The Objective Standard just published my article, “The Jihad against Robin Williams Speaks Volumes.” I link to one of Williams’s comedic routines in which he makes fun of jihad. (I’m not sure of the date of the performance.) Unsurprisingly, some Muslims responded with rage, praying for Williams’s eternal torture at the hands of Allah.
The Objective Standard just published my article, “New Technologies, Same Old Fallacies,” a reaction to Jeff Elder’s article for the Wall Street Journal, “Tech Experts See Good and Bad Sides of Robots.” I write (among other things), “Elder predicts that new technologies, including advanced robotics and self-driving cars, will soon be commonplace. Undoubtedly these technologies will make some jobs obsolete, but they will also give rise to many new career opportunities.”
The Objective Standard just published my article, “Government Properly Protects Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion.” I write, “The right to freedom from religion means that nonreligious people and people of minority religions have a moral right not to finance the propagation of religious beliefs and not to be subjected to faith-based, rights-violating laws.” For my formulation of the right to freedom of religion, see the article (with which I’m very pleased).
The Objective Standard just published my critique of the American Enterprise Institute’s position on the welfare state (at least as expressed by its president and two of its writers): “AEI Writer Invokes ‘Implicit Contract’ and other Fantasies to Excuse Government Coercion.” Whereas representatives of AEI claim the welfare state is beneficial and moral, I point out it “relies on coercive, rights-violating confiscations of wealth.”
In the past, I’ve linked to all of my blog posts published by The Objective Standard from my personal web page. But these days TOS is publishing most of my writing, so it seems pointless use my personal page to link to everything over there. Readers are welcome to check out my catalog of posts at TOS.
I’ll still link to my print articles and possibly to some of my more notable blog posts as well.
Along these lines, recently I wrote a post about a Colorado case in which the government is seeking to force a businessman to bake a cake for a gay wedding. That article has received a fair amount of play; check it out if you haven’t already done so.
August 24, 2013
Peter Dinklage: “I Hate that Word, ‘Lucky’”
August 26, 2013
Alex Bogusky’s Self-Sacrificial “Buy American” Nonsense
September 1, 2013
Government Killed Buckyballs, Now Seeks to Destroy CEO, Too
The Objective Standard published an interview I conducted along with several of my book and film reviews in the Fall 2013 issue:
Umbehr says of his type of medical practice:
Patients want this. They want better care for less money. They want better value. They want more time with their doctors. They want quality and convenience and accessibility and all the things that we’re not offering to them right now. They want their doctors to answer the phone. They want their doctors to supply their medicine. They want their doctors to sit down and spend half an hour or an hour with them and not worry about what insurance is going to pay for or not pay for.
And here are my reviews (all largely behind paywalls):
August 4, 2013
The Government’s Obscene Assault on Apple
August 15, 2013
Harry Reid Confesses Truth About ObamaCare
August 16, 2013
NSA Domestic Spy Program Clearly Violates Citizens’ Rights
July 18, 2013
Texas Anti-Abortion Bill Abnegates Rights
June 22, 2013
We Already Have a “Media Shield”: The First Amendment
June 23, 2013
A Miraculous Pope?
June 26, 2013
Obama’s War on Energy Producers and Consumers
July 3, 2013
Don’t Delay ObamaCare—End It
July 6, 2013
Toast the Re-Legalization of Homebrewing
The Objective Standard published several of my book and film reviews in the Summer 2013 issue:
Django Unchained (free)
The Intouchables (free)
The Sessions (free)
June 8, 2013
Our Spectacularly Improving World
June 16, 2013
Superman’s Moral Ambitiousness
May 14, 2013
Gosnell Justly Convicted for Grisly Murders
May 15, 2013
IRS Violates Americans’ Rights Every Day
May 28, 2013
Zach Sobiech, Victim of Cancer, Lover of Life
April 28, 2013
“Attack Countermeasures” Video Shows How Not to Be a Victim
May 2, 2013
Pope Absurdly Blames Unemployment on Profit
May 5, 2013
Penny Nance’s Strange Bedfellows
(No, the Enlightenment did not cause the Holocaust.)
April 14, 2013
3D Metal Printing Revolution Makes Possible the “Impossible”
April 24, 2013
“There Are no Values” through Islam
April 1, 2013
Bionic Eye—Not a Miracle
April 4, 2013
Stockton Ain’t All that’s Bankrupt
April 9, 2013
Margaret Thatcher: Warrior for Liberty
April 11, 2013
States Pass Rights-Violating Abortion Restrictions
The Objective Standard published two of my pieces in the Spring 2013 issue (not counting my blog posts).
The first in an interview: “Robert G. Natelson on State-Driven Amendments to Restrain Federal Spending.” (Elsewhere I published a series of videos of Natelson speaking on the same subject.)
Natelson summarizes the issue at hand:
Essentially, though, there are two ways to propose amendments for ratification or rejection by the states. One is for Congress to propose; the other is for two-thirds of the state legislatures to require Congress, through resolutions called “applications,” to call a “convention for proposing amendments.” A convention for proposing amendments is essentially a meeting of delegations sent by the state legislatures themselves, organized on a one-state, one-vote basis. In lieu of Congress, the convention decides whether to propose one or more amendments for ratification or rejection.
My second piece is a book review of Beyond Politics. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good book about “public choice” economics, but it has some serious problems. I conclude:
Despite its serious theoretical problems—problems shared by most economic texts today—Beyond Politics offers a powerful critique of many types of government economic controls. Those who read it carefully will better understand the common rationale for government intervention in the economy—and the “public choice” criticisms of such intervention. Although Simmons does not offer anything like a complete case for capitalism that integrates morality and economics, he offers some important economic tools useful in building or fortifying such a case.
You can read the complete articles—and all the other great content in the Spring issue—over at The Objective Standard.