Summer 2016 • Vol. 11, No. 2

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From the Editor, Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 issue of The Objective Standard. First, my apology for the visually unpleasant cover. We wanted an image that reflects the situation, and this one fit the bill. As you likely have noticed, conservatives are trying to blame Republicans for the political ascent of Donald Trump. But as I argue in “How Conservatives Begat Trump, and What to Do About It,” they are wrong in doing so. Of course Republicans who have supported Trump are partly responsible for his ascent. But the fundamental responsibility for this nightmare lies with conservatives—particularly conservative leaders. Why? Hint: Their culpability began in 1957, shortly after the publication of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The article shows why conservatives are to blame for Trump, and indicates what advocates of freedom must do to put America back on the road toward liberty. On a related theme, in “Why Religious Conservatives Should Embrace Secular Rights” I argue that even if conservatives want to maintain belief in the notion that rights somehow come from “God,” they nevertheless should embrace Ayn Rand’s secular theory of rights, on the grounds that an evidence-free argument for rights is profoundly inferior to an evidence-based argument for rights.. . . Continue »

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