Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Retro REview: Voices for Reason


MY RECOMMENDATION: YES, with reservations

AMAZON SUBSCRIPTION LINK: Voices for Reason, the Ayn Rand Institute

WEB ADDRESS: http://blog.aynrandcenter.org

BLOG DESCRIPTION: Voices for Reason is the blog of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, a division of the Ayn Rand Institute. The Center’s mission is to advance individual rights (the rights of each person to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness) as the moral basis for a fully free, laissez-faire capitalist society. On a daily basis, Voices for Reason analyzes and comments on current events from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, individualism, and capitalism

MY REVIEW: As an Objectivist, I enjoy this blog, and it is very important reading.

On the Kindle, however, I'm not sure that I can recommend it. On my Kindle, the feed seems hosed up, and it ends up freezing my Kindle. I have to restart it (shove the sleep lever over to the right until the screen goes blank. After a minute or so it reboots.) Since I am running an operating system one behind the current one, I wonder if this is the problem. On the other hand, it hasn't happened to me in any other blog...

So, try this via the Kindle. If it freezes your system, don't panic. Reboot as I explain above. And de-subscribe and just check it out on the web.

Sample post
We are told that Earth Day is about enjoying nature, anticipating exciting green technologies, and promoting human health. It isn’t. It is about guilt for the very thing that makes enjoyment, technology, and health possible–our industrial, capitalist way of life. When environmentalists tell us to be “green” on Earth Day by turning out our lights, hand-washing our clothes, and not using our cars, they are saying that what we do every other day of the year is wrong–that it is destructive and “unsustainable.”

At the Ayn Rand Center, we believe that industrial life is something to be proud of and something billions around the globe desperately need to emulate. We condemn the 40 years of apocalyptic, pseudo-scientific environmentalist predictions–such as environmentalist hero Paul Ehrlich’s prediction that hundreds of millions of people would starve by 1980. We recognize the ability of free minds and free markets to make human life better and better, no matter what nature throws at us.

For a unique perspective on the history, science, economics, and philosophy behind Earth Day, we invite you to explore the following resources.

Readings (Links)
The Real Meaning of Earth Hour By Keith Lockitch
No More Green Guilt By Keith Lockitch
The environmentalist goal . . . is to protect nature,
not for man, but from man.
—Peter Schwartz
Climate Vulnerability and The Indispensable Value Of Industrial Capitalism [pdf] by Keith Lockitch
Man vs. Nature By Peter Schwartz.
The Green Energy Fantasy By Keith Lockitch
The Danger of Environmentalism By Michael S. Berliner
Rachel Carson’s Genocide By Keith Lockitch
Who Will Defend Industry From Eco-Terrorism By Onkar Ghate
Environmentalism’s Dangerous Campaign for “Safety” By Alex Epstein
Let’s Celebrate Oil’s 150th Birthday and the Value It Adds To Our Lives by Alex Epstein

-The freedom to speak (to yourself)
-Cancel Earth Day, Stop Green Guilt
-Doctors ask: “Is this what I have to look forward to?”
-Doctors ask: “Is this what I have to look forward to?”
-So much for the “will of the people”

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