Thursday, July 19, 2012

Objectivist Round Up: The Final Edition

Welcome to the July 19, 2012 edition--the 261st edition--the FINAL EDITION--of the Objectivist Round Up!

It has been a terrific five years. FIVE WHOLE YEARS of near-weekly editions of this blog carnival--quite a milestone!

I just wanted to take a minute to thank some of the people who contributed to the success of this carnival. The first edition was published on July 19, 2007 by Kim, who started the carnival, so thank you for coming up with the idea in the first place and getting the ball rolling! (In August of that year, I took over and have been managing the ORU ever since.) I was able to easily reach bloggers who could submit posts and host because of Diana's OBloggers list, so thank you, Diana for creating that resource for us.

Thank you to EVERYONE who sent in posts, and especially those of you who took turns hosting the carnival. I do very much appreciate your time and effort in sending out reminders and putting together the carnival post. You all well know the, ah, issues we had sometimes getting the edition out each week, so the Thanks-But-No-Thanks award goes to Blog Carnival itself. Sigh. :)

I am immensely proud of the work we've all done with the carnival, and proud of my work to keep it going. It has been a labor of love (sometimes, more labor than love--thanks again, Blog Carnival!), a small way in which I could do my part to change the culture for the better. I am not giving up on activism at all, and in fact, part of the reason I am ending the ORU at this time is so that I can free up just a bit more of my personal time to work on my other projects.

I usually include an Ayn Rand quotation in the introduction of each carnival, and today I'll make this last one short and sweet. These are words I truly believe, and truly try to live by, each and every day:

" . . . anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today."

So, I encourage all of you fans of the Objectivist Round Up to fight on, and fight hard. And stay in touch--I'm not really going anywhere!

Thanks again, everyone!

Martin Lindeskog presents INDEPENDENCE DAY posted at EGO, saying, " had an online house-warming party on July 4, 2011. This year, I created a "mental moodboard" for my next visit to the Land of Opportunity - the United States of America. Please check out my new Tumblr tumblelog, AtlasAnd, and the reblogged post, Happy Independence Day."

Diana Hsieh presents Hello: The Social Equalizer posted at Philosophy in Action, saying, "The telephone was a great social equalizer, and thank goodness for that!"

Edward Cline presents Thomas Ricks Wants Your Kids posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Just when you thought the government was finished scheduling your life and mapping out how you can become an exemplar of gung-ho "giving back" citizenship, another Pulitzer Prize winner concocts still another scheme to best exploit your life, time, and energies."

Paul Hsieh presents Health Care Sharing Ministries posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "People can devise innovative solutions for health care coverage when government gets out of the way."

Jared Rhoads presents Self-insurers are not free-riders posted at The Center for Objective Health Policy, saying, "In the name of eliminating "free-riding," the individual mandate leaves no room for legitimate self-insuring. The mandate is a blunt policy instrument that lumps together those who would prefer to save and pay for their care out-of-pocket with those who save nothing and show up to their local emergency room expecting free care. That's unjust."

James Hughes presents The Light of the World; Temple of the Human Spirit posted at Temple of the Human Spirit, saying, "Reason is the Light of the World"

Jim Woods presents The Cult of Thrasymachus posted at Selfish Citizenship, saying, "From Plato's Republic, Thrasymachus' misconceptions of justice have become central to American political discourse when justice is misstated as what is good for the strong, a mob of 50% plus one."

John Drake presents Time Enough for My Friends posted at Try Reason!, saying, "Even if you pursue your central purpose in life, you have time enough for friends, family, hobbies, and more. It's all about establishing your hierarchy of values."

Earl Parson presents Thank you, Jenn. posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "My thank-you note to the hostess." [Thanks, Earl! This note meant a lot to me!]

Earl Parson presents John Lautner Tour: Schwimmer House, 1982 posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "Celebrating what would have been master modernist architect John Lautner's 101st birthday this week, I summarize my visit to his Schwimmer House (1982) from last summer."

Jason Stotts presents Aporia: Sexual Orientation  posted at Erosophia , saying, "Just a post trying to make sense of the questions surrounding sexual orientation."

Rachel Miner presents Romantic "Extras": The Fun Work of Keeping a Romantic Relationship Vibrant posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "I share the details of the talk I gave at ATLOSCon. This is fun stuff and I'd love to hear about the things that you have done to make your partner feel super special too. It's great to share ideas and I hope you find the post useful."

Jenn Casey presents CrossFit Update at Rational Jenn, saying, "Here is an update on my progress at CrossFit. When I first began CrossFit, I viewed it as merely a fitness program. It has since changed from "exercise regimen" to "hobby" to "passion" for me, and has become a large part of my life. So I'm excited to share my progress and goals for the future!"

And that concludes this carnival!  :D

Links to past posts can be found (as long as Blog Carnival keeps it together) on our blog carnival index page. I will be creating some kind of archived link to the old editions soon, so that we will always have a way to link to them after Blog Carnival's inevitable demise.

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Jim said...

Thanks for all the effort that you have made with the Carnival. Two big thumbs up.

Roberto Brian Sarrionandia said...

Three cheers for Jenn for making this available for 5 years!

Nicholas Provenzo said...

Thank you, Jenn, for all your effort with the Round-Up.

Martin Lindeskog said...

Jenn: Thanks for your great work!