Thursday, January 28, 2010

Objectivist Round Up #133

Welcome to the January 28, 2010 edition of the Objectivist Round Up, a weekly compilation of blog posts by Objectivist bloggers. For more information about Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, visit the Ayn Rand Institute.

Very briefly, via the online version of The Ayn Rand Lexicon:

The following is a short description of Objectivism given by Ayn Rand in 1962:

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.”

Let's get started!

Jared Rhoads presents The Massachusetts election posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Some thoughts on the Massachusetts election, plus photos from a Scott Brown rally that we attended in North Andover, MA, the day before election."

Ottens presents The Impossible Joy of Sacrifice posted at Atlantic Sentinel, saying, "The recent disaster in Haiti has sparked a renewed wave of commentators to demand that men “sacrifice” for the sake of others’ needs."

Edward Cline presents Mencken, Islam, and Political Correctness posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Two months after the John Scopes “monkey” trial of July 1925, H.L. Mencken, writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun, took to task two prominent publications, the New York World and the New Republic, for castigating Clarence Darrow, chief defense counsel of Scopes, over his conduct during the trial. The World was infuriated by Darrow’s brutal cross-examination of William Jennings Bryan, the state’s star counsel against Scopes, an experience which humiliated Bryan and is thought to have contributed to his death later that same month. The New Republic objected to Darrow having made the issue of evolution vs. the Bible a national, rather than merely a local one, even though the trial was broadcast on radio."

Rachel Miner presents Tool Box: Contracts posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "A tool that helped recognize my late toddler's need for choices, my pre-schooler's need to be heard, and set the foundation for positive problem solving with my kindergartner. I think this is a tool that can really grow with the child and help keep parents and children on the same side."

Jim Woods presents 15 Books posted at Words by Woods, saying, "Which 15 books that you have read will always stick with you?"

Cogito presents Focus, focus, focus! posted at Cogito's Thoughts.

Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh PJM OpEd: A Declaration Of Independents posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Politicians had better start listening to the independent voters who want "the Democrats out of their pockets and the Republicans out of their bedrooms". (This piece got picked up by both Instapundit and HotAir!)"

Ari Armstrong presents Coloradans Speak Out Against Obama Care posted at, saying, "Coloradans rallied against the federal takeover of medicine. Here are interviews of speakers and participants."

Jared Rhoads presents Hopping onto the Brownwagon posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Republicans and Democrats both want to ride the populist wave fueled in part by Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts. Can independents finally make it clear that they are for limited government?"

John Drake presents Long term trends look a bit gloomy posted at Try Reason!, saying, "I'm in a bit of a bad mood on this post, reflecting on the coming babyboom generation retiring in 10-20 years. There is still time, but its quickly running out."

Ifat Glassman presents Work, Games and self-esteem posted at Psychology of Selfishness, saying, "Why can games provide an emotional replacement for work? The article demonstrates the common psychological value of games and work: Self esteem."

Sandi Trixx presents Conscience of a Mediocrity posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "A critique of some recent blogs by Paul Krugman."

Diana Hsieh presents No Kindles on Campus: All Must Be Blind posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Where is the justice in forcing colleges to abandon plans to use Kindles for textbooks because they're not yet fully functional for the blind?"

Edward Cline presents Three Horsemen of the Recent Apocalypse posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Democrats, welfare statists, ambitious censors, and People for the Un-American Way were dealt a triple whammy of telling defeats in a matter of two days."

Stella presents Review: Extraordinary Measures posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Commentary on the recent film "Extraordinary Measures," starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford."

Ken Barclay presents Greater Good, Lesser Evil posted at Ad Hoc, saying, "What's behind the cliche?"

Kelly Elmore presents Parenting Toolbox: Connection Before Correction posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This is a parenting tool to help me prevent power struggles and yelling."

C.W. presents Bernanke's Confirmation: No! Err... Well....Okay posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "We have suffered significantly from the decisions that Ben S, Bernanke has made at the Fed. He deserves the steel-toes boot. Yet, I think we have to hope he stays. Obama's person would be worse."

Jenn Casey presents Old Enough to Know Better posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "In addition to removing the phrase 'Because I said so' from my parenting toolbox, I have removed 'You're old enough to know better.' This post explains a few of my reasons."

That concludes this week's edition! Next week's host is Reepicheep's Coracle.

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