Arts & Culture, History, Politics & Rights
Celebrating Progress and Combating Complacency: An Interview with Virginia Postrel
Jon Hersey March 19, 2021
Award-winning writer Virginia Postrel discusses the stasist/dynamist divide, how it impacts people’s views on such things as style and glamour, and the incredible (though oft-overlooked) achievements that made possible the modern textile industry.
Politics & Rights
End the Injustice of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Angelica Walker-Werth March 19, 2021
Imagine police officers showing up to your house at night and demanding the keys to your car, threatening to damage it if you don’t comply. They don’t provide you with an explanation or even accuse you of committing a crime. Then imagine waiting five years for the mere chance to get your car back. Sound dystopian?
Economics, Politics & Rights, Reviews
Secrets of the Magna Carta, Written by Martin Durkin
Thomas Walker-Werth March 7, 2021
The sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215 was a major turning point in world history. In the 2017 two-part documentary Secrets of the Magna Carta, writer Martin Durkin sets out to tell the story of this incredible document and its legacy.
Arts & Culture, Education & Parenting, Reviews
Phineas and Ferb by Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh
Andreea Mincu March 2, 2021
Cheerful songs, witty writing, benevolent humor, and contagious optimism make Phineas and Ferb a great work of soul-fueling art, not only for children but for adults as well. Its brilliant optimism and reality-first approach make every episode a delight.
Arts & Culture, History, Reviews
Sophocles: Oedipus the King, A New Verse Translation by David Kovacs
Timothy Sandefur March 2, 2021
Oedipus the King has been considered a masterpiece for two and a half millennia. No less a luminary than Aristotle called it the ideal tragedy. But today’s readers are often disturbed by its apparent injustice. How is it fair that the gods consign Oedipus—a genuine hero who strives to avoid committing the sins for which he is damned—to such an awful fate?
Biographies, Economics, Politics & Rights
Walter Williams: Intransigent Individualist
Aaron Briley February 26, 2021
One of America’s leading public intellectuals for nearly half a century, Walter Williams (1936–2020) defended free markets, championed individualism, and fought to liberate blacks and other minorities from destructive ideas and policies.
Common Sense for Objectivists: Five Reasons for Fans of Ayn Rand to Study Thomas Reid
Jon Hersey February 26, 2021
Thomas Reid is not only an excellent foil against which to compare and better understand Ayn Rand’s views, his fierce wit, clear exposition of philosophic problems, and insightful solutions make him a thinker worth reading in his own right.
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 Walker-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