The Objective Standard: Fall 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3

The Objective Standard: Fall 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3

by Steve Simpson

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The Objective Standard: Fall 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3 by Steve Simpson, Thomas Eiden, Ari Armstrong, Alexander Marriott

The Fall 2013 edition of The Objective Standard features "The Roots of the IRS Scandal" (Steve Simpson), "Nuclear Energy: The Safe, Clean, Cost-Effective Alternative" (Thomas J. Eiden), and "Dr. Josh Umbehr on the Concierge Medicine Revolution." The issue also features reviews of the films "Les Miserables," "Oz the Great and Powerful," and the original "Star Trek" films; and the books “The Men Who Lost America” (by Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy), “The Real Crash” (by Peter D. Schiff), “Living Proof” (by Kira Peikoff), “The Chronicles of Prydain” (by Lloyd Alexander), and “Killing Floor” (by Lee Child).

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

BN ID: 2940148421634
Publisher: The Objective Standard
Publication date: 08/21/2013
Series: The Objective Standard , #31
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Steve Simpson is a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia. He litigates campaign finance and other First Amendment cases nationwide. He is currently lead counsel in v. FEC, a challenge to federal campaign finance laws, and Sampson v. Buescher, a challenge to Colorado's ballot issue campaign finance laws. Mr. Simpson has authored numerous Supreme Court amicus briefs in a wide variety of cases and has spoken and written widely on campaign finance and other issues. Before joining the Institute for Justice, he spent five years as a litigator with the international law firm Shearman & Sterling and two years clerking in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Simpson is a graduate of New York Law School and a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

Thomas J. Eiden is a graduate research assistant at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, currently pursuing his master’s degree in nuclear engineering, for which he is researching advanced uranium fuels. Eiden has also designed reactor components at Argonne National Laboratory, and he is a researcher for the Center for Industrial Progress.

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