From the Editor, Spring 2021
Craig Biddle February 26, 2021
Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of The Objective Standard. Features include “Walter Williams: Intransigent Individualist,” by Aaron Briley, “Common Sense for Objectivists: Five Reasons for Fans of Ayn Rand to Study Thomas Reid,” by Jon Hersey, and more.
God vs. Ayn Rand: A Fireside Chat with Dennis Prager and Craig Biddle
TOS Admin February 18, 2021
Craig Biddle recently joined Dennis Prager for a wide-ranging discussion about religion, Objectivism, and American values.
Arts & Culture, Reviews
The Iron Lady, Written by Abi Morgan
Angelica Werth February 12, 2021
Margaret Thatcher is one of the most controversial figures in modern history. Some consider her to have been a cruel, heartless villain who destroyed jobs and livelihoods, whereas others revere her as a valiant defender of liberty and the free market who saved her country’s economy.
Introducing OSI’s Republic of Letters
Jon Hersey February 12, 2021
I’m excited to announce Objective Standard Institute’s brand new “Republic of Letters.” This is a meetup group for active writers who have taken (or are taking) one of OSI’s writing courses or have published an article with The Objective Standard.
Politics & Rights
Letter to the Editor: Where Are the Protests in Response to Lockdowns?
TOS Admin February 12, 2021
Before 2020, no U.S. state had ever issued indiscriminate and indeterminate statewide lockdown orders.
History, Politics & Rights, Reviews
A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution by Damon Root
Timothy Sandefur February 9, 2021
Root’s book provides a thoroughly researched and readable introduction to the arguments that formed the basis of what has rightly been called the “refounding” of the United States a century and a half ago—and that remain relevant today.
Economics, History, Politics & Rights
George Reisman on Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, and Capitalism
Jim Brown February 5, 2021
"Karl Marx taught that if you are a capitalist, you’re controlled by your so-called 'class interest,' but, of course, there is no such thing. People make decisions based on the ideas they accept as true." —George Reisman
Politics & Rights
Letter to the Editor: How to Evaluate the Black Lives Matter Movement
TOS Admin February 4, 2021
We need to distinguish between the organization Black Lives Matter and those who support the idea that black lives matter.
Per-Worker Productivity Compared: Fossil Fuels versus Wind and Solar
David McGruer February 4, 2021
Supporters of wind and solar energy present these industries as modern, competitive, and poised to replace fossil fuels in a “great energy transition.” One of their “selling points” is that generating so-called renewable energy creates more jobs. Indeed, it does—but is this a pro or a con?
Cal Newport to Speak at TOS-Con 2021
TOS Admin January 29, 2021
In his talk, "Your Superpower for Success in a Distracted World," Dr. Newport will discuss principles and practices for engaging in deep work, concentrating without distraction, and pushing your cognitive capabilities to their limit.
Arts & Culture
On Accusations of Racism in the Classical Music Industry
F. F. Mormanni January 29, 2021
If we want a color-blind and merit-based classical music industry, then merit is the only thing we should consider. Such an industry would enable musicians to thrive and foster a culture in which they can create and perform the best quality music.
Arts & Culture, Reviews
Wonder Woman 1984, Written and Directed by Patty Jenkins
Frank Olechnowicz January 29, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 is a dark film that reflects writer/director Patty Jenkins’s sense of life and her confusions concerning morality and capitalism.
Arts & Culture, Education & Parenting, Reviews
Hercules, Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Andreea Mincu January 15, 2021
If you have a youthful soul or are a parent looking for the rare story that shows that heroism is not inborn or altruistic but the result of one’s choices and rational values, Hercules belongs on your watchlist.
History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights, Reviews
Freedom: An Unruly History by Annelien de Dijn
Timothy Sandefur January 14, 2021
Far from a history of liberty, de Dijn’s book is a conscious effort to undermine that concept and to substitute in its place what she calls a “democratic conception of freedom,” which, in principle, amounts to collective control over every aspect of individual behavior.