Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Objectivist Round Up #76

Welcome to the December 24, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up!

Our holiday roundup includes some great insights and analyses on a wide range of topics, 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.

There's lots to read this week, so let's get going!

Ryan Puzycki presents Putting it in reverse posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The government throwing taxpayer money at the Big Three and/or basically mandating the success of GM, Chrysler and Ford is not what is needed to make them successful companies again."

Stella presents Face facts posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "A nearly complete face transplant being performed for the first time in the US is a wonderful thing. The idea that nobody should have one until every child has basic medical care is not."

John Drake presents A Christmas Poem posted at Try Reason!, saying, "A Christmas poem in honor of all fun loving, freedom loving, reason loving, life loving individuals." Yay!

Myrhaf presents What?s In A Name? posted at The New Clarion, saying, "This explains how we came to name our new blog The New Clarion." Maybe I can hire these guys to suggest a name for our homeschool!

Paul Hsieh presents Police on YouTube posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Why "watching the watchers" is a good thing." A lesson that I'm appreciating more and more as I go along.

Jim Woods presents Analyzing McCormack's Response posted at Words by Woods, saying, "Asked to explain U.S. national interests, State Dept. Spokesperson Sean McCormack begins, 'Wow. That is — no, that is one good question. I don’t think I’m going to be able to — I feel like I’m having a Ph.D. exam here.'" I hadn't heard this response. Yes, that certainly IS a good question, one that any State Department employee ought to be able to answer swiftly and surey. Yikes.

C. August presents Guite Speaks Out On Vermont Property Rights Case posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "In an update to a story from July, the man caught up in a battle over how he could build on his own land in Vermont tells his side of the story." Fascinating story!

Edward Cline presents Jefferson vs. Plato posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "If one is searching for the causes of today’s moral crisis, it is the premises of giants one should examine, not those of midgets. One should begin with Plato and graduate to his contemporary champions."

Ari Armstrong presents Bailout for Santa Claus? posted at, saying, "Forcing some people to "bailout" others is naughty." :o)

Monica presents Abolishing USDA Inspection Laws posted at FA-RM, saying, "This week, I decided to investigate the cost of USDA meat inspection. Click on over and see how the government is wasting your money on things that have absolutely nothing to do with food safety."

That concludes this edition! I hope you found something interesting and thought-provoking among our participants this week.

Next week's edition will feature the Best of 2008 and will be hosted at The Crucible & Column. To participate in our "Best Of" edition of the Objectivist Round Up, use our carnival submission form. (By the way, your Best of 2008 post need not have been featured in a previous carnival.)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Thanks for hosting the Carnival while on vacation. We just put out the kids' presents, so it will be nice to sit back and read some good articles while watching Top Chef - Christmas.

Have a Metty Christmas.