Resources for Tea Party Activists

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While the political left condemns the Tea Party movement, and while the religious right seeks to overtake it, we at The Objective Standard recognize the vital nature of a grass-roots movement calling for limited government, reduced spending, lower taxes, and increased liberty. The Tea Party movement could help bring sanity back to American politics, and, toward that end, we want to help.

Featured Article

To Help Save America, Tea Partiers Must Fully Embrace Individual Rights

Shows that while most Tea Partiers endorse individual rights in the abstract, many reject rights when it comes to practice, and that if Tea Partiers want to save America they must first and foremost remedy this deficiency among their own ranks.

Featured Blog Posts

Should Tea Partiers Abandon or Embrace Ayn Rand?

Tea Party:
“Cut It or Shut It.”

For the Tea Party movement to make a positive difference, however, those involved in the movement must adopt a radical approach to political activism. “Radical” means going to the root of an issue; and the root of freedom, capitalism, and the American Republic is the principle of individual rights—along with the more fundamental philosophy that gives rise to it.

Going to such fundamentals involves challenging the status quo, which requires not only knowledge of a viable alternative, but also the courage to stand for the truth even when it is controversial. For those who not only want to reestablish America as the Land of Liberty but are also willing to embrace and advocate the requisite ideas, we offer the following resources.

American Politics

Obama’s Atomic Bomb: The Ideological Clarity of the Democratic Agenda by John David Lewis

Examines America’s political climate in light of the unmistakably statist agenda emanating from Washington, and finds cause for optimism in the effect Obama is having on the minds of Americans—and cause for activism toward helping Americans to see the proper political alternative: not conservatism but capitalism.

Toward a Free Market in Education by

Distinguishes between school vouchers and tax credits, showing that only one of these can provide a viable road map toward a free market in education.

Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative by John David Lewis

Analyzes the resounding Republican defeat and shows that the party faces a fundamental decision that will determine whether it orchestrates a comeback or stumbles into further defeat.

Individual Rights and the Nature of Government

Man’s Rights by Ayn Rand

Explains the fundamental nature of rights, the facts of reality that give rise to them, and what in essence they mean (and don’t mean) in practice.

The Nature of Government by Ayn Rand

Explains, in fundamental terms, what a government is, why government is necessary to a civilized society, and why a proper government must be constitutionally limited to the function of protecting, not violating, the rights of the individual.

The Creed of Sacrifice vs. The Land of Liberty by Craig Biddle

Examines the morality of altruism, exposing its incompatibility with the basic principle of America (i.e., individual rights), identifying its philosophic roots, and showing that if Americans want to save America, they must repudiate this creed, root and branch.

Health Care

Health Care is Not a Right by Leonard Peikoff (1993), updated by Lin Zinser (2007)

Moral Health Care vs. “Universal Health Care” by Lin Zinser and Paul Hsieh

Surveys the history of government interference in health insurance and medicine in America, specifying the rights violations and economic problems caused thereby; enumerates the failed attempts to solve those economic problems by means of further government interference; and shows that the only viable solution to the debacle at hand is to gradually and systematically transition to a rights-respecting, fully free market in these industries.

How the Freedom to Contract Protects Insurability by Paul Hsieh

Shows that, contrary to proposals being put forth by Republicans, a genuinely free market in health insurance is not only moral, in that it respects the rights of producers and consumers, but also practical, in that it enables businessmen to solve problems for profit—which leads to more and better products and services at lower prices for consumers.

FIRM (Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine)

Financial Crisis

Altruism: The Moral Root of the Financial Crisis by Richard M. Salsman

Zeros in on the fundamental cause of the problem, showing that widespread acceptance of the morality of self-sacrifice necessitated the kinds of laws, regulations, and decisions that have driven the financial markets into the gutter.

Immigration

Immigration and Individual Rights by Craig Biddle

Zeros in on the basic principle of America and demonstrates that this principle mandates a policy of open immigration, debunks several common arguments for prohibiting or limiting immigration, shows why all such arguments are necessarily invalid, and indicates what Americans must do if we are to reestablish and maintain the kind of moral, rights-respecting immigration policy that was advocated by the Founders.

Foreign Policy

End States Who Sponsor Terrorism by Leonard Peikoff

Published as a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on October 2, 2001.

“No Substitute for Victory”: The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism by John David Lewis

Consults historical precedent to evaluate America’s response to the attacks of 9/11. Considering key historical attacks against America, along with her responses to those attacks, Lewis highlights the moral and practical issues involved, and draws vital lessons that Americans must grasp and apply in the current war—if we want to win it.

“Just War Theory” vs. American Self-Defense by Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein

Presents the principles of “Just War Theory”—the disastrous, altruistic theory underlying and guiding the Bush administration’s so-called “War on Terrorism”—and contrasts them with the principles of a proper, egoistic approach to American self-defense.

Energy, Oil, and Electricity

Vindicating Capitalism: The Real History of the Standard Oil Company by Alex Epstein

Examines the inception and rise of Standard Oil, demonstrates that the company’s immense success was the result not of so-called “anti-competitive” practices or “predatory pricing” but of its superior efficiency and productivity, and does long-overdo justice to one of the greatest producers of life-serving values in history: John D. Rockefeller.

Property Rights and the Crisis of the Electric Grid by Raymond C. Niles

Surveys the history and achievements of America’s electricity entrepreneurs, shows how government interference in the transmission grid has hampered their enterprises from the outset to the present day, and indicates what America must do to liberate the grid and enable a new wave of entrepreneurs to supply this vital product commensurate with the country’s demand.

Environmentalism

The Danger of Environmentalism by Michael Berliner

On April 22, Celebrate Exploit-the-Earth Day by Craig Biddle

Environmental angst: Going 'green' doesn't work by Keith Lockitch