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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…
Morality Without God
TOS Admin October 19, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Nick: "Can there be objective morality without God? In other words, can morality be both secular and absolute?" In answering, Biddle zeros in on the basic reason people need morality, which is in order to live and…
“Social Justice” is an Assault on Justice
TOS Admin September 21, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Jeff: "What is 'social justice'? Is it a legitimate term? If so, what does it mean? If not, why not?" In answering, Biddle discusses the purpose behind "social justice," defines and concretizes justice, compares and contrasts instances…
The Fall Issue of The Objective Standard
TOS Admin August 14, 2013
First, a quick announcement about a change in The Objective Standard’s publishing schedule: Beginning with the Fall 2013 issue, the quarterly will be published a month earlier than in the past. The new schedule is as follows. Fall: print edition mails on August 15, electronic editions post on August 20;…
What the Poor Owe the Rich
TOS Admin July 20, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle discusses what the so-called poor owe the rich, focusing on several of the many things for which the poor should thank the rich, including the goods and services they produce, the jobs they make possible, the legitimate aspects of government they…
TOS Now Uses MailChimp
TOS Admin July 19, 2013
As part of a larger website migration underway, TOS has transferred its email lists from an old server to a new one at MailChimp. If you subscribe to our free TOS commentary & announcements list, you likely received a newly formatted email through that list last Monday. (If you subscribe…
Why use “Islamist” Rather than “Muslim”?
TOS Admin July 9, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers the question, "Why do you sometimes use the term 'Islamist' rather than 'Muslim' to refer to Muslims?" In answering, Biddle points out that some Muslims take their religion seriously and thus seek to convert or kill unbelievers, and some Muslims…
Why Choose to Live?
TOS Admin July 7, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Eric: "Objectivism holds that morality presupposes the choice to live. But why should I choose to live?" In answering, Biddle discusses the nature of the question, the reason the questioner doesn't really need an answer to the…
Morally Judging Muslims and Other Religionists
TOS Admin July 6, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers the question, "You've argued that people should be intolerant of Islam. How does this apply to individual Muslims, not all of whom truly or fully embrace Islam?" In answering, Biddle discusses the need to account for the context of a…
Ayn Rand & Objectivism
Is Objectivism a Cult?
TOS Admin July 5, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle addresses the question, "If an Objectivist is someone who accepts Ayn Rand’s entire philosophy as true, how is Objectivism different from a cult?" In answering, Biddle discusses the essence of Objectivism, the nature of a cult, and the absurdity of positing…
Don't Tolerate Islam, Condemn It
TOS Admin June 28, 2013
In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Amy: "You’ve said that people should be intolerant of Islam. How do you square this with the right to freedom of religion?" In answering, Biddle discusses the difference between respecting rights and being tolerant, the fallacy of…