Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Objectivist Roundup & Rationally Selfish Webcast

By Diana Hsieh

As part of Modern Paleo's weekend schedule of blogging on Objectivism on Saturdays and free market politics on Sundays, I like to post some fresh links related to Objectivism from around the web for anyone interested in learning more about the philosophy.

Objectivism is Ayn Rand's philosophy of this-worldly reason, egoism, and capitalism. Ayn Rand is best known as the author of the epic novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. As she explained:

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. ("About the Author," Atlas Shrugged)
So where can you find some fresh readings from an Objectivist perspective on the web?

The Objectivist Roundup is a weekly blog carnival for Objectivists. Contributors must be Objectivists, but posts on any topic are welcome, including posts on food and health.

The Little Things hosted this week's Objectivist Roundup. If you're interested in seeing the latest and best from Objectivist bloggers, go take a look!

My own Rationally Selfish Webcast -- where I answer questions on practical ethics and living well -- will be tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET. You can submit and vote on questions, as well as watch the live webcast and join the chat, from this page: Rationally Selfish Webcast.

If you're unable to attend the live webcast, you can listen to these webcasts later as NoodleCast podcasts by subscribing in iTunes to either the enhanced M4A format or the standard MP3 format.

For in-depth commentary on culture and politics from an Objectivist perspective, I heartily recommend perusing The Objective Standard, a quarterly journal. Check out its current issue and past issues for articles on individual rights and law, philosophy, science and technology, business and economics, foreign policy and war, and more. Each issue offers one article for free, and I'd definitely recommend a subscription.

For regular commentary on free market medicine -- and the perils of government controls and welfare -- visit Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM). Check out its blog, We Stand FIRM and its extensive array of published articles.

For more commentary on the politics of medicine from an Objectivist perspective, check out Americans for Free Choice in Medicine , The Lucidicus Project, and The Black Ribbon Project.

For discussions of parenting by Objectivists, visit the joint blog and podcast of Modern Paleo contributors Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore: Cultivating the Virtues. You can also find them on my OGrownups @ e-mail list.

Finally, Ayn Rand Institute offers some unique resources on Objectivism. It hosts some free essays by Ayn Rand, such as The Objectivist Ethics and Man's Rights, as well as a huge library of recordings of Ayn Rand. You can also find commentary on current events by Objectivist intellectuals.

That should keep you busy!

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