Welcome to the November 17, 2011 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.
This time I'm sharing a quotation simply because I am developing a MONSTER peeve about people who claim that what we have now, in this country, is laissez-faire capitalism. (If only.)
When I say “capitalism,” I mean a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism—with a separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.
--Ayn Rand, “The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 33 (via the online Ayn Rand Lexicon)
We have never had a complete separation of economics and state in this country, so to blame capitalism for the fact that some businesses choose to use the power of the government as a means to their ends is completely wrong.
And now, on to something a bit less gripey--the Round Up!
Jason Stotts presents Objectivist Blog Traffic posted at Erosophia , saying, "I want to know what the reach of the Objectivist blog community is, so I'm going to be compiling the traffic counts for Objectivist blogs. Want to be included?"
C.W. presents A Chance to Have Input for a Book posted at Krazy Economy , saying, "Our chance to have some imput for a book about job creation. The author does seem to recognize that only private enterprise creates jobs and that government does not."
Jenn Casey presents On Self-Invention posted at Rational Jenn , saying, "Something my 6 year old daughter said to us last week became an opportunity for talking about Ayn Rand's statement 'A man is a being of self-made soul.' It was pretty awesome!"
That concludes this week's edition. Next week is Thanksgiving, and Erosophia will be hosting. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form .