Thursday, July 24, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #54

Hello and welcome to Thursday! I'm pleased to bring you the 54th edition of the Objectivist Round Up, featuring the best posts of the week by your favorite Objectivist bloggers. Let's get right to it!

Darren Cauthon presents Radio royalty rates jumped? In comes the free market! posted at Darren Cauthon.

Paul McKeever presents NEW VIDEO - The Psychology of Green: The Death Cult of Zero Worship posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "This blog entry, and the video to which it refers, are an effort in philosophical detection. The upshot is that the green movement's beliefs are founded on philosophical beliefs that are a rationalization designed to combat painful emotions of guilt, fear, envy etc. Clearly, not every greenie is a person who neglects to think, or who otherwise experiences negative emotions, but the green movement provides non-thinkers with a turn-key operation for self-delusion and for an unwarranted soothing of "bad feelings"."

Guy Barnett presents Passing the Buck posted at The Undercurrent.

Burgess Laughlin presents The Cause of History: Ideas or Insults? posted at Making Progress, saying, "In the last few years, I have frequently examined many advocacy websites. One of my purposes was to identify the manner in which the authors made their points. In some weblogs, one element of style stands out: insults to opponents. These writers call their opponents names such as: nutbars, nutjobs, morons, cowards, idiots, goat herders, ragheads, and scum. Why do these writers use insults? What is the philosophy underlying this style of activism?"

Ari Armstrong presents How Obama Lost Another Vote posted at, saying, "Obama wants to infringe free speech, expand faith-based welfare, and impose involuntary servitude -- as well as massively expand government control over the economy."

Stephen Bourque presents The Parasitic Nature of Primitivism posted at One Reality.

Gus Van Horn presents HR 676 posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "If you don't want other people making your medical decisions for you, you should bone upon the latest attack against freedom in medicine."

C. August presents Man Dares to Invoke Property Rights in Vermont posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "This week I discuss skeletons, property rights, and the War of 1812, and a guy from Vermont swears at me. Good times."

Myrhaf presents George W. Bush, Man of Steel posted at Myrhaf, saying, "Here is a glance at Bush's recent cave-ins in foreign policy."

Paul Hsieh presents Why The Republicans Have Lost My Vote posted at NoodleFood, saying, "In this letter, I tell the local Republicans why the separation of church and state is important for me, and why it should be for them as well."

Nicholas Provenzo presents Five Great American Paintings (Part IV) posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "This post discusses "The Problem We All Live With," one of five paintings that I consider to be among American painter Norman Rockwell's greatest artistic achievements."

I hope you enjoyed this edition! I have enjoyed actually blogging today! :o)

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Darren said...

My article was actually shown in last week's Round-Up. I'm pretty sure I submitted it an hour or so after last week's deadline, though, but Diana was nice enough to post it anyway. I didn't mean to double-submit it, I just need to be more punctual. :)

Rational Jenn said...

Darren, you're absolutely right! And I even knew about it, too--I sent the notice to Diana, I think.

So you get to be in two in a row! Lucky you! :o)