Welcome to the May 15, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Round Up. No, really, it's the 44th edition. Honest!
Flibbert presents Ignorance is Tiresome posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "I'm in Kansas City this week (Remember the last time the carnival came up and I was here?) so I figured I'd submit this one early.
NPR covered Ayn Rand and her influence on our culture recently. Their coverage is predictably disappointing and spotty, but I took a sort of meta approach and observed the anti-Rand comments that came into the site.
The bottom line is that a lot of people on the internet are dreadfully silly and not worth engaging in serious discussion." Agreed!
Cogito presents Writing to Your Audience in Academia posted at Cogito's Thoughts, saying, "This post highlights an issue I run into frequently, especially now that finals are so soon: Who is your intended audience in graded academic work? I don't have an exact answer yet, so comments are greatly appreciated!"
Paul Hsieh presents FAQ on Free Market Health Insurance posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "What would health insurance look like in a free market? Who would pay for patients who needed care, but couldn't get insurance coverage? Is there a social obligation to subsidize the health care for those who can't afford it? Is the free market too harsh and Darwinian? These questions and more are covered in this FAQ from Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine."
Paul McKeever presents The One Way to Defeat a Rational Argument posted at Paul McKeever, saying, "Your enemies are those who want to believe that if we all just agree, or pass a law, or point a gun, we can change the facts of reality concerning man’s method of surviving and pursuing happiness."
Edward Cline presents The Grave Robbers posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "As we mark the 100th anniversary of James Bond creator Ian Fleming's birth, one can't but notice the downright hijacking of his literary creation."