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Objectivist Round Up #165

Posted Sep 09 2010 7:04am
Welcome to the September 9, 2010 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! I'm happy to be hosting this week.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the link between thought and action, and here is a relevant quotation
In order to live, man must act; in order to act, he must make choices; in order to make choices, he must define a code of values; in order to define a code of values, he must know what he is and where he is—i.e., he must know his own nature (including his means of knowledge) and the nature of the universe in which he acts—i.e., he needs metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, which means: philosophy. He cannot escape from this need; his only alternative is whether the philosophy guiding him is to be chosen by his mind or by chance.

Ayn Rand, “Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto , 30. (Via the online Ayn Rand Lexicon )


That's at the individual level, and I have talks with my kids about making choices based on values (in a less abstract way) on a semi-regular basis. Here's related quotation (from the same page in the Lexicon) about how ideas shape a culture (my emphasis)
Just as a man’s actions are preceded and determined by some form of idea in his mind, so a society’s existential conditions are preceded and determined by the ascendancy of a certain philosophy among those whose job is to deal with ideas. The events of any given period of history are the result of the thinking of the preceding period.

Ayn Rand, “For the New Intellectual,” For the New Intellectual , 28.

Hmmm....food for thought, yes? And here is more food for thought from a group of Most Excellent Objectivist Bloggers! Enjoy!


Burgess Laughlin presents Is Neoconservatism Dead? posted at Making Progress , saying, "Neoconservatism is largely a subterranean intellectual movement. Though seldom in the news, its foundational principles are a cause of major current events. Neoconservatism is a grave danger to America and thus to all Western Civilization. This article introduces readers to neoconservatism and to a new book that exposes its philosophical nature, historical roots, and poisonous fruit."



Rachel Miner presents School Worries posted at The Playful Spirit , saying, "I share the primary concerns that I have for the start of school. I finish by contemplating if homeschool would be better. Kids are so unique and each decision has so many pros and cons."



Roderick Fitts presents Reduction of the Principle of Egoism posted at Inductive Quest , saying, "This essay analyzes what ideas we would need to understand before we could do a proper induction of egoism, using the Objectivist method of reduction. This is a result of my studies of "Objectivism Through Induction.""



C.W. presents Combating Altruism posted at Krazy Economy , saying, "Many people who do not (could not) practice altruism in their daily lives accept the politics based on altruism. We can use that conflict by making the connection for them, pointedly."



David C Lewis, RFA presents The Inconspicuous Benefit Of Dividend Paying Whole Life Insurance posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning , saying, "In this post, I discuss one way to overcome inflationary pressures of a fiat currency using a simple financial product--life insurance."



Diana Hsieh presents Policy Paper: The 'Personhood' Movement Is Anti-Life posted at NoodleFood , saying, "Ari Armstrong's and my much updated policy paper on the 'personhood' movement -- in defense of abortion rights -- has been published."



Ari Armstrong presents Under Nanny State, We Don't Feel Like Dancing posted at Free Colorado , saying, "A look at a few of the Nanny State controls in NYC and Colorado."



Edward Cline presents The Fatal Links of Servitude posted at The Rule of Reason , saying, "I sometimes imagine myself in the role of a latter day Roman contrarian, living in a time of my country’s certain dissolution on the eve of an invasion by barbarian hordes bent on loot and conquest."



Fred Seiler presents Seeking the Truth: a book by Richard Schlagel posted at Seiler on Science , saying, "This is my brief review of a pro-reason, anti-religion book about the history of science."



Zip presents Guest Blogging posted at UNCOMMON SENSE , saying, "My first ever guest blogger post "The Atheist Conclusion" is up over at Atheist Evolution."



Zip presents Muslim Terrorists and Moderates in Ottawa posted at UNCOMMON SENSE , saying, "For those that claim there are no moderate Muslims the words of Salma Siddiqui, Raheel Raza, and the Muslim Canadian Congress would seem to make a lie of that claim."



Sean Saulsbury presents The American, Flipped posted at The Movie Film Show , saying, "Two new shows this week the best being Flipped--a lovely story about two kids in the 60s who fall in love. Both Mr. Movie and Mr. Film gave it an A grade."



John McVey presents Response to anarchism: answer 1 posted at John J McVey .



Kelly Elmore presents Dragon Con 2010 posted at Reepicheep's Coracle , saying, "This post details my adventures at this year's Dragon Con. It includes pictures of my costumes and descriptions of the panels I went to (both academic and just for fun). Ben Franklin makes an appearance, as does Professor Umbrage."



Sandi Trixx presents Coulter: Having No "Faith" is Worse than Having the Wrong One posted at Sandi Trixx , saying, ""Atheist" is a dirty word to conservatives."



Tod presents Goodbye Mac, Hello Linux posted at Tod.FM , saying, "I recently realized that my actions in the real world were inconsistent with my principles... Since our computers are essential to the expression of ideas, switching to Linux ultimately concerns the freedom and independence of my ideas."



Kelly Valenzuela presents Peachy Keen Pork Chops posted at Modern Paleo , saying, "Great recipe whether you're on a paleo-type diet or not!"



Paul Hsieh presents Doctors Hiring Scribes for EMRs posted at We Stand FIRM , saying, "Yet more "unintended" consequences of health care "reform"."



Miranda Barzey presents My First Dragon*Con! posted at Building Atlantis , saying, "My first ever trip to Dragon*Con in Atlanta!"



Rational Jenn presents Atlanta Objectivist Society Update posted at Rational Jenn , saying, "This is kind of a State of the ATL_OS blog post. We're having lots of fun, and are very, very busy!"



C.W. presents Update: Treasury Grab of Retirement Assets posted at Krazy Economy , saying, "The process by which the Labor Department arrives at a justification for another new law is continuing. Their stated goal is to waste more time and money, and ignore the real threats to our retiring financially comfortably. There are even bigger threats lurking."




That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form .

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