Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the Objectivist Round Up!
[Thanksgiving] is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation.
--Ayn Rand, “Cashing in on Hunger,” The Ayn Rand Letter, III, 23, 1. (via the online Ayn Rand Lexicon)
A beautiful statement about Thanksgiving, and another hidden gem about parents and children from Ayn Rand, too.
As I type this blog post, my house smells like delicious turkey and sausage stuffing, and my family is cleaning up to ready the house for our guests. There's wine chilling in the fridge, two delicious desserts waiting for us to eat after the main feast, and my favoritest people in the world: Brendan, Ryan, Morgan, and Sean. We'll be joined by more favorite people--Kelly, Aaron and Livy--in a while. (We're having a very small Thanksgiving this year, not because I didn't enjoy last year's Rockin' Thanksgiving Eve very much, but because I just wanted it to be a bit smaller this year.)
I'm so thankful to have all of these wonderful people in my life, and it's only just to say it once in a while, both to them, and in public, too. I love you all!
I have so much to be happy about, but one particular thing is that Brendan works hard to support us financially, which gives me the time and ability to "stay" [Ed.--HAHAHAHA!!! "Stay!" Ah, that just kills me.] with our children and raise them according to our values. As the kids have gotten a bit older, I have more me-time, too, and so I have been working on my own projects such as the Atlanta Objectivist Society, Cultivating the Virtues, and even this here blog carnival!
Hooray for being productive and happy, which is really what Thanksgiving is all about. :o)
And with that, here's your round up!
Edward Cline presents The TSA’s Extortion Racket posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) only seems to lack perspicuity, foresight, basic analytical skills, and senses of humor and irony. Its head, its staff, and its administrator are as distant from reality as Pluto is from the Sun. It has just launched a propaganda campaign called, “If You See Something, Say Something.” They have roused the wrong “enemy” – the American people."
Greg Perkins presents Do Corporations Have Rights? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Objectivist Answers recently saw the question of whether corporations themselves have rights -- should they be considered Persons? Or are any "rights" corporations have perhaps only derivative of the rights of the people who make them up? Find out what OA user JJMcVey had to say in this featured answer!"
David Lewis presents objectify me posted at david in real life, saying, "Objectify Me! Why do some people keep their thoughts about what they want in their romantic relationships, friendships, etc. all bottled up inside of them like those old-fashioned pressure cookers? Their wants escape a little bit at a time, and just enough to release the psychological "pressure" building up inside of them. I've discovered just how unhealthy this "bottling up" is and I discuss my own journey towards objectifying my wants and needs in interpersonal relationships."
Ari Armstrong presents Reflections on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I: Values of Harry Potter posted at Free Colorado, saying, "This is my (spoiler-heavy) review of Harry Potters and the Deathly Hallows Part I. Summary: Good, not great; disjointed and emotionally muted."
Zip presents Destroyer. posted at UNCOMMON SENSE, saying, "The Keynesian economic morass, corrupt political principles, moral bankruptcy and culture of entitlement both within these governments and within the general population makes the dream of building a laissez faire "purse" out of this "sows ear" a practical impossibility."
Martin Lindeskog presents THANKSGIVING AND VIRGINIA GOLD DIGGERS | EGO posted at EGO.
Paul Hsieh presents The Wrong Kind of Competition posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "ObamaCare is suppressing market-based competition for medical services and pricing. But it's fostering a different kind of competition -- for political favoritism."
Trey Givens presents Pumpkin Pie Ice-Cream posted at Trey Givens, saying, "In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here's my recipe for pumpkin pie ice-cream! OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!"
Gene Palmisano presents Morally Hazardous Medicine posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, "Medicine as we know it is rife with moral hazard. Thanks to big government, this phenomenon will soon reach epidemic proportion."
Mike Zemack presents Ayn Rand: Tea Party Voice of the Founding Fathers posted at Principled Perspectives.
Andrew Dalton presents We are not at war posted at Witch Doctor Repellent, saying, "To stop the endless post-9/11 expansion of the surveillance state, we must first reject the notion that we are living in a perpetual emergency."
Shea Levy presents Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and the Objectivist Movement posted at Shea's Blog.
Peter Cresswell presents Why Wasn't Pike River Mine Open Cast? posted at Not PC, saying, "Guest poster Mark Hubbard identifies the misanthropic ideology that put trees, rocks and snails ahead of the Pike River miners' lives."
Earl Parson presents Thanksgiving Feast: Weber Grill Turkey posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "Last year's Thanksgiving Feast at my house featured sit-down dinner for 20 guests, and a 26+ lb. turkey grilled in the Weber. I live tweeted the whole thing, with photos, and this post is the compilation of those tweets."
Jenn Casey presents My (Mostly) Paleo Thanksgiving Menu posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "In case you are dying to know what I'm serving today!"
That concludes this week's edition. Kelly of Reepicheep's Coracle is next week's host.
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