Objectivist Thanksgiving Carnival

Welcome to the November 24, 2011 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of a time when family and friends get together to appreciate the good things in the last year and to enjoy the value of good company and good food. Thanksgiving is a holiday when we can rest for a day and appreciate our achievements and the values that we have in our lives.

Ayn Rand also really enjoyed Thanksgiving, saying:

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation. (Lexicon)

So, I hope each of you is having a good day with good food and with good company. Now, without further ado, the carnival!


Rachel Miner presents History Play posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “I share two games that I have devised for cementing historical knowledge in a playful manner. Both have been fun and effective!”

Edward Cline presents The Storm Troopers of OWS posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “It would be interesting to draw some parallels between Occupy Wall Street and a phenomenon that preceded and that fed the rise of Nazism and the ascension of Nazi power in Germany. That phenomenon was the post-World War I paramilitary Free Corps (Freikorps), or Freebooters.”

James Hughes presents A Thanksgiving Sermon by Robert G. Ingersoll posted at Temple of the Human Spirit, saying, “An inspiring thanksgiving speech that promotes rational values.”

Ari Armstrong presents Kirk Barbera on the Benevolent Universe Premise posted atFree Colorado, saying, “As part of a fundraiser to put Ayn Rand’s books in the hands of students, Kirk Barbera gave a talk on “The Fountainhead” and its lessons for the benevolent universe premise.”

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents Mercedes-Benz Exec Arrested in Alabama posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, “How are Germans thanked for bringing 22,000 jobs to Alabama? With arrest under Alabama’s awful, new immigration law, of course!”

Kelly Elmore presents Great Trace Chase: Day 2 posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “This is the report of the second day of our current roadtrip down the Natchez Trace. The reason I chose this one is that I love the conversation we had about how to face the world with a fun attitude, even when it rains. It sums up one of my life principles, one that I want to teach to my daughter.”

Diana Hsieh presents My Horse Tara, RIP posted at NoodleFood, saying, “This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the 11 years that I had with my horse Tara, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday.”

Jason Stotts presents Objectivist Blog Traffic posted at Erosophia, saying, “Do you want to know what kind of reach we Objectivist Bloggers are having? Come and find out! If you want to be included in the list, leave a comment on the post and I’ll add you in.”

Paul Hsieh presents Get Ready For the Feeding Frenzy posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, “As government starts defining what counts as “essential health care benefits”, we can expect the following special interest feeding frenzy. It’s not a pretty sight.”

Ari Armstrong presents Call It Exuberant Friday, Not “Black Friday” posted at The Objective Standard Blog, saying, “”We should call it ‘Exuberant Friday,’ a day for celebrating prosperity, shopping for gifts, and enjoying friends.””

Atul Kapur presents Occupy Wall Street, and Saying Grace on Thanksgiving: What do they have in Common? posted at Wit Lab, saying, “Guess which error both of them are committing. Hint: it’s being caused by their blindness towards the virtue for productivity.”

Joshua Gregg presents Progressivism & Liberty posted at Persona Non Grata, saying, “Progressivism depends for its coherency certain political, moral, and philosophical assumptions which are antithetical to the philosophy of America’s founding; that of Jeffersonian liberty.”


Finally, I’d like to share a message from Jenn Casey, who puts for a great deal of effort to make sure it stays up and running:

The Objectivist Round Up is the only weekly blog carnival featuring the Objectivist bloggers. I really appreciate the bloggers and hosts who work to put this carnival together each week, and I appreciate our loyal readers who read the entries and help us promote the carnival. Thank you to everyone who makes this blog carnival a success!

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