Objectivist Blog Carnival

Welcome to the March 26, 2009 edition of objectivist round up!

This is the first time Erosophia has hosted and we’re really excited to be hosting this week. For those of you who do not know, Objectivism is the Philosophy of Ayn Rand. When asked one time to explain it as quickly as she could, she said that the core of Objectivism is:
1. Metaphysics: Objective Reality
2. Epistemology: Reason
3. Ethics: Self-Interest
4. Politics: Capitalism

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Carnival!

Michael Labeit presents On Celebrating 50 Years of Marxist Misery posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, “A reformulation of my description of the socialist agony that is Cuba.”

Rebecca Knapp presents No Bonuses = No Contract Law posted at The Undercurrent, saying, “Washington’s attempts to stop AIG executive bonuses through legislative means are a direct attack on contract law and rights. While Obama and legislators may protest that they are pursuing legal means to snuff the contracts, there can be no legal means of annihilating freedom of contract as such, the sine qua non of all other economic freedoms.”

Ari Armstrong presents Quillen Misses Atlas’s Point posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, “Ed Quillen often writes good columns for the Denver Post, but his review of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged misses the point of the book and distorts Rand’s ideas.”

West presents The Shirt-Sleeve Millionaires posted at The Pursuit.

Diana Hsieh presents Laws Versus Regulations posted at NoodleFood, saying, “This post on the distinction between legislation and regulation sparked some quite a bit of interesting discussion.”

Roberto Sarrionandia presents Bigger & Better: Celebrating Market Success posted at Tito’s Blog, saying, “An analysis of the hatred towards big business, and the proper recognition that the values of the profitable deserve.”

Brian Phillips presents You Can’t Fly a Plane with Chains Around Your Neck posted at Houston Property Rights, saying, “Continental Airlines Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner wants more government regulation of his industry. The only solution to the industry’s woes, according to Kellner, is more government control. But he wants those controls to be different from what existed prior to airline deregulation. In other words, Kellner wants to be put in chains, but he doesn’t want those chains to be too tight.”

Alex Moya presents Stimulus Checks vs. Our Rights posted at The Undercurrent, saying, “How can redistributed tax money be considered an “investment”?.”

Paul Hsieh presents PajamasMedia OpEd: “Health Insurance Industry Sells Its Soul to the Devil” posted at NoodleFood, saying, “PajamasMedia has published another one of my OpEds, this time on health care.”

Rajesh Dhawan presents The Unearthly Earth hour posted at The Objectiveman, saying, “American cities shinning with lights makes me feel like they are celebrating civilization’s birthday everyday. So when somebody talks about switching lights off voluntarily and celebrating the Earth hour I feel like telling them- don’t be a fool, that’s the unearthly hour- which from where I come from, we are always trying to escape.”

Rajesh Dhawan presents Go green, just don’t do it here posted at The Objectiveman, saying, “Ayn Rand said in the “The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution” that there is no such thing as a “restrained progress”. Mitigated development is a contradiction in terms. As for the conservation, it is clear that they want to conserve anything, except man.”

Paul McKeever presents For the Aspiring Politician: What to Study posted at Paul McKeever, saying, “the fact that somebody is asking me for such advice is promising.”

Miranda Barzey presents Not the Time to “Go Galt” posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, “As Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged gain publicity, the “Going Galt” movement has erupted. But the philosophy behind the novel’s strike is being missed.”

Rational Jenn presents Discipline Without Punishment posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “This is a brief review of some of the Positive Discipline principles we use with our kids (ages 6.5, 4, and 9 months). Our focus is to help them learn appropriate behaviors, and punishment is not a part of our discipline strategy.”

Jason presents Objectivism and Taxation posted at Erosophia, saying, “Does Objectivism really necessitate a blanket condemnation of taxation?”

Flibbert presents Movie Review: Knowing posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, “Blogging has been light lately, but I did manage to write up this review of “Knowing,” which was billed as a “supernatural thriller” on CNN the other day. I watched it and found that it really wasn’t that apart from the way that it seemed to have some sort of odd connection to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Stella presents Insurers offer to start charging healthy people more posted at ReasonPharm, saying, “When you put it that way, it doesn’t sound so good any more, does it?”

M. presents Valuing People, Not Just Their Achievements posted at Erosophia, saying, “Is a person worth more than her achievements?”

C. August presents Obama’s grassroots volunteers lost battle, but are they preparing for war? posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, “The Obama administration is oddly still in campaign mode. Who are they, is Obama aware of what they’re doing, did this grassroots mobilization work, and why is this happening in the first place? I present a summary of this new issue, and discuss what we might expect in the future.”

Gus Van Horn presents Gus Van Horn: Quick Roundup 415 posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, “National Review on Ayn Rand: Less erudite than the talking stain, and ultimately, less effective!”

Michael Labeit presents On the Populism Smear posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, “Those who defend Obama’s economic policies deride the opposition with a term who’s connotation and denotation conflict.”

Tom Stelene presents Old, Obscure, Great Books: Review No. 2 posted at The Imaginary Philosophy, saying, “Here is a brief review of an old, out of print book by a scholar of long ago, just one of many, many great, old books I have acquired that do not deserve to be forgotten. I started these reviews because I am sure there are other bibliophiles out there who can enjoy learning from them as much as I have.”

Michael Labeit presents On Our “Freedom” posted at Philosophical Mortician, saying, “You will be disappointed.”

Daniel presents Tax Credits for Education 1 posted at The Nearby Pen, saying, “Should tax credits for education be advocated? I think they should, state why, and deal with two major objections.”

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