The Objective Standard: Winter 2013-14, Vol. 8, No. 4

The Objective Standard: Winter 2013-14, Vol. 8, No. 4

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The Summer 2013-2014 issue (Vol. 8, No. 4) features the following articles and reviews, in addition to selections from TOS blog:
* Libertarianism vs. Radical Capitalism, by Craig Biddle
* Education in a Free Society, by C. Bradley Thompson
* Louis Pasteur: A Light That Brightens More and More, by Ross England
* Notorious, reviewed by Scott McConnell
* The Mark of Zorro, reviewed by Scott McConnell
* Mind vs. Money: The War between Intellectuals and Capitalism, reviewed by Richard M. Salsman
* The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, reviewed by Robert Garmong
* The Emergent Reader Series, reviewed by Daniel Wahl
* The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating
Themselves, reviewed by Kevin Douglas

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: 2940148899624
Publisher: The Objective Standard
Publication date: 11/21/2013
Series: The Objective Standard , #32
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 116
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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. He is currently writing a book about the nature, need, and method of principled thinking. His website is

C. Bradley Thompson is a professor of political science at Clemson University and the executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.

Ross England is a student at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he will graduate in 2015 with an MD and a PhD in physiology. He is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in biology in 2008.

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