Thursday, February 02, 2012

Objectivist Round Up #238

Welcome to the February 2, 2012 edition of the Objectivist Round Up!

Today is Ayn Rand's birthday, so that makes this a very special edition of the Round Up.

Objectivists and other fans of Ayn Rand's work often mark this day as special. However, this year, Dr. Harry Binswanger came up with a great idea for celebrating "Randsday"--by doing something selfish and for pure pleasure.

Inspired by this, I finally got around to ordering some fancy organic soaps from an online friend of mine. I've been meaning to place an order for a while, but always felt as if spending money on something like fancy soaps was sort of a low priority. But I LIKE fancy good-smelling soap and so I ordered some for no other reason than I wanted them. They arrived yesterday and they are AWESOME! My order even included a "Happy Randsday!" note from the soapmaker, which I very much appreciated since she is a fan, I believe (though not an Objectivist).

So what are YOU going to do today? I really want to know, so leave me a note in the comments!

Here is a quick collection of other Randsday commentary which I might add to as the day goes on:

One more thing before we move on to the carnival--Don Watkins of the Ayn Rand Institute has a nice piece about Ayn Rand on her birthday: "Happy Birthday, Ayn Rand! Why are you still so misunderstood?" Totally worth reading. :D

And now, on to some other things that are totally worth reading! Read, think, and enjoy!

Burgess Laughlin presents Ayn Rand on Selecting a Presidential Candidate? posted at Making Progress, saying, "Philosopher Ayn Rand, using examples from her own time (50 years ago), offers a method for selecting a presidential or other candidate, a method that applies to our time as well."

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents More Evidence of Immigrants Being More "American" than Americans? posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, "An interesting article discussing how immigrants seem to make better soldiers."

Jared Rhoads presents Mitt Romney and the individual mandate posted at The Daily Caller, saying, "In defending his individual mandate requiring Massachusetts residents to purchase health insurance, Mitt Romney assumes that self-insurers are free riders. Not so."

Darius Cooper presents Are "Soft Landings" really softer? posted at Practice Good Theory, saying, "I ask whether government-engineered "soft landings" are good or bad."

Fred Seiler presents How religious was Isaac Newton? posted at Seiler on Science, saying, "Here are some notes about Isaac Newton's religious views and their historical significance."

Jason Stotts presents Meeting #6: Jason Stotts on Love, Sex, Relationships, and Happiness posted at SoCal Objectivists, saying, "Jason Stotts is presenting a lecture on Love, Sex, Relationships, and Happiness for the 6th meeting of the SoCal Objectivists."

Paul Hsieh presents The Grey: A Great Reminder of Crucial Truths posted at The Objective Standard Blog, saying, "My first piece for the TOS blog was on the movie, "The Grey"."

Diana Hsieh presents Dr. Peikoff on Objectivism Versus Applications Thereof posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Dr. Peikoff explains the scope of the philosophy of Objectivism in a recent podcast, and I agree with him wholeheartedly."

Edward Cline presents Cumulative Consequences posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "The post-World War II G.I. Bill, passed by Congress to keep countless returning and unemployed soldiers busy and distracted and out of trouble while bureaucrats and policymakers continued to regulate an economy which otherwise would have boomed sooner and faster than it did following the war, was the beginning of higher education’s addiction to and dependence on federal money. The intervention co-opted the “Greatest Generation” and set another precedent for government intervention in the economy and the culture, an unchecked intervention which inexorably and ultimately led to control."

Paul Hsieh presents HP Calculators in 2025, As Predicted In 1978 posted at GeekPress, saying, "Some of these predictions were surprisingly accurate!"

Keith Weiner presents Gold Bonds at Keith Weiner's Posterous. This contains a link to a paper he recently wrote on the subject.

That concludes this edition. Rachel at The Playful Spirit will host next week! 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:

KenO said...

I decided to pamper myself by playing a round of golf on this beautiful and warm day in Atlanta, Ga. instead of working on my "TO - Do" list as I had planned. It was an outstanding day and the golf was pretty good too!!!!
Ken Andrews