Thursday, September 03, 2009

Objectivist Round Up #112

Welcome to the September 3, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round Up. This carnival features posts written by Objectivist bloggers. Ayn Rand once described her philosophy:

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.

--Ayn Rand, "About the Author,” Atlas Shrugged, Appendix.

For more information about Ayn Rand and her philosophy, please visit the Ayn Rand Institute or the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

We have a great edition this week. (By the way, I've corrected our edition number. Somehow, we got off track a bit. This is #112, promise!) Let's get to it!

1. Gus Van Horn presents Williams on Profiling posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "In the debate about racial profiling, both sides are forgetting about free will."

2. Aeon McNulty presents The Long Shadow of the National Health Service posted at Ayn Rand Forum, saying, "A British Objectivist's perspective on the health care debate and the history of the National Health Service."

3. Roderick Fitts presents Concepts from an Objectivist Perspective, Part 3 posted at Inductive Quest.

4. Paul McKeever presents Socialized Medicine, Economic Catastrophe, and Morality posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "here is some intellectual ammo, from north of the border, for those opposing socialized medicine south of the border."

5. Khartoum presents Gujarat’s Prohibition. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, "After consuming illicit liquor, about 136 people had died last month in the State's capital city. Critics have zeroed the cause of death to the prohibition imposed by the State and a politician unwittingly reveals the real cause of problems."

6. Adam Reed presents Ain't America No More posted at Born to Identify, saying, "After decades of "education" by the Comprachicos running the schools, ordinary Americans - the full range from Socialists to Conservatives - are no longer capable of inducing a principle, even when the concretes from which to induce the principle are staring them in the face. In the form of high-profile news stories."

7. Diana Hsieh presents RSR: Episode #1: The Launch posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Hooray! My podcast is launched! I'd very much appreciate feedback and questions."

8. Ari Armstrong presents Rationing I: Price Distribution Is Not Rationing posted at, saying, "Price distribution is NOT rationing. A four-part series on health rationing."

9. Dan Edge presents Symbolism: A Mixture of Meaning in Mettle posted at The Edge of Reason, saying, "From the introductory comments:

*Note: The above image is a photograph of the artifact which inspired this poem, hanging on my own chest. It is a medallion I found when cleaning out my parent’s attic. On the reverse side, it bears the inscription, “To Beverly, From Roy, With Love.” It was a gift my father created for my mother before his untimely death in 1985. My mother gave it to me, and over the past few days, I’ve conducted research on the meaning and source of the symbol – if any. An article describing my findings and their symbolic connections to my own life will be forthcoming within the next few days."

10. Mike Zemack presents The Battle for the Moral High Ground posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, "Obama attempts to cash in on altruism."

11. Kelly Elmore presents Children's Needs and Selfishness posted at Reepicheep's Coracle.

12. Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh OpEd: "The Free Market Is Not Another Form of Rationing" posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "My latest health care OpEd at PajamasMedia got an Instalanche!"

13. Kate Gerber presents The Lost Art of Writing posted at CareerMama℠.

14. Rational Jenn presents PD Tool Card: Back Talk posted at Rational Jenn, saying "This post explains why "Back Talk" is not something that is relevant at our house, but the issue of speaking kindly to those you care about is."

15. Brian Phillips presents "SmartCode" isn't Smart posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, "The advocates of land-use controls, no matter the name they attach to their proposals, begin with a Utopian vision for the city. When the voluntary decisions of the city's developers and consumers do not match that vision, they rush to wield the coercive power of government."

16. Adam Reed presents Johnny Can't Think posted at Born to Identify, saying, "The New York Times favors Obama's proposal for making government-managed health care mandatory for everyone, so it can hardly be accused of being uncharitable in describing a rally of supporters. The article reads like a museum of epistemic pathologies."

17. Trey Givens presents Government Considers Recommendation to Mutilate Babies for their Own Good posted at Trey Givens, saying, "I'm on another rant against circumcision. This time it's because the CDC is considering making infant circumcision a recommendation in an effort to reduce the risk that a child might be infected with HIV as an adult. Horrifying. Can you believe it's 2009 and it's necessary to say: parents, do not cut your children into little pieces."

18. Edward Cline presents Senator Ted Kennedy: Rest in Perdition posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "On the occasion of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s death last week, ABC News posted on its website the question: "What do the Kennedys mean to you?” and invited readers to comment. Most of the comments were severely critical of especially Ted Kennedy: a sodden, corrupt, hypocritical, power-lusting ogre, an appropriate climax of an elitist, disreputable succession of Kennedys. I had nothing positive to say about him, either, nor about any of the Kennedys. They were major movers of the nation in the direction of fascism. What they meant to me was the incremental destruction of this country."

19. Nicholas Provenzo presents Justifying Ted Kennedy's negligent homicide posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "If you ever doubt the wickedness--the outright willingness to justify anything in the name of the self-abnegation that is altruism--remember the life of Ted Kennedy and the moral claims of those who would attempt to lionise him."

20. Doug Reich presents Two "Visions" of a Sustainable Future posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "A "specially designed composting pale" and the Golden Gate Bridge represent two warring visions of human "sustainability"."

21. Doug Reich presents In Memoriam - an Anti-American posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Ted Kennedy stood for everything that America is not - which is precisely why he is being posthumously lionized by the liberal media."

That concludes this week's edition. We're glad you stopped by!

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Trey Givens said...

Thank you, everyone, for making my birthday edition of the Round up so good!

Dan Edge said...

Lord, this thing's gotten huge. Proud to be a part of it!

Nicholas Provenzo said...

Thanks for all you do, Jenn!