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.
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."
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
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."
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?"