Thursday, July 01, 2010

Objectivist Round Up #155

Welcome to the July 1, 2010 edition of the Objectivist Round Up!

Many of our readers are preparing for OCON and of course here in Atlanta, we are getting geared up for MiniCon. It's wonderful to spend Independence Day Weekend with others who cherish freedom as much as I do.

A particularly poignant quotation from Ayn Rand is what I offer for this week's round up, poignant because never in all my life have I felt as threatened by what's happened in our country--especially the last few years--as I do these days (via The Ayn Rand Lexicon):

A dictatorship cannot take hold in America today. This country, as yet, cannot be ruled—but it can explode. It can blow up into the helpless rage and blind violence of a civil war. It cannot be cowed into submission, passivity, malevolence, resignation. It cannot be “pushed around.” Defiance, not obedience, is the American’s answer to overbearing authority. The nation that ran an underground railroad to help human beings escape from slavery, or began drinking on principle in the face of Prohibition, will not say “Yes, sir,” to the enforcers of ration coupons and cereal prices. Not yet.

“Don’t Let It Go,” Philosophy: Who Needs It, 213.

I honestly don't know whether this statement, made about 40 years ago, is true today. And that saddens me.

Remember that "Defiance, not obedience, is the American’s answer to overbearing authority." Or was. Or certainly should be. ESPECIALLY when the overbearing authority is our government itself.

Don't let it go. Remember what our Founders did, and what the men and women who fought for freedom from overbearing authority did. DON'T LET IT GO.

Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend! I hope you spend it with friends and family, and get all choked up at the fireworks like I usually do. :o)

Benjamin Skipper presents Bowser, The (Mixed) King of Koopas posted at Musing Aloud, saying, "After noticing a dietary contradiction in the video game Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, I further realized there are contradictions in the characters' moral presentation. Simply, Bowser isn't as evil as he's portrayed, and Mario isn't as moral."

Edward Cline presents The Censors’ Cabal posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "A shortened version of this article was published on Big Journalism. It notes the latest assaults on the First Amendment by the FCC and FTC, a special target being the Internet."

Rachel Miner presents Successful First Day: Mommy School posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "Following up on plans for summer programing, I share the program I settled on and the results from the first day."

Andy Clarkson presents Glenn Beck Gives Birth To An Ant posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "Mystic Glenn Beck attempts to get deep with "Atlas Shrugged" but meets expectations by failing and sticking with his conservative, concrete-bound ways."

C.W. presents Deflation posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "There is a great clamour about the fear of deflation. We hear of it from liberals and conservatives alike. Otherwise intelligent financial analysts are talking it up. But it is a fake issue."

Ari Armstrong presents Americans Look to Big Ideas of Liberty: Resurgence of Ayn Rand posted at Free Colorado, saying, "A look at the resurgence of Atlas Shrugged and controversies surrounding it."

Sarah presents Bright Star (movie review) posted at Art, Love, & Philosophy, saying, "Review of Bright Star, an intensely romantic and tragic film about the 19th century English poet, John Keats, and his love, Fanny Brawne."

Zip presents The Face of Anarchy posted at UNCOMMON SENSE, saying, "The Anarchist will tell you that it is the state or capitalism or the world bank, or some conspiracy of rich and powerful that is responsible for the woes of modern society. They will tell you that if we were all just free to act as individuals without the confines of state or multinational corporations with their laws and force, money and power we would all be better off.


Rational Jenn presents Checking Premises, Part 2 posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "The second of a series of posts about how I have been reevaluating my premises about eating and health. I've lost 30 pounds so far this year! :o)"

Sandi Trixx presents NYT Gets Economic Insight from Four Boneheaded Economists posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, "Did you expect anything less than an adoration of government spending from a New York Times editorial?"

Shea presents Introspection as a Cognitive Tool posted at Shea's Blog, saying, "A post on the primary purpose of introspection. It's been updated since it was posted, so check it out even if you've read it!"

Mike Zemack presents Forgetting American Ideals: Mathews Defends Legalized Brute Force posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, "MSNBC's Chris Matthews sees a fundamental difference between today's Tea Party Movement and the original one, forgetting what the original one was all about. He fears "violence" from today's version, even as he ignores the growing tyranny in Washington."

Paul Hsieh presents Observations on the NYC Mosque Debate posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The reason so many Objectivists are at loggerheads on this issue is because it is a lose-lose question."

Diana Hsieh presents Take A Deep Breath posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Given the contentious debate over the NYC mosque over the last few weeks, I hope that Objectivists will take a step back and a deep breath before heading to OCON."

Jared Rhoads presents Twead #1: Michael Graham posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Last week on Twitter, we posted highlights from Michael Graham's new book, "That's No Angry Mob, That's My Mom" (Regnery Press, 2010; 259 pp). Here's the recap."

David C Lewis, RFC presents Being Cheap Is Not A Plan For Success...It's Not A Plan At All!: Life insurance | Precious Metals | Retirement Plans | Financial Planning | Investing | Saving Money posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning.

Martin Lindeskog presents NYC MOSQUE AND PROPERTY RIGHTS | EGO posted at EGO.

Andy Clarkson presents The Devastating Symbolic Attack On America posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, "911 was a physical attack on those buildings and great cities -- but more importantly it was a symbolic attack on the values of reason, purpose, self-interest, and rights. The symbolic attack was more devastating long-term."

Kelly Elmore presents What Livy and I Have Been Reading posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "This post contains a host of informal reviews of children's books Livy and I have read lately, including math, history, science, and fiction."

Trey Givens presents Pretty Things for Gay Month posted at Trey Givens, saying, "June was gay month. Did you get enough gay to last you until next year? Well, if not come on over to my bloggity-blog and check out some pictures of hotties. It's supergay. (Note: Studies attempting to show that you can catch the gay from my site are inconclusive. I accept no liability for those who catch the gay from looking at my site. Actual gay nutritional value may vary from person to person.) Just soak it up!"

Paul Hsieh presents Reply To Amy Peikoff on NYC Mosque posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The NYC mosque debate became much more constructive after Amy Peikoff replied to something I and others wrote. This is my reply to her excellent post."

In other news, I've created a homepage for the carnival on my blog. Currently it contains the basic information about the carnival, a somewhat expanded version of what is found on our page over at Blog Carnival. I will be adding hosting instructions to this page at some point in the near future. I would love some feedback about the information--if you've participated or hosted, please review what I've written for clarity and content. I'd really appreciate that.

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Rose said...

The quote was a good one but it made me sad too. I read it and thought "Um, actually I think we would" :(

(Btw, on a general note thank you for making me totally requestion my guiding principals and thoughts. Your answers to my questions on Objectivism have put my brain into massive thinking spirals.... in a good way. :) )

mtnrunner2 said...

You're not kidding about the state of our country. Or maybe I just need to stop listening to NPR on the way to work.

The health care bill started kicking in today, the House passed financial regulation, we are at war but we can't muster the courage to act like it, and I'd better stop there. When did America become a nation of sheep?

But, good ideas take time. Objectivist cultural activism has taken a significant uptick in the last 5 years, and it's already having an impact.