Me and my kiddo

Me and my kiddo

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Objectivist Round Up

Welcome to the November 4, 2010 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.  This is the first week of my husband working away from home and I came across this quote on loneliness.  I have been too busy to get really lonely between preparing for a garage sale, keeping our home in a semblance of order for potential buyers, and parenting my son.  I found this quote an elegant presentation of why lonliness occurs and one value friends offer.


The thinking child is not antisocial (he is, in fact, the only type of child fit for social relationships). When he develops his first values and conscious convictions, particularly as he approaches adolescence, he feels an intense desire to share them with a friend who would understand him; if frustrated, he feels an acute sense of loneliness. (Loneliness is specifically the experience of this type of child—or adult; it is the experience of those who have something to offer. The emotion that drives conformists to “belong,” is not loneliness, but fear—the fear of intellectual independence and responsibility. The thinking child seeks equals; the conformist seeks protectors.)
 “The Comprachicos,” Ayn Rand

Here's to sharing that value with each other via this week's Objectivist Round Up!

Burgess Laughlin presents Rauf's mysticism in "What's Right with Islam ..." posted at The Main Event, saying, "This, the second of three posts in a series, examines the role of mysticism in Imam Rauf's book, _What's Right with Islam is What's Right with America: A New Vision for Muslims in the West_. The puzzle to be solved is why Imam Rauf does not advocate for mysticism in a popular book addressed to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and even "secular" New Agers. The answer is more disturbing than advocacy."

Edward Cline presents Watersheds of Anger posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "For the past two weeks I have been embroiled in a fight to either regain the publication rights to my Sparrowhawk series of novels from the publisher, MacAdam/Cage Publishing in San Francisco, or to be compensated per contract for the sales of that series. I am awaiting the consequences of a breach of contract and rescission notice recently and justly served on that publisher by an attorney for nonpayment of royalties and delinquent royalty statements. I have been engaged in this conflict for three years. The breach of contract notice is just the latest episode in this unwelcome and mentally exhausting adventure."

C.W. presents The Attraction of Free Medical Care: Egalitarianism posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Why do people in countries with socialized medicine revolt against the poor care and poor conditions? Why isn't the issue of care a primary concern with supporters of socialized medicine? It is the ethics. It is always the ethics. It is egalitarianism."

Aditya Pawar presents The Right to Petition Government for Redress of Grievances, Part IV posted at Axiom, saying, "Fourth installment in the Right to Petition series of blogposts."

Aditya Pawar presents The Right to Petition Government for Redress of Grievances, Part V posted at Axiom, saying, "Fifth installment in the Right to Petition series."

Rachel Miner presents Autism Conference: Generalizable Tid Bits posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "I share some generally useful tips that I gleaned from attending a full day Autism conference."

Trey Givens presents The Price of Free Speech posted at Trey Givens, saying, "Hsieh Hairgate spawned what I think is a pithy observation toward all these people who bemoan what they call the price of free speech. I want to make sure everyone has their feet on the ground regarding the actual price of free speech."

Jared Rhoads presents A Republican voter, if you can keep me posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, "My message to conservatives is that I've given them a Republican voter... if they can keep me."

Diana Hsieh presents NoodleCast #41: Live Rationally Selfish Webcast posted at NoodleFood, saying, "I've officially begun a weekly live webcast for practical ethics questions. Don't forget to submit and vote on questions for the next installment, again on Sunday morning."

Ari Armstrong presents Don't 'Privatize' Social Security, Phase It Out posted at Free Colorado, saying, "What often passes for "privatizing" Social Security really isn't privatizing it at all. Phase it out instead."

Martin Lindeskog presents GOT TEA PARTY ON NOVEMBER 2? | EGO posted at EGO.

Paul Hsieh presents PJM OpEd: "GOP: Dance With The One Who Brung You" posted at NoodleFood, saying, "In my latest PajamasMedia OpEd, I explain that I voted for the Republicans because I want limited government and fiscal responsibility -- *not* the social conservative agenda."

Jeff Montgomery presents Partial Non-Defeat! posted at Fun With Gravity, saying, "This is a quick response to the election results."

Jeff Montgomery presents Green To Falcon 4-Park Run posted at Fun With Gravity, saying, "Recently I did a long run where I connected several scenic Denver parks. Photos included."

Kelly Valenzuela presents You Work for Uncle Sam Now posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, "Guest blogger, Santiago Valenzuela, comments on the E-Verify program."

Kelly Valenzuela presents The Visa God posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, "Yes, there is a "visa god" in India."

Kirk presents Life: Capitalism's Motive Power posted at A is A, saying, "An article that investigates what the real motive power behind capitalism is."

Michael Labeit presents Defending Rich People posted at Michael Labeit at

Rational Jenn presents More About Halloween posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "As we headed into Election Week, I got to practice my persuasive skills with a smaller elected body--our homeowner's association. And when I was unsuccessful, we engaged in a bit of civil disobedience. Good practice for the bigger challenges!"

Roberto Sarrionandia presents Tuition Cap Increase is Not Enough posted at Roberto Sarrionandia, saying, "Why caps on UK tuition fees are not the "fair" option"

David Lewis presents long-distance relationships suck posted at david in real life, saying, "Have you ever chatted up that cutie on facebook, emailed that hottie on, or maybe you were like me and decided to get brave on David Veksler's Then, you find out your "perfect someone" lives so, so far away. What do you do?"

Miranda Barzey presents Figure Modeling: Your Questions Answered posted at Building Atlantis, saying, "What I've learned so far modeling for the art community in Atlanta."

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