Objectivist Roundup

Welcome to the December 23, 2010, edition of the Objectivist Roundup!  Mother of Exiles is a fairly new blog and we're happy to be hosting our first Roundup.  Thanks for stopping by!

In the spirit of Christmas, here's a quote about the holiday from Ayn Rand in 1976 accompanied by a lovely photo of the Denver City & County Building:

The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and Denver City Lightsother institutions—the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors—provide the city with a spectacular display, which only “commercial greed” could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle.

 Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!   

C.W. presents China and the World Economy posted at Krazy Economy saying, "While the focus on China has been on its balance of trade and growth rate, few have paid attention to its problems. This article pulls together information from several sources, including Yaron Brook, to conclude that China is going to blow. It won't be pretty. We won't enjoy it."

Peter Cresswell presents The greatest story (hardly) ever told [updated] posted at Not PC saying, "The greatest story ever told is the one on which civilisation rests. It covers more than 2000 years and crosses three continents, but most people have hardly ever heard it told."

Kelly Elmore presents My Reading Journal and Why I Keep It and A List of What I've Been Reading posted at Reepicheep's Coracle saying, "What kind of weirdo writes down every book she ever reads? That would be me. Why do I do this? What have I read lately? What am I reading now? What should you read next? It's all in here."

Paul Hsieh presents PJM OpEd: "Beware Counterfeit 'Responsibility'" posted at Noodlefood saying, "My latest OpEd at PajamasMedia was on the Obama administrations attempt to corrupt the concept of "responsibility".

Kelly Elmore presents Homeschooling with the Gilmore Girls posted at Reepicheep's Coracle saying, "How every moment parent and child spend together with a spirit of openness and a willingness to answer questions is homeschooling."

Paul Hsieh presents Flirting With Unintended Consequences in Massachusetts posted at FIRM saying, "Short skirts, rising health costs, and unintended consequences of Massachusetts' "universal health care" plan."

Zip presents Christmas posted at Uncommon Sense saying, "...it is just another day, and the only "spirit" the day can have is a direct reflection of the spirit we give it."

Diana Hsieh presents Nutritional Relativism Versus Facts posted at Noodlefood saying, "To oppose "extremism" in diets implies an implicit standard of cultural relativism."

Andy Clarkson presents Abolish The FCC...And Abolish Censorship posted at The Charlotte Capitalist saying, "Abolish the FCC...and abolish censorship. If you will be in the DC area, please join us on December 29, 2010. More details at the link."

Gene Palmisano presents Tipi Wind Christmas posted at The Metaphysical Lunch saying, "Seasons greetings from the Tipi Wind Ranch."

Rational Jenn presents 2010 Achievements posted at Rational Jenn saying, "Inspired by the latest OList Happy Hour, I wrote up a list of my achievements in 2010."

Stella Zawistowski presents Aaaaand it's price control time! posted at ReasonPharm saying, "ReasonPharm returns after a two-month hiatus. Here's a quickie about those pesky chickens coming home to roost for the insurance industry."

Jeff Montgomery presents Bad News For The Internet posted at Fun With Gravity saying, "This is my commentary on the recent FCC net neutrality ruling."

Jeff Montgomery presents Vail Powder Day/Run posted at Fun With Gravity saying, "A post on a recent ski outing."

David Lewis presents How Much Money Do You Need For Retirement, Exactly? posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning saying, "How do you save money for your future when you don't know what long-term investment returns or the rate of inflation will be?"

Miranda Barzey presents Visit to the Titian Exhibit at the High Museum posted at Building Atlantis saying, "My thoughts and reactions to various exhibits I saw at the High Museum this weekend."

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