Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Objectivist Round Up!

Welcome to The Objectivist Roundup, a weekly blog carnival featuring the best blog posts on any topic written by Objectivist bloggers.

Objectivism is Ayn Rand's philosophy of this-worldly reason, egoism, and capitalism.  Ayn Rand is the author of the epic novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.  As she explained:

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. ("About the Author," Atlas Shrugged)
Here is this week's edition of The Objectivist Roundup:

Joshua John M. Lipana presents American Thinker Blog: Sam Harris Versus the Self-Made Man posted at American Thinker, saying, ""Harris has continuously claimed to be an advocate of reason when it is precisely man using his rational faculty to enjoy life that he sets himself against.""

John McVey presents Simultaneous concretisation posted at John J McVey, saying, "We have the technology. Thank you, Miss Rand!"

Edward Cline presents Lara Logan and the Drooling Beast posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "In the aftermath of the abduction, rape and beating of Lara Logan, CBS foreign correspondent, in Cairo on February 11th during the “celebrations” in Tahrir Square over the resignation of Hosni Mubarak as head of Egypt’s government, the news media and the web have been buzzing with accounts and recollections of how dangerous it is for especially women journalists to cover events in so-called “hot spots.”"

Gene Palmisano presents Enter the Theocrats posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, "The pathological lie that democracy is synonymous with freedom."

Paul Hsieh presents The Wisconsin Protests and the New Medical Ethics posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "My latest OpEd at PajamasMedia discussed the Wisconsin doctors who signed fake "sick" notes for political ends, and the relationship to a dangerous new form of ethics being taught to medical students."

Ari Armstrong presents Grand Junction Could Use Some Common Sense Economics posted at Free Colorado, saying, "City governments should not run recreational businesses such as golf courses."

David C Lewis, RFA presents Whole Life Policy Returns posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, "I take another look at a financial product that usually puts people to sleep: life insurance! (did the exclamation point help keep you awake at all?) I approach this usually dry subject from a slightly different perspective, give a brief history of the product and discuss some of the implications of investment returns associated with the policy's built-in cash reserve."

C.W. presents Treasury Grab of Retirment Assets: So Far posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Update.  Hearings in September ignored rights issues.  Keep your eye on the government's plans for your savings."

Jason Stotts presents Quirkyalone posted at Erosophia, saying, "A reader asks about being "quirkyalone," a new relationship movement that advises people to wait to enter relationships until they find the right person, and my analysis of it."

Ryan Krause presents More About Unions posted at The Money Speech, saying, "A closer look at the proposed right-to-work law in Indiana that is causing so much fuss."

Stella presents Enforced paid maternity leave? No, thank you. posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "Forcing companies to offer paid maternity leave is a terrible idea."

Rachel Miner presents Experimenting. Parenting. Part Two. posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "Experiment number two!  I share another success of how I've been able to remove limits that were so essential for my son's success when younger.  I imagine that this process intensifies as kids get older. I need all the practice I can get with removing limits, as does my kiddo.  How can a child make the more vital choices well if they haven't had the practice of trial and error with choices when younger?"

Rational Jenn presents Education Bills in the Georgia State Legislature posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "A couple of bills in the GA state senate open up the possibility of allowing homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities at public schools. I am opposed to such legislation for many reasons."

Rational Jenn presents Mini-Podcast: SnowCon Preview posted at Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore, saying, "***NOTE TO HOST: Please list "Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore" as the authors and "Cultivating the Virtues" as the blog name. Blog Carnival usually screws this up, sorry! Thanks!*** If you'd like to know a bit about our SnowCon talk, listen to our preview!"

Rational Jenn presents ATLOSCon Schedule posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "ATLOSCon 2011 will be held in Atlanta over Memorial Weekend (May 26 - 30). Our schedule is up, check it out!"

Michael Labeit presents Inflationism and Social Unrest posted at Michael Labeit at
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