Thursday, February 05, 2009

Objectivist Round Up #82



Welcome to the February 5, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! This round up features posts by blog authors who are advocates of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. She once described her philosophy very succinctly, in the Appendix of her novel Atlas Shrugged:

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.


Here's another quotation, this one very timely, as you might recognize:

Government control of a country’s economy—any kind or degree of such control, by any group, for any purpose whatsoever—rests on the basic principle of statism, the principle that man’s life belongs to the state.


“Conservatism: An Obituary,” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 192.

I'm just sayin'. Good stuff--you should check it out! And here we go with this week's best--we have a wide variety of topics to choose from. Enjoy!



POLITICS & CURRENT EVENTS



Myrhaf presents Done With a Smile posted at The New Clarion.



Amy Mossoff presents John Allison posted at The Little Things.



Michael Labeit presents On the Vain Struggle Against Economic Law posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "Oh what hath Obama wraught. The precedents established in the latest spending bill will have reverberations for decades to come. Buy gold and move to Andorra!!!"



Khartoum presents Obama Controls CEO Pay -- If You Are Stimulated. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "Any private company taking advantage of the stimulus package will learn better -- the hard way I think."



Ryan Puzycki presents Dictatorship in the Time of Cholera posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The drastically reduced life expectancy, rampant disease and inflation in Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of Africa, are the inevitable results of pervasive rights violations."



Greg Zeigerson presents Rush Limbaugh posted at Zigory, saying, "My blog about my support for Rush Limbaugh when he's not tainted by religionist influences."



Roberto Sarrionandia presents Philosophy - Not Parties posted at Tito's Blog, saying, "Why philosophical activism is the path to a cultural revolution - and why Objectivism will succeed."



Jim Woods presents The End of American Civil Society? posted at Words by Woods, saying, "When private means are placed under public control and directed toward the attainment of social ends, the end of civil society approaches. Time to choose."



C. August presents Mini Global Warming Roundup posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "Global warming's poll numbers are down, but it still has crazed fans in the Obama administration. Meanwhile, some scholars are making the crucial connection between politics and morality that explains it all."



Flibbert presents For all the Wrong Reasons posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "Amid all the sponsored posts and ravings about (not) spending money, I do still blog about current events and items of interest. This post, for instance, involves ever-topical catholic schoolgirl lesbians. It's not what you might be thinking right now, but you'll have to click over to find out."



HEALTH AND NUTRITION


Kendall Justiniano presents Distortions due to Subsidies and Protectionism in Domestic Corn Production posted at The Crucible & Column, saying, "An article I wrote with the help of Dr. Monica Hughes at FA/RM. It looks at how government interference in agriculture creates distortions and worsens productivity."



Paul Hsieh presents Market Forces Work in Health Care posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "Here is some intellectual ammunition for those who want concrete examples of how market forces can work in health care."



Stella presents Not enough encouragement posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "An innovation in kidney donation might be good for getting more people to donate -- but not as good as allowing organ sales would be."



Ari Armstrong presents Low-Carb Diet, Food Stamp Budget posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "On the Low-Carb Food Stamp Diet, I will eat nutritious food for $4.74 per day, less than what food stamps offer a single individual. The diet will consist of meat, dairy, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, olive oil, chocolate, and spices. It will not contain any grains, vegetable oils, hydrogenated fat, potatoes, or processed sugar."



Monica presents "People Should Not Be Allowed to Eat Eggs" posted at FA-RM, saying, "This week I blogged on the chilling mindset of many Americans, who are all too willing to hand over their health and eating decisions to Big Brother -- and want their choices forced on everyone else to boot. Just say no to paternalism and bad science."



PARENTING


Amy Mossoff presents Positive Discipline posted at The Little Things.



Rational Jenn presents Positive Discipline: What's In Your Parenting Toolbox? posted at Rational Jenn, which is a look at how I am trying to improve upon the parenting strategies that seem to be in my subconscious.




ART, PHILOSOPHY, & RELIGION



Daniel presents Unpublished Atlas Shrugged Scene posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "This is an exceptionally beautiful scene Ayn Rand wrote for Atlas Shrugged but which most fans of the novel haven't (unfortunately) read. It features a young Fransisco d'Anconia and Dagny Taggart."



K. M. presents The scope of morality posted at Applying philosophy to life, saying, "Attempts to identify the distinction between moral questions and non-moral ("scientific") questions"



Tom Stelene presents Christianity Is Not Great, Pt.1 posted at The Imaginary Philosophy, saying, "This is the first of a series of posts arguing against Dinesh D'Souza's book, What's So Great about Christianity?"




That concludes this edition. Thanks very much for stopping by!

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