Thursday, January 08, 2009

Objectivist Round Up #78

Welcome to the January 8, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! We are pleased to bring you the best posts by blog authors who are animated by Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Normally, the carnival host will quote Ayn Rand here in this space, from the Appendix of Atlas Shrugged. In fact, I'll do it right now:

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.

But I thought including a different quotation from Ayn Rand from time to time might make for a nice change of pace. So here's a good one, chosen for no other reason than that I've been contemplating the idea "sense of life" lately, found on the Ayn Rand Lexicon website:

A culture, like an individual, has a sense of life or, rather, the equivalent of a sense of life—an emotional atmosphere created by its dominant philosophy, by its view of man and of existence. This emotional atmosphere represents a culture’s dominant values and serves as the leitmotif of a given age, setting its trends and its style.

Thus Western civilization had an Age of Reason and an Age of Enlightenment. In those periods, the quest for reason and enlightenment was the dominant intellectual drive and created a corresponding emotional atmosphere that fostered these values.

From “The Age of Envy,” Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, 130.

And now for the rest of the carnival! Enjoy!

A. Chambers presents Condemned By Democracy posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Democracy is often thought to be the solution to everything from totalitarian Islam to Africa's kleptocracies. A. Chambers examines why democracy is just as much a problem as these systems, and why constitutional protection of individual rights is the only solution."

Noah Stahl presents Blank-and-effect – The economics of pragmatism posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Noah Stahl shows how policymakers treat people like clay to be shaped instead of focusing on the proper work of the government: protecting individual rights."

Guy Barnett presents Give Peace a Chance? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Doesn't everyone want peace? Can't we just put aside our differences and live harmoniously together? Find out the answer in this compelling blog post."

Guy Barnett presents Girls Gone Mild posted at The Undercurrent Blog, saying, "Virginity is all the rage these days. This is partly because many people believe that the alternative to chastity is promiscuity. "Girls Gone Mild" analyzes this common false-alternative."

Paul McKeever presents Paul McKeever’s Minimal Maxims and Bon Arrows, volume 1, issue 2 : Paul McKeever posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "this is my second issue of Minimal Maxims and Bon Arrows, made possible by the immense wealth I earned from the first issue ;-)"

Doug presents How Hamas Brainwashes Children posted at The Rule of Reason.

Monica presents Subsidies for Billionaires -- and Congresspeople Too! posted at FA-RM, saying, "This week I dissected the Farm Bill crop subsidy programs. You'll be outraged at the way your money is being spent, especially considering that this only represent 1/3 of Farm Bill spending."

Ari Armstrong presents Sirota and the New Deal posted at, saying, "David Sirota sings praises to FDR, but he ignores the substantive criticisms of the New Deal."

Flibbert presents The No Spending Money Challenge posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "My primary resolution for 2009 is to focus on my financial health and the first goal I have is to pay off my credit cards. To achieve this goal, I am trying not to spend any money from my pay check on food or entertainment or even laundry! This post is the first in the series. See how I make, save, and spend money in order to reach my goal!"

Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh OpEd in Christian Science Monitor posted at NoodleFood, saying, "My first nation-level OpEd was published this week in the Christian Science Monitor! The subject was how universal health care will create a "nanny state on steroids"."

Roberto Sarrionandia presents Fur for Freedom posted at Tito's Blog.

Kendall J presents Goals for 2009 posted at The Crucible & Column, saying, "Some discussion on the meaning of goals, and my own goals for 2009."

Gus Van Horn presents Fascism Comes to Media posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Government 'bailouts' are already threatening freedom of speech."

Michael Labeit presents On Celebrating 50 Years of Marxist Misery posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "Learn why Castro/socialists & Co can't tell their faces from their behinds."

Tom Stelene presents D'Souza's Absentee Answer posted at The Imaginary Philosophy, saying, "Dinesh D'Souza's admission of being baffled by a debating opponent caught my interest by making me admire his intellectual honesty and determination to find an answer eventually, even if I would disagree with him. As it turned out, however, D'Souza would have been better off not attempting to answer his opponent, whose position he probably helped."

C. August presents Great Depression II and/or Civil War II? posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "An economist compares the lead up to the Great Depression with what's happening in the country now, and a Russian professor has mad dreams of the US splitting into six pieces."

That concludes this week's edition. Next week's edition will be found at Titanic Deck Chairs. 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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Daniel said...

Am I allowed to shamelessly plug myself in the comments section?

I posted specifically how man's mind makes possible cocoa--and all the delicious treats that come from it.

In a follow-up post, I relayed a historical episode that seems like it was lifted right out of the movie Chocolat, showing how the laws of priests clashed with the very delightful activity of drinking hot cocoa--and the heroic stand some townspeople took...

Rational Jenn said...

Of course! I'm all about shameless plugging--it's such a selfish thing to do! :o)

Please consider submitting some of your work to a future round up. We do one every week (follow the link at the bottom of this post to submit). snd if you haven't joined Diana Hsieh's OBlogger list, I highly recommend it. Here's the link:

Daniel said...

Thanks for the info!