Welcome to the April 10, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! Our 38th edition. Cool.
Ari Armstrong presents Affirmative Action: Vandenberg Challenges Connerly posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "An initiative to end affirmative action in Colorado has been challenged by a 'progressive' group. Even though the story got national publicity, the allegations against petitioners are, for the most part, bogus."
Paul Hsieh presents Economics Lessons From the First Thanksgiving posted at NoodleFood. The Pilgrims believed, in the words of William Bradford, Plymouth Bay Colony's first governor, "that the taking away of property, and bringing in community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing." It turns out that they were more productive and hard-working when they were permitted to work their own land and to use the results of their industry as they saw fit. Imagine that!
C. August presents Book Review: The Baroque Cycle posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "Here's a change of pace. Check out my book (series) review of some brilliant historical novels that take place during The Enlightenment." I'm currently reading the second book in the trilogy and I enthusiastically second his recommendation.
Gus Van Horn presents Of Ribbons and Wristbands posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "See that hippie? Wonder what that ribbon she's wearing stands for? She might not know, either -- not that it really matters, anyway!" But at least she looks mahvelous!
Edward Cline presents The New Pyramid Builders posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Ancient Egyptian kings and pharaohs built over ninety pyramids to house them at death. The new pyramid builders seek to bury the corpse of the West in their own. No one should doubt that Islam - including its kings, emirs, princes, mullahs, imams, its billionaires, its countless mind-stunted manqués, and its homicidal killers - wishes to eviscerate the West, and especially the U.S."
The new issue of The Undercurrent is out! (I received my big old box a few days ago, for distribution to a local university--a worthwhile OActivist type of undertaking, incidentally.) We're pleased to include some of their latest articles in this carnival!
Guy Barnett (writer for the Undercurrent) presents Girls Gone Mild posted at The Undercurrent Blog, saying, "This post examines the false alternative regarding sex presented in a recent New York Times article."
Laura Mazer presents Bad Science for Worse Philosophy: The "Ruthlessness" Gene posted at The Undercurrent Blog, saying, "This post examines the methodology and underlying philosophy of a recent study alleging a genetic basis for the trait of ruthlessness. The study received wide (and positive) press, including being featured in the prestigous journal "Nature"."
The Editors present The profit motive on trial: A look at the famous Raymond Dirks insider trading case posted at The Undercurrent Blog, saying, "This post examines a famous insider trading case and argues that it is the profit motive itself that insider trading laws are designed to penalize."
Dan Edge presents Praise Big Pharma posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The latest issue of the Undercurrent is now up. The issue includes a piece defending Big Pharma against its critics (linked), a piece investigating the nature of insider trading laws, a piece defending stem cell research, and a piece explaining and testifying to value of the Ayn Rand Institute's Objectivist Academic Center."
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