Winter 2018 • Vol. 13, No. 4
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From the Editor, Winter 2018–2019
Welcome to the Winter 2018–2019 issue of The Objective Standard. Features include “Public Land’s Collectivist Roots” by Jon Hersey, “The Mind-Based Etymology of ‘Capitalism’” by Richard M. Salsman, “The Need for Philosophy in the Islands of the Blessed” by Timothy Sandefur, and more. Continue »
History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights
Public Land’s Collectivist Roots
Jon Hersey November 20, 2018 Audio PDF
Some call national parks “America’s best idea.” In truth, public lands of any type are antithetical to what is truly America’s best idea: individual rights.
The Mind-Based Etymology of ‘Capitalism’
Richard M. Salsman November 20, 2018 Audio PDF
In the case of “socialism,” “communism,” and “fascism,” the words relate clearly and directly to their respective systems. But what about capitalism?
The Need for Philosophy in the Islands of the Blessed
Timothy Sandefur November 20, 2018 Audio PDF
Ka‘ahumanu overthrew Hawaii's brutal religion. Tragically, that was not enough. The Hawaiian people, like all people, needed the insights of philosophy.
History, Politics & Rights
Dr. Joseph Warren: Architect of the Revolution
Tom Malone November 10, 2018 Audio PDF
This little-known founder not only articulated the ideas of America's revolution, he was intimately involved in putting those ideas into practice.
Announcements, Ayn Rand & Objectivism
Funds Are Available for Advancing Objectivism: An Interview with Carl Barney
Craig Biddle November 20, 2018 Audio PDF
Mr. Barney has provided approximately $4 million in funding to more than sixty ventures so far—and he’s eager to provide more.
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Good Living
Objectivism, Career Transitions, and Standing Orders: An Interview with Craig Biddle
Jonathan Townley November 20, 2018 Audio PDF
Jonathan Townley interviews Craig Biddle about how he discovered Objectivism, how he became a writer, and how he gets things done.
Reviews, Science & Technology
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre
Jon Hersey September 10, 2018 Audio PDF
Goldacre outs many of the most heinous sources of misleading health-related claims and provides tools to understand and evaluate them.
History, Politics & Rights, Reviews
Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic by Matthew Stewart
Brian Tebbitt September 20, 2018 Audio PDF
Well-read intellectuals, Greek philosophy, and atheism are what made America great. So says Matthew Stewart.
Arts & Culture, Reviews
An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris
Anna Franco September 19, 2018 Audio PDF
This riveting fictionalization of a 19th-century French espionage case illustrates the relation between rationality, integrity, and justice.
Reviews, Science & Technology
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
Jon Hersey September 27, 2018 Audio PDF
In Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, Dutch-American primatologist Frans de Waal brings history, philosophy, and science to bear on this pregnant question.
History, Politics & Rights, Reviews, Science & Technology
The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking by Saifedean Ammous
Michael Dahlen October 25, 2018 Audio PDF
Ammous places Bitcoin in a broad historical context and makes a good case that it has the potential to be the next stage in the evolution of sound money.