From the Editor, Summer 2021
Craig Biddle May 20, 2021
Welcome to the Summer 2021 issue of The Objective Standard. With this issue, I am delighted to announce that Jon Hersey has been promoted to managing editor of the journal. Jon has done remarkable work in the years that he’s been with the journal. He has written more than eighty excellent articles and edited hundreds more.
Announcements, TOS-Con News
TOS-Con Is On!
Craig Biddle May 19, 2021
Effective May 29, the Massachusetts government is ending all mask mandates and limits on the number of people at gatherings. Because the situation has been uncertain until now, early-bird pricing has been extended through May 31. So you can still save 20% to 50% on registration.
My New Website, Blog, and Podcast, “Excluding the Middle”
Craig Biddle May 14, 2021
I’m happy to announce that, with Jon Hersey’s promotion to managing editor of The Objective Standard, I’ve relaunched my personal website, CraigBiddle.com. Moving forward, this will be the hub for various projects of mine, including a new blog and a new podcast, “Excluding the Middle.”
Jon Hersey Is Promoted to Managing Editor of TOS
Craig Biddle May 14, 2021
Jon Hersey has done remarkable work in the years that he’s been with the journal. He has written more than eighty excellent articles and edited hundreds more. He has worked diligently to improve his own writing and editing skills, as well as those of others.
Arts & Culture, Reviews
Ibsen’s Kingdom: The Man and His Works by Evert Sprinchorn
Timothy Sandefur May 14, 2021
“One of the most extraordinary features of Ibsen’s works,” Sprinchorn writes, is the way “each play grows out of its predecessor.” By examining them in order, he draws out their weightier elements, combining an acute understanding of theater and a thorough grasp of the political, social, and artistic controversies that set the background for Ibsen’s career.
Ayn Rand's Philosophy for Life, Liberty, and Happiness: A Three-Part Webinar
TOS Admin April 30, 2021
Craig Biddle recently worked with Learn Liberty to produce a three-part series on Ayn Rand's philosophy. Check out all three sessions here.
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Good Living, Philosophy
The Book that Helped Me Find Purpose in Life
Jon Hersey April 30, 2021
At seventeen, I had no purpose or direction. By twenty three, I had a job at a Nashville studio, a beautiful wife, and a solid sense of self. I turned my life around—and I couldn't have done it without this one book.
Economics, Politics & Rights, Reviews
Wall Street (1987), by Stanley Weiser and Oliver Stone
F. F. Mormanni April 29, 2021
Although fraudsters certainly exist on Wall Street, the vast majority of traders are honest, value driven, and focused on innovating and creating wealth.
Politics & Rights, Science & Technology
A Private Rail Renaissance Percolates after Fifty Years of Amtrak Failures
Thomas Walker April 28, 2021
If America wants a world-class transportation system, it needs to let private businesses take the lead without hindrance. Governments’ attempts to centrally plan how people travel have failed dramatically. The solution is not further expansion of government control.
Arts & Culture, Politics & Rights
‘Representation and Inclusion Standards’: The End of the Oscars
Andreea Mincu April 26, 2021
If the Oscars are to continue “celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking,” the Academy must scrap the preposterous idea of inclusion requirements and—as it has, historically—instruct its voting members to judge films “solely on . . . artistic and technical merits.”
Politics & Rights, Reviews
What Killed Michael Brown? by Shelby Steele
Molly Sechrest April 23, 2021
Steele clarifies key issues in the discussion on race, showing how leftists grabbed power by claiming the moral high ground, despite their abysmal disregard for those whose lives are destroyed by their policies.
Letter to the Editor: Keep the TOS Reviews Coming
TOS Admin April 20, 2021
I just wanted to send a note expressing my appreciation of the book/film/TV reviews that you publish periodically. Over the past few weeks, I have been watching Anne with an “E”, but I would never even have heard of it if not for the review published in TOS.
Creating Christ: How Roman Emperors Invented Christianity by James Valliant and Warren Fahy
Andrew Bernstein April 20, 2021
Creating Christ provides a trove of unprecedented insights about the genesis of the modern world’s most popular religion. All interested in Christianity’s provenance would do well to read this boldly original book.