Summer 2013Vol. 8, No. 2

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In Memory of Joshua Lipana

In memory of assistant editor of TOS Blog Joshua Lipana, who recently died after a heroic nine-month battle with cancer.

The End of Central Banking, Part II

Explains why central banking should be terminated and how it can be, focusing primarily on the U.S. Federal Reserve System.

The Is-Altruism Dichotomy

Shows why, even after Ayn Rand created a complete morality based exclusively on observation and logic, many people persist in believing that moral principles cannot be derived from the facts of reality.

Interview with Artist Ifat Glassman

Ifat Glassman discusses her artwork, her atelier education, and her plans for the future. The interview is accompanied by images of several of her artworks.

Film Reviews

Lincoln • Written by Tony Kushner

Django Unchained • Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

The Intouchables • Written by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

The Sessions • Directed by Ben Lewin

Book Reviews

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

Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, by Andrew Breitbart

Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, by John C. Goodman

Island, by Thomas Perry

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, by A. J. Jacobs

The Truth about Gun Control, by David B. Kopel

After the Welfare State, edited by Tom G. Palmer

From TOS Blog

Medical Tourism: A Free Market Alternative to ObamaCare

Don’t Expand Sales Taxes, Abolish Them

The Fruits of Capitalism Are All Around Us

Minimum Wage Laws: Economically Harmful Because Immoral

Skunk Works to Deliver “Energy for Everyone”

Legislation Should be Based on Individual Rights, not Group Averages

Contra Joseph Levine, Israel is a Legitimate State (the Only One in the Region)

Scientists—2, Worms—0

Thomas Friedman Embraces Keystone Extortion

GOP Should Reject Ann Coulter’s Collectivist Approach to Immigration Reform and Embrace Individualism

What’s Wrong with Stomping on “Jesus”?

Erick Erickson and Fellow Republicans Wrongly Pit Same-Sex Marriage against Religious Freedom

Italian Court Persecutes Scientists for “Crime” of Non-Omniscience

Melissa Harris-Perry Says Your Kids “Belong to Whole Communities”

Harris-Perry Doubles Down, Promoting “Collective Responsibility”

The Conflict Over Standardized Testing Is a Consequence of Government-Run Schools

North Dakotans Building First Oil Refinery in 57 Years

Mom Who Regrets Her Children Is Example of Altruism at Work

“There Are no Values” through Islam

Obama’s Un-American Call to “Service” and “Duty”



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