Thursday, January 05, 2012

Objectivist Round Up #234

I'm pleased to be hosting the very first round up of 2012!

This week, we Objectivists are mourning the loss of one of our favorite people, Dr. John David Lewis. I didn't know him personally, but I got to hear him speak last summer at OCON. It was memorable, one of the best talks I saw when I was there.

When the Tea Party movement was just kicking off, Dr. Lewis gave a speech in Charlotte, NC. The text of this speech can be found at The Objective Standard. It's well worth reading. I can't find a link to the video, but it's worth watching because his delivery of the speech is captivating and rousing.

And I will always like him because he posed with Flat Ryan a couple years ago. :) I like to think that one day Ryan will know how special this picture is:

To me, Dr. Lewis and many of my fellow Objectivists embody Ayn Rand's statement that "Those who fight for the future live in it today." I think the best way we can honor his memory is to continue fighting for the world we want, and by doing so, create it all around us in big and small ways today.

And now, on to the carnival!

Earl Parson presents Lou Kahn + Some Thoughts on Drawing posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "This is a nice little piece of writing I did back in June, about one of the things I love about what I do."

Frank McKay presents Importance of Mathematics posted at Frank's Objectivist blog, saying, "This blog post is about the importance of mathematics is modern technology."

Darius Cooper presents Raise taxes please! posted at Practice Good Theory, saying, "Cutting the payroll tax and extending unemployment insurance and bad ideas. We need to cut spending instead."

Trey Givens presents Announcing Trey's Theme for 2012: Adventure! posted at Trey Givens, saying, "My theme for 2012 is Adventure! (tm) I guess you don't have to read the blog post now that I went ahead and told you what the theme is. Of course, had I thought of that I might have picked a new title for the post as well.


Well, you should still read the post because it talks about some of the adventures I'm thinking of going on this year. You can even suggest other fun adventures! 2012 is going to be like Jurassic Park but with Shaun White making several cameo appearances. WOOHOO!"

Jason Stotts presents Best of 2011 posted at Erosophia, saying, "My favorite posts from 2011."

Gene Palmisano presents Misnomer of the Day posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, "More fodder for the beguiled."

C.W. presents Process of Leaving the Euro Currency Block posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "The problems in Europe could have significant downside for us for many reasons. This one, if a country were to stop using the euro, would have many consequences, not just economic."

Ari Armstrong presents December 2011 In Review posted at Free Colorado, saying, "My December was quite busy, with articles about gun statistics, speech-chilling campaign laws, abortion rights, and more."

William Green presents 2011 Review posted at Proudly Selfish, saying, "A look back on some of my personal events from 2011"

John Drake presents When Goals Flounder - Review Your Central Purpose posted at Try Reason!, saying, "As the new year roles around, lots of people write well intentioned goals. Unfortunately, many of those goals flounder and die as the year progresses. In this post, I share my own experience with failed goals and how I realized that my problem was with contradictions in my own thinking."

Diana Hsieh presents Rick Santorum Versus Happiness posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Rick Santorum is explicitly opposed to each individual's right to the pursuit of happiness."

Jenn Casey presents Goals for 2012 posted at Rational Jenn saying, "Here are some of my goals and plans for a kick-ass 2012!"

Joseph Kellard presents The American Individualist: The Seed of My Love of Reading posted at The American Individualist, saying, "My love of reading began with what book? Trek back with me to my childhood to find out."

Kelly Elmore presents New Year's and 33rd Birthday Plans for the Future posted at Reepicheep's Coracle saying "This post is about the adventures I plan on having in 2012, mostly professionally and in my hobbies. I make plans for adventures instead of resolutions because it seems so much more fun and less oppressive."

And that's it for this week's edition! The Rule of Reason is next week's host. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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1 comment:

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, my goodness! I am dismayed to hear about the death of Dr. Lewis. His speech at the Charlotte Tea Party was awesome. I saw the video and posted it to my blog shortly after that Tea Party. (It should still be there unless the link is no longer good). Also, he gave some talks in Israel--the links to which I can no longer find--that were excellent and complete. I remember particularly his assertion that Israeli's should be proud and not ashamed of the achievements they have achieved against such long odds.

I will remember John David Lewis with great honor, and may his memory be for a blessing to all of us who were touched by his magnificent mind.