Objectivist Roundup #152

Welcome to the June 10, 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.

Despite the wide range of topics, note that the posts 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 #152!

  1. C.W. presents Treasury Grab of Retirement Assets, Personal Consequences posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "More on the potential theft of your retirement accounts. The stock market will suffer severely. It is important to keep an eye on this issue."
  2. Rachel Miner presents Mommy School posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "This is a fun sharing of what I've done in the past for summer learning as I prepare for a very different summer to come."
  3. Diana Hsieh presents Explore Atlas Shrugged, Sessions 17 & 18 posted at Explore Atlas Shrugged, saying, "My latest podcast is an extra long double session on the chapter that contains Galt's Speech. I learned a ton from doing this podcast, and I hope my listeners learn tons from it too!"
  4. Paul Hsieh presents Today's Darwin Award Nominee posted at GeekPress, saying, "Don't try this at home! (From one of my ER patients.)"
  5. Edward Cline presents The Stalking Horses of “Delegitimization” posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "The organizers of the “Freedom Flotilla” thought they could shame Israel into lifting its blockade of Gaza by making it concede that the “humanitarian” supplies it carried in its various holds were indeed merely “humanitarian.” They are oblivious or indifferent, but mostly hostile, to the necessity of Israel needing to inspect those cargos for arms and military materiel being smuggled to the terrorist organization Hamas. Hamas does not so much govern Gaza’s 1.5 million people (aka “Palestinians”) as rules them with fear and an iron fist. It is repeated the world over that Israel “occupies” Gaza and is cruel and even “genocidal,” when in fact Hamas occupies Gaza and is cruel and has genocide in mind in its campaign to destroy Israel."
  6. Gideon Reich presents Activism: Israel Solidarity Rally in Los Angeles posted at Armchair Intellectual, saying, "Report from my participation in the Israel Solidarity Rally in front of the Los Angeles Israeli Consulate on June 6, 2010."
  7. Ari Armstrong presents Progress Against Racism posted at Free Colorado, saying, "Recent trends in interracial marriages mesh with a long history of overcoming racism."
  8. Kelly Elmore presents The Best Memory of my Life posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This post tells the story of my best moment, my best memory, a real event from my past that I would use as my answer if anyone asked me, "Who are you really?"."
  9. Jason Stotts presents Environmentalism is Responsible for the Gulf Oil Spill posted at Erosophia, saying, "Who's responsible for the Gulf Oil Spill? Environmentalism."
  10. Rational Jenn presents Parents and Kids and Money posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "How do you discuss the family finances with your kids? I think open and age-appropriate communication models your financial decision-making process, and can be beneficial to children. Check the comments, too--there's some additional discussion about saving for retirement versus college."
  11. Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore present Podcast #6: The Trader Principle posted at Cultivating the Virtues, saying, "In our sixth parenting podcast, we discuss helping children manage frustrations, Ayn Rand's idea of The Trader Principle, and tooth brushing tactics!"
  12. Mike Zemack presents The Coming Collision Between the Doctors and the State posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, "As ObamaCare nears, the statists have tipped their hand as to one of the means they will use for forcing recalcitrant doctors into obedient compliance with their dictates. But a rebellious medical profession has a secret weapon of their own if they choose to use it – what the statists apparently believe is their trump card, the government’s own licensure powers."
  13. Gene Palmisano presents Different Shade of Green « The Metaphysical Lunch posted at The Metaphysical Lunch.
  14. Jane Eisenhart presents The Moisture-Ridden House of Murdoch posted at Hometown Grotesque, saying, "This blog focuses on the transformative power of certain well-written books, in particular The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch. I examine aspects of Ego as they are presented in The Sea, the Sea and also discuss some of the effects of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged on me personally."
  15. Shea presents Quick Thoughts on Terms and Conditions posted at Shea's Blog, saying, "A short post about those annoying "I have read and agree to the terms and conditions" checkboxes and the moral requirement to actually read and agree."
  16. I present Turkey's Rapid Descent into Hell posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "How the actions of Turkey's government and their supposed opposition have them spiraling toward Islamic tyrrany."

That concludes Objectivist Roundup #152. 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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1 comment:

Jenn Casey said...

Thanks for hosting!!!