Thursday, July 02, 2009

Objectivist Round Up #103

Welcome to the Independence Day Edition of the Objectivist Round Up!

The Objectivist Round Up is a weekly blog carnival that includes offerings from Objectivist bloggers on a wide variety of topics--from politics to parenting. This edition features many posts relating to Independence Day and the Tea Parties, so I'll start us off with an especially relevant quotation from Ayn Rand (emphasis in the original):

America’s founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more—and nothing less. The rest—everything that America achieved, everything she became, everything “noble and just,” and heroic, and great, and unprecedented in human history—was the logical consequence of fidelity to that one principle. The first consequence was the principle of political freedom, i.e., an individual’s freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by the government. The next was the economic implementation of political freedom: the system of capitalism.

From "A Preview," The Ayn Rand Letter, I, 24, 5.

Individual Rights. Our culture and our politicians have strayed from this idea, and we are all suffering the consequences. Lovers of liberty all across America should be shouting those words, over and over, every chance we get, in any venue we can. And I think this blog carnival is but one way in which we encourage people to think about this idea, what it really means, what we have lost, and how best to get it back.

Our Founders pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for an idea. And that idea was NOT the Nanny State. As author and carnival contributor Ed Cline says at the conclusion of his post "The New Sons of Liberty" (the first selection below):
All we can do for now is keep on arguing, talking, writing, and protesting, to get as many people on our side as possible. To paraphrase Rand, by fighting for our future, we are living it now. For the moment, this is all that is within our power to do.

Long Live Lady Liberty!

To which I say: "Hear, Hear!" And now, without further ado, the 103rd edition of the Objectivist Round Up!

Independence Day & the Tea Parties

Edward Cline presents The New Sons of Liberty posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "A good friend wrote me about the speed with which the government is erasing freedom and establishing a fascist regime, and the despair this phenomenon can cause: 'If presented with an existential crisis, I don‘t see a modern day Sons of Liberty around to fight for liberty.'

I will reply that we are the new Sons of Liberty."

Grant Jones presents Patrick Henry Lit the Fuse posted at The Dougout.

Adam Reed presents Sunk With The Tea posted at Born to Identify, saying, "The decision of some Objectivists to support, and to participate in, the "Tea Party Movement" has come to exactly the end that Ayn Rand predicted for such efforts."

Daniel presents Art Antidote for the Apathetic posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "Here's a poem by Edgar A. Guest that is sure to rekindle any waning fires." [Very inspiring!--RJ]

Grant Jones presents Charles B. MacDonald: Company Commander posted at The Dougout2. [An inspiring story of a war hero.--RJ]

Politics & Current Events

Doug presents Time to Stand Up To North Korea posted at Dark Waters Blogs.

Non Talbot Wels presents Massive Legislation Based On Junk Science posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The massive Cap and Trade bill recently passed by the House fails to consider both the scientific evidence against man-made global warming and the impact that such controls will have our technological and industrial civilization."

Grant Jones presents Feast of Fools: Washington Style posted at The Dougout.

Michael Labeit presents On Honduras, Overthrowing Governments, and My First "Coup" posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, "Thoughts on a situation I just fled from."

C. August presents Central Planners posted at Titanic Deck Chairs. [Or, "Calling a Spade a Spade."--RJ]

Gus Van Horn presents On the Sly, if at All posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Or: How to achieve poverty through "largesse."


Jared Rhoads presents The Lucidicus Project posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "If the proposed public option for health insurance becomes law, then we may as well have Fannie Mae run it."

Ari Armstrong presents Reject Political Control of Health Care posted at, saying, "Problems with health care resulted from political interference, not any free market, as Obama alleged."


Burgess Laughlin presents What is Objective Law? posted at Making Progress, saying, "In this very brief article, guest writer Stephen Plafker, Ph.D. and J.D., draws attention to an idea that can revolutionize our society: law that is objective in origin and objective in statement, thus creating a social condition that enables rational men and women to pursue lives that are moral and happy."


Ryan Krause presents Shabbos Banker posted at The Money Speech, saying, "When religion meets finance, the result is so ridiculous, you just have to laugh."

Parenting and Education

Rational Jenn presents More Problem-Solving with the Kids posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "This is a follow up piece to my previous carnival submission 'A Little Bit about my Day.' I write about how I use the same problem-solving techniques to work through disagreements and conflicts that arise between the kids and ME."

John Drake presents Do you want to be a dad? posted at Try Reason!, saying, "Some quick thoughts about being a dad."

Peter Cresswell presents Montessori course kicks off in Mt Eden posted at Not PC, saying, "New Zealand's first genuine Montessori teacher training course - an essential tool for cultural change - has just opened. Time to celebrate!"

Romantic Relationships

Megan presents Why Get Married? posted at Erosophia, saying, "This post is a reflection on the value of marriage for human happiness in the context of the author's upcoming wedding." [Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!--RJ]

That concludes this week's edition. One Reality will be next week's host.

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Nicholas Provenzo said...

Thanks for hosting another great round-up!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Michael Labeit, the Philosophical Mortician, has a dead blog. At least, that's what Blogger is saying when I click his link.