Category Archives: TOS

Was Robin Williams the Last Comedian with the Courage and Freedom to Make Fun of Islam?

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 Neo-Luddites

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.”

On Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion

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).

Welfare State Violates Rights, AEI’s Claims Notwithstanding

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.”

Note on Objective Standard Posting

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.

TOS Blog Update: ObamaCare, Shutdown, Food Stamps, Buckyballs, and More

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

Surprise! Construction Slows as Government Violates Rights

Can You Tell the Difference Between Modern “Art” and Toddler Art?

ObamaCare: “What the Hell Kind of Reform Is This?”

Government Shut Down and All I Got Was this Blog Post

British Scientists Achieve Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Research

Food Stampede Illustrates Depravity of “Welfare”

“You Can Become Whomever You Want to Be”

Craig Zucker Has the Balls to Fight Government Abuse

Get Government Out of Beer

In Attacking Malala Yousafzai, Taliban Assault the Mind

ObamaCare Supporter: “I Didn’t Realize I Would Pay for It Personally”

Feds Intentionally Inflict Pain in Park Shutdowns; Solution is to Privatize Parks

Kenneth Buck Admirably Protects Rights Despite Colorado Law

Colorado “Personhood” Measure Would Outlaw All Abortions and More

Institute for Justice Wins Battles for Free Speech

TOS Blog Update: Shutdown, ObamaCare, State Technology, the Devil, and More

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

Toward a Shutdown to Celebrate

Under ObamaCare, “The Doctor Can’t See You Now”

To Find “False Religion,” E. W. Jackson Should Look in the Mirror

Tiny Tile Promises to Find Your Lost Keys or Lost Child for You

The Devil Is in the Mysticism

Ted Cruz and Atlas Shrugged Against ObamaCare

No, Mariana, There Is No (State) Santa Claus Driving Technology

IRS Targeted Groups over “Anti-Obama Rhetoric”—As Enabled by Bad Laws

TOS Blog Update: Navy Yard Massacre, Living Wage, Spock’s Ethics, and More

Here I link to my blog entries for The Objective Standard for September 8 to 19 (in reverse order). See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

In Response to Navy Yard Massacre, Government Should Focus Exclusively on Protecting Rights

Minimum Wage Laws: Immoral, Crippling, and Nevertheless Supported by Many

New Yorkers Deemed Criminals for (Gasp!) Serving Dinner for a Fee

Rolling Stone Smears Defenders of Fossil Fuels

Helium-Lifted Craft and Other Advances Promise Better Living and Spiritual Fuel

Jonathan Hoenig and Wayne Rogers: Regarding Syria, Americans Should Be Selfish

Spock’s Illogic: “The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few”

War on Syria is Not the Means to Credibility and Security; War on Iran Is

Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy: Intentionally Ineffective

Government Extorts Money from Ebook Publishers; You Can Refuse to Participate

TOS Blog Update: Syria, Buckyballs, Government Schools, ObamaCare, Luck, and “Buy American” Nonsense

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

August 20, 2013
Dr. Josh Umbehr Explains How to Get Quality, Economical Health Care and Undermine ObamaCare

August 24, 2013
Peter Dinklage: “I Hate that Word, ‘Lucky’”

August 26, 2013
Alex Bogusky’s Self-Sacrificial “Buy American” Nonsense

August 27, 2013
Assad’s “Moral Obscenity” Does Not Justify Obscenity of Sacrificial Military Intervention

August 29, 2013
If You Berate Parents for Sending Their Kids to Private School, You Are a Bad Person

September 1, 2013
Government Killed Buckyballs, Now Seeks to Destroy CEO, Too

My Fall TOS Contributions: Umbehr on Concierge Medicine; Reviews of Star Trek, Oz, and Killing Floor

The Objective Standard published an interview I conducted along with several of my book and film reviews in the Fall 2013 issue:

Dr. Josh Umbehr on the Concierge Medicine Revolution

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):

Star Trek: The Original Films

Oz the Great and Powerful

Killing Floor, by Lee Child

TOS Blog Update: Assault on Apple, NSA, Nudge Squad, and More

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

July 31, 2013
America Doesn’t Need a “Nudge Squad”; it Needs a Rights Squad

August 2, 2013
Alex Epstein Exposes Josh Fox’s Gasland II as Anti-All Technology

August 4, 2013
The Government’s Obscene Assault on Apple

August 7, 2013
Judge Preposterously Seeks to Forbid Uber Car Service from Using iPhones

August 9, 2013
Europa Report Offers Fine Cinematic Sci-Fi but Vile Moral Premises

August 15, 2013
Harry Reid Confesses Truth About ObamaCare

August 16, 2013
NSA Domestic Spy Program Clearly Violates Citizens’ Rights

TOS Blog Update: Antitrust, Miracles, Energy, ObamaCare, Beer

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

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

June 26, 2013
With DOMA Decision, Supreme Court Correctly Recognizes Legal Equality of Gay Couples

July 3, 2013
Don’t Delay ObamaCare—End It

July 6, 2013
Toast the Re-Legalization of Homebrewing

July 10, 2013
Justice Department and Congress Commit Massive Act of Injustice against Apple, Et Al.

My Summer TOS Contributions: DIM, Guns, Welfare, Lincoln, Django Unchained

The Objective Standard published several of my book and film reviews in the Summer 2013 issue:

Books

The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out, by Leonard Peikoff

The Truth about Gun Control, by David B. Kopel

After the Welfare State, edited by Tom G. Palmer

Films

Lincoln

Django Unchained (free)

The Intouchables (free)

The Sessions (free)

TOS Blog Update: Free Speech, Organ Transplants, Google, Superman, SNAP

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

June 3, 2013
Will TN U.S. Attorney William Killian Clarify that Individuals Have a Right to Criticize Islam?

June 5, 2012
Government Involvement in Organ Donation Constitutes Death Panels

June 6, 2013
“A Born Free American Woman” Tells Government “You’ve Forgotten Your Place”

June 7, 2013
Greedy Google’s Blimps to Bring Wireless Internet to a Billion Africans and Asians

June 8, 2013
Our Spectacularly Improving World

June 9, 2013
Quent Cordair Offers a Philosophical Detection Story in “The Match”

June 11, 2013
Cambridge Scientists Dramatically Advance Battle Against Infectious Disease

June 13, 2013
Celebrate Sarah Murnaghan’s Life; Demand an End to Government Death Panels

June 16, 2013
Superman’s Moral Ambitiousness

June 21, 2013
Members of Congress Misrepresent Food Stamp Program and Ignore Its Injustice

TOS Blog Update: Gosnell, IRS, Property Rights, Apple, 3D Printing, Sobiech

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

May 14, 2013
Gosnell Justly Convicted for Grisly Murders

May 15, 2013
IRS Violates Americans’ Rights Every Day

May 20, 2013
Committee for Justice Fights for Free Speech via Property Rights

May 21, 2013
Apple’s Tax Avoidance Justifies Moral Outrage—Toward those Harassing and Smearing Apple

May 26, 2013
Innovative Doctors Save Infant’s Life with 3D Printing

May 28, 2013
Zach Sobiech, Victim of Cancer, Lover of Life

May 29, 2013
Designers Use 3D Printing for Beautiful Prosthetics and Space Food

TOS Blog Update: Self-Defense, Health Insurance, Profits, Enlightenment, Space

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

April 28, 2013
“Attack Countermeasures” Video Shows How Not to Be a Victim

May 1, 2013
Think You Have Health Insurance? Think Again, Explains Beth Haynes

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.)

May 6, 2013
Good News Abounds: Space Tourism, Medical Marvels, and More

TOS Blog Update: Thatcher, Immigration, Melissa Harris-Perry, and More

Here I link to my recent blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

March 31, 2013
Rand Paul Inches Toward a Rights-Respecting Immigration Policy but Lacks the Means to Get There

April 1, 2013
Bionic Eye—Not a Miracle

April 4, 2013
Stockton Ain’t All that’s Bankrupt

April 7, 2013
Melissa Harris-Perry Says Your Kids “Belong to Whole Communities”

April 9, 2013
Margaret Thatcher: Warrior for Liberty

April 11, 2013
States Pass Rights-Violating Abortion Restrictions

My Spring TOS Contributions: Natelson Interview, Beyond Politics Review

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.