Welcome to this week's Objectivist Round Up! Can you believe we're inching up on 200 editions? Wow.
The quotation I'd like to share this time is something I've been thinking over hard in the last few days:
Courage and confidence are practical necessities . . . courage is the practical form of being true to existence, of being true to truth, and confidence is the practical form of being true to one’s own consciousness.
This is from Galt's speech in Atlas Shrugged. It has come to my attention that the only thing I really regret in my life is that it took me so long (only in the last 5-7 years) to reach this point in my life where I really am courageous and confident. In other words, my previous lack of courage and confidence delayed my progress in becoming the completely wonderful amazing awesome person that I am today.
In the last few years, I've reached heretofore undreamed of levels of productiveness and happiness, and I certainly intend to make up for those times when I was struggling to find them by kicking my courage and confidence and general awesomeness into HIGH GEAR for, well, pretty much the rest of my life. So expect even more awesomeness from me--and may you be able to reach ever higher levels yourself. :)
And now, on to the Round Up!
Valery Publius presents From "Yes We Can!" to "Why Bother?" posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Can the nation's problems be solved without a principled ideology?"
C.W. presents The Fraud of Waste and Fraud posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "The American people seem to not understand the Federal Budget. They are being misled, of course. This problem is urgent and will leave us open to further attacks on our freedom and way of life."
Jared Rhoads presents TEDxDartmouth 2011 posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Last week's TED event at Dartmouth featured one speaker on healthcare, and another on capitalism. Here are some thoughts on those two talks."
David C Lewis, RFA presents Whole Life Insurance & The Theory Of Decreasing Responsibility posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, "What is the theory of decreasing responsibility? I discuss the old argument of buy term and invest the difference vs. buying whole life."
Jeff Montgomery presents Wisconsin Labor - Right Or Wrong? posted at Fun With Gravity, saying, "Here I offer my evaluation of the Wisconsin labor dispute based on the legal content of the state's labor laws."
Jonathan Akin presents Campus Media Response: Traders, not Traitors posted at The Undercurrent Blog, saying, "Could investment banking be a far more productive pursuit than people seem to believe?"
C.W. presents MAKING CLAIMS ABOUT THE MONEY SUPPLY posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "I see tremendous confusion concerning inflation and the money supply. There is tremendous confusion regarding the meaning of some prices rising, especially oil. Just as in philosophy, a little knowedge of economics can lead you along the path of confusion."
John McVey presents OTI post #2 - Existence exists posted at John J McVey, saying, "I've traced "existence exists" to perceptual roots and reconstructed it from the ground up, to my satisfaction. Not all my OTI work will be this long, though."
Rachel Miner presents Experimenting. Parenting. Part Three. posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "How many kids go to the freezer to scoop up some frozen peas to enjoy with their breakfast?!?!? In this post I share the delightful results of removing the final food limits on my seven year old."
Gideon Reich presents A Debate on Government (and the Nature of Man) posted at Armchair Intellectual, saying, "Some thoughts on the First Principles debate on the Proper Role of Government between Yaron Brook and Miles Rapoport."
Julia Campbell presents sweet potato and sausage shepherd's pie posted at the crankin' kitchen!, saying, "This is a fun twist on traditional Shepherd's Pie with sausage, beef, and a hint of curry!"
John Drake presents What is racism and Why the Tea Party is Not posted at Try Reason!, saying, "In response to a friend's post stating that the Tea Party is racist, I elaborate on the definition of racism and when it is appropriate to label someone or some group as racist."
Scott Connery presents The Green Jobs Fantasy posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, "President Obama, among many others, says that the transition to "green" or "alternative" energy will create thousands of jobs, and power the new America. I do so math on these claims, and try to figure out exactly how realistic this plan is."
Edward Cline presents The Self-Defenseless West posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Two oddly varying March 8th versions of the same commentary, “Caliphate, Jihad, Sharia: Now What?” by Raymond Ibrahim, associate director of the Middle East Forum, appear on the Middle East Forum (MEF) and the Hudson-New York sites."
Miranda Barzey presents Growing Up Objectivist Class Questions posted at Building Atlantis, saying, "My father and I will be giving a lecture on my experiences growing up with an Objectivist parent at ATLOSCon. We're calling for questions as we plan out our talk."
Roberto Sarrionandia presents Gaia posted at Roberto Sarrionandia, saying, "What does it mean for man to "get in touch" with nature?"
Ari Armstrong presents Law Should Protect Wanted Fetuses While Allowing Abortions posted at Free Colorado, saying, "The law should uphold a woman's right to protect her fetus or get an abortion, as she chooses."
Jenn Casey presents SnowCon 2011 posted at Rational Jenn, saying "I thoroughly enjoyed participating in Front Range Objectivism's first conference!"
Kelly Elmore presents My Best SnowCon Moment posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "The people and the atmosphere of benevolence are the reason I loved SnowCon and the reason I organize ATLOSCON."
Paul Hsieh presents Free Markets and Pre-Existing Conditions posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "A few resources on how and why we should let the free market in health insurance deal with "pre-existing conditions"."
Paul McKeever presents Degrees of Freedom? posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "read this, if you doubt that the notion of "degrees of freedom" is 100% nonsense."
Jason Stotts presents Getting Started with Male Anal Sexuality posted at Erosophia, saying, "A response to a reader's question about how to get started with male anal sexuality, although it applies mutatis mutandis to women."
James Hughes presents Reflection of Man's Greatness posted at Temple of the Human Spirit, saying, "An uplifting shot from my pilgrimage to New York City.C"
Stella presents If I didn't pay their salaries, I wouldn't care how much they make. posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "The cries for government "say on pay" for CEOs are extending to health care. Here's my response."
Jason Stotts presents ATLOSCon or Bust posted at Erosophia, saying, "Anyone want to help an ATLOSCon speaker get to ATLOSCon?"
Jenn Casey presents Happy Birthday, ATLOS! posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Our first year as an official community group was wildly successful and great fun, too."
Diana Hsieh presents NoodleCast #64: Live Rationally Selfish Webcast posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I had a whole lot of fun broadcasting the Rationally Selfish Webcast in front of SnowCon's in-person audience this Sunday!"
Kate Yoak presents Stop yelling at kids posted at Parenting is..., saying, "Yelling at kids is as common a parenting approach as diapering. Though many of us agree that it is not optimal in the long run, it's often hard to refrain. I have battled my own impulses for some time and came out victorious. I'd like to share some tools that have worked."
Tori Press presents The prepared environment posted at life by design, saying, "A post about the Montessori philosophy, and how we have set up our home to create a prepared Montessori environment for 7.5-month-old Claire."
Jim Woods presents The Allegory of Africa posted at Words by Woods, saying, "shares one of his favorite sculptures."
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