2.11.2010

Objectivist Roundup #135

Welcome to the February 11, 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 #135!



  1. Rachel Miner presents The idiom dictionary posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "A fun tool that helps brings the use of idioms into a child's grasp. I've been impressed with how often the lessons or component parts of idioms can be used as reference tools for a variety of otherwise unrelated explanations."

  2. C.W. presents Social Security, Medicare Update: Problems Start Now posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Now both Social Security and Medicare are drawing on their "Trust Funds", years before expectation. The recession has many consequences!"

  3. Jared Rhoads presents Health insurance reform posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Vote for health insurance reform... real health insurance reform!"

  4. Tod presents How to Decide What You Should Do With Your Life posted at A Blog by Tod, saying, "With Ayn Rand's Benevolent Universe premise as a starting point, I discuss various ways to answer one of the tough questions: What Should I Do With My Life?"

  5. Miranda Barzey presents Rewards of Baby Signs posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, "A quick summary and defense of using sign language with young hearing children to improve vocabulary and communication with parents. Includes a 15 starter sign tutorial by yours truly!"

  6. Andy Clarkson presents Free Beer! posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "No, the title doesn't mean that I'm buying. Rather, it is a call for economic and political freedom in the beer industry. That is, it should be free of any political help or hindrance. That is the mostly implicit, but occasionally explicit message of the film "Beer Wars" on Netflix Watch Instantly."

  7. Rob Abiera presents My LTE in the Tulsa World posted at The Morality War, saying, "This was my response to a local religious leader's claim that the "pioneer spirit" was the product of faith."

  8. Cogito presents SEE: Introducing the Science, Engineering, and Epistemology Podcast (Plus Statistics!) posted at Cogito's Thoughts, saying, "This is the first episode of my new podcast, SEE. I introduce the podcast, and then I talk about the epistemological underpinnings of hypothesis testing with statistics."

  9. Sandi Trixx presents Greenspan Denies His Role in Financial Crisis posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "When I first read Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal in 1999 I was struck by the name of one of the contributors: Alan Greenspan."

  10. Ifat Glassman presents Good looks as a rational value posted at Psychology of Selfishness, saying, "A physical beauty to match a beautiful character reflects spiritual perfection in physical form and integrates them (as I explain in the essay in more detail). This integration between the spiritual and the physical is a cognitive need that comes from the nature of our mind as holding knowledge abstractly.
    Investing in one's good looks is a way to celebrate one's value with others."

  11. Diana Hsieh presents Science Contaminated by Government posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The objectivity of science is corrupted by government involvement, leaving ordinary people with no idea of what's dogma and what's truth."

  12. Mike Zemack presents In Defense of Special Interests - and the Constitution posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, "The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the free speech "rights" of "special interests" (corporations and unions) was really a blow for individual rights."

  13. Sandi Trixx presents Israel Blamed for Defending Itself posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "All blood shed in war is on the hands of the aggressor."

  14. Paul Hsieh presents Filibuster For Me But Not For Thee posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "The so-called "paralysis" caused by the filibuster is not a bug, it's a *feature*."

  15. Alyssa Smudzin presents Music and the Mind posted at Sanguinity.

  16. Kelly Elmore presents Update on my Progress: Connection Before Correction posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "Here is an update on how my resolve to use "Connection Before Correction" went."

  17. Jason Stotts presents Dr. Tiller Was Murdered posted at Erosophia, saying, "A brief analysis of the Dr. Tiller murder trial and some thoughts on abortion."

  18. Rational Jenn presents The X Factor in Parenting posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "The problem with viewing the role of parents as primarily one of "molding" the child is that sometimes the "clay" has other ideas, due to temperament traits and free will. Sometimes I need to remind myself about that!"

  19. Ari Armstrong presents Free Liquor Stores from Prohibition-Era Rules posted at Free Colorado, saying, "By CO law, liquor stores are forbidden from opening chains, selling food, etc."

  20. Julia Campbell presents Broccoli, Cheddar, & Garlic Quiche posted at the crankin' kitchen!, saying, "A yummy quiche recipe, continuing to be Paleo-friendly!"

  21. Tod presents Who Does Your Thinking? posted at A Blog by Tod.






That concludes Objectivist Roundup #135. Next week's host will be Lynne at 3 Ring Binder. Submit your blog article to the Objectivist Roundup using our carnival submission form.

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2 comments:

ClayBarham said...
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