Tuesday, February 15, 2005

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW BLOGS AND BLOGROLLING

It is hard to keep track of new blogs entering the blogosphere. I have almost 50 blogs on my blogroll and I am not sure how many more I will add in the future. I wonder how many blogs the "crow epistemology" could manage? Having said that, I still want to put the spotlight on some new blogs.

* Sarah Beth of Reclaim Your Brain.

Ok, I have a new favorite: Front Page Mag. In yesterday's article Who's Afraid of Ayn Rand? Alec Mouhibian writes an excellent review of Ayn Rand's critics and gives a proper place to her philosophy. (Who's Afraid of Ayn Rand, 02/12/05.)


I catched this article through my daily Google search alert. I thought that the article was pretty good for the most part, but this paragraph is making me suspicious about the author's intention.

Rand's philosophy of rational egoism and individual rights certainly has its flaws, which mainly have to do with an overextension of her moral absolutism into inappropriate areas. (Although, viewed in the context of her Russian background, it is certainly not surprising that she was so fond of absolutes.) But those flaws are more than clouded by achievements that were remarkable both for her time and in themselves. (Private Dancer: More Than Youthful Fancy. Groundbreaking Novelist Deserves to Be Appreciated. Daily Nexus, 02/07/05.)


If you search on the author's name, you will find that he has interviewed Nathaniel Branden. I will talk more about this person in a future post. If you are interested in discussing the article, go to Front Page Magazine's commentary page.

Here is an excerpt from Gus Van Horn's post, Happy Ayn Rand Centenary!

Because I care about ideas. And I care about ideas because, thanks to Ayn Rand, I understand their paramount importance in shaping the world that I live in. I'd like to improve that world by helping others understand the many profound insights that Ayn Rand left us with. Loving my own life, I'd be thrilled if, on top of making the world better for me to live in, what I had to say might help someone else live life more fully -- and at an earlier age than myself. I learned via the Martin Lindeskog post I referenced above, that Sarah Beth, the author of "Debunking the Debunkers," is young and relatively new to Objectivism. Seeing her article reminded me of when I was younger and first became interested in Objectivism. I was reminded of the feeling of infinite promise that comes with youth. More importantly, I was reminded of the idealism that so many jaded, dying "adults" like Cathy Young dismiss as being "of youth," as if it were some kind of passing phase to be outgrown. Some people say that you're only as old as you think you are. They're right. Those of us who keep that "inner spark" (as I think Ayn Rand called it) alive never grow old in the sense of becoming tired of being alive. I think that's why I enjoy blogging so much. Thanks for helping me realize that, Sarah! You're beginning a fascinating journey and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least a little bit jealous! (Gus Van Horn, 02/02/05.)


* David Stone of MLM Today and Excelsior!

* Felipe Sediles of d'Anconia Online.