Welcome to the April 15, 2010 edition of The Objectivist Roundup. On tax day, the stark annual reminder of just how far we have come from a society which respects and upholds each of our property rights, I thought this quote from Ayn Rand was an appropriate one:
The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.
Bear in mind that the right to property is a right to action, like all the others: it is not the right to an object, but to the action and the consequences of producing or earning that object. It is not a guarantee that a man will earn any property, but only a guarantee that he will own it if he earns it. It is the right to gain, to keep, to use and to dispose of material values.
Below, you’ll find articles discussing a wide range of subjects, all written by students of Objectivism and based on the core principles of that philosophy. If you’d like to read in more detail on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, the Ayn Rand Institute’s website is a fantastic online resource.
And now – the Roundup.
Ron Pisaturo presents Update to an Old Proverb—Obama Supporters Take Heed posted at Ron Pisaturo’s Blog saying, “Rob a man who fishes, and you feed yourself for a day. …”
Ramandeep Girn presents Is America Still the Land of Opportunity? posted at The Undercurrent Blog, saying, “Writing in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman applauds a recent event honoring the finalists of Intel’s national science talent search. “If you need any more convincing about the virtues of immigration,” he says, “just come to the Intel science finals”. But how much longer can America provide haven to these industrious people?”
Jared Rhoads presents Smith’s rules of taxation posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “With tax day upon us, here is a revisiting of Adam Smith’s four rules of proper taxation.”
Edward Cline presents A Malice That Dares Not Show Its Face posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “I ended my July 5th, 2009 commentary, “Parsing Obama,” with reference to a remark made by Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post, that, to understand President Barack Obama, one must pay attention to what he does, not to what he says. On March 23 we paid attention to what he both said and did: he conscripted the medical and insurance fields into government service, and claimed he looked up into the sky and saw no asteroids hurtling toward the earth as punishment for enacting such a law.”
John Drake presents Singularity posted at Try Reason!, saying, “Some futurists make extraordinary claims with regards to artificial intelligence. Ray Kurzweil, in The Singularity is Near, claims that machines will be duplicate human intelligence within 20 years. Is his claim valid?”
Cogito presents A Truly Worthy Cause posted at Cogito’s Thoughts, saying, “A fellow valuer has been struck by tragedy, and I want to help. If you value the work of Jennifer Iannolo, please consider contributing.”
Diana Hsieh presents Uncle Sam Wants Your Savings posted at NoodleFood, saying, “The government is considering assuming control over our 401K accounts. They’re seeking comments. Will you protest?”
Rachel Miner presents Book Gems posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “Sharing a slew of playful book recommendations, I was up late, but I think this will be a great resource for parents and those looking for kid gifts. Also, there’s a surprise at the end! I think this is a fun one for anyone with kid connections and maybe anyone that could use a smile today too ”
Andrew Miner presents Makers vs. Managers posted at On Coding Style, saying, “A discussion of how “makers” and “managers” use time differently, and a few specific techniques on how to help them get along better.”
Roderick Fitts presents Part 3: On Moral Judgment posted at Inductive Quest, saying, “Presents my view of Objectivist moral judgment, and compares it to Peikoff’s and Kelley’s–to the detriment of Kelley’s position. We begin to see how far from Objectivism Kelley really is.”
Rational Jenn presents Unearned Guilt and the Mommy Wars posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “Don’t fight the Mommy Wars! Don’t accept unearned guilt or refuse to judge. Do what you think is right and be proud of it. ”
Paul McKeever presents What You Ain’t Ain’t What You Is posted at Paul McKeever, saying, “here is some discussion that, hopefully, will provoke you to reconsider the propriety of the word “atheist”, to refer to a person who does not “hold” a false belief in a supernatural being.”
Kelly Elmore presents What I’ve Been Reading Lately posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “A list of the books I have finished so far in April and a brief remark about each”
Paul Hsieh presents The Deadly Tax on Medical Innovation posted at NoodleFood, saying, “My latest OpEd on PajamasMedia was on ObamaCare, death, and taxes. (This one even got Instapundited!)”
Julia Campbell presents saag paneer posted at the crankin’ kitchen!, saying, “Easy, classic Indian recipe!”
Ari Armstrong presents Kid Planning and Mountain Midwifery posted at Free Colorado, saying, “My wife and I are planning to have a kid. We visited Mountain Midwifery Center, and we liked what we saw.”
Sandi Trixx presents Job Creation Basics? posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, “The government does need to create the conditions for more hiring, by getting out of the way, protecting individual rights and nothing more.”
David C Lewis, RFA presents The Pedagogic Nature Of A Financial Advisor posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning.
Amy Mossoff presents Concierge Medicine posted at The Little Things, saying, “Just as no rational person should depend on Social Security for retirement, we all need to be prepared to view money spent on “health insurance” as money down the drain, and start looking for options. If ObamaCare doesn’t kill concierge medicine, this might become one way to get actual health care. I’m looking into it now.”
Amy Mossoff presents Optional Values posted at The Little Things, saying, “Here’s a little random musing about a part of parenting that seems natural to me.”
Gus Van Horn presents A 900-Word Concession posted at Gus Van Horn, saying, “A conservative’s response to Obama’s lengthy babbling on taxation is itself a 900-word concession to the President.”
Jennifer Iannolo presents The Power of People | Food Philosophy posted at Food Philosophy.
Jeff Montgomery presents How The Health Care Bill Will Violate Our Rights posted at Fun With Gravity, saying, “Some on the Left wonder why advocates of freedom are up in arms over the health care bill. After all, it “just provides coverage for everyone”, right? I compiled this list from the bill to provide evidence of its extensive violations of our individual rights.”
Doug Reich presents A Message to the Tea Party posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, “A message to the Tea Party on how to deserve success.”
Doug Reich presents Not Just a Thought: Under ObamaCare, Nurses will become Doctors posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, “Another tidy example of how pragmatism is literally killing us.”
Doug Reich presents The Bogus Charge of Chinese “Currency Manipulation” posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, “The specter of mercantilism analyzed.”
Trey Givens presents On Love and Marriage posted at Trey Givens, saying, “The title of my post this time is a little bit of a misnomer because I really didn’t talk much about marriage as such. Instead, this post is really about the state of being single and the way people often regard it as some sort of character flaw or failing.”
Sandi Trixx presents The Constitution is Not a “Living” Document posted at Sandi Trixx, saying, “Anyone who uses the “living” document argument has one goal: control of your life.”
Jared Rhoads presents Tea Party Express in Boston posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “A detailed report of the April 14th Tea Party extravaganza in Boston, MA, with plenty of photos!”
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