Jun 092011

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:

Jared Rhoads presents Morality rising in the healthcare debate posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “Though not flawless, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has been saying some awfully good things on healthcare as of late. Can he carry the moral torch on this issue?”

Harsha Vardhan presents Don’t let altruism enter the market. posted at Harsha blogs!, saying, “This article discusses on how altruism plays a key role in the market place.”

Edward Cline presents Islam’s Viral Stasis posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “Two recent, contrasting analyses of Islam – or rather, of the Islamic “mindset” that governs the behavior of Muslims – help to identify the problem with the ideology. One is “Why Muslim cultures lag behind,” by “Anti-Jihadist” on Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch. The second is by Daniel Greenfield on Sultan Knish, “Will Islam Destroy Itself?” Both articles discuss what can be described as Islam’s state of stasis, or moral, political, and cultural stagnation.”

C.W. presents Uncle Ben Spoke, and a couple Economics Lessons posted at Krazy Economy, saying, “Bernanke and the Fed for now are drifting. But, there are things to be learned and anticipated. Also, economics is not basically watching the government.”

Jonathan Akin presents Self Before Country posted at The Undercurrent, saying, “Do rights impose obligations? What exactly do you owe to your country?”

Scott Connery presents I’d Rather Have Obama Than Romney, And I Despise President Obama posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, “Mitt Romney really represents the worst aspects of the Republican party, and he’s polling disappointingly well. I take a look at why he is so distasteful.”

Kate Yoak presents Honesty and politeness posted at Parenting is…, saying, “”Say thank you!” “Please apologize!” We hear such statements from parents and teachers all the time as an attempt to teach their kids politeness. One tired morning, I discovered that the problem I have always seen in this approach was simply its lack of honesty.”

Noah Stahl presents College, Because They Said So posted at The Undercurrent, saying “How and why is college truly important in the long run?”

Andy Clarkson presents The Cult Of The Unearned posted at The Charlotte Capitalist, saying, “The Sermon on the Mount spawned what I call “The Cult Of The Unearned”. Over time this resulted in two branches described by Ayn Rand as the mystics of spirit and the mystics of muscle. The branches share the immoral view that values are not to be earned.”

Jim May presents It’s a Trap! The Conservative Triangle posted at The New Clarion, saying, “I apply ideological causality to “walk uphill ” from one conservative viewpoint back to its philosophical source, and then from there, back “downhill” to another, superficially unrelated conservative viewpoint, thusly tying them together into a “triangle”.”

Jim May presents Fighting the Fire, while Feeding the Flames posted at The New Clarion, saying, “Here I point out how the Jose Guerena case demonstrates how ideological causality moves men and society towards their end-of-road — even as they grow more and more afraid of that end as it’s nature becomes clearer and clearer”

Jared Rhoads presents Legal benefits are not the same as rights posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “Here’s a nice exchange about the alleged right to healthcare, which I found buried in the comments section of a recent Washington Times story.”

Kelly Elmore presents Summer of Adventure posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “I am changing the direction of my blog for the summer, since I am changing the direction of my life. It’s all about the adventures. This post starts it off.”

Ari Armstrong presents On Making the News posted at Free Colorado, saying, “I review my discussion on media with the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program. The question: ‘Do Media Report the News or Make the News?’”

Benjamin Skipper presents My Coming to Objectivism posted at Musing Aloud, saying, “How did I become an Objectivist? Simple: I suffered throughout most of my life from the ideas Ayn Rand fought again, and found healing in her philosophy.”

Joseph Kellard presents The Vine posted at The American Individualist, saying, “A preview on my (future) analysis of “The Vine,” a sculpture by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth.”

John Drake presents On IT Business Value posted at Try Reason!, saying, “So what is the relationship between Objectivist ethics and business value (in particular IT business value, which is my field of study). In this post I detail my thinking on the issue.”

Roberto Sarrionandia presents Abortion: Letter to Simon Hart MP posted at Roberto Sarrionandia, saying, “A letter to my MP regarding the appointment of a pro-life group to the an advisory committee for the British government”

Paul Hsieh presents Accountable Care Organizations and Big Brother Medicine posted at NoodleFood, saying, “The Christian Science Monitor published my latest OpEd on how Obama’s proposed new ACOs (accountable care organizations) represent a new level of government control over American health care.”

Beth Haynes presents Book Review: In Defiance of Death posted at Black Ribbon Project, saying, “Dr. Fisher has researched the topic of end-of-life care and written a book in order to “understand the driving forces behind [a] significant amount of inappropriate care and then [figure out] what to do to address these forces. ” Though I don’t agree with all that he has to say, the book offers a great place to start.”

Gene Palmisano presents Misnomer of the Day posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, “This one is so conspicuous even the imperial totalitarianist in our midst can’t hide from it. Visit me at the Anecdotal Objectivist. Thanks”

Valery Publius presents To Cultivate Civil Discourse, Encourage Intellectual “Polarization” posted at The Undercurrent, saying, “Do we need less political polarization, or BETTER political polarization?”

Rational Jenn presents Time Travel Tuesday posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “I starting a new blog feature: Time Travel Tuesdays. Each Tuesday I’ll be revisiting a post (probably about parenting) I wrote in the past. The first Time Travel Tuesday features the very first parenting post I ever wrote, “Parenting with Objectivist Principles,” originally posted in July 2007.”

Earl Parson presents Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, “Yesterday (June 8th) was Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday. I offer a celebratory tribute with a little bit of admiring commentary and several photos from my visit to his masterpiece, Fallingwater.”

Rachel Miner presents On the Horizon: Developmental Remediation Center Newsletter posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “I share some favorite parenting articles from an Autism newsletter. The recommendations are easily generalizable and useful.”

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents How’s This for Assimilation? posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, “I dedicate my mixed-race pregnancy to white supremacist, John Tanton, and discuss assimilation.”

Julia Campbell presents yogurt marinated lamb + cucumber mint salad posted at the crankin’ kitchen!, saying, “A Mediterranean dish of garlicky spiced yogurt, tender grilled lamb, and an addictive chopped vegetable salad.”

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