TOS Admin's Articles
Steve Simpson on Cronyism, Corruption, and Government Power
TOS Admin September 24, 2014
What is "cronyism?" Is it a valid term? How has this idea, sometimes called "crony capitalism," come into use? How does it influence debate? How should free market advocates view the issue of cronyism? Steve Simpson will examine these and related questions in a talk for the Hungry Minds Speaker Series on October 4 in Denver, CO.
Celebrate America’s Founding with Constitution Week NYC
TOS Admin September 10, 2014
Constitution Week NYC is hosting a celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 13 in Manhattan. The event features Shane Krauser, a former prosecutor and an adjunct professor of constitutional law; and Andrew Bernstein, who will present “The Moral and Practical Case for Second Amendment Rights."
Why Use the Word “Selfishness”?
TOS Admin August 26, 2014
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Robert: "Why do you and other Objectivists advocate selfishness when that word disturbs so many people? Why not just use the word self-interest or, better yet, rational self-interest?"
Altruism vs. Second-handedness
TOS Admin August 24, 2014
"What are the relationships of and differences between altruism and second-handedness?" In answering this question, Craig Biddle clarifies the respective meaning of each concept, identifying one as a theory of morality and the other as a psychological malady, discussing their essential differences and similarities, and contrasting these concepts and relationships with those of egoism and first-handedness or independent thinking.
Letters to the Editor, Fall 2014
TOS Admin August 20, 2014
Regarding “Getting Lincoln Right” To the Editor: I would like to congratulate Alexander Marriott on his well-written and illuminating article “Getting Lincoln Right” [TOS Summer 2014]. Mr. Marriott eloquently addresses the most common moral and historical fallacies that are used to smear the legacy of a man who, in my…
Politics & Rights
Obstacles to a Foreign Policy of Self-Defense for America
TOS Admin June 21, 2014
Americans have been awash in a tsunami of anti-rights philosophy for more than 100 years, and the tsunami has taken its toll. Americans no longer have the conviction that we have rights and thus no longer have the conviction that the government must protect our rights. . . . Fortunately, we have a solution to this problem. . . .
The Objective Standard is Hiring a Part-Time Social Media Specialist
TOS Admin June 7, 2014
TOS is looking for a part-time Social Media Specialist to join our team and help advance the principles of Objectivism. This person will: Work closely with TOS’s writers and staff to produce and post content to TOS Blog and TOS’s social media properties; Create, purchase, and manipulate images for use on TOS’s website and social media properties; and the like.
Summer Issue of The Objective Standard
TOS Admin May 17, 2014
The print edition of the Summer issue of The Objective Standard is at press and will be mailed shortly. The electronic versions—including online (html), ebook, audio, and Kindle—will be posted on May 20. The issue features "Getting Lincoln Right," by Alexander V. Marriott, "Purpose, Value Hierarchies, and Happiness," by Craig Biddle; and more.
Announcement About TOS Blog Schedule
TOS Admin February 19, 2014
During the next two weeks, while we are completing and launching the new TOS website, posting on TOS Blog will be extremely light. We will resume our regular (and soon enhanced) blogging schedule in March. In the meantime, please enjoy our many timeless articles and posts.
The Spring Issue of The Objective Standard
TOS Admin February 17, 2014
The print edition of the Spring issue of The Objective Standard goes to press today and will be mailed shortly. The contents of the Spring issue include "A Peek at Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness," by Craig Biddle; and "Aristotle Versus Religion," by Andrew Bernstein.
Subscribe to the New TOS Audio Feed
TOS Admin February 14, 2014
In conjunction with TOS’s new website, which will be launched shortly, we have created a new audio feed (available via direct rss feed or iTunes). The new feed currently offers a selection of recorded TOS Blog posts, Reason at Large talks, and more. We will add new audio items on a regular basis.
Homosexuality: Moral or Immoral?
TOS Admin November 28, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Kyle: "What is the moral status of homosexuality? Is it moral, immoral or neutral? And why are some people gay? Is sexual orientation inborn or a choice or what?" In answering, Biddle explains that sexual orientation per…
Lincoln's Immortal Gettysburg Address, 150 Years Ago Today
TOS Admin November 19, 2013
On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, we salute this remarkable, heroic man. http://www.youtube.com/embed/BvA0J_2ZpIQ Like this post? Join our mailing list to receive our weekly digest. And for in-depth commentary from an Objectivist perspective, subscribe to our quarterly journal, The Objective Standard. Related: Review: Lincoln Celebrating Civil War…