Jon Hersey's Articles
Arts & Culture, Biographies, History
Isabella Stewart Gardner: ‘One of the Seven Wonders of Boston’
Jon Hersey March 19, 2020
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a firecracker of a woman with a studied yet eclectic taste in art and the means to acquire lots of it. As one friend put it, she lived “at a rate and intensity, with a reality that makes other lives seem pale, thin and shadowy.”
Arts & Culture, Ayn Rand & Objectivism, History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights
How Heroes Improve Our Lives: An Interview with Andrew Bernstein
Jon Hersey March 12, 2020
In Heroes, Legends, Champions, Andrew Bernstein has created a fascinating hybrid of useful philosophy and inspirational vignettes about outstanding men and women. The result is a book that can help people rise to heroic heights in their own lives.
Politics & Rights, Science & Technology
Social Media and the Future of Civil Society
Jon Hersey February 20, 2020
Social media at times may carry messages we abhor. Shooting the messenger, though, is not a solution but a path toward statism. If we want to safeguard the future of civil society, then we must defend the rights of social media companies.
Arts & Culture
The ‘Purely Musical’ Madison Cunningham
Jon Hersey January 30, 2020
Madison Cunningham, just twenty-five, already has proven herself a consummate artist with the power to fuse melody, meaning, and an eclectic blend of musical styles to create grand works that can still fairly be described as pop songs.
Real Fake News
Bernie Sanders and AOC Release Plan to End Thanksgiving
As Americans stock up on french-fried onions and cranberry sauce, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announce the latest addition to the Green New Deal.
History, Philosophy, Reviews
The Plato Cult and Other Philosophical Follies by David Stove
Jon Hersey October 9, 2019
As Ayn Rand wrote, “To laugh at the contemptible, is a virtue.” With the wit of a Mark Twain and the jaundiced eye of a Richard Mitchell, David Stove practiced this virtue diligently and thus did philosophy a tremendous service.
Education & Parenting, Politics & Rights, Science & Technology
Greta Thunberg Should Be Angry—and So Should You
Jon Hersey September 26, 2019
Not only are eco-alarmists destroying the lives of children, but they are unashamedly using them as fodder to attack human flourishing and the freedom that makes it possible.
Good Living, Philosophy
Life-Enhancing Ideas from Alex Epstein’s Human Flourishing Project
Jon Hersey September 17, 2019
Alex Epstein’s Human Flourishing Project is loaded with life-enhancing ideas. Here’s a resource, which I'll continually update, to help you retain and implement them.
History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights
Obscure Manuscript Further Reveals John Locke’s Intellectual Honesty
Jon Hersey September 11, 2019
Locke’s intellectual honesty was the root of all of his achievements—and it’s on display in his newly uncovered “Reasons for Tolerateing Papists.”
Arts & Culture, Philosophy
‘Awesome without Allah’: Helping Muslims Leave Islam
Jon Hersey September 5, 2019
Ditching Islam is a necessary step toward a truly human life for millions of Muslims all over the world, and Ex-Muslims of North America is helping many to take that step.
Biographies, History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights
John Locke: The Father of Liberalism
Jon Hersey August 21, 2019
Those who built America—the freest and most moral country on earth—stood on the shoulders of John Locke. We who fight for individual rights and freedom today stand on his shoulders, too.
Supporters of Freedom and Flourishing, Thank You!
Jon Hersey August 16, 2019
TOS-Con 2019 was a truly extraordinary growth experience for me, and from what I’ve heard, for many others. Thank you to all who attended and who made it possible. I look forward to seeing you at TOS-Con 2020!