Objectivist Blog Carnival

Welcome to the August 6, 2009 edition of Objectivist round up.

Objectivism is the Philosophy of Ayn Rand. She defined it, most eloquently, as a “philosophy for living on Earth.” In that spirit, we present this week’s round up.


Deb Ross presents What you get if you ask posted at Mariposario, saying, “An aspect of value-for-value in the marketplace”

Jennifer Snow presents Clicking Away Your Soul posted at Literatrix, saying, “Commentary on Glenn Beck’s recent assault on the Cars.gov site and program.”

Roderick Fitts presents Aristotle’s “Two” Views of Induction: McCaskey’s Resolution (Part 1) posted at Inductive Quest, saying, “Part 1 of a presentation of Aristotle’s alleged two conflicting views on “induction,” and Dr. John McCaskey’s resolution of this in his dissertation. We learn about the “enumerative inductivist” view versus the “open-ended, essential-nature-discovering-inductivist” view, and the works of Aristotle that support each.”

Rituparna Basu presents Can we be Brainwashed? posted at The Undercurrent, saying, “Recently President Obama signed into effect a historic piece of legislation that greatly affects the tobacco industry and its customers. The bill, which President Obama eagerly signed, finally subjugates the tobacco industry to the dictates of the FDA.”

Edward Cline presents America’s Mobocracy posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “There are three overlooked or un-emphasized facets of the Obama administration and Congress’s breathless rush to seize everything in the country that is not nailed down — health care, car production, the used or “clunker” car market, executive pay — the list may prove to be endless, and there may be nothing that is not nailed down exempt from their avarice. These facets should be the principal foci of critics to the point of obsession.”

Edward Cline presents Nine Reasons to Reject Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court posted at The Rule of Reason.

Khartoum presents The bizarre airlines “bailout”. posted at Philosophy, Law and Life., saying, “There have been a series of bizarre events over the past few days in the Indian domestic airline sector with the private domestic airlines threatening to go on a strike with a bad definition of bailout thrown in.”

Ryan Krause presents A Quick Thought About SEC Fines posted at The Money Speech, saying, “Who pays those, anyway?”

Jared Rhoads presents Keep the pressure on posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “So far, ordinary Americans have done a very good job of resisting the government’s proposed takeover of healthcare. We need to keep the pressure on.”

Ari Armstrong presents In Health Debate, Left and Right Need to Check Premises posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, “Particularly troublesome are Republican efforts to further control insurance by forcing them to ignore pre-existing conditions.”

Rational Jenn presents PD Tool: Encouragement vs. Praise posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “In this post, I briefly examine the difference between encouragement and praise, and how the overuse of praise could lead children away from using their own judgment.”

Mike Zemack presents A is A, and Socialism by any Other Name… posted at Principled Perspectives, saying, “Cutting through the clutter on the flap over whether Obamacare is “socialist”.”

C. August presents 20 More Words Against Socialized Medicine posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, “Playing on the “62 words” argument against nationalized health care, I offer an extra 20, for “82 Words Against Socialized Medicine.””

Kelly Elmore presents The Nature of Children posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “This post contains my preliminary thoughts on the nature of children and what that means for Objectivist parents and caregivers.”

Gus Van Horn presents Envier-in-Chief posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, “Obama’s concern about ‘fishy’ comments has nothing to do with facts and everything to do with envy.”

Stella presents PhRMA, you disgust me posted at ReasonPharm, saying, “The pharmaceutical industry tries to get in on the looting action in healthcare “reform.” For shame!”

Doug Reich presents Harmony of Interests vs. [email protected] posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying “Obama’s Stalinist health care snitch program is yet another example of how collectivism is transforming America from a culture of benevolence to a culture of enmity.”

Doug Reich presents Corpses for Change: New Plan to Solve America’s “Problems” posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying “To reduce carbon footprint and health care costs, I outline my proposal that Obama systematically murder virtually everyone in the United States, a plan logically equivalent to both “cap and trade” and “obamacare”.”
Doug Reich presents “Cash for Clunkers” Cannot Benefit the Economy posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying “If it were logically possible for this idea to work – why wouldn’t the government just buy our garbage?”
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