Thursday, May 15, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #44!

Welcome to the May 15, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up. No, really, it's the 44th edition. Honest!

Flibbert presents Ignorance is Tiresome posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "I'm in Kansas City this week (Remember the last time the carnival came up and I was here?) so I figured I'd submit this one early.

NPR covered Ayn Rand and her influence on our culture recently. Their coverage is predictably disappointing and spotty, but I took a sort of meta approach and observed the anti-Rand comments that came into the site.

The bottom line is that a lot of people on the internet are dreadfully silly and not worth engaging in serious discussion." Agreed!

Cogito presents Writing to Your Audience in Academia posted at Cogito's Thoughts, saying, "This post highlights an issue I run into frequently, especially now that finals are so soon: Who is your intended audience in graded academic work? I don't have an exact answer yet, so comments are greatly appreciated!"

Paul Hsieh presents FAQ on Free Market Health Insurance posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "What would health insurance look like in a free market? Who would pay for patients who needed care, but couldn't get insurance coverage? Is there a social obligation to subsidize the health care for those who can't afford it? Is the free market too harsh and Darwinian? These questions and more are covered in this FAQ from Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine."

Ari Armstrong presents Politics Imposes External Harms posted at, saying, "Externalities do not justify tax subsidies."

Paul McKeever presents Lobbying for Death posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "All of the good feelings in the world won’t allow someone to survive."

Paul McKeever presents The One Way to Defeat a Rational Argument posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "Your enemies are those who want to believe that if we all just agree, or pass a law, or point a gun, we can change the facts of reality concerning man’s method of surviving and pursuing happiness."

C. August presents 7a History, 5th Period, May 1937 posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "Some lighter fare this week... a look at one young girl's pop quiz answers from 1937, and what the results were in the days before grade inflation."

Myrhaf presents '70s Dance Songs I Like posted at Myrhaf.

Edward Cline presents The Grave Robbers posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "As we mark the 100th anniversary of James Bond creator Ian Fleming's birth, one can't but notice the downright hijacking of his literary creation."

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Paul McKeever said...

We, the Peoples' Popular Front for the Protection and Human Rights of the Number 43, hereby complain that 43 has been discriminated against;

TO WIT: that on the 15th Day of the 5th month of the 2008th Year of Our Self-Deception one "Rational Jenn", the Respondent to this Complaint, did post as "Objectivist Round Up #44 the 44th Objectivist Round Up, having named the prior Round Up #42.

The Complainant asserts that the Respondent has created a Poisoned Environment for Primes, and that she was motivated by a deep-seated dislike for George Dubya, the 43rd President of the United States, such that she is anti-American, anti-apple-pie, and anti-Ricky-Bobby.

The Complainant asserts that the Respondent egregiously has violated the Complainant's right to be the name of the 44th Round Up, and reminds the Tribunal that truth is no defence.

The Complainant respectfully requests that the Respondent be required to take sensitivity training and to name Objectivist Round-up 45 "Objectivist Round-up #47", thereby redressing the systemic, long-standing historical Divisism in society which is evidenced by non-Prime majority.

Signed, the Peoples' Popular Front for the Protection and Human Rights of the Number 43
per: Paul McKeever

Rational Jenn said...


I plead the 35th (or is it the 34th?) week of pregnancy. It's my only defense.

Paul McKeever said...

Damn it Jim. She played the trump card! Settle now, or just drop the complaint!