TOS Blog Update: Presidential Debates, Middle East, ObamaCare Rationing

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.

September 24, 2012
The Meaning of Appeasement in the Middle East

September 25, 2012
Richard Salsman: Religion of Democracy Undermines Rights

September 28, 2012
Government Control of Medicine Necessitates Rationing

September 29, 2012
Global Wealth “Redistribution” for Equal Poverty: The Egalitarian Ideal

October 1, 2012
The Meaning of Obama’s Government “Investments”

October 3, 2012
The Question that Matters in this Presidential Election

October 4, 2012
“Trickle Down Government”: Obama’s Economic Vision

TOS Fall Articles

I wrote two book reviews and conducted two interviews for the Fall 2012 edition of The Objective Standard.

Yaron Brook and Don Watkins wrote the just-published Free Market Revolution. I conclude:

Free Market Revolution could not have come at a better time. Given America’s continued economic troubles and ballooning debt, President Obama’s continuous calls for “spreading the wealth around” and controlling businesses, and Paul Ryan’s injection of Ayn Rand’s ideas into popular discourse (however much Ryan strays from those ideas), Americans are both desperately in need of a principled defense of capitalism and, in many cases, eager to hear it.

Free Market Revolution is well worth buying and reading—and more, it is worth promoting among Tea Party activists, business leaders, students, and anyone concerned with freedom and open to reason.

John Allison, former CEO of BB&T, wrote The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure. Allison, I review, offers a detailed account of how failed government regulations led to and worsened the mortgage meltdown.

In my first interview, Curt Levey discusses the future of the Supreme Court in the context of the presidential race.

In the other interview, Robert Zubrin discusses his book on the “antihumanist” movement of Malthus and the modern environmentalists.

Both interviews are available only by subscription or direct purchase, but I found both to be very enlightening.

Image of Robert Zubrin: Wikimedia Commons

TOS Blog Update: Islamist Violence, Obama and FDR, the 47 Percent

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.

September 10, 2012
Obama’s “Forward” Politics of the 1930s

September 12, 2012
Islamists Celebrate 9/11 by Murdering More Americans; U.S. Embassy Demands “Respect” for Islam

September 14, 2012
Islamists Embrace Universal Rights Violations

September 15, 2012
Blame Not American Speech But Islamist Acts of War

September 18, 2012
LA Times Writer Calls for End of First Amendment

September 19, 2012
Romney Addresses Entitlement Mentality, Misses Fundamental

September 22, 2012
Sam Harris Pointedly Defends Free Speech

TOS Blog Update: Cronyism, Paul Ryan, “You Didn’t Build That”

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 28, 2012
Indian Patients Wait Weeks for Treatment—Can You Guess Why?

August 29, 2012
Cronyism for the Children?

August 30, 2012
Ryan’s Pro-Freedom Rhetoric Clashes with His Promise of Government Controls

August 31, 2012
Paul Ryan’s Altruism Leads to His Statist Measures

September 1, 2012
Rice and Republicans Condemn Politics of Envy

September 4, 2012
“You Didn’t Build That”—Elementary School Edition

TOS Blog Update: Paul Ryan, Abortion, Atheism, Poker, Phonak

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 19, 2012
Hold Paul Ryan to His Word

August 21, 2012
Todd Akin and the GOP’s Abortion Problem

August 24, 2012
Rand Supported Legal Abortion and Other Rights, Burns Notes

August 25, 2012
Atheism Rises in U.S.—But What About Reason?

August 26, 2012
Life Lessons of Poker

August 27, 2012
Phonak Brings Mozart to Once-Deaf Man

TOS Blog Update: Paul Ryan, Free-Market Liberalism, Rob Lowe

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

August 11, 2012
Why I’m a Free-Market Liberal

August 12, 2012
Paul Ryan Rejects Ayn Rand’s Ideas—In Word and Deed

April 14, 2012
Nonlinear Ideas: Apps for a Linear Life

August 15, 2012
Rob Lowe Admirably Defends Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

TOS Blog Update: Flukenomics, Mars, Posture, Iran

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

August 3, 2012
Iran Calls Yet Again for Annihilation of Israel

August 6, 2012
An Olympian Congratulations to Kirani James, Oscar Pistorius—and Össur Kristinsson
Advances in prosthetics.

August 7, 2012
Curiosity Drives Exploration of Mars

August 9, 2012
The Posture of Self-Esteem

August 10, 2012
Two Questions for Advocates of Obama’s Flukenomics
The government ought not force people to finance others’ contraceptives.

TOS Blog Update: Aurora Murders, Batman, “You Didn’t Build That”

Here I catalog my blog entries for The Objective Standard from July 11 through today. I’ve put an asterisk by my favorites. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

July 11, 2012
Sword Enthusiasts Kickstart Clang with Cool Half-Mil

July 13, 2012
Islamist Ideology Leads to Murder—Again

July 15, 2012
Pacific Legal Foundation Scores Moving Victory

July 16, 2012
* No, Edolphus, Health Care is Not a “Right” or a “Privilege”

July 17, 2012
Legalized Looting on the Rise

July 19, 2012
Hands Off, Uber Car Service Tells D.C. Politicians

July 20, 2012
* “You Didn’t Build That”—Obama’s Ode to Envy

July 22, 2012
* The Dark Knight Rises—And Asks Us to Rise As Well

July 23, 2012
Government Spending Keeps Growing, and Growing . . .

July 25, 2012
* Thoughts on the Aurora Murders and Armed Citizens

July 26, 2012
Spotlight on Art

July 27, 2012
* Condemn Scapegoating in Aftermath of Atrocities

July 29, 2012
Celebrate the Cinema

July 31, 2012
End U.S. Extortion Payments to Egypt

August 1, 2012
* Keeping Crime Risks in Perspective

TOS Blog Update: Prometheus, China, Higgs Boson

So far for the month of July I’ve written three blog entries for The Objective Standard. See my TOS category for a complete listing of my work for TOS.

July 2, 2012
Prometheus and the Black Goo of Altruism
“. . . Notice that Prometheus sees the two basic alternatives as self-sacrificial, life-giving selflessness, and other-sacrificing, life-harming selfishness. This ignores the possibility of a rationally self-interested person who (as Ayn Rand formulates the matter) neither sacrifices himself to others nor others to himself. . . .”

July 6, 2012
China’s One-Child Policy Illustrates Rights-Violating Horror of Collectivism
“. . . Communism sacrifices individuals and their liberties for the alleged benefit of ‘society.’ An individualist society, by contrast, protects the rights of each individual to pursue his own life, liberty, and happiness in accordance with his own judgment, provided that he does not violate the rights of others. In an individualist society, couples are free to have children, or not, at their discretion. . . .”

July 8, 2012
Higgs Boson Research: Testament to the Power—or the Crudeness—of the Human Mind?
“The recent announcement that scientists found evidence consistent with the existence of the Higgs boson (a type of particle thought to give mass to other particles) is a testament to the efficacy of the human mind to discover the nature of reality. Why, then, do some describe the discovery in the language of mystics or claim it shows the feebleness of human reason? . . .”