Welcome to the December 17, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! This carnival showcases the work of Objectivist blog authors. This week's edition includes posts on topics you will generally find in any given edition of the Round Up, such as politics and economics and health care, and we also have some posts on parenting and cooking and travel adventures and art and reading groups for you, too! How's that for variety? :o)
If you are interested in learning more about Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism, the website for the Ayn Rand Institute is a great place to start. (Another great starting place-- go to the library or bookstore for some of Ayn Rand's novels and nonfiction works!)
Aaaannnddd....here's your Round Up!
C.W. presents THE GOLD MARKET: The Players, Part I posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Those interested in the gold market for safety might be interested in the other interests that drive the price of gold. This is the first of several blogs about gold investing, the dollar, and inflaton."
Edward Cline presents Obama’s War on America posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Search through any of President Barack Obama‘s speeches, and buried under the glittering, worthless excelsior of opaque platitudes, silicic bromides and anemic banalities, one will find a pair or more of statements that mean something. They will mean something if one parses the statements armed with a knowledge of the man and of the power of words."
Peter Cresswell presents Can political art be good art? posted at Not PC, saying, "Does the political content of a painting rule it out as art? Or can its heroism supersede the politics it celebrates? In other words, is art didactic, or is it something more?"
Ottens presents Ayn Rand and the Christian Right posted at Atlantic Sentinel, saying, "Ayn Rand is "having a mainstream moment" but is it enough to take on the Christian Right that still holds the US Republican Party hostage?" [Note: While the author of this post is an Objectivist, most of the other authors on this group blog are not Objectivists.]
Paul Hsieh presents Tightening the Noose Around Private Health Care posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "My latest PajamasMedia OpEd discusses some less well-known proposed government controls that would further limit doctors' ability to practice in their patients' best interests."
C. August presents Climate Science Forecasts: Opinion In, Policy Out posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "When potentially disastrous public policy is at stake in the climate change debate -- disastrous to human life through severe economic controls -- it is useful to examine whether even the methodology of the climate science forecasts and models is valid. Guess what the answer is."
Kelly Elmore presents Kelly and Livy's Excellent Adventure: Day One posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This is my first blog entry about our first annual Christmas roadtrip. Check the others out too!!"
Rational Jenn presents On Manners posted at Rational Jenn, saying "We encourage our kids to learn and use good manners by using them ourselves, and often! However, I don't insist that they apologize or use certain words, especially when doing those things would contradict what they're feeling. Even without such parental insistence, the kids are usually generous with "please" and "thank you" and heartfelt apologies."
That concludes this week's edition. Next week's host is Ramen & Rand, and the theme for that Christmas Eve edition is the Benevolent Universe Premise. To read more about the theme for next week, head on over to Ramen & Rand. And while I'm thinking about it, the Best of 2009 carnival is coming out in just two more weeks, on New Year's Eve! Both of these editions will be a nice way to wrap up the year.
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