Jon Hersey's Articles
Arts & Culture
Declassified: A Low-Key Guide to the High-Strung World of Classical Music, by Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch
Jon Hersey October 24, 2022
Declassified tells the stories not only of the loves and losses of Beethoven and Brahms but of the heartbreak of a young musician who built a life for herself atop the expectations of others—and who, in the wake of inevitable disappointment, learned to salvage her love of classical music and spotlight its value for all to see.
History, Politics & Rights
Iranian Freedom Fighters and the Winds of Reason
Jon Hersey October 6, 2022
Ayatollah Khamenei has said that an Islamic revival is spreading through the Middle East, not by conscious intent, but “like the scent of spring ﬂowers that is carried by the breeze.” Maybe so, but a headwind is blowing steadily and insistently from the West.
Announcements, Education & Parenting
Atlas Academy’s Alternative Education Conference
Jon Hersey September 12, 2022
On Friday, September 30, join our friends at Atlas Academy for their Alternative Education Conference, featuring TOS contributing editor Andrew Bernstein and Montessori consultant Susan Mayclin Stephenson.
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, History, Reviews
What Went Right? An Objectivist Theory of History by Robert Tracinski
Jon Hersey September 8, 2022
“Who sets the tone of a culture?,” asked Ayn Rand. “A small handful of men: the philosophers.” According to Robert Tracinski, many of Rand’s followers have taken this to mean that efforts toward a better future should focus on university humanities departments. But, in his latest book, Tracinski argues that this is only part of the story.
Politics & Rights
Why I Changed My Mind on Abortion
Jon Hersey August 26, 2022
Rights pertain to how people may treat one another. They establish a baseline of permissible conduct between individuals. But when we’re talking about a pregnant woman, we’re not talking about two individuals, each with rights, one of whom just happens to reside within the other.
Arts & Culture
John Williams’s ‘Love Affair with Orchestra’ Continues
Jon Hersey May 10, 2022
No single recording could exhaustively capture even just the highlights of Williams’s career, spanning six decades, but Deutsche Grammophon’s latest culls a varied set of gems, from the uplifting Olympic theme, to the sinister sounds of Close Encounters, to anthems from the beloved Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars franchises.
Science & Technology
Washington Post ‘Journalist’ Tries to Smear Alex Epstein
Jon Hersey March 30, 2022
Justice requires that the Washington Post fire Maxine Joselow for journalistic malpractice and publicly commit to honest journalism, free of smearing.
Economics, Politics & Rights
Star Trek, Marx, Maezawa, and the Moneyless Dream: Utopian or Dystopian?
“Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort.” —Ayn Rand
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, 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.
Education & Parenting, Politics & Rights
Public School Pandemonium Teaches a Valuable Lesson
Jon Hersey November 3, 2021
When parents are free to vote with their feet and their dollars, they will flock to the schools that best satisfy their standards. Schools that don’t will, instead of teaching, be taught a valuable lesson: Satisfy customers or close your doors.