Thursday, February 23, 2012

Objectivist Round Up #241

Welcome to this week's Objectivist Round Up! We've got a great collection of blog posts from your favorite Objectivist bloggers this week. But first, let's have a quotation from Ayn Rand, shall we?

The principle of trade is the only rational ethical principle for all human relationships, personal and social, private and public, spiritual and material. It is the principle of justice. 
A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved. He does not treat men as masters or slaves, but as independent equals. He deals with men by means of a free, voluntary, unforced, uncoerced exchange—an exchange which benefits both parties by their own independent judgment. A trader does not expect to be paid for his defaults, only for his achievements. He does not switch to others the burden of his failures, and he does not mortgage his life into bondage to the failures of others.

“The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 31, via the online Ayn Rand Lexicon

We discuss the Trader Principle fairly often around here. As well as the difference between Trader and Traitor. :) Even fairly young kids get this idea! Too bad so many adults don't.

And here is this week's Round Up:

Burgess Laughlin presents BkRev: Explaining Postmodernism posted at The Main Event, saying, "Stephen Hicks's _Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault_ provides a brief, clearly written account of the historical and philosophical roots of postmodernism. In about 200 pages of main text, he covers the chain of cause-and-effect that explains this disintegrative movement."

Darius Cooper presents People vs. Government posted at Practice Good Theory, saying, "I explain that the U.S. has the government it deserves."

C.W. presents Why is it important to watch Europe now? posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "It is important to watch the "thinking" of the people trying to "solve" their problems. It foreshadows our own future. It is also important to see how their economies react."

Edward Cline presents The Road to Skandanistan posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "One shouldn’t wonder much about why Norway, Sweden, and Demark are willing to submit, like "Britainistan," without so much as an audible whimper, to their steady Islamization, to their becoming de facto departments of a growing international caliphate."

Diana Hsieh presents CU Boulder Think! Lecture: Should You Try to Be Morally Perfect? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "On the evening of March 6th, I'll be giving a lecture for CU Boulder's "Think!" philosophy lecture series on moral perfection in Ayn Rand and Aristotle."

Jason Stotts presents Erosophia Podcast #2 Part 1 posted at Erosophia, saying, "The second episode of the Erosophia Podcast, which is a recording of my lecture "Love, Sex, Relationships, and Happiness" that I delivered to the SoCal Objectivists on February 11th."

Paul Hsieh presents ObamaCare Regulations Now Up To 1,147,271 Words posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "And there are plenty more words to come!"

Mike Zemack presents Time to Minimize "Macroeconomics" posted at Principled Perspectives.

C.W. presents Germany and the Euro Problems posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "The classic modern tale of trying to do "good" by helping your neighbor and getting your hand bitten. Or, "I want my cake for free and your cake, too, and you better be nice to me or I'll cry and stamp my feet!""

Peter Cresswell presents It’s still all Greek to some people posted at Not PC, saying, "If the Greek bailout is all Greek to you, here's a short summary of why you shouldn't be too optimistic. Unless you're a banker."

Victoria Genther presents The Spring 2012 Edition of The Undercurrent is Available to Order! | The Undercurrent posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "The Spring 2012 Edition of The Undercurrent features articles about the Occupy Wall Street movement, energy policy, and the morality of government education. Order your copies before March 5th!"

Jenn Casey presents Outlaw Update at Rational Jenn, saying, "No, I haven't turned into that kind of Outlaw. I'm a Trader, not a Traitor, remember. :) This is an update on how I'm doing with my new CrossFit regimen, with a little bit of Objectivism thrown in for good measure."

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