Thursday, November 17, 2011

Objectivist Round Up #227

Welcome to the November 17, 2011 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.

This time I'm sharing a quotation simply because I am developing a MONSTER peeve about people who claim that what we have now, in this country, is laissez-faire capitalism. (If only.)

When I say “capitalism,” I mean a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism—with a separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.
--Ayn Rand, “The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 33 (via the online Ayn Rand Lexicon)

We have never had a complete separation of economics and state in this country, so to blame capitalism for the fact that some businesses choose to use the power of the government as a means to their ends is completely wrong.

And now, on to something a bit less gripey--the Round Up!

David C Lewis, RFA presents Insurance Rate Regulation: Why Your Insurance Premiums Are So High (And What Will Cause Them To Go Down) posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, "Does insurance rate regulation help or hurt you?"

Jared Rhoads presents Americans and big-government health policy posted at The Center for Objective Health Policy, saying, "A recent survey claims that Americans want bigger government providing more healthcare services. Is that true?"

Tod presents What Passion Looks Like posted at Tod.FM, saying, "Living without passion hurts more than sleeping on the floor every night."

Ari Armstrong presents Wall Street Occupiers Depend on Capitalism posted at Free Colorado, saying, "Occupy Wall Street protesters advocate socialism while others celebrate capitalism across the street in McDonald's."

Jason Stotts presents Objectivist Blog Traffic posted at Erosophia, saying, "I want to know what the reach of the Objectivist blog community is, so I'm going to be compiling the traffic counts for Objectivist blogs. Want to be included?"

David Baucom presents Gary Johnson on Democracy vs. Republic posted at The Objective Standard Blog, saying, "A quick Q & A with Gary Johnson on democracy vs. republic (NOT part of my TOS interview with him)."

Diana Hsieh presents Video: What's the Difference Between Evasion, Rationalization, and Context-Dropping? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "In Sunday's webcast, I answered a question on the difference between evasion, rationalization, and context-dropping, particularly discussing marital infidelity and the anti-abortion "personhood" movement as examples."

C.W. presents A Chance to Have Input for a Book posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Our chance to have some imput for a book about job creation. The author does seem to recognize that only private enterprise creates jobs and that government does not."

Atul Kapur presents Slide-to-Unlock --> When Geniuses Apply for Patents posted at Wit Lab, saying, "Two remarkable stories from history that might make you lean in favor of patent protection for trivial features on your smartphone"

Jenn Casey presents Five Things about The Holidays (dun-dun-DUN!) at Rational Jenn, saying, "Keeping the focus on my values for the holiday season makes it less stressful and more enjoyable."

Jenn Casey presents On Self-Invention posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Something my 6 year old daughter said to us last week became an opportunity for talking about Ayn Rand's statement 'A man is a being of self-made soul.' It was pretty awesome!"

That concludes this week's edition. Next week is Thanksgiving, and Erosophia will be hosting. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form.

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