The Objective Standard: Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2

The Objective Standard: Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2

by Craig Biddle, Richard Salsman, Ari Armstrong, Daniel Wahl
     
 

The Summer 2013 issue (Vol. 8, No. 2) features the following articles and reviews, in addition to selections from TOS blog:
* In Memory of Joshua Lipana, by Craig Biddle
* The End of Central Banking, Part II, by Richard M. Salsman
* The Is-Altruism Dichotomy, by Craig Biddle
* Interview with Artist Ifat Glassman
* Lincoln, reviewed by Ari Armstrong…  See more details below

Overview

The Summer 2013 issue (Vol. 8, No. 2) features the following articles and reviews, in addition to selections from TOS blog:
* In Memory of Joshua Lipana, by Craig Biddle
* The End of Central Banking, Part II, by Richard M. Salsman
* The Is-Altruism Dichotomy, by Craig Biddle
* Interview with Artist Ifat Glassman
* Lincoln, reviewed by Ari Armstrong
* Django Unchained, reviewed by Ari Armstrong
* The Intouchables, reviewed by Ari Armstrong
* The Sessions, reviewed by Ari Armstrong
* The DIM Hypothesis (Leonard Peikoff), reviewed by Ari Armstrong
* Righteous Indignation (Andrew Breitbart), reviewed by Robert Begley
* Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis (John C. Goodman), reviewed by Jared M. Rhoads
* Island (Thomas Perry), reviewed by Daniel Wahl
* The Year of Living Biblically (A. J. Jacobs), reviewed by Daniel Wahl
* The Truth about Gun Control (David B. Kopel), reviewed by Ari Armstrong
* After the Welfare State (edited by Tom G. Palmer), reviewed by Ari Armstrong

The Objective Standard is a quarterly journal of culture and politics written from an Objectivist perspective (Objectivism being Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism). The journal is based on the idea that for every human concern—from personal matters to foreign policy, from the sciences to the arts, from education to legislation—there are demonstrably objective standards by reference to which we can assess what is true or false, good or bad, right or wrong. The purpose of the journal is to analyze and evaluate ideas, trends, events, and policies accordingly.

We maintain that the standards of both knowledge and value derive from the facts of reality; that truth is discovered only by means of reason (i.e., through observation and logic); that the factual requirements of man’s life on earth determine his moral values; that the selfish pursuit of one’s own life-serving goals is virtuous; and that individual rights are moral principles defining the fundamental requirements of a civilized society.

We stand opposed to the notion that the standards of knowledge and value are not factual but subjective (feeling-based) or other-worldly (faith-based); that truth is ultimately dictated by majority opinion or a “supernatural” being’s will; that democratic consensus or “God’s word” determines what is moral; that sacrifice for “the common good” or in obedience to “God’s commands” is virtuous; and that rights are social conventions or “divine decrees.”

In stark contrast to these philosophic approaches, ours is a philosophy of reality, reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016681702
Publisher:
The Objective Standard
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Series:
The Objective Standard , #30
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
108
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Salsman is president of InterMarket Forecasting, Inc., an investment consulting firm. He was previously a senior economist at H.C. Wainwright Economics, Inc. (1993–1999) and a banker at Citibank and the Bank of New York (1981–1992). He has authored two books, Gold and Liberty (1995) and Breaking the Banks: Central Banking Problems and Free Banking Solutions (1990); and six chapters on such topics as banking crises, profit theory, antitrust law, the Great Depression, and environmentalism. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Barron’s, Forbes,The Intellectual Activist, and Capitalism Magazine. He holds a BA in economics from Bowdoin College (1981) and an MA in economics from New York University (1988).

Craig Biddle is the editor of The Objective Standard and the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, a highly concretized, systematic introduction to Ayn Rand’s ethics. He is currently writing a book, which is tentatively titled Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness, about how to use one’s mind in the service of one’s life, liberty, and happiness. In addition to writing, he lectures and teaches seminars on ethical and epistemological issues from an Objectivist perspective. Mr. Biddle has lectured and taught seminars at universities across the country, including Stanford, Duke, Tufts, UVA, UCLA, UW–Madison, and NYU. He regularly lectures at Objectivist conferences as well. His website is www.CraigBiddle.com.

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