Welcome to the January 13, 2011 edition of the Objectivist Round Up. Each weekly round up features the best posts from Objectivist bloggers around the country (and sometimes, the world!).
When I host, I like to start off with a quotation from Ayn Rand. This time, I'm choosing a quotation about creators, people who use their own independent minds and productive actions to create wealth.
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received—hatred. The great creators—the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors—stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won.
“The Soul of an Individualist,” For the New Intellectual, p. 77 (via the online--and free!--Ayn Rand Lexicon)
I see this something of this creative effort in my children every time one of them chooses to make something or do something of value, to bring something they value into existence--whether it's a drawing or a newspaper or a food creation or a ginormous project made out of train tracks and LEGO. Sure, their goals and efforts are modest compared to someone like Thomas Alva Edison (we've just read a biography of Edison here at our homeschool). But the underlying passion and drive come from the same place, I think. It's a super cool thing to see.
And now, on to the round up!
Burgess Laughlin presents BkRev: The Book of Enlightened Masters posted at The Main Event, saying, "Long preceding the threat of aggressive Islam was a slow flood of Asian and North African mysticism into European and US culture. In many variants of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufism, this tide of mysticism has quietly permeated Western society. Rawlinson's book details the individuals who have led the movement -- their successes, their failures, and their conflicts. For advocates of reason, this book review outlines his findings."
Joshua John M. Lipana presents Blood on President Aquino's Hands posted at Kuro-Kuro, saying, "A massacre due to the Philippine President's appeasement."
Benjamin Skipper presents Danse Macabre Addendum: More Thoughts on Conventional "Evil" posted at Musing Aloud, saying, "Recently I've come across a musical piece that strongly resonates with me, but I was uncomfortable with my valuing it because of its association with death. I have since identified that I'm actually responding to a strange sense of virtue, and I explain why in this essay. In summary, in modern aesthetic culture it's far too often the case that villains are given admirable traits that are denied to the heroes, such as intelligence and physical strength, so as a result we have a perverted scene where the villains are admirable while the heroes are bland and virtually contemptible."
Ari Armstrong presents Resolve to Expand, Use, and Produce posted at Free Colorado, saying, "Rather than 'reduce, reuse, and recycle,' we should resolve to 'expand, use, and produce' -- if we love life and cherish people. Eventually this must entail space settlement."
Hanah presents Just a Little Critter Collection posted at Charlie's Bookshelf, saying, "This collection of seven classic Little Critter stories is an excellent book for any free-range preschooler."
Paul Hsieh presents WashTimes OpEd: Best Health Care Political Pull Can Buy posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "The Washington Times published my OpEd on how ObamaCare creates a destructive "competition" for political pull in health care."
Paul Hsieh presents Hsieh RCM OpEd: "A Defense of High-Frequency Trading" posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "RealClearMarkets published my OpEd on computerized high-speed trading. (My original title was, "I, For One, Welcome Our New Robotic Trading Overlords!")"
Gene Palmisano presents Leftist Hate Mongering posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, "An objective reminder of conservative values in an irrational world."
Bill Brown presents The Road to Hell posted at The New Clarion, saying, "This entry by Jim May details an excellent identification about the problem with the "but his intentions were good" justification that so many in our culture profess."
Bill Brown presents The Power of Philosophy posted at The New Clarion, saying, "Myrhaf discusses the notion that America's fate hangs in the balance of her philosophy. As he put it, "No, America is not in trouble because of corruption. It’s not people at their worst that are destroying us, but people at what they think is their best.""
John Drake presents The sweet spot? posted at Try Reason!, saying, "How ambitious should you be so that you don't shot too low and fail to reach your potential or shot too high and frustrate yourself with failure? While I don't have an answer, I do look at my own life for clues."
Roderick Fitts presents Advances in Baconian Induction: John Herschel (Part 2 of 3) posted at Inductive Quest, saying, "Here's Part 2, which covers Herschel's points on causation, his rules of induction, the methods of verifying inductions made, and the relationship in science between induction and deduction. Enjoy!"
Morgan Polotan presents An Objectivist’s New Year’s Resolutions | Morgan Polotan's Blog – using reason and logic to explore philosophy, politics, economics and religion posted at Morgan Polotan's Blog.
Kelly Elmore presents Call for Talks for ATLOSCon 2011 posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "The Atlanta Objectivist Society is accepting proposals for talks to be given at our Memorial Day weekend conference. Passionate laypeople are welcome and beloved, along with famous and fabulous experts. Please spread this announcement around!"
David Baucom presents The Religion of Green posted at Cyrano Rises, saying, "I thought my feature article for a local magazine was worth reposting. It notes Green's parallels with religion, its faith-based dynamics, and explores how altruism/collectivism has migrated from one "God" (traditional religion) to another (Marxist socialism) to another (environmentalism) — concluding that Green's essence is a kind of religious faith in collectivism."
Thomas Hochmann presents FDA: Consume What We Tell You To posted at The Objectivist Voice, saying, "It's not enough that society is held to be wiser or superior to the individual; far more troubling is the assumption that society (or government as its agent) has a legitimate right to forcefully impose that alleged wisdom on individuals and businesses."
Earl Parson presents Tennessee House Update: Kitchen posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "It has been a while since I have blogged (other than on the weekly OList Happy Hour) but I have finally unclogged my blog! I'm happy to present an update on the Tennessee House, with the installation of the kitchen cabinets."
Jenn Casey presents I'm Not a Chinese Mother (Obviously!) posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "This is my response to the recent article in the Wall Street Journal about a very strict authoritarian type of parenting."
Miranda Barzey presents Fun Gesture Posing Strategy posted at Building Atlantis, saying, "A silly but hopefully effective strategy to help me spice up my gesture modeling."
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