Objectivist Blog Carnival

Welcome to the April 19, 2012 edition of the Objectivist Round Up and the 13th time that Erosophia has hosted.

This week I want to put up three quotes to remind everyone that nothing should be outside the purview of reason:

“Tell me what a man finds sexually attractive and I will tell you his entire philosophy of life. Show me the woman he sleeps with and I will tell you his valuation of himself.” (Rand, Ayn.  For the New Intellectual, 99.)

“Love is the expression of philosophy—of a subconscious philosophical sum—and, perhaps, no other aspect of human existence needs the conscious power of philosophy quite so desperately. When that power is called upon to verify and support an emotional appraisal, when love is a conscious integration of reason and emotion, of mind and values, then —and only then—is it the greatest reward of man’s life.” (Rand, Ayn.  “Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto, 32.)

“If some man like Hugh Akston,” said Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged, “had told me, that by accepting the mystic’s theory of sex I was accepting the looter’s theory of economics, I would have laughed in his face. I would not laugh at him now.” (Rand, Ayn.  “Of Living Death,” The Objectivist, 547.)

If we place things outside the province of reason, then we shall certainly make our lives worse.  Moreover, we should not worry about “spoiling the magic” of love and sex, because these things are not magic, but are rather natural and important parts of human life.  If anyone ever tells you to turn your mind away from any topic, they are not a friend of Objectivism, of reality, or, especially, of yours.

Now, without further ado, the Carnival!


Burgess Laughlin presents Benefits of Conflicts in Movements? posted at Making Progress, saying, “Like all movements, the Objectivist movement has suffered conflicts. The drawbacks of conflicts are easy to identify, but are there benefits that rational individuals can gain from them?”

Darius Cooper presents How’re we doing on Home prices (April 2012 edition) posted at Practice Good Theory, saying, “I look at house prices to see how far they’ve fallen.”

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents The Unethical Nature of Current Immigration Laws: Ayn Rand’s Theory of Rights contra Current Immigration Rhetoric posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, “Guest blogger, Andrew Ryan, discusses the unethical nature of US immigration law in this wonderful essay.”

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents Immigration Myth: Immigration Regulations Prevent the Exploitation of Workers posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, “In this post, Santiago busts the common immigration myth that regulations prevent the exploitation of migrant workers.”

Paul Hsieh presents The Best Congress Money Can Buy? posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, “My latest OpEd at RealClearMarkets.com discusses why there’s so much “money in politics” and why a free market in economics is the only proper solution.”

Rational Jenn presents ATLOSCon 2012 Registration posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “Woohoo! Registration for ATLOSCon 2012 is now open!”

Ari Armstrong presents The Renaissance of Liberty Begins in Colorado posted at Ari Armstrong’s Free Colorado, saying, “To fight back against federal abuses, we must spread free market ideas at the regional level with an eye toward a federalist pushback.”

Diana Hsieh presents Video: The Morality of Breaking the Law posted at NoodleFood, saying, “In Sunday’s Webcast, I discussed the morality and practicality of breaking the law. Watch the video!”

Peter Cresswell presents Not PC: The earthquake was a natural disaster. Everything since has been man-made. [updated] posted at Not PC, saying, “The ongoing earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, since 2010 have been a devastating natural disaster. But the response of government since has produced a disaster that is entirely man-made.”

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