Thursday, July 21, 2011

Objectivist Round Up Fourth Anniversary!!

Welcome to the fourth anniversary edition of the Objectivist Round Up. There is no better spokeman for this philosophy than Miss Rand herself, so she has the floor:

I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.
This—the supremacy of reason—was, is and will be the primary concern of my work, and the essence of Objectivism.
Let's begin!
Scott Connery presents Would a Debt Default Really be the End of the World? posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, "President Obama is warning that the US will default on it's debt if the Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling. The Republicans are demanding a balanced budget amendment in return for for raising the ceiling.

Has anyone stopped to consider if a default would be as awful as everyone paints it?"

Ross England presents Netflix the Bully posted at Think Twice, saying, "I comment on the recent uproar over the increase in Netflix subscription prices and who of those involved, if anyone, is a bully."

David Masten presents On Moral Duty and the Categorical Imperative posted at Blazing Truth, saying, "A satire on Ayn Rand's intellectual foe, Immanuel Kant, and his ideas of transcendental idealism and the categorical imperative. Establishing a rational morality with life as a standard of value is essential for man."
David later changed the title of his post to the following:
"Insight on the Kantian Categorical Imperative from an O'ist perspective and the rational necessity of holding a principled morality"

Edward Cline presents All in the Islamic Family posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Violence, or the threat of it, is the only way Islam can spread – unless the West abandons the values of freedom and individualism."

Toby Selwyn presents Why You Don’t Have the Right to a Minimum Wage « One for One posted at One for One, saying, "My take on one aspect of government interferance in economics, the minimum wage."

evanescent presents UK Government dictates acceptable lifestyle to citizens posted at evanescent.

David C Lewis, RFA presents 401(k) Breakdown: An Incentive For What? posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, ""I think the real incentive of 401(k) plans is to get you to defer money into an investment account through government-created tax loopholes. Why would they do this? Well...""

Jared Rhoads presents Government-backed CO-OPs stunt innovation posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "Over $3.8 billion was appropriated by the Affordable Care Act to loan to create CO-OPs. The worst part isn't the wasted money but the further entrenchment of government in health insurance."

Rachel Miner presents For the love of learning posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "A few minutes of sheer joy for those who want to see a kid fully enthusiastic about learning something new and gaining esteem. (This is in the same genre as the kid learning to ride a bike video.)"

Ari Armstrong presents Smearing Ayn Rand (Again) posted at Free Colorado, saying, "Al Lewis takes some unfair swipes against Ayn Rand. I review the relevant facts."

Jason Stotts presents Formspring: When is Sex Appropriate? posted at Erosophia, saying, "When is it appropriate to start having sex in a new relationship? That is the reader question I address this week on Erosophia."

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents Public Meeting in Denver posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, "Santiago went to a public meeting about immigration here in Denver and reports on the events."

Diana Hsieh presents Video: What's Wrong with the Ideal of Moderation posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Shouldn't we sometimes act on an ideal of moderation? I explain why not in this video from my webcast."

Earl Parson presents Forget the Tea Party, I Want to Start the Lemonade Party posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "There seems to be an epidemic of local governments cracking down on front-yard lemonade stands. It's getting rather distressing to keep seeing links in my facebook and twitter feeds to these horrifying stories. I've given some thought to the issue, and I think its some of the best political writing I've done in a while."

Paul Hsieh presents Stress vs. Time Vacation Chart posted at GeekPress, saying, "I think we're all familiar with this!"

Jenn Casey presents Lemonade for Freedom Day: August 20 posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "While we're planning to participate in "Lemonade for Freedom Day" on August 20."

Jenn Casey presents Learning about the Virtues. Every Single Day. posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Opportunities to discuss and learn about the virtues happen all the time."

Scott Connery presents It's Time to End Public School posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, "Government schooling just doesn't make sense at any level. It under performs and is more expensive than the private alternative. Oh, and it is a government force backed monopoly which would qualify it as distasteful even if it worked well."

Earl Parson presents Touring Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Building at COS MiniCon posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "I'm thrilled to have arranged for a special tour of Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Building as part of the Chicago Objectivist Society's upcoming MiniCon. Find out all about the tour, which includes many beautiful Sullivan spaces not generally open to the public."

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