Thursday, September 25, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #63

Welcome to the September 25, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.

This week's round up includes some great insights and analyses written by authors who are animated by Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. According to Ayn Rand:

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.
For more information about Ayn Rand and Objectivism, please visit the Ayn Rand Institute or the new Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

Peter Cresswell presents Just scratching a living in a Pacific paradise posted at Not PC, saying, "It should be a Pacific paradise, and for most tourists that's what Fiji is, but a numbing cocktail of indigenous rights, paternalistic government, a 'coup culture' and a medieval system of land tenure has made it far less desirable for most residents. But there might be hope on the horizon ..."

UPDATE: Oh argh. Blog Carnival is nothing if not terribly inconsistent. The above post was included in last weeks' carnival, so you get to see it twice! In addition, NotPC sent the following post this week, so enjoy:

Peter Cresswell presents 'Is the phenomenenal disconnected from the noumenal ... ?' at Not PC.
"Who knew that the world's most destructive philosopher appears to be alive and well and apparently flourishing ... in Fiji?"

Khartoum presents Freedom Or Public Good - Deciding The Evaluative Primary. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "Another classic case which once again shows the inability of all legislators all over the world to grasp the causal link of freedom, which as a secondary consequence leads to real “public good”."

Rational Ryan presents The Iranian Ultimatum: Suicide or Genocide. posted at The Dirty Kuffar, saying, "Israel has been offered a choice by the hordes of radical Muslims and their Far Left and Right counterparts: the choice is either to capitulate yourself, or be annihilated."

Diana Hsieh presents The Proper Subservience of Christian Women posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Some evangelicals reject Sarah Palin -- for all the wrong reasons: based on scripture, they hold that a woman's place is in the home, with her children, not exercising authority over men. Hello, Dark Ages!"

The Editors at The Undercurrent present The Value of Atlas Shrugged posted at The Undercurrent.

C. August presents Ahmadinejad's Useful Idiots posted at Titanic Deck Chairs.

Ari Armstrong presents Amendment 48 Updates posted at, saying, "While many people oppose Amendment 48, which would define a fertilized egg as a person in Colorado's constitution, few oppose it for principled reasons."

K. M. presents Sustainability of Capitalism - Applied Philosophy - 4 posted at Applying philosophy to life, saying, "A defense of free markets and an analysis of capitalism's sustainability"

Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh OpEd on Employer Insurance Mandate posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Here is my latest OpEd in the Rocky Mountain News opposing a proposal to force businesses to purchase health insurance for their employees."

Galileo Blogs presents The One Minute Case for Stock Shorting posted at Galileo Blogs, saying, "There is a lot of confusion about stock shorting. Bad policies such as banning it have been underwritten by economic ignorance. Here is my "one minute" effort to bring bring light to the discussion."

Brian Phillips presents Texas Open Beaches Act, Part 2 posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "Sunday's Houston Chronicle addresses the Texas Open Beaches Act and its possible application to areas devastated by Hurricane Ike. The debate has already begun as to what will and will not be allowed, though it may be a year before a final decision is made."

Brandon Byrd presents Who Wants a Bailout? posted at NoodleFood.

Adam Reed presents Religion is the Marxism of the 21st Century posted at Born to Identify.

Greg Zeigerson presents My Personal Happy Anniversary posted at Zigory, saying, "Sorry if this is late. It's about my meeting with Ayn Rand 30 years ago."

C. August presents Capitalism and the Abortion Debate posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "During the heated debates over the past week about a woman's moral right to choose abortion, a number of people have asked, "Why is the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism talking about abortion at all? What does that have to do with capitalism?" This is a reasonable question, and as CAC's newest blogger, I answer it."

Nicholas Provenzo presents The Fundamental Right to Abortion posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "In affirming a woman's absolute right to abort an unwanted fetus, it seems I have triggered the wrath of the anti-abortion lynch mob if the recent death threats in my inbox are any indication. Such is life when confronting the morally ignorant with their irrationality, yet all their "pro-life" death threats aside, the fact remains: a woman has the unqualified moral right to abort a fetus she carries inside her in accordance with her own judgment."

Nicholas Provenzo presents Pet Your Little Zygote ... Knock Yourself Out posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Our dear conservative freinds at the National Review pointed out that I had some catchy one-liners when I was on the Laura Ingraham Show today, including one that they felt might make a good T-Shirt.

Might? You just can't let inspiration like that pass you by. It is my honor to present to you the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism's First Ever T-Shirt, the "Pet Your Little Zygote ... Knock Yourself Out" special avalible through our CafePress store."

That concludes this week's edition. Next week, our host will be The Crucible & Column and the special focus of that carnival will be the current financial crisis. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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1 comment:

PC said...

Hi Jenn,

It looks like the Carnival software has thrown up my post from last week, instead of my submission for this week.

Although I do think last week's was a very fine post (and of course you're doing a very fine job), you might like to replace it with this one if you get a chance:

Peter Cresswell presents 'Is the phenomenenal disconnected from the noumenal ... ?' at Not PC.
"Who knew that the world's most destructive philosopher appears to be alive and well and apparently flourishing ... in Fiji?"