The Winter 2012-13 edition of The Objective Standard features "The New Abolitionism: Why Education Emancipation is the Moral Imperative of Our Time" (C. Bradley Thompson), "Interviews with Innovators in Private Education," "Great Islamic Thinkers Versus Islam" (Andrew Bernstein), "Sam Harris's Failure to Formulate a Scientific Morality" (Ari Armstrong), "Independent Thinking, Morality, and Liberty" (Craig Biddle), and "Apple's App Revolution: Capitalism in Action" (Karl G. Kowalski). The issue also features book reviews of "The One World Schoolhouse" (by Salman Khan), "Let Them In" (by Kevin Douglas), and "The Dictator's Learning Curve" (by William J. Dobson).
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.
About the Author
Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He teaches philosophy at SUNY Purchase, which selected him “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” in 2004. He is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire (2005); Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (2008); Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010); and Capitalist Solutions (2011). Dr. Bernstein is a contributing editor of The Objective Standard, and he publishes a regular column at Forbes.com.
Ari Armstrong blogs at AriArmstrong.com and has written for publications including the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Grand Junction Free Press, and Colorado Springs Gazette. He is the author of Values of Harry Potter: Lessons for Muggles, a book exploring the heroic fight for life-promoting values in the Potter novels. Mr. Armstrong is an assistant editor of The Objective Standard.
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.