Thursday, August 4, 2011

Objectivist Round Up #212

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Objectivist Round Up:  A somewhat smaller, but nonetheless strong showing of what some Objectivist bloggers have been writing about (or talking about) this week.

Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore presents Podcast #17: Brainstorming a Parenting Problem posted at Cultivating the Virtues, saying, “In this podcast, Jenn and Kelly brainstorm a real-life parenting problem and come up with several options for handling it.”

Toby Selwyn presents Changing Minds I: Discrimination Laws posted at One for One, saying, “The first in my series of articles debunking some of the work I wrote four years ago on my atheist blog of the time, A Load of Bright.”

Rob Abiera presents The problem with taxes posted at The Oklahoma Capitalist, saying, “The problem with taxes is: they aren't voluntary - as illustrated by an editorial in the local newspaper.”

Diana Hsieh presents Does the Right to Life Trump Property Rights? posted at NoodleFood, saying, “Does the right to life trump property rights? I explain why not.”

Miranda Barzey presents Simple Activism for Shy People: Promoting Ideas without the Stress posted at Building Atlantis, saying, “Simple advice for those who want to help promote Objectivism, but are too shy or introverted for most face-to-face activist tactics (debating, handing out pamphlets, making speeches).”

Gene Palmisano presents Misnomer of the Day posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, “More word play from the irrational pragmatists in our midst. Check out my podcast: The Anecdotal Objectivist.”

David Masten presents Ignorance is NOT Bliss! posted at Blazing Truth, saying, “This is the last I want to hear of the cliche' "ignorance is bliss". Let's bury it once and for all through an analysis of the famous mantra's origins in Alexander Pope and Thomas Gray.”

Paul Hsieh presents Government Response to Medical Student Debt? posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, “Will the government use the medical student "debt bubble" to control future doctors' practices? ”

Kelly Elmore presents Rhetoric: Who Needs It? posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, “There is not value-less truth, no communication without connotation, and choosing how to phrase something, how to speak effectively is not dishonest, it's rhetoric.”

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents Famous Immigrant of the Week posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, “Check out our new weekly feature, Famous Immigrant of the Week! So far we've featured Irving Berlin and Andrew Carnegie.”

Ari Armstrong presents MoveOn Smears Lamborn for Invoking African Tar Baby Folklore posted at Free Colorado, saying, “On the origins of the African tar baby story -- and the modern political debates about it.”

As for me and my hosting privileges, I’d like to leave you with this thought from Ayn Rand:

The businessman’s tool is values; the bureaucrat’s tool is fear.

From “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 48 (Read more here via the Ayn Rand Lexicon.)

That concludes this week's Objectivist Round Up. For past and future hosts, see here


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