Thursday, March 06, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #34

Welcome to the March 6, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up. Get ready for some top notch Objectivist posts from the last week.

We begin this edition with two posts about the passing of William F. Buckley, Jr. Edward Cline presents The Philosophic Postmortem of William F. Buckley, Jr. posted at The Rule of Reason.

And Craig Ceely presents William F. Buckley, Jr: Rest in Perdition posted at The Anger of Compassion. Craig writes, "William F. Buckley, Jr. died last week and, like Francisco Franco, he is still dead. How should the man who commissioned the most infamous review of Atlas Shrugged be remembered? Just as you'd think."

T Ellis presents Ben Elton Interview - Worth A Quick Look posted at evanescent, saying, "A short interesting video clip from British writer and satirist Ben Elton on today's culture, with comments from me. Elton isn't an Objectivist but what he says totally resonates with Ayn Rand's philosophy. Notice the comparison between reason and emotionalism."

Ari Armstrong presents Will the 'Wall' Fall? posted at, saying, "Troy Eid -- a U.S. Attorney appointed by President Bush -- argues for a weak interpretation of the "establishment" clause. I quote an opposing view and argue against Eid." Rather scary stuff, coming from a US Attorney.

Gus Van Horn presents The Impostor Syndrome posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "There can be many reasons for being unable to form an objective evaluation of one's own abilities, but I suspect that the fallout from bad philosophy, particularly as applied to education, is almost always involved." I would agree. Which is more important--being super-smart, or being able to apply the smarts you have to solving problems and achieving your values? Focusing on intelligence alone as intrinsically "good" sends a confusing message to kids, perhaps robbing them of the ability to develop their minds in such a way that they can set goals based on their values and work productively to achieve them. But don't believe me--go read Gus.

Flibbert presents Stop Circumcision! posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying " This week, I didn't have much in the way of substantive posts, but I did make this YouTube video about how I'm totally against circumcision. It's my most commented upon video and it's my most commented upon post of late. I guess people like penises. Apparently, either you have one and you like it or you like the ones other people have or both. Who knew!?" Well, I suspected!

LATE BREAKING UPDATE! (Sorry about leaving this off the first time)
Gideon presents The Islamist Entanglement at The Armchair Intellectual, which is his review of the first lecture of Scott Powell's Islamist Entanglement lecture series. I'm one of Gideon's classmates for this program. We had our second class last night. I'm enjoying it very much. Interesting, informative, highly recommended.

That concludes this week's edition. May you have a happy, productive week pursuing your values! (And may this nationwide flu nastiness go away soon.)

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Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Hi, Jenn,

Although I am clearly not an Objectivist--at least with a capital "O"-- I have been enjoying this carnival through your posts.

Have a good week. I hope the weather is GA is better than it is here in the Central Mountains of NM!

Rational Jenn said...

Hey there! I'm glad you've enjoyed the Objectivist carnivals. There's always plenty of thought-provoking posts. It's nice to hear that it appeals to non-Objectivists as well!

The weather--wow--it's SPRING here! And we're actually getting rain. Bit different from your neighborhood--your pictures are beautiful! Love the one with the puppy all chest-deep in snow.