Thursday, November 20, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #71!

Welcome to the November 20, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! This blog carnival features insight and analyses written by blog 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.

Aaaannd . . . we're off!

Craig Ceely presents Twofer: Top 25 Innovations posted at The Anger of Compassion, saying, "What are the top 25 innovations of the last 25 years? How about in all of human history? Two such lists are submitted for you to consider, and to argue over -- and you should. It's certainly more edifying than arguing over the identity of the next White House canine." I couldn't agree more!

Andy Clarkson presents History Of Ideas posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "A review of the past 2500 years of philosophy from the Greeks to the Romans to the Dark Ages to the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and up to German philosophy."

Khartoum presents The Impossibility Of a God -- Metaphysical Considerations. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "We constantly hear the claim that God exists but just in any particular form -- like in the form of a rock or a man. He is everywhere and not limited by form. In other words, God exists but exists free of all restrictions of identity. If this is the claim, then one has to consider if it's tenable."

Khartoum presents Monumental Cowardice. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "Yet again, for the millionth time we have another instance of cowardly Muslim believers doing exactly what the Koran tells them to."

Stella presents How to be a good patient posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "ReasonPharm returns from a long hiatus with a story about my personal health." Glad you're feeling better, and I'm definitely in agreement with you about using your own mind when it comes to your health care. Or anything for that matter!

Paul Hsieh presents How The GOP Lost My Vote posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I voted Republican in 1996, 2000, and 2004. But not in 2008. I explain why in my OpEd published in the Denver Post."

Adam Reed presents Wedge Strategy, Part I: Essentials posted at Born to Identify, saying, "The Wedge Strategy is a strategy in forensic rhetoric, applied by former UC Berkeley law professor Phillip E. Johnson, and by his disciples in the Christianist movement, to a wide range of Christianist activism on cultural, political and social issues."

Brian Phillips presents The Right to Contract posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "The gay rights movement, like many such movements, is a mixture of good and bad premises, of legitimate and irrational arguments. It is a package-deal."

Rational Jenn presents The Price of Freedom posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "This is me, learning the hard way, how Not Caring and Not Paying Attention can result in Not Having As Much Freedom As I Otherwise Might Have. Needless to say, I don't like it!"

That concludes this edition. We're planning an early edition next week--so the deadline is Tuesday, November 25 at 11pm Eastern, with the edition going live on Wednesday, November 26. Submit your blog article--especially interested in Thanksgiving-related posts--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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