Welcome to the September 4, 2008 edition of the Objectivist Roundup. The Roundup showcases the best posts by Objectivist bloggers each week. Objectivism is the philosophy of Ayn Rand. According to Ayn Rand:
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. (“About the Author,” Atlas Shrugged, Appendix)
Noah Stahl presents Enforcing ‘Constructive Behavioral Change’ posted at The Undercurrent, saying, “This post points out a fundamental error in nearly all public policy discussions today: choosing policies according to which policy will bring about ‘constructive behavioral change’ in people. Lost from discussion is any consideration of individual rights.”
Burgess Laughlin presents Study Groups for Objectivists (SGO) posted at Making Progress, saying, “Study Groups for Objectivists (SGO) offers an opportunity to study a certain history or philosophy text or lecture more productively–using a slow, scheduled pace, optional study questions, and trading problems and insights with other students of the same text.”
Stephen Bourque presents The Obsolescence of the Fifth Column posted at One Reality, saying, “There may have been a time when to weaken a free country, it was advantageous to infiltrate the workings of its government, to steal its military secrets, to quietly sow ideas that could destroy it from within, and to break its laws and escape detection. But that sounds downright old-fashioned today.”
Ari Armstrong presents Why Harry Potter Fans Should Read Ayn Rand posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, “Despite their differences, Ayn Rand and J. K. Rowling share some intriguing similarities in literary style and themes.”
Nicholas Provenzo presents The Conservatism of Robert W. Tracinski posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “In this post, I critique Robert Tracinski’s essay on Barack Obama’s speech accepting the Democratic nomination and the illogic of Tracinski’s tacit call to people to vote for conservative John McCain.”
Paul Hsieh presents Panhandling 2.0 posted at NoodleFood, saying, “Why are panhandling techniques suspiciously similar in major American cities? Find out why in this blog post.”
Edward Cline presents Demagogues and Circuses posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “Whether McCain or Obama wins the White House in November, there would be no “change” and no “new direction,” but more of the same movement in the same direction, which is statism.”
Adam Reed presents Sarah Palin: Still a Reality-Proof Advocate of Abstinence-”Education” posted at Born to Identify.
That concludes this edition of the Objectivist Roundup. Objectivists, submit your blog posts to the next edition of the Roundup using the carnival submission form.