Thursday, April 23, 2009

Objectivist Round Up #93

Welcome to the April 23, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! This blog carnival features posts by blog authors who are advocates of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand offered a moral defense of capitalism, and this is particularly meaningful to me this week, the week after the "Tea Party" protest movement swept across the nation, and the day after Earth Day.

Capitalism not only works--it's right because in a capitalist system people are free to be humans--to use their brains to work to achieve their goals. (By the way, please do not mistake the economy we've experienced in our lifetimes for laissez-faire capitalism.)

The moral justification of capitalism does not lie in the altruist claim that it represents the best way to achieve “the common good.” It is true that capitalism does—if that catch-phrase has any meaning—but this is merely a secondary consequence. The moral justification of capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant with man’s rational nature, that it protects man’s survival qua man, and that its ruling principle is: justice.

--Ayn Rand, “What Is Capitalism?” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, p. 20

The Tea Parties

Brian presents Tax Day Tea Party Summary posted at Reality Talk, saying, "For Objectivists interested in attending future protests - such as the Independence Day Tea Party - the one thing we recommend is to bring a nice clear sign that mentions Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand. 'If you build it, they will come!'"

Jared Rhoads presents The Lucidicus Project - Editorials on Individual Rights in Medicine posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "The Lucidicus Project was represented at the Tax Day Tea Party in Boston yesterday."

Andy Clarkson presents Charlotte Tea Party posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "The Charlotte Tea Party was attended by 2000 to 3000 people. Various Objectivists handed out over 1500 fliers. Dr. John Lewis was the highlight of the event. See the video of his speech as well as a post-speech interview." [This speech is particularly exceptional. I highly recommend that you take the time to watch the whole thing!--RJ]

Zachery Lippe presents D3lta V: Tea Party posted at D3lta V, saying, "I went to the Tea Party in Charleston, SC, and took a bunch of pictures and added commentary for each photo."

Ari Armstrong presents Denver Tea Party Ralliers In Their Own Words posted at, saying, "What did the typical Tea Party rallier have to say?"

Kyle Haight presents San Jose Tea Party posted at HAIGHT SPEECH, saying, "My wife and I attended the tax-day Tea Party in San Jose, CA. Herewith some photos and commentary on what we saw there."

Doug Reich presents Obama to 'tea-bag' protesters: I simply want to rule you posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Analysis of Obama's statements regarding the Tea Bag protesters as an example of his philosophy of pragmatism and Marxism"

Michael Labeit presents On Janeane Garofalo's Ineptitude posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "Logical discourse meets hysterical flailing."

Earth Day/Environmentalism

Amy Mossoff presents Environmentalism is the New Bogeyman (and God) posted at The Little Things, saying, "Kids are truly frightened that the earth will not be around when they grow up. What's more, the author of this article doesn't understand why their fears aren't assuaged by their parents' conservation efforts."

Erskine Fincher presents Exploit the Earth Day!! posted at Godless Capitalist, saying, "Promoting Exploit the Earth Day."

Doug Reich presents More Hairspray Please posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Discussion of scientific paper showing that cleaner air is leading to increasing temperatures and its relationship to Obama's science advisors call to artifcially pollute the air; relationship of this fact to environmentalist's true motives"

Economics & Politics

Diana Hsieh presents Against the Drug War posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Do you want to live in a society of rational, productive, and peaceful people? Then end the drug war!"

Paul Hsieh presents When Doctors Opt Out posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "More doctors are opting out of participating in government-run health care. Shat does this mean for the statists' plans for "universal health care"?"

Stella presents Shooting themselves in the foot posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "A pharmaceutical industry group continues to make bad decisions that will ultimately cost its member companies dearly."

Gus Van Horn presents Too Late, Mr. President posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Before audacity comes ineffectuality."

Doug Reich presents The Fed's Wish Part II: Coup D'Etat? posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Analysis of changes in the Fed's balance sheet to demonstrate how they are creating paper money and to consider the possible effects"

Edward Cline presents The Guns of Nihilism posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Today America is stymied, not by mammoth German guns, not by a disciplined German army, not even by four pirates in a rowboat, but by the value-negating morality of altruism and by an American president who is, in the most fundamental moral sense, on the side of pirates."

Justin Ketterer presents Design of Competition Decorations for my Teaching Assistantship posted at Valuable Mechanisms: The Design & Engineering Blog of Justin Ketterer, saying, "From my professional blog on design & engineering... I seized an opportunity for some not-so-subtle activism in my teaching assistantship."


Miranda Barzey presents Photoshop Ethics Debate posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, "Where do you draw the line in photojournalism ethics? When does some corrective Photoshopping become a distortion of reality?"

Daniel presents Art Antidote for a Lack of Resolve posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "Are you running low on spiritual fuel? Have people or bad art sapped you of the determination needed to pursue and achieve your values? Here is your art antidote--which you can think of this week as "red bull for your soul"."

C. August presents Bottle Shock posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "A review of a movie that presents a positive, capitalist message. Something to take your mind off of the crisis of the moment."


Rational Jenn presents Parenting From Day One at Rational Jenn, saying "This is the latest in a series of posts on the discipline method known as Positive Discipline or positive parenting."

Objectivism/New Objectivist Blog

Paul McKeever presents Rand as Nietzsche: Talking Points Memo Designed to Diminish Respect for Rand posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "I think we're going to see a lot more of this now that Ayn Rand is getting so much positive press."

Exalted presents Introduction To "Exalted Moments" posted at Exalted Moments, saying, "This is a new Objectivist blog focusing on the good. Which means it is non-political -- in today's context. Specifically, the focus is upon "exalted moments" and their importance. Early on the focus will be research in the form of quotes. Then original articles. Example from Dr. Leonard Peikoff:

"Ayn Rand's real intellectual interest was emphatically not politics. Of course, she was a champion of capitalism and freedom. But unlike today's libertarians and conservatives, she was a thinker; she was not content to preach liberty or private property as though they were self-evident axioms. She wanted to know what they depend on and how they can be proved, all the way back to metaphysics and epistemology.""

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form. One Reality will be the host next week!

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Michael Labeit said...

I notice you've neatly categorized the submitted posts. I tell ya I would have rather had my post be subsumed under "Douchebaggery in Action" but "Tea Party" is just fine.

Rational Jenn said...

Michael--your comment made me laugh out loud! Will keep your category suggestion in mind for next time....


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Rational Jenn said...

The above comment was deleted because it was pure absurdity.