Spring 2015 • Vol. 10, No. 1

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From the Editor, Spring 2015

This, the Spring 2015 issue of The Objective Standard, begins our tenth year of publication; so let me start by extending a hearty thank-you to all of our subscribers and donors who have supported our vital work over the years. In a culture largely hostile to the ideas we elucidate and apply, the success of a publication such as TOS requires financial and spiritual support from the relative few who see the value of what we do. You are that few. You have made possible everything we have done—every article, every blog post, every video, every word. Without your support, TOS would have folded long ago, as most Objectivist periodicals have. Because of your support, however, TOS has not only survived, it has established and maintained a level of quality and clarity that has made and is making a difference. Here’s an indication of the kind of correspondence we receive from people who discover TOS.

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Islam vs. Free Speech

Ari Armstrong January 10, 2015 AudioPDF

Muslims who wish to violently suppress freedom of speech can find plenty of support for their cause within their religious texts. But there is a more fundamental reason why so many Muslims oppose freedom of speech, beyond the contents of their religious texts: the very existence of freedom of speech is at odds with their faith-based worldview.




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Government’s Vile Assault on Google

Ari Armstrong December 4, 2014 AudioPDF

Google’s owners own the company; it is their property and their enterprise to operate as they see fit. But for years various government entities have sought to violate—and in some cases have succeeded in violating—the moral rights of Google’s owners to operate their business according to their own judgment.


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The Government’s Renewed Assault on Private-Sector Colleges

Michael A. LaFerrara December 10, 2014 AudioPDF

New federal regulations intentionally target private, for-profit colleges. The government should not be involved in lending money to students at all. But so long as it is, and so long as it regulates these loans, it is morally obligated—and should be legally obligated—to treat all students and all educational institutions equally under the law.


Answering Objections to Assisted Suicide Laws

Ari Armstrong December 11, 2014 AudioPDF

Brittany Maynard’s decision to take her own life to end her suffering, rather than wait for her aggressive brain tumor to kill her, has prompted a national debate about assisted suicide laws. Individuals with terminal illnesses or devastating trauma have a moral right to decide for themselves whether to continue living or to end their suffering.




How Will the U.S. Government Respond to North Korea’s Apparent Acts of War?

Ari Armstrong December 19, 2014 AudioPDF

Let us not whitewash events surrounding Sony’s now-cancelled film The Interview: The North Korean government apparently perpetrated multiple acts of war against the United States, its people, and their liberties, waging cyber warfare against Sony (of which Sony Pictures is headquartered in California) and threatening to blow up American theaters full of people.



Is the NYPD’s Work Slowdown Good or Bad?

Ari Armstrong January 8, 2015 AudioPDF

City government ought not turn the police into rights violators or extortionists with its ill-conceived policies; instead, it should direct police officers to protect people’s rights and to do only that. That would foster greater community support for the men and women in uniform who regularly risk their lives to protect our rights.



Book Reviews