Fresh Hot Objectivist Roundup!
Welcome to the September 2, 2010 edition of the Objectivist Round-up! This is the 164th edition of a blog carnival of posts written on any topic by authors who are Objectivists, advocates of the philosophy of Ayn Rand.
To learn more about Ayn Rand and Objectivism, I recommend reading her two most famous novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, or any of her non-fiction anthologies. The Ayn Rand Institute is also a great resource. For just a taste of who Ayn Rand was, here’s one of my favourite quotes of hers:
To say “I love you” one must first be able to say the “I.”~Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
Without further ado, here are this week’s posts!
Rachel Miner presents Feeling Competent posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “In this post, I ponder a few ways to help foster feelings of competence in kids and how that helps them succeed when faced with challenges.”
Burgess Laughlin presents Dennis Prager, mystic activist posted at The Main Event, saying, “This post surveys Judaic conservative Dennis Prager’s activism in its general characteristics. What motivates him? What forms of activism has he taken to disseminate his ideas? To whom is he speaking? What lessons has he learned from his experiences as an activist?”
Miranda Barzey presents Becoming an Atheist posted at Building Atlantis, saying, “How I grew up and stayed an atheist.”
Trey Givens presents Maggie Gallagher On Ayn Rand On Sex posted at Trey Givens, saying, “I really wish there had been more gay sex in Atlas Shrugged, but there’s a reason there isn’t. And that reason is also related to why people should be allowed to get gay married if they want.”
Sean Saulsbury presents The Movie Film Show posted at SeanCast.com, saying, “A blog post about how I created The Movie Film Show.”
Ari Armstrong presents Yes, Buck’s Policies Would ‘Ban Common Forms of Birth Control’ posted at Free Colorado, saying, “A U.S. Senate candidate bucks birth control.”
Paul Hsieh presents The Greater Danger: Islamic or Christian Dictatorship? posted at NoodleFood, saying, “Why one is the greater short-term danger, whereas the other is the greater long-term danger.”
C.W. presents Outlook: The Economy and Inflation posted at Krazy Economy, saying, “This update includes some ideas that may be helpful when you are reading or thinking about our economic (and political and social) situation. Keeping perspective is important.”
John McVey presents Response to anarchism: the questions posted at John J McVey, saying, “After watching an argument in real life, a particular principle and its applications to government quickly ocurred to me.”
Rational Jenn presents Homeschool Plans posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “When I work with my kids to develop plans for our homeschool year, I have a chance to learn more about them and help them learn how to pursue their values in an organized way. Also, it’s fun!”
Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore present Podcast #11: Money posted at Cultivating the Virtues, saying, “In this podcast we discuss ideas for dealing with a child experiencing feelings of jealousy, handling money/finance issues with kids, and how our relationships with other adults changed after we became parents. Thanks for listening, and we’d really appreciate your feedback and comments, or a review on iTunes!”
Kelly Elmore presents Gardening Update posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “This is an update on how my veggies and flowers are doing now and a peek at my plans for fall and the future.”
Diana Hsieh presents Catholic Theocracy posted at NoodleFood, saying, “I’ve heard from fellow atheists that talk of theocracy in America is absurd. Is it? I think not, and here’s why.”
Amy Mossoff presents A Little Thing posted at The Little Things, saying, “A short story about grocery shopping, Beggin’ Strips, and the benevolence of rational selfishness.”
Peter Cresswell presents “Turning back to God,” through art posted at Not PC, saying, “Glenn Beck says America should “try the old turning back to God thing.” My regular nightly art post is used to illustrate the history of this proposition. It’s not pretty.”
Earl Parson presents Day 20: We’ve Turned a Corner posted at Creatures of Prometheus, saying, “The latest in my ongoing, frequent updates from my construction site in East Tennessee. I’ve uprooted my life in Los Angeles, and my 2 dogs, to live here for several weeks while my latest architectural creation is built. Lots of photos; check it out!”
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