Welcome to the May 12, 2011 edition of the Objectivist Round Up!
This is the 200th edition of the Carnival and is also the second annual Birthday Carnival for me, although last year it was actually on my birthday and this year it’s the day before.
Today’s quote is from the Virtue of Selfishness:
The virtue of Pride can best be described by the term: “moral ambitiousness.” It means that one must earn the right to hold oneself as one’s own highest value by achieving one’s own moral perfection. ~ Ayn Rand
Let us all be morally ambitious in our days and always work towards perfection.
Enjoy the Carnival!
Diana Hsieh presents Speaking for Free Speech: My Testimony posted at NoodleFood, saying, “I recently spoke at a hearing on Colorado’s campaign finance regulations, and here’s my report on that event, including my written testimony detailing my experience with these regulations.”
Burgess Laughlin presents What does “sacred” mean? posted at Making Progress, saying, “This post — the second in a series of three on democratic, sacred, and profane culture — briefly identifies the nature of the sacred, both in a religious context and in the context of a philosophy of reason.”
Benjamin Skipper presents So Why Aren’t We Talking About the Coming Economic Collapse? posted at Musing Aloud, saying, “Yes, it’s a scary and depressing subject to talk about, but desperately important. We may very well be witnessing the window of opportunity for cultural change coming to a close, marked by the probable upcoming hyperinflation. We *need* to take this into account *now* or we may lose America.”
Joseph Kellard presents 9/11 Mother Welcomes News of Bin Laden’s Death – Long Beach, NY Patch posted at Long Beach Patch: Latest Articles, saying, “My story on a 9/11 mother hours after she learned that the murderer of her firefighter son was shot dead in Pakistan.”
C.W. presents A China Update posted at Krazy Economy, saying, “Instead of getting better, the Chinese economy is seeing faster price rises and more activity by the Chinese central bank. The time that its real problems present themselves is getting nearer. Then capitalism will be blamed again!”
Opus Dei presents A Million Stars, Some Big, Some Small posted at Ayn and Self…, saying, “This is Opus Dei’s tribute to the Men who made New York and its skyscrapers possible…one of the greatest achievements by Man that brought down stars from the sky…”
Opus Dei presents No Matter Who Makes the Claim… posted at Ayn and Self…, saying, “Howard Roark in his courtroom speech pronounced these words: ‘no matter who makes the claim’. I fell in love with them all over again. So, I wrote this!”
DBKenner presents Burn Those Nuclear Witches! posted at Don Kenner laughed, saying, “I love the objectivist blog carnival. I hope this posting meets your standards.”
Ari Armstrong presents CO Campaign Laws Chill Speech posted at Free Colorado, saying, “Ari Armstrong and Diana Hsieh testified at a Secretary of State meeting that Colorado’s campaign laws chill free speech.”
Francis Luong (Franco) presents Giving Too Much Credit to W posted at Just Add Rationality, saying, “”Much as I prefer Osama Bin Laden dead, neither Obama nor his predecessor have made significant progress to end the War on Terror. And the main reason they can’t is because the War on Terror is an anti-concept devised to evade the fact that it is Islam’s most consistent exponents which have declared war on the USA and both of them refuse to identify this fact.””
Roberto Sarrionandia presents Overvaluing Decadence posted at Roberto Sarrionandia, saying, “British universities have become expensive excuses for a lifestyle of decadence. Can we afford to continue overvaluing higher education?”
Edward Cline presents Judgment at Amsterdam posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “Imagine, if you will, that the U.S. was able to recover Hitler’s body from the Berlin bunker in April 1945. Would our government have mandated a burial in conformance with German tradition and with full honors accorded a head of state, including a casket draped with the Nazi flag?”
Jared Rhoads presents How long until the Physician Mandate? posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “On Monday, the Massachusetts Medical Society released new data showing increased wait times and fewer physicians accepting new patients (especially for patients on government plans). Will this spur the call for a physician mandate?”
Scott Connery presents The Objectivist Position on Gun Control posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, “The Objectivist position on gun rights and gun control is a subject that is strangely quiet. Rand herself said virtually nothing on the issue. Very few of the prominent Objectivists that have followed her have ventured to add much either. I find this to be a puzzling state of affairs. I personally know many Objectivists are gun owners, and think the issue is important. Indeed most people opposed to tyrannical governments, regardless of their philosophy, view gun ownership as an important right.”
Kelly Elmore presents ATLOSCon 2011: Bringing You a New Enjoyment of the Visual Arts posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “We are happy to announce that Luc Travers will be coming all the way from California, where he teaches at the VanDamme Academy, to give an art appreciation lecture, lead a guided visit to the High Museum, and sign copies of his book, Touching the Art, at ATLOSCon! Luc himself is a not-to-be-missed feature of our conference, and his new techniques for getting more out of the visual arts have gotten rave reviews.”
Martin Lindeskog presents EGO: ANNUAL BLOG REPORT IX posted at EGO, saying, “I have now been blogging for nine years. Please send me suggestions on how I should celebrate my 10th blogiversary in 2012! As I wrote in my post, ANNUAL BLOG REPORT VIII, the main focus for the future will be my EGO podcast on BlogTalkRadio.”
Martin Lindeskog presents EGO: TWO SHOTS AND A SPLASH IN PAKISTAN posted at EGO, saying, “How did you find out about Osama bin Laden’s death? From traditional mainstream media or new media?”
Roderick Fitts presents Induction of “Reason is Man’s Only Means of Gaining Knowledge” posted at Inductive Quest, saying, “My series of inductions to show that reason is the only way to gain knowledge, and not instinct, feelings, ESP, faith, revelation, or whatever else people can think up.”
Roderick Fitts presents Induction and Reduction of “Sex is Metaphysical” posted at Inductive Quest, saying, “One of my best posts about how sex is a celebration of the total you, in the world as a total. Enjoy!!”
Roderick Fitts presents Induction of Objectivity (Aristotle) posted at Inductive Quest, saying, “Another great essay on the kinds of issues Aristotle had to confront before reaching his idea of logic and objectivity!”
Roderick Fitts presents Induction of Objectivity (Ayn Rand) posted at Inductive Quest, saying, “A follow-up showing how Rand’s ideas about human consciousness led to her new theory of concepts as well as a reformulation of Aristotle’s logic.”
David C Lewis, RFA presents Life Settlements | Twin Tier Financial posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, “Investing in your death! How government encourages investing in the death of other people through coercive life insurance regulation.”
Rational Jenn presents Five Star Challenge posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “The latest way I’ve been fighting the Perfectionism Monster–going through a mental exercise that helped me get back on track mentally.”
Scott Connery presents Promoting an Objectivist Blog posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, “I’ve had several people asking about what I do to promote my blog online. Come check out my system (it’s free I promise!) and see if you think it could help you generate more traffic.”
Julia Campbell presents fennel and zucchini soup posted at the crankin’ kitchen!, saying, “An easy spring soup featuring the crisp taste of fennel, topped with a warm tomato garnish.”
Rachel Miner presents 5 Star Challenge posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “Participating in this mellow fun of focusing on good things :)”
Benjamin Skipper presents The Fear of Telling the Good They’re Good? posted at Musing Aloud, saying, “I understand that some people may refrain from explicitly condemning someone for fear of hostility, but what gives rise to the fear of telling the good they’re good?”
Benjamin Skipper presents Don’t Treat Your Friends Like Rubberducks posted at Musing Aloud, saying, “It might make someone feel good to have someone to listen to them, but a friendship too one-sided isn’t a friendship at all.”
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