Objectivist Blog Carnival

Welcome to the February 10, 2011 edition of objectivist round up!

Today’s quote is from Aristotle, since I think a firm understanding of Aristotle is necessary to understand Objectivism.

First then about these things we must enjoin every one that has the power to live according to his own choice to set up for himself some object of the good life to aim at…with reference to which he will then do all his acts, since not to have one’s life organized in view of some end is a mark of much folly. (1214b7)

Without further ado, here’s this week’s carnival!


David C Lewis, RFA presents Arbitrary Retirement Plan Rules, Part 3: Annuities posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, “More government regulations on retirement plans. What are annuities? These unique insurance products date back to ancient Rome and still persist today. But, how does the government regulate them and what will it mean for you?”

David C Lewis, RFA presents Arbitrary Retirement Plan Rules, Part 4: Employer Pension Plans posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, “Part 4 in my series of government regulated retirement plans. Pensions are becoming more rare these days, but if your company offers one, it’d be nice to know what you can and can’t do with them. Plus, one often overlooked pension option that allows you to retain complete control over your retirement funds…”

Benjamin Skipper presents Unpack Your Troubles from Your Old Kit Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile posted at Musing Aloud, saying, “It might seem strange to observe people who seemingly are unaffected by things of major significance and yet lose their cool over any minor irritation, but I think it’s a logical consequence of letting significant problems fester. The significant things is what fills up our stress capacity, and the insignificant irritations are just the additional burden we’re unable to tolerate.”

Thomas Hochmann presents Colorado’s Economic Welfare for Liquor Stores posted at The Objectivist Voice, saying, “If a business can’t offer customers a reason to willingly spend their money, why protect it? These small liquor stores allege that they cannot compete, but that they still somehow *deserve* money.” Ari Armstrong presents How About School Choice for Everyone? posted at Free Colorado, saying, “Real ‘school choice’ recognizes the right of each individual to control his earnings.”

Diana Hsieh presents Luc Travers Webcast on Bringing an Artwork to Life posted at NoodleFood, saying, “February’s OList Webcast will feature Luc Travers speaking on art appreciation! Pledge now!”

Paul Hsieh presents OpEd: “America’s Other Drug Problem” posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, “My latest OpEd on drug shortages and the FDA was published in PajamasMedia (and got a nice Instapundit hit!)”

Julia Campbell presents sweet potatoes, kale, and sautéed apples posted at the crankin’ kitchen!, saying, “A nice easy side dish of winter greens, sweet potatoes and sautéed apples – great with roasted meats.”

Edward Cline presents The Dhimmis Awaken posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “If medicine were ruled by multiculturalism, and you had a brain aneurysm that needed neurosurgery, which would you prefer: a surgeon to correct it in an antiseptic operating room, or a shaman who would chant, dance, and shake a rattle at you, and force feed you a potion of pig’s blood, dirt and rat tails? Which treatment would you think would be efficacious? What do you think would be your chances of survival?”

Kelly Elmore presents Science Is a Good Subject Too: A Life-Learner’s Revelation posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “Several weeks ago, a trip to a science museum made me realize that Livy had some interests I was not helping her to fulfill. This post tells the story of that revelation and how we’ve remedied that.”

Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore presents Podcast 13: A Glimpse Into the Relationships of Parents and Their Young Adult Children posted at Cultivating the Virtues, saying, “Finally, we are back in the podcasting business! This podcast includes a situation of the week involving toddlers, nightmares, and communication; lessons learned from observing parents of grown children; and a question about whether parenting necessitates sacrifice.”

Jim Woods presents Honduran Charter City posted at Words by Woods, saying, “Honduras plans to invite foreigners to create a free city upon its territory as a new Hong Kong.”

Morgan Polotan presents Do You Support Dictator Mubarak? | Morgan Polotan’s Blog | Defending the Individual Since 2010 posted at Morgan Polotan’s Blog.

Rachel Miner presents Loving Amelia posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “Sharing some gems from the Amelia Peabody series along with both my reasons for enjoying it and a hearty recommendation!”

John Drake presents Am I mindful? posted at Try Reason!, saying, “The virtue of living consciously includes being conscious of your actions in all contexts, including your interactions with your own kids.”

Rational Jenn presents We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Blog Post for This Important Announcement posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “If you’re even remotely considering coming to the Atlanta Objectivist Society’s ATLOSCon at the end of May, please take our quick survey!

Kate Yoak presents Public school prosecutes a woman: the real issue posted at Separation of School and State, saying, “In a brand-new blog whose purpose is advocacy of the separation of school and state and defining the path to making real social change in this area, I discuss the real and largely overlooked issues behind Kelley Williams-Bolar story.

Benjamin Skipper presents The Super Secret Thing posted at “P”roject, saying, “This is Benpercent of the blog Musing Aloud. I am not at liberty to be open about the “Project,” so in order to be open I’m going to blog at this location temporarily until it’s completed. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the “Project” and “Circumstance” are, you’ll find out here. In this post I detail my difficulties, what I’m doing about them, and give advice as how to deal with it if you should have the same problems.”

Tod presents Announcing Solo Flight, a Novel by Tod posted at Tod.FM, saying, “I am officially releasing the novel I’ve been working on for a long time. This post explains what it’s all about!”

Mike Zemack presents Charter Schools – Good, but Not the Long-Term Answer posted at Principled Perspectives.

Stella presents Stick to recipes, Mark Bittman. posted at ReasonPharm, saying, “Why cooking expert Mark Bittman should stick to coming up with new recipes, and quit putting out political commentary.”

Earl Parson presents Tennessee House: Punch List posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, “The Tennessee House is finally complete. I visited last week to photograph it, and have published a few teaser pictures for your enjoyment.”


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