Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Weekend Schedule

By Diana Hsieh

Christian W. and I decided break up the blogging schedule for the Modern Paleo Blog somewhat. The weekends will be a slight change in pace from the usual blogging on "the principles and practice of nutrition, fitness, and health most conducive to human flourishing." How so?

On Saturdays, the Modern Paleo Blog will publish posts on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. Frustratingly, that philosophy is usually poorly understood by its critics -- and by some admirers too. Ayn Rand's principles are often far more radical and complex than people realize. Yet they're also so darn simple and easy -- because they make sense in theory and work in practice.

I suspect that many of Modern Paleo's readers have already devoured Ayn Rand's epic novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. (If not, I envy you: you have the unrepeatable experience of reading them for the first time ahead of you!) However, as with so many subjects, digging a bit deeper into Ayn Rand's works reveals hidden gems.

So we -- meaning the various Objectivist bloggers of Modern Paleo -- will be posting on topics such as:

  • Why aren't Objectivists libertarians?
  • What is moral judgment? Why is it crucial for human life?
  • What does it mean to live by reason? Does that mean ignoring emotions?
  • What are the legitimate functions of government? Why is government necessary?
  • What does it mean to be "selfish"? Are people who cheat or use others truly selfish?
  • Why does Objectivism reject all claims to the supernatural, including God?
  • What do the Objectivist virtues require in practice?
In these posts, we'll not attempt to break new philosophic ground. Instead, the goal will simply be to explain the Objectivist position and arguments as clearly as possible, then identify relevant sources for further study.

In addition, I'll post a link to the weekly Objectivist blog carnival, "The Objectivist Roundup," on Saturdays. The posts in the Roundup aren't necessarily on Objectivism, but they're all written by Objectivists, mostly by people on my OBloggers e-mail list. You can find this week's Objectivist Roundup on Amy Mossoff's blog, The Little Things.

On Sundays, Modern Paleo will publish posts on free market politics -- particularly as that applies to issues of concern to paleo-eaters, such as in medicine, agriculture, pollution, and the like. I expect that we'll post quite a bit of material from my husband, Dr. Paul Hsieh, as he has been writing and blogging for Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM) for three years. I hope to see some material from Dr. Monica Hughes of FA/RM (Free Agriculture - Restore Markets) and others too.

I'll also post an "open comment thread" on Sundays in the late afternoon. Modern Paleo readers are welcome to any random questions or remarks -- on any topic -- in the comments of those posts. (Please stick somewhat to the topic of the blog post in commenting on other posts.) However, as with all the comments, personal attacks, pornographic material, commercial solicitations, and other inappropriate comments will be deleted from those open threads.

Notably, readers of Modern Paleo who can't stand to read the weekend posts are welcome to ... (drumroll please) ... just not read those posts. However, I expect that most of you will be curious enough -- and honest enough -- to consider what we have to say on philosophy and politics. Whether you agree or disagree with us ultimately, you should find some good food for thought.

We look forward to your questions and comments on these weekend posts, as those will provide us with great material for future posts!

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