Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Objectivist Round Up - February 14, 2008

Best of 2007!

Welcome to the February 14, 2008 edition of Objectivist Round Up. For those of you reading this round-up for the first time, the round-up collects posts from a group of intrepid Objectivist bloggers around the world, who have gathered at Diana Hsieh's OBloggers list. Today we present you with some of the best posts from each of these authors from the 2007 year. If you haven't sampled from the Obloggers before, the you need to read these posts. They will hook you!

Stella presents In the battle for universal health care, there are no winners posted at ReasonPharm, saying, "In an election year in which candidates of both political parties are trying to figure out how to expand health care entitlements, what we need is a dose of reason."

Sascha Settegast presents The Virtue of Patriotism posted at Heroic Dreams.

Myrhaf presents Myrhaf: Finding Objectivism posted at Myrhaf, saying, "It took a few hours to go through all of 2007's 292 posts looking for the best. I wrote down 36 that I thought were excellent, but when I came to "Finding Objectivism," I knew it was the winner."

Monica presents Spark A Synapse: Pursuit of Happyness posted at Spark A Synapse, saying, "Many of my posts this year on cultural or political items have simply been too ranty. I wish to highlight a positive, life-affirming entry. Here it is!"

Gus Van Horn presents Gus Van Horn: The Latest Rand Bashing posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, "This may or may not be my best of 2007, but I certainly had the most fun writing it!"

Rational Jenn presents Parenting With Objectivist Principles posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "This one is about how we encourage our kids to exercise the virtue of productivity. I used many of these ideas in an article I recently had published in a homeschooling magazine."

Greg Perkins presents NoodleFood: The Opposite of Googling for Objectivism posted at NoodleFood.

T Ellis presents Salary capping is Evil posted at evanescent, saying, "Salary capping is another symptom of a mind infected with the disease of the altruist morality."

Diana Hsieh presents Dissertation Prospectus posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Of all that I did in 2007, I'm most proud of my dissertation prospectus. It was successfully defended in January."

Ari Armstrong presents "An Extreme Free-Market View" posted at, saying, "After a newspaper columnist mentioned that I have an "extreme free-market view," I explained why that's a good thing."

Kendall Justiniano presents The Crucible & Column: The Ten-Cent Solution posted at The Crucible & Column, saying, "How capitalism works even among the very poor."

Kendall Justiniano presents Esthetics and Commercialism posted at The Crucible & Column, saying, "My most-read post of 2007, surprisingly. At the intersection of art and business lies something wonderful."

Darren Cauthon presents The essence of the webcaster's argument posted at Darren Cauthon, saying, "I started blogging in 2007, and I quickly learned to enjoy the ability to speak out and say things that may not otherwise be heard. Last year, I did that with one particular issue: The internet royalty rate debate. After researching the issue, I made an argument for the intellectual property rights of musicians that I haven't seen in too many other places. I think this post is my best explanation of the problems with the commonly-held views of the issue. I tried to keep it very simple, and I literally draw out what the debate is really about. I don't know if this post is my "best" post of 2007, but it's one that I'm proud of."

John Drake presents The Marketing of Objectivism posted at Try Reason!, saying, "For the Objectivist philosophy to sweep the world, today's religious traditions must be replaced with something more rational. In this post, I explore why weekly church attendance is so popular and how an organization based on Objectivist principles might replace those religious traditions with something more rational."

Ken presents Media Bias? posted at Ad Hoc.

Jason presents The World of Our Dreams posted at Erosophia, saying, "This is my call to everyone who believes that the world is not as it should be."

Dan Edge presents The Benevolent People Premise posted at The Edge of Reason, saying, "I received a lot of great feedback from my posts on the "Benevolent People Premise." In these posts, I argue that it is important to maintain a Benevolent People Premise for the same reason it is important to maintain a Benevolent Universe Premise. This is definitely one of my favorites from 2007."

Flibbert presents My Brain: An Obstacle to Progress posted at Flibbertigibbet, saying, "I don't know if this is my best of 2007, but it's one of my favorites in recent history. It's all about motivation and one's subconscious mind."

Leitmofit presents Morality in the Jungle, saying "It is illogical to confuse the fact that men live and function in society with the false assumption that moral codes have to focus on this social nature of man and be derived from it. A moral code offers a guide to a man’s actions—one man’s actions; each man’s actions."

Leitmofit presents Immoral and Illegal, saying "Few would defend the view that the government should reward men who have moral ideas by granting them (say) free property, health care, trips to the Bahamas, etc. Then, on what grounds can the government legitimately punish a man for immoral ideas, or what it may consider to be "thought-crimes"? "

That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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