Objectivist Blog Carnival

Welcome to the January 21, 2010 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.

Myrhaf presents A Nation’s Unity posted at The New Clarion, saying, “Here is a look at Ayn Rand’s 1972 speech.”

Brian presents Venezuelan Collapse Watch posted at Reality Talk, saying, “In the latest stunt aimed at combating inflation, Chavez will raise the minimum price for a person’s services by 25% over the next few months. Yes, that’s right, he’s trying to *combat increasing prices* by *raising the price* of the most important natural resource.”
Sandi Trixx presents Who Wants Bipartisanship? posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, “This is my first post – I’m a little nervous!”
Rachel Miner presents Scattered Family. Close at Heart. posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “A delightful tool for making family more real to a child which surprised me by supporting the development of a benevolent universe premise too!”
Miranda Barzey presents John Stossel on Ayn Rand posted at Ramen & Rand, saying, “A quick review of John Stossel’s segment on Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand of Fox News.”
Rational Jenn presents Recent Adventures in Negotiations and Optional Values posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “I recently had the experience of helping my oldest child evaluate whether and how he wants to continue to pursue one of his goals. We outlined his options and came up with a new plan that we think will work better for us, that allows each of us to pursue our rational self-interests. A big part of this negotiation process for me was stepping back and letting him make the decision about whether to continue to participate in this activity.”
John Drake presents Google’s compromise posted at Try Reason!, saying, “Google’s troubles with China started when they compromised their mission by using the utilitarian doctrine of the greatest good.”
Adam Reed presents Under the Influence of Confirmation Bias posted at Born to Identify, saying, “The “Climategate” files, the working documents and correspondence of the East Anglia climate modelers, show what happens when the perils of confirmation bias, and of other defects of intuition, are ignored by those whose job it is to build knowledge from data.”
Francis Luong (Franco) presents Your Choice: An Internet Designed by Political Pull or an Internet Designed by A Profit and Loss System posted at Just Add Rationality, saying, “There are many articles that begin by conceding that the FCC has a role to play in determining the structure of the Internet. But I don’t think this question has been considered carefully enough. An FCC regulated internet would be an internet designed by political pull and lobbying groups. The alternative is the one that is designed by the free market and by the ingenuity of ISPs that have to put their money where their mouths are and make a profit or go bankrupt trying.”
Francis Luong (Franco) presents Iran says its “nuclear rights” must be recognized posted at Just Add Rationality, saying, “Iran cannot properly assert rights when it does not recognize more fundamental rights of its own people. And the USA certainly doesn’t need to wait until they can threaten us with destruction before we may act against them.”
Diana Hsieh presents Brussels Sprouts, Two Ways posted at NoodleFood, saying, “I used to hate brussels sprouts, but now they’re a favorite of mine. Here’s how I cook them.”
Avi Aharon presents Avi Aharon » On the privatization of the army posted at Avi Aharon.
Sandi Trixx presents Scott Brown Love Affair posted at Sandi Trixx.
Sandi Trixx presents American Soldiers Doing What They Do Best – Helping the “Needy” posted at Sandi Trixx.
Ari Armstrong presents Coloradans Speak Out Against Obama Care posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, “Ralliers protested Obama Care Jan. 19 and supported a state ballot measure to blunt its impact. This video features several interviews with participants.”
Paul Hsieh presents Massachusetts Miracle posted at NoodleFood, saying, “The stunning Massachusetts election result proves the truth of Professor John Lewis’ article, “Obama’s Atomic Bomb: The Ideological Clarity of the Democratic Agenda” (Fall 2009, The Objective Standard).”
Jim Woods presents Job Search Best Practices posted at Words by Woods, saying, “Lists the top tips for job hunters.”
Stephen Bourque presents Scott Brown, Senator from Massachusetts posted at One Reality, saying, “Against all odds, Massachusetts has stood against tyranny. The American sense of life bought us some more time.”
Lynne Bourque presents Can you spell “fellatio”? posted at 3 Ring Binder, saying, “Government schools mine our children’s privacy and subsume parental responsibility through Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.”
C.W. presents Social Security and Medicare: “Trust Funds” posted at Krazy Economy, saying, “Even if we can stop Obamacare, we are still facing coming consequence of the damage to our medical care system, especially Medicare. For your own protection, read this and John Lewis’ dire warning.”
Adam Reed presents A practical guideline for Objectivist activism on political issues posted at Born to Identify, saying, “All individual rights are sub-categories of just one fundamental right: the right to live by the judgment of one’s own mind.”
Jason Stotts presents Peter Singer Loves Animals (Too Much) posted at Erosophia, saying, “A philosophical analysis and refutation of Peter Singer’s advocacy of bestiality.”
Edward Cline presents Hollywood vs. America posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “I have been asked that question repeatedly over the course of seven years of book-signings for Sparrowhawk at Colonial Williamsburg’s Booksellers by eager patrons who have read the series and wish to see it on the big screen.”
Tom Utley presents Will Scott Brown’s Election destroy the cause of Liberty? posted at It’s My Blog, saying, “The supermajority is over for the Democrats, but will this victory teach the Republican party wrong message and deliver a blow to the cause of freedom?”
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