Sunday, September 11, 2011


It is now 10 years since the attack. Bosch Fawstin mentioned the miniseries, The Path to 9/11, during our conversation on EGO podcast on September 7.

Path to 9/11, Opening Credits

Here is an excerpt from Scott Holleran's interview with John David Lewis:

Scott Holleran: You write that President Franklin Roosevelt wrote about “the destruction of a philosophy” in achieving victory in World War 2. Does the planned construction of an Islamic mosque near where the Twin Towers once stood—before Islamic jihadists destroyed them on 9/11—represent a victory to the enemy?

John David Lewis: I think it does. It’s not because the people who want to build the mosque are on the side of those who want to destroy the U.S. but they chose to build it near the World Trade Center site for sympathetic reasons and those reasons—for building a $100 million cultural center—are the same reasons that make me want to oppose it. In the plans, there are separate places for men and women, so it’s clearly a place to enforce certain political ideas, which are not consistent with the ideals of the United States. That they choose to build it there is why I oppose building it there.

(, September 3, 2011.)

Recommended reading material:

I will listen to Amy Peikoff's A Special 9/11 Edition of Don’t Let It Go... Unheard webcast at 5 PM PT.

In Memoriam

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Thursday, September 8, 2011


I want to thank Rational Jenn for the opportunity to host this week's edition of the Objectivist Round Up. Last week was hosted by Rob Abiera, The Morality War blog. I said in my post, HOSTING OBJECTIVIST ROUND UP ON 9/8, that I would submit a post with the title, 9/11 10 Years Later. I will submit this upcoming post to the next week's host, Roberto Sarrionandia.


Rachel Miner presents Mommy School 2011- Evaluation posted at The Playful Spirit. Remark by Rachel Miner: I share the results of my summer of home schooling. There was definitely a mixture of success and failure. I'm quite interested in suggestions for improvements.

Diana Hsieh presents Video: Introversion and Extroversion posted at NoodleFood. Remark by Diana Hsieh: In this video from my weekly webcast, I answer these questions: Are "introversion" and "extroversion" valid as psychological types? Sometimes people classify themselves and others as "introverts" and "extroverts." What does that mean? Is the distinction valid and useful? Why or why not?

Paul Hsieh presents Open Letter to Apple: My iPad and My Hip Fracture posted at GeekPress. Remark by Paul Hsieh: My iPad was my lifeline during a recent hospitalization. (This piece got a nice Instapundit hit as well.)

Paul Hsieh presents Let's Model ObamaJobs After ObamaCare! posted at We Stand FIRM. Remark by Paul Hsieh: PajamasMedia published my latest satirical OpEd, suggesting President Obama should model his jobs program after his health care law.

Ari Armstrong presents Nation Needs Shared Liberty, Not Sacrifice posted at Free Colorado. Remark by Ari Armstrong: Obama calls for "shared sacrifice," but what does that really mean? What our nation needs instead is shared liberty.

John Drake presents Measuring productivity posted at Try Reason!. Remark by John Drake: What does it mean to be productive? What ever your goals, you should be able to measure it. Here is my attempt.

Jason Stotts presents Starbucks Doesn’t Get It posted at Erosophia. Remark by Jason Stotts: Starbucks should stick to making coffee, because they don't understand politics.

Jason Stotts presents Chicago Minicon posted at Erosophia. Remark by Jason Stotts: This is a follow-up to my Chicago talk. If you're interested in donating, there is info here on how to do so. There is also references to essays by Ayn Rand on the foundations of the Objectivist position on sexual ethics.

Rational Jenn presents The One About Chicago MiniCon posted at Rational Jenn. Remark by Rational Jenn: I had a great time at the Chicago Objectivist Society's regional conference over Labor Day Weekend!

Martin Lindeskog presents Interview with Bosch Fawstin posted at EGO.

Bosch Fawstin's user profile on Blogger.

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Thanks for participating at Objectivist Round Up #217. Please submit your blog post to the next edition of the Objectivist Round Up, using the Blog Carnival submission form. Roberto Sarrionandia will be next week's host. You could find past and future hosts on the Blog Carnival index page.

[Editor's note: This post could be updated after Rational Jenn has checked it out.]

Related: My post, OBJECTIVIST ROUND UP #163 (August 27, 2010).

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011


How did you spend the Labor Day weekend? I recently hosted a blog talk radio show with David Stiernholm and tomorrow at 9 PM ET I will interview Bosch Fawstin on EGO podcast. On Thursday I will host an Objectivist Round Up on Blog Carnival.

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