Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Objectivist Round Up November 18 Edition

Welcome to the November 18, 2010 edition of objectivist round up. Objectivism is the philosophy created by novelist Ayn Rand. Here's a quote of her's to get things started:

"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."

David Lewis presents will the real Objectivists please stand up? posted at david in real life, saying, "" Objectivist without integrity is like steak without the grizzle. It looks nice, but the best part is missing."
In this entry: my experiences with Objectivists. There are some really fantastic people out there. There are also some real duds. I explore the lack of integrity in some Objectivists."

Kyle Becker presents The Ghosts of Capitalism posted at Rogue Operator, saying, "Thanks for the opportunity to send you an article."

Aditya Pawar presents The Right to Petition Government for Redress of Grievances, Part VII posted at Axiom, saying, "Seventh Installment. I explain why "conservation of judicial resources" is not a legitimate reason for the judiciary to disallow court access to persons with injuries."

Jared Rhoads presents Brace for chaos in 2014 posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "What will happen to those who lose health insurance coverage as a result of the health reform legislation?"

Paul Hsieh presents Radiation Risk From TSA Scanners? posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I discuss whether Americans should be worried about the medical risks related to the TSA whole-body x-ray scanners. (This is separate from the broader, more worrisome political issues.)"

Rational Jenn presents Family Business posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "We've been exploring the idea of "family privacy" with our kids (ages 8 and 5). It's turning out to be a rather tricky idea to get across."

Rational Jenn presents Podcast #12: The Nature of Children posted at Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore, saying, "***NOTE TO HOST: Please list 'Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore' as the blog authors, and 'Cultivating the Virtues' as the name of the blog. Blog Carnival messes this up sometimes.*** Our latest podcast is based on a previous post by Kelly."

Ari Armstrong presents In Praise of Some Great Objectivists posted at Free Colorado, saying, "In light of recent controversies, it is worth remembering the profound value that others have offered us."

David Baucom presents The Religion of Green posted at Cyrano Rises, saying, "Just published in Charlatan Magazine, the article compares the Green movement to religion and reveals its essence as a religious faith in collectivism."

Roberto Sarrionandia presents Free Speech for Cheryl Gillan posted at Roberto Sarrionandia, saying, "Response to an anti-free speech campaign on my campus."

Lynn Peters W presents Same-Sex Marriage in Vermont: Right Decision, Wrong Reason: The Beginning posted at The Lone(ly) Vermont Objectivist, saying, "My first submission!"

Jason Stotts presents Alcohol and Sex posted at Erosophia, saying, "In this essay, I look at how all too often people are so ashamed of their sexuality that they can't even admit it to themselves until they start drinking heavily. Commentary ensues."

Peter Cresswell presents “To Sir E. Hillary” posted at Not PC, saying, "An unashamed rant at the government theft from his widow of Everest hero Ed Hillary's personal property."

Peter Cresswell presents Negotiation by riot posted at Not PC, saying, "In their violent pursuit of education at someone else's expense, what rioting British students demonstrate more than anything else is the bankruptcy of the education they've been given."

Edward Cline presents The TSA’s “Protection” Racket posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "There is a scene in "Schindler’s List" in which all the inmates of the concentration camp are forced to strip naked en masse and run through a gauntlet of outdoor medical checks. If the inmates weren’t already “conditioned” to incarceration, humiliation, being kidnapped, robbed, tagged, folded, spindled, shredded, and “processed,” that exercise guaranteed it. Those who didn’t pass the “test,” were pulled from the line and never heard from again. Not that it mattered in the long run: they were all scheduled for extermination.

Too eerily a parallel with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA's) new “enhanced” security policies at American airports, which include full-body scans that show every detail of one’s person beneath clothing and/or intimate “pat-downs” by manqués wearing blue surgeon’s gloves, who are authorized to probe and grope infants, school children, adults, nuns, businessmen, well, everyone for combustibles or explosive materials."

Roderick Fitts presents Reduction of Justice posted at Inductive Quest, saying, "This is a reduction of the basic idea of 'justice,' and it will allow me to induce the principle that justice is crucial or important in human life."

Amy Mossoff presents The Miracles of Modern Medicine posted at The Little Things, saying, "My husband and I are about to embark on an interesting journey through super-high-tech medicine: donor egg IVF. It stinks that we're so unlucky that we can't seem to make any more babies on our own, but I am so grateful to the heroes who have developed these techniques so that we still have a chance to do it with the help of science."

Michael Labeit presents Martin Wolf is Confused About Fractional Reserve Banking, Part 1 posted at Michael Labeit at, saying, "A generally good, pro-globalization economist makes a common error."

Miranda Barzey presents What Inspired Me to Become an Art Model posted at Building Atlantis, saying, "How a renewed interest in art inspired me to become an art model."

Earl Parson presents Tennessee House: Fireplace & Stone Wall posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, "Last week they installed the fireplace stone, as well as some exterior wall stone, on my latest house design, now under construction in Tennessee. The masons did a great job - check it out!"

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