Saturday, November 14, 2009

Objectivist Round Up #122

Welcome to the 122nd Edition of the Objectivist Round Up! This week's Round Up might also be known as the Better Late than Never Edition, or possibly the Brought to You by Technical Difficulties Edition. Due to some restricted internet access, Miranda of Ramen & Rand was not able to host this week, but I'm happy to fill in.

The Objectivist Round Up is a weekly compilation of blog articles by Objectivist bloggers. If you are wondering about Objectivism is all about, look no further than the Ayn Rand Institute, or even better, Ayn Rand's fiction and non-fiction works. In 1962, she described Objectivism in this way:

At a sales conference at Random House, preceding the publication of Atlas Shrugged, one of the book salesmen asked me whether I could present the essence of my philosophy while standing on one foot. I did as follows:

  1. Metaphysics: Objective Reality
  2. Epistemology: Reason
  3. Ethics: Self-interest
  4. Politics: Capitalism

If you want this translated into simple language, it would read: 1. “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed” or “Wishing won’t make it so.” 2. “You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.” 3. “Man is an end in himself.” 4. “Give me liberty or give me death.”

If you held these concepts with total consistency, as the base of your convictions, you would have a full philosophical system to guide the course of your life.

And without further ado, here is this week's Round Up!

Doug Reich presents Update: "Stimulus" Can Not Work and Reality is Still What It Is posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Here is some almost comical evidence why robbing Peter to pay Paul is not good for the economy."

Adam Reed presents The Prosecutors and the Astrologer posted at Born to Identify, saying, "And this is the payback of Kantian philosophy: reality is not knowable; the best that Justice can do is trial by combat, and in combat nothing counts except the result. And when the stars or the Gods have spoken, innocent men who have had the better part of their lives taken from them may have no recourse at all."

Jared Rhoads presents Let insurers actually compete posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Congress needs to enact health reform measures that will allow health insurance companies to actually compete. We do not need more government controls!"

Joseph Kellard presents What About The Reds? posted at The American Individualist.

Paul McKeever presents Inverted Morality Yeilds Backward Questions posted at Paul McKeever.

Jim Woods presents Gingrich v. Government Health Care? posted at Words by Woods, saying, "Newt Gingrich, Speaker Pelosi, and the Democrat sponsored health care proposals share an invalid view of the proper role of government."

Pomponazzi presents Honor or Ghairat? posted at Pomponazzi ponders.

Daniel presents The (New) Rebel posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, "Here's a very short poem I wrote, on the type of rebel that shrugs--with obvious inspiration from Tennyson."

Benjamin Skipper presents Not You Too Alton Brown! posted at Benpercent, saying, "Alton Brown is a great chef and educator, but unless he rethinks his position that the government is the solution to unsustainable fishing then he could very well leave us all off for the worse."

Paul Hsieh presents Fat In Japan? You're Breaking The Law posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "The Japanese nanny state -- will this be America's future under universal health care?"

C. August presents Charting Socialism posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "Here is a quick look at a fascinating flow chart depicting the evolution of socialist strategies."

Mike Zemack presents "Tear Down This Wall" posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, "Did Ayn Rand help inspire the Reagan policies that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union?"

Diana Hsieh presents Response to Intellectual Smears posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I respond to some nutty criticisms of Ayn Rand, and ask whether I should have done what I did."

Paul McKeever presents Remembrance / Veteran's Day posted at Paul McKeever.

Jason Stotts presents Religulous posted at Erosophia, saying, "I finally got around to watching Religulous. I heartily recommend it."

Stephen Bourque presents Massacre at Fort Hood posted at One Reality, saying, "Are we supposed to believe that post-traumatic stress is the source of last week’s massacre at Fort Hood?"

Doug Reich presents Let's Worry About the Lash More Than The Backlash posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "The government ignored evidence that a psychopath was conspiring with the enemy but sprung into action once "diversity" was questioned."

Ross Holcombe presents Life, Liberty, and...Health Care? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Do we have a right to health care? What is a right, and what do we have a right to?"

Doug Reich presents Cuffy Meigs, Meet Bernie Madoff posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "Is the Madoff scandal an example of a lack of regulation?"

That concludes this week's edition. Titanic Deck Chairs will host next week's round up. To participate, submit your blog article using our carnival submission form.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. Thanks for reading!

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avi said...

I'd like to be included in future round-ups, thanks :)

Rational Jenn said...

Hi Avi! You are welcome to participate in the carnival. The deadline is Wednesday night at 11pm Eastern (don't know what that corresponds to in your part of the world). All you need to do is submit your post using this link:

Copy & paste the URL of your post, and fill in the other blanks, then hit "submit."

If you have any questions about the process or the carnival, feel free to email me at rationaljenn AT gmail DOT com.