Thursday, April 02, 2009

Objectivist Round Up #90

I am happy to be hosting the Objectivist Round Up once again! Every Thursday, we bring you the best posts by blog authors who live by and advocate Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

If you are unfamiliar with Ayn Rand, or have only heard about her ideas through the media or on the internet, I highly encourage you to check her writings--fiction and nonfiction--out for yourself. There is absolutely no substitute for experiencing her ideas firsthand. On the ultimate value, life, for example:

The maintenance of life and the pursuit of happiness are not two separate issues. To hold one’s own life as one’s ultimate value, and one’s own happiness as one’s highest purpose are two aspects of the same achievement. Existentially, the activity of pursuing rational goals is the activity of maintaining one’s life; psychologically, its result, reward and concomitant is an emotional state of happiness. It is by experiencing happiness that one lives one’s life, in any hour, year or the whole of it. And when one experiences the kind of pure happiness that is an end in itself—the kind that makes one think: “This is worth living for”—what one is greeting and affirming in emotional terms is the metaphysical fact that life is an end in itself.

“The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 29.

And without further ado, I present this week's edition of the Objectivist Round Up!

1. Guy Barnett presents AIG Witch Hunt posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The continuing AIG controversy is a textbook example of blaming the market for the sins of government."

2. Rituparna Basu presents AIG Executives and Mob Rule posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "In its response to the firestorm over AIG bonuses, our government has shown itself perfectly willing to tiptoe around the letter of the Constitution to appease the mob. Given its disregard for law and rights, what will stop the government from violating any contract the public does not agree with?"

3. Ryan Krause presents The Big Engine That Couldn't posted at The Money Speech, saying, "Rick Wagoner departs. No need to shed any tears."

4. John presents Let's call it what it is. posted at John and Ansley, saying, "As Ayn Rand once said, "Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal.”

What makes the actions of the Obama Administration this week with GM and Chrysler so alarming is that we've seen these types of actions before. We have a name for it. And it's called Fascism."

5. C. August presents Cass Sunstein's Bogeyman -- The Internet as a Threat to Democracy posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "Can there be too much freedom? And what does Obama's new regulatory czar think about free speech and the Internet?"

6. Roberto Sarrionandia presents Candidate Replies posted at Tito's Blog, saying, "My local Conservative candidate receives his copy of Atlas Shrugged, and sends me a letter"

7. Brian presents Medical Journal Drums Up Support for Govt Health IT Initiatives posted at Reality Talk.

8. Grant Jones presents What's Right and Wrong With Kansas posted at The Dougout.

9. C. August presents "I can't work in this country" posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "A chance conversation with a Canadian couple at a cocktail party revealed fascinating information about immigration, socialized medicine, and the state of freedom in the U.S."

10. Jared Rhoads presents It's not about "effectiveness" posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Jared Rhoads says the government should not be funding comparative effectiveness research, and moreover, should not be involved in healthcare at all."

11. Guy presents AIG Shrugged? posted at The Ground of Liberty.

12. Michael Labeit presents On G-20 Dementia posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "The anti-market insane clown posses protest the anti-market bureaucrats."

13. Khartoum presents Edicts Of Ayn Rand Or Tolerance For All Ideas. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "This post enumerates on the two, intricist and subjectivist, ways to get Objectivism wrong based on my experience."

14. Ari Armstrong presents Green On Condoms and AIDS posted at, saying, "True, condom distribution doesn't seem to have done much to reduce AIDS in Africa. The problem is that many Africans have multiple partners but don't use condoms. But this hardly proves the Pope's general position on condom use is correct."

15. Paul Hsieh presents How and Why Athletes Go Broke posted at NoodleFood, saying, "How the principles in Francisco's "money speech" from Atlas Shrugged applies to professional athletes."

16. Brian presents Public-Private Patient Records Exchange posted at Reality Talk.

17. Daniel presents Art Historian Coaches Olympian Swimmer posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "How will art help Michael Phelphs win more gold medals? The open letter reported on in this post answers that question, and more."

18. Erskine Fincher presents Answering a Critic of Ayn Rand posted at Godless Capitalist, saying, "This is the text of a comment I posted at a leftwing blog."

19. Paul McKeever presents Paul McKeever’s Minimal Maxims and Bon Arrows, volume 1, issue 5 : Paul McKeever posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "a more wordy post, essay-ish post is on the way...until then, perhaps you will find some nourishment in these. If not, please forgive the cook :-)"

20. Monica presents FA-RM: Local Farmers Corralled in Sting Operation posted at FA-RM.

21. Benjamin Skipper presents Taser Controversy Unwarranted posted at Benpercent, saying, "Singling out tasers for their potential to be deadly is not only wrong but absurd when we apply logic, and their absence would increase fatalities rather than decrease."

22. Michael Labeit presents On Market Regulation and the Airlines posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "Private Insurance vs the FAA."

Thanks for stopping by!

Next week's host will be Titanic Deck Chairs. Submit your blog article to that edition of the Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form, by 11pm Eastern, Wednesday, April 8. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Brian said...


Thank you for posting two entries from my new blog, Reality Talk!

Kim said...

Nice, as always!