Objectivist Round Up - May 5, 2011

Welcome to the Cinco de Mayo edition of the Objectivist Round Up! 

I always find it humorous that Cinco de Mayo is so celebrated in the United States, yet most Mexicans do not celebrate the holiday and many have never heard of it before coming to the US.  Here's some interesting information about Cinco de Mayo from Wikipedia.

So as you enjoy Latino culture, drink your Corona with a lime and eat delicious fajitas tonight, let's also celebrate freedom which is at the core of the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

If one upholds freedom, one must uphold man’s individual rights; if one upholds man’s individual rights, one must uphold his right to his own life, to his own liberty, to the pursuit of his own happiness—which means: one must uphold a political system that guarantees and protects these rights—which means: the politico-economic system of capitalism. ~ Ayn Rand

Now on to the Round Up!

C.W. presents A Real Warning posted at Krazy Economy, saying, "Few seem to be paying attention, but a major battle over our the future is underway. Surprisingly, some unexpected sources have spoken up."

Burgess Laughlin presents What is democratic culture? posted at Making Progress, saying, "Understanding a culture in a particular period involves identifying not only the elements of that culture, but their interrelationships too. Are there patterns among the cultural elements? This post is a brief exercise in identifying and probing one pattern: democratic culture."

Scott Connery presents Islam Says: Pose Nude and Die! posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, "Sila Sahin is the first Muslim woman to pose for Playboy. Predictably, it hasn't gone well. Her family has disowned her, and so many death threats have been made that a German Intelligence Agency is involved."

Opus Dei presents I Shall Cross the Ridge posted at Ayn and Self..., saying, "When Howard Roark was ostracized for his greatness, his passion, his love, his self-esteem, he stood looking out of the window one day - a day when every work that deserved this worthy man was snatched from his hands and gifted to some third-rate ignoramus. Then, I wanted him to speak. He didn't, so I did."

Edward Cline presents Atlas Shrugged, Part I: Or, Cortlandt Homes, Redux posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "It was startling to see the title, Atlas Shrugged, on the theater marquee. I did not expect to live long enough to witness it. Unfortunately, “Atlas Shrugged, Part I,” the movie, has little or nothing to do with the novel. It is a badly made template, with a lot of doodling in the film outside the stencil."

Joshua Gregg presents The Immoral Royalty: Why the Monarchy in the UK is Immoral posted at Persona Non Grata, saying, "Incessant clamoring over the ‘majestic’ and ‘magical’ place the Royal Family enjoys feeds a perverted sense of governance, and in fact does violence to the very nature of man."

Hanah presents Cat Up a Tree posted at Charlie's Bookshelf, saying, "In this very funny children's book, find out what happens when the fire department refuses to rescue a cat that's stuck in a tree."

Jeff Meek presents Female Genital Mutilation: Anti-Life posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, "A discussion of the difference between male circumcision and female genital mutilation."

Scott Connery presents Bin Laden is Dead! posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, "Bin Laden is dead, but the story doesn't end there. Was Pakistan harboring Bin Laden? Were they quietly "looking the other way?" In either case, that is practically an act of war. What will Obama do?"

Ari Armstrong presents Films Show Fight Against Tyranny: Atlas Shrugged, Harry Potter, King's Speech posted at Free Colorado, saying, "The common theme between Atlas Shrugged Part I, The King's Speech, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I."

Arwen Morton presents The Birth Certificate Distraction posted at The Renaissance Woman, saying, "Why we shouldn't focus on the Birth Certificate release."

Zip presents Epiphany posted at UNCOMMON SENSE, saying, "The Strikers Oath states in its first sentence “I swear by my life, and my love of it”, well this apathy toward my own birthday was not showing my life (Me) the ‘love’ it/I deserve."

John Drake presents The Art of Nonfiction, Chapter 1 posted at Try Reason!, saying, "In Rand's The Art of Nonfiction, I identified three main points in Chapter 1. In this post, I discuss those three points."

Julia Campbell presents easy chicken salad with truffle mayo posted at the crankin' kitchen!, saying, "A simple weeknight meal or weekend lunch made wonderful with homemade truffle mayonnaise."

Joshua John M. Lipana presents Let’s Privatize Government Schools « This is Joshua Speaking posted at This is Joshua Speaking.

Joshua John M. Lipana presents American Thinker Blog: America Cannot 'Afford' President Obama's Policies posted at American Thinker, saying, ""President Obama is mistaken in saying the U.S. economy cannot "afford" a government shutdown. What the U.S. economy really cannot afford is a continuation of his policies that are destroying the private sector.""

Rational Jenn presents A Lesson in Rational Self-Interest posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Recently, I helped my daughter with a situation in which she was being altruistic and making herself unhappy."

Joshua Gregg presents Time to End All Corporate Welfare posted at Persona Non Grata, saying, "It’s high time we end corporate welfare, not just for oil companies, but for all companies."

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents A Response to a Friend on Facebook posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, "This post is a copy of a message I sent to a friend on Facebook and it hits on a lot of the common myths and misconceptions about immigration."

Gene Palmisano presents Misnomer of the Week posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, "Check out the misnomer of the week, then click on the link for my podcast: Confessions of a Neophyte Objectivist."

Paul Hsieh presents Doctor and Drug Shortages posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "A few quick links on how the government is contributing to doctor and drug shortages in the US."

Rachel Miner presents Observing posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "A brief post detailing a little experiment I'm going to conduct over the next week. If anyone else conducts an observation experiment with their kiddos too, I'd be interested in the results!"

Kelly Elmore presents ATLOSCon: Providing You with an Authentic Southern Experience Since 2010 posted at Reepicheep's Coracle, saying, "Don't miss the Southern, cheesy fun of the Stone Mountain Lasershow during ATLOSCon on May 26-30 in Atlanta. This post tells you all the gory details."

Doug Reich presents The Unpresident posted at The Rational Capitalist, saying, "What has turned a seeming victory in the war into an ignominious defeat?"

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