Insurance posts. I just think health insurance is a real buzz kill and since it's regarded as unfair that some people get terribly ill and can't pay to keep themselves well, I also think it's unfair that I am not fabulously wealthy. Therefore, why doesn't the government step in to help me win the lottery?!"

  10. Amy Mossoff presents A Little Thing posted at The Little Things, saying, "A brief explanation of why my blog is called The Little Things."

  11. Stella presents Nanny city: A salt on our rights posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Not content with taking away trans fats and mandating calorie counts, NYC's mayor wants to cut salt out of New Yorkers' diets -- for all that he doesn't follow such a diet himself."

  12. Tom Utley presents South Carolina Freedom Rally - Jan 9 2010 posted at It's My Blog, saying, "There was a modest freedom rally in Columbia, SC on Jan 9th, 2010 and here are some pictures and commentary on the event."

  13. John McVey presents What I have been doing lately posted at John J McVey, saying, "Say something like "He's been having fun with power tools recently.""

  14. Beth Haynes presents Do American's pay more for their healthcare? posted at Wealth is not the Problem, saying, "Per capita healthcare expenditures or measurements of %GDP spent on healthcare are inadequate and misleading measures of the full cost of healthcare decisions."

  15. Diana Hsieh presents Not Unintended Consequences posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The nasty consequences of government programs to prevent foreclosures should not be described as "unintended.""

  16. Stephen Bourque presents One Reality: The Withdrawal of a Sanction? posted at One Reality, saying, "Is it possible that Google is withdrawing its implicit support of the Chinese government for moral reasons?"

  17. C.W. presents Inflation Watch: Early 2010 posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Maybe this period will be known as the grand pause, but it just seems that everyone and many markets are just waiting to see what is going to happen. We know it probably won't be good."

  18. Kelly Elmore presents Books for the New Year posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This is my end of the year book review - what I will be reading next and stats on what I read in 2009. I'm submitting it to the carnival because I would like to talk with other Objectivists about what they are reading."

That concludes Objectivist Roundup #131. Next week's host will be Erosophia. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

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Jenn Casey said...

Thanks for being a Host of Awesomeness!

clay barham said...
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C. August said...

Note: I have deleted the ramblings of Clay Barham, who somehow equates Objectivism and rational self-interest with the Christian faith. I won't link to his site because I refuse to promote him in any way, but I'm sure you can judge his ideas for yourself through a Google search.

He has been spamming Objectivist blogs lately, promoting some book he has written. Such things have no place on my blog.