Objectivist Roundup #139

Welcome to the March 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 #139!

  1. Rachel Miner presents Autism Experience posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "I share the experience of discovering the thinking challenges my son faced and first learning about their label, autism. He has progressed so much in the last three years, that I can look with some fascination at how he dealt with epistemological issues like concrete thinking and scripted language. It was quite painful at the time though and I found this post difficult to write."

  2. Joseph Kellard presents The Virtue of … Objectivist “Proselytizing” posted at The American Individualist, saying, "s true, the first time I did any face-to-face Objectivist "proselytizing," I didn't even have to leave my house."

  3. Stephen Bourque presents Leftists and Evangelicals Make Excellent Bedfellows posted at One Reality, saying, "'Liberals' and conservatives agree on one thing: all men ought to live their lives in servitude to the needy."

  4. Trey Givens presents John Kerry Laughs in the Face of Pink Blood Threat! posted at Trey Givens, saying, "Last week a number of gay blogs re-reported the news that John Kerry and others have called upon the FDA to re-evaluate the prohibition against homosexuals donating blood. As a homosexual who once enjoyed donating, I've argued against this prohibition myself. But with this announcement and at the risk of being seen as contrary, I re-evaluated that argument. It's not complete nonsense, but there's a far more insidious force at work here."

  5. Diana Hsieh presents NoodleCast Video #1: Hope and Change posted at NoodleFood, saying, "My first experiment with video: a short speech given to Liberty Toastmasters."

  6. Earl Parson presents Presidential Hypocracy posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "I was outraged when I heard a soundbite on the radio of the President saying "...because nothing should get in the way of a family and its doctor.""

  7. Tom Stelene presents An Armed Society Means Moral Progress posted at The Audacity of Independence.

  8. Rob Abiera presents Capitalism and utilities posted at The Morality War, saying, "My letter to the editor advocating for a free market in utilities."

  9. Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh OpEd at PJM: Can the Moral 'Narrative' of ObamaCare Be Defeated?" posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "ObamaCare must be opposed at the moral level, not just the economic or procedural levels."

  10. Grant Jones presents Congress: Deconstructing America Piece by Piece posted at The Dougout, saying, "Taking time from the busy schedule of destroying America, Congress submits to a harbinger of the Dark Ages."

  11. Roderick Fitts presents Prerequisites for Understanding Bacon's Induction Part 2: Scholastic Natural Philosophy posted at Inductive Quest, saying, "A discussion of Bacon's view of the Scholastics and the philosophy they endorsed, that of Aristotle. Essential reading for understanding Bacon's "Novum Organum.""

  12. Kelly Elmore presents First Gardening Day of the Spring posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This post details our first spring gardening tasks, including a new method for making vegetable beds with minimal work that I am trying this year."

  13. Stella presents Oh yeah, that's insane, all right. posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "ReasonPharm is back from a bit of a hiatus, with this post pointing out the real problem with a proposed salt ban (!) in NY state restaurants."

  14. Rational Jenn presents Opposing Georgia State Senate Bill 132 posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "This post contains the letter I wrote to my state Senator concerning a proposal to raise the minimum compulsory school attendance age in Georgia from 16 to 17. The state (any state!) has no business interfering with, controlling, or dictating the terms for one more year in the lives of each Georgia child. It's a disastrous idea from start to finish."

  15. Ari Armstrong presents Stop the 'Amazon Tax!' posted at Free Colorado, saying, "Extensive analysis of Colorado's "Amazon Tax" and why it is unjust."

  16. Sandi Trixx presents On Unemployment Benefits posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "Two recent posts on unemployment benefits inspired by Krugman's theory that said benefits decrease unemployment."

  17. Jeff Montgomery presents Chicago Lakes Winter Hike posted at Fun With Gravity, saying, "This one's about a recent winter hike near Mount Evans in Colorado. Calling all armchair hikers!"

  18. Jim Woods presents A Republican Gallatin? posted at Words by Woods, saying, "Jefferson's Sec. of Treasury Albert Gallatin provides a role model for transforming American politics through advocating and then implementing limited government."

That concludes Objectivist Roundup #139. To participate in next week's roundup, submit your blog article using our carnival submission form.

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Earl3d said...

Thanks for hosting this week!

Anonymous said...

Dittos on a great job.