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Objectivist Round Up #66

Posted Nov 06 2008 11:38pm

Welcome to the October 16, 2008 edition of The Objectivist Round Up.



My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

Ayn Rand, "About the Author," Atlas Shrugged, Appendix.


If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Ayn Rand Insititute.

We have some great reading for you this week, so let's get started:


On The Financial Mess


Dan Edge presents Bailout Crack posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Congress passed the bailout bill because they felt they needed to 'do something.' What will be the effect of their kind of short-sighted "treatment" of our economic problems?"



Kendall Justiniano presents What We Need Now is Some Good Old-fashioned "Collusion" posted at The Crucible & Column, saying, "I am amazed at the seemingly rational people who come up with seemingly plausible arguments for why government intervention in our economy is warranted. This arguably the most important wholesale violation of individual rights today. I attempt to dismantle one more such argument today."



Kendall J presents Unintended Consequences posted at The Crucible & Column, saying, "I wrote this before the bailout was reality. Now that it is, you too can watch for the unintended consequences, and I urge you to write your congressman every time one shows up. Treat it like a Where's Waldo game, only this time the stakes come out of your 401K."



Ari Armstrong presents Yes, FDR Made Depression Worse and Longer posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "I summarize portions of three books that demonstrate FDR made the Great Depression worse and last longer."



Piz presents The Four Rs: Venezuelan Inevitability posted at The Four Rs, saying, "The first submission from a new Objectivist blog. Any feedback will be much appreicated."



Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty


K. M. presents Poverty posted at Applying philosophy to life, saying, "An analysis of poverty written for Blog Action Day 08"



Tom Stelene presents Blog Action Day - Poverty: Answer This, Humanitarians posted at Al-Kafir Akbar!, saying, "Who were the “humanitarians” so concerned about Americans’ well-being and alleviating their suffering? What foreign aid plan did they create to rid America of poverty?"



Tom Stelene presents Blog Action Day - Poverty: Justify This, Humanitarians posted at Al-Kafir Akbar!, saying, "What is "humanitarian" about forcing men who are not in poverty to help - directly or indirectly - men who are in poverty?"



C. August presents The Tool to Eradicate Poverty posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "Something called 'Blog Action Day' happened on Oct. 15, intended to rally thousands of bloggers around the topic of poverty. I decided to lend my voice, but I suspect it wasn't what they expected to hear."



On Free Speech And Other First Amendment-Related Issues


Paul Hsieh presents Misclassifying Terrorists posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The latest threat to free speech -- classifying nonviolent protestors as "terrorists"."



Gus Van Horn presents Repeal McCain-Feingold Now at Gus Van Horn, saying, "Although our 'clean' government is preoccupied with picking our pockets during the financial crisis, it has already successfully delegated squelching freedom of speech to a busybody near you."



Rational Jenn presents Just When I Thought I Was Out posted at Rational Jenn saying, "Another blog visit from the Census Bureau got me wondering about the other American Community Survey-related visits I've received. I still encourage my visitors to completely refuse to comply with this awful invasion of privacy."



Jason presents Truly Pro-Life: Personhood and Abortion posted at Erosophia, saying, "A fresh look at the ethical implications of abortion."



On The Upcoming Elections


Diana Hsieh presents Diana Hsieh’s 2008 Voting Recommendations posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I offer my personal recommendations for pro-liberty voting in Colorado."



Edward Cline presents The Numerology of Nose-Counting posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "As Ayn Rand once aptly remarked, fifty million Frenchmen can be as wrong as one. Nose-counting cannot establish metaphysical or even moral truths."



On The War In Iraq


Eric Peltier presents American Apathy towards “the New Normal” posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "In this piece, I consider why Americans seem so apathetic toward the war effort."



On The "War" Between The Sexes


A. Chambers presents Could I get a hand? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Why are many afraid to acknowledge that there are any differences between men and women, and when are such differences relevant?"


That concludes this week's edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
The Objectivist Round Up using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. The Rule of Reason will be hosting next week!



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