The Objective Standard » Blog https://www.theobjectivestandard.com Reason, Egoism and Capitalism Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:53:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Fast-Food Workers Seek Government Guns to Back Demands http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/fast-food-workers-seek-government-guns-back-demands/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fast-food-workers-seek-government-guns-back-demands http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/fast-food-workers-seek-government-guns-back-demands/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:53:11 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=32168 The “rights” sought by the union are the “freedom” not to associate voluntarily, but to violate the rights of employers to run their businesses as they see fit and to enter into voluntary, mutually consensual contracts with employees. Specifically, the union wants to use the force of government to coerce business owners to “bargain” with unions. More »

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Citizens United, Anonymous Speech, and Rights-Violating Disclosure Laws http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/citizens-united-anonymous-speech-rights-violating-disclosure-laws/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=citizens-united-anonymous-speech-rights-violating-disclosure-laws http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/citizens-united-anonymous-speech-rights-violating-disclosure-laws/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:12:48 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=32129 Although the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Citizens United decision threw out blanket prohibitions on groups of people spending money on political speech, government remained legally free to require speakers to report their identities and expenditures, thereby outlawing anonymous speech. The latest legal battle regarding such censorship laws is taking place in Colorado, with Citizens United again on the front line.  More »

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In Honor of the U.S. Constitution and the Men who Created It http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/honor-u-s-constitution-men-created/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=honor-u-s-constitution-men-created http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/honor-u-s-constitution-men-created/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:30:56 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=32102 On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the United States Constitution, laying the foundation for the first nation in history based on the recognition of the inalienable rights of man. The Founders, well versed in the canons of the Enlightenment, saw the individual as a sovereign being with the right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. More »

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Concrete: The Foundation of Modern Life http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/concrete-foundation-modern-life/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=concrete-foundation-modern-life http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/concrete-foundation-modern-life/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:43:59 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=32075 We typically go through our days without devoting a thought to this this magnificent material, concrete, that helps make modern life possible. The next time you enjoy a modern building, drive down a street, or so much as stroll down a sidewalk, you might think for a moment of the modern producers of concrete. Their thought and work literally support your life. More »

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On the Moral Right to Provide Discounts Exclusively to Churchgoers http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/moral-right-provide-discounts-exclusively-churchgoers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=moral-right-provide-discounts-exclusively-churchgoers http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/moral-right-provide-discounts-exclusively-churchgoers/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:36:48 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=32049 Steven Rose, a Christian owner of a pizza parlor in Arkansas, recently received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) stating that the 10 percent discount he offers to customers who bring in a church bulletin is unlawful. But Rose is correct in pointing out that, as a private business owner, he has a right to offer discounts as he sees fit. More »

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Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt?—The Bad and the Good of It http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/atlas-shrugged-iii-john-galt-bad-good/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=atlas-shrugged-iii-john-galt-bad-good http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/atlas-shrugged-iii-john-galt-bad-good/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:38:00 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=32027 Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is a literary masterpiece and one of the most read and discussed novels of the 20th century. It tells the story of “men of the mind,” led by John Galt, who go on strike as the world around them collapses. The trilogy of films is a cheap, inept attempt to represent the original.  More »

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Sam Harris: Yes, Islamic Jihadists Are Motivated by Religion http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/sam-harris-yes-islamic-jihadists-motivated-religion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sam-harris-yes-islamic-jihadists-motivated-religion http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/sam-harris-yes-islamic-jihadists-motivated-religion/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:31:26 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=32008 Many leftists refuse to face the fact that jihadists are motivated by Islam. Thankfully, Sam Harris, although a leftist in some respects, does not buy into the leftist nonsense on this count. In his reply to Barack Obama’s speech on Islamic State, Harris seeks “a simple acknowledgment that beliefs guide behavior and that certain religious ideas—jihad, martyrdom, blasphemy, apostasy—reliably lead to oppression and murder.” More »

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Obama on Islamic State: Pretend Islam Is Not Islam http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/obama-islamic-state-pretend-islam-islam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=obama-islamic-state-pretend-islam-islam http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/obama-islamic-state-pretend-islam-islam/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:10:16 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=31992 Obama’s strategy is a combination of half-hearted attacks on Islamic State and dangerous coalitions with Islamic tyrants and militants, many of whom wish to see America destroyed. What explains the ineptness of Obama’s foreign policy with respect to Islamic terrorism? One of the most important problems is Obama’s refusal to recognize the nature of America’s enemies. More »

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The Jihad against America and How to End It http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/jihad-america-end/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jihad-america-end http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/jihad-america-end/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:35:36 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=31961 While Islamic State, al Qaeda, and the like multiply and expand throughout the Middle East, now is a good time to recount the essential nature of the problem and to specify the solution. Although these groups have murdered many Americans and aim to murder many more, they are not the fundamental problem. The fundamental problem is the Islamic regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia, which spawn and sponsor such groups. More »

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Celebrate America’s Founding with Constitution Week NYC http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/celebrate-americas-founding-constitution-week-nyc/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=celebrate-americas-founding-constitution-week-nyc http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2014/09/celebrate-americas-founding-constitution-week-nyc/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:45:04 +0000 http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/?p=31956 Constitution Week NYC is hosting a celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 13 in Manhattan. The event features Shane Krauser, a former prosecutor and an adjunct professor of constitutional law; and Andrew Bernstein, who will present “The Moral and Practical Case for Second Amendment Rights." More »

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