Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Politics & Rights
Esquire’s Dishonest Smear of Aaron Rodgers and Ayn Rand
Tim White January 20, 2022
This article takes for granted that Atlas Shrugged is a bad book and that Aaron Rodgers’s behavior exemplifies its content—without providing a single shred of evidence to support either conclusion.
Announcements, Ayn Rand & Objectivism
The Fountainhead Reading Group with Andrew Bernstein
Craig Biddle January 14, 2022
Here’s an opportunity to enrich your life with a deep dive into Ayn Rand’s soul-fueling novel The Fountainhead.
Announcements, TOS-Con News
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Will Speak at TOS-Con 2022
Craig Biddle January 7, 2022
I’m delighted to announce that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has joined the roster for TOS-Con 2022: Philosophy for Freedom and Flourishing (June 22–25 in Denver), where she will speak and participate in a panel discussion.
Cal Newport on Mission, Mastery, and Flourishing at Work
Jon Hersey December 23, 2021
I recently spoke with Cal Newport about living the “deep life,” how our standard operating procedures are diminishing our ability to do meaningful work and what to do about it, and about what he’s learned from heroes such as Lincoln and Socrates about building a better world.
Arts & Culture, Biographies
Henry Kitchell Webster’s Life-Loving, Pro-Business Fiction
Dianne Durante December 22, 2021
Henry Kitchell Webster's novels have charming, intelligent characters who pursue their goals in unusual ways. They show that there’s no good reason “why a serious novel should not be a good story."
Arts & Culture, Reviews
Louis Sullivan’s Idea by Tim Samuelson and Chris Ware
Timothy Sandefur December 16, 2021
Louis H. Sullivan's buildings are the remaining monuments to a genius who gave voice, as no artist had ever done before, to the distinctive achievement of the modern age: the skyscraper. Hopefully, books such as this will help ensure that this master builder is never forgotten.
Peter Boghossian and Zilvinas Silenas will speak at TOS-Con 2022
Craig Biddle December 15, 2021
The plot thickens . . . Peter Boghossian and Zilvinas Silenas will speak at TOS-Con 2022: Philosophy for Freedom and Flourishing.
Politics & Rights
The Tulip Won’t Bloom in London, Thanks to Rights-Violating Politicians
Thomas Walker-Werth December 8, 2021
Why should governments get to decide how cities should be developed? The very concept of “urban planning” has baked into it the idea that a central “planner” knows best; that individuals must not be trusted to act on their own judgment.
Reason vs. Mysticism: Truth and Consequences
Craig Biddle November 26, 2021
Reason or mysticism: These are our basic alternatives. One leads to knowledge, production, trade, prosperity, and social harmony. The other leads to ignorance, destruction, plunder, poverty, and unspeakable cruelty.
Arts & Culture, Biographies
Leroy Anderson’s Joyful American Music
Betsy Speicher November 26, 2021
Many Leroy Anderson compositions, written more than half a century ago, have become an enduring part of both American concert and popular music. His works are joyful and have a distinctive American flavor.
Arts & Culture, Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Philosophy
Which Ayn Rand Novel to Read First
Jon Hersey November 26, 2021
Where in Rand’s corpus should a curious reader begin? As someone who’s read it all, I would say that, for most people, there’s no better place to start than with one of Rand’s major works of fiction—Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living, or Anthem—and I suspect Rand would agree.