Welcome to the October 2, 2008 edition of Objectivist round up. This week we're focusing specifically on the Financial Crisis from an Objectivist perspective. This is a crucial point in our nation's history, and one which illustrates the value of good ideas, and the failure of bad ones. Your voice is necessary in this time of high anxiety. Hopefully, the Objectivists here help make things a little bit clearer. This issue is quite full so let's get right to the substance.
Also, the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights has set up a web site dealing specifically with the Financial Crisis and offering insight and analysis on this crisis and capitalism in general. That site is located here.
Financial Crisis - Principles & Analysis
Ari Armstrong presents Capitalism In Two Minutes posted at FreeColorado.com, saying, "While I've posted several other links to good articles against the bailout, I thought this short, pithy piece served as a decent summary of the virtues of capitalism -- and the evils of economic controls."
Edward Cline presents America vs. Congress et al. posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "There was nothing in the original Constitution that gave the government the power to "improve" the economy, except, implicitly, to let it alone."
Noah Stahl presents Blank-and-effect – The economics of pragmatism posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Stahl examines the current administration's "flexible” approach to the financial crisis, about which President Bush said, “There will be ample opportunity to discuss the origins of this problems[sic]. Now is the time to solve it.” Why do Bush and Paulson think they can solve the problem with no understanding of how it came about?"
Financial Crisis - What's Next?
C. August presents RIP Bailout... Now What? posted at Titanic Deck Chairs, saying, "The House voted down the bailout. A sigh of relief was followed by dire predictions for what it would do next week. Now it seems that the Senate may beat them to it."
Nicholas Provenzo presents The Financial Panic and the Only Proper Answer to It posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "We are told that the ruthless self-interest of Wall Street (rather than the "compassionate" gift-giving of the Congress) is the cause of the current financial crisis. Unfortunately, the truth is a little more complex. Perhaps we should examine this truth, that is, before we blithely allow our political leaders to add nearly a trillion dollars to the public debt and give new powers to those who helped bring the disaster along in the first place."
Eric Clayton presents To Defeat the Growth of Government it's Time to Win the War of Ideas posted at Atlantis.
More Objectivist Commentary
Burgess Laughlin presents What can historians study? posted at Making Progress, saying, "This is an ode to the enormous variety of objects--wide and narrow, great and small, abstract and concrete, exalted and mundane--that historians (and their readers) can study."
Peter Cresswell presents Is the phenomenenal disconnected from the noumenal ... ?posted at Not PC, saying, "A little humour for Objectivists this week ... by all appearance the world's most destructive philosopher is alive and well and in business down in Fiji!"
John Drake presents China for a day posted at Try Reason!, saying, "Thomas Friedman, famed author of the book "The World is Flat", is out peddling his latest book "Hot, Flat, and Crowded". In it, he reveals to the world his disdain for individual rights. In my post, I discuss his speech for the Washtenaw Economic Club, delivered at Eastern Michigan University, and how his vision for tomorrow is fundamental wrong."
Ryan Puzycki presents A Stroke of Good Luck posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Instead of nervously worrying about the declining health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, the U.S. should view it as an opportunity to reevaluate our appeasement of his despotic regime."
The Editors at The Undercurrent presents The Environmentalist Attack on Outdoorsmanship posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "This essay examines the corruption of the conservationist movement, which once sought to conserve nature for human pleasure - not from human beings, as current environmentalists do."
Kristina Saraka presents Protesting Prices posted at The Undercurrent, saying, "Kristina looks at the phenomena of protesting in order to bring about lower or higher prices, and examines what bad premises such protests are based on."
Adam Reed presents Religion is the Marxism of the 21st Century posted at Born to Identify, saying, "The last economic crisis of comparable magnitude led to the Great Depression and the Age of Dictators. What can we learn from the history of ideas about the corresponding risks and threat levels from this one?"
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