Welcome to the Spring 2008 issue of TOS. Here is a preview of the articles at hand.
My essay, “Immigration and Individual Rights,” zeros in on the basic principle of America and demonstrates that this principle mandates a policy of open immigration; it then debunks several common arguments for prohibiting or limiting immigration, shows why all such arguments are necessarily invalid, and indicates what Americans must do if we are to reestablish and maintain the kind of moral, rights-respecting immigration policy that was advocated by the Founders.
Keith Lockitch’s article, “Darwin and the Discovery of Evolution,” surveys Darwin’s education, work experience, expeditions, and inquiries; examines his observation-based, hands-on approach to gathering data from which to draw conclusions; and highlights the objectivity and truth of his consequent theory of evolution.
David Harriman’s essay, “Isaac Newton: Discoverer of Universal Laws,” examines key aspects of Newton’s discoveries, shows how he embraced and employed the scientific context established by giants who came before him (such as Galileo and Kepler), and indicates how he rose to even greater heights of explanation through a breathtaking unity of observation, experimentation, conceptual expansion, concept formation, generalization, induction.
Tore Boeckmann’s essay, “Caspar David Friedrich and Visual Romanticism,” examines four paintings by Friedrich (plus one by Theodor Kittelsen), analyzes them by means of a new concept Mr. Boeckmann calls design-theme, and integrates them under the concept of “visual romanticism,” thus going a distance toward objectively defining that school. (The article is accompanied by five color images of the paintings discussed.)
Lastly, Andrew Bernstein’s essay, “The Exalted Heroism of Alistair MacLean’s Novels,” surveys MacLean’s major works (including The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare); indicates their value to readers who love men of intelligence, ability, and courage; and incites a keyboard stampede to Amazon.com for the used copies of MacLean’s books, which are tragically out of print.
Enjoy the articles, and have a wonderful spring!
Editor and Publisher