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
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
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? . . .”