Fall 2017 • Vol. 12, No. 3

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From the Editor, Fall 2017

Welcome to the Fall 2017 issue of The Objective Standard. While leftist and conservative media continue their descent into moral subjectivism and epistemological chaos, TOS continues raising the bar in the other direction. First up in this issue is “Thomas Jefferson: Word and Deed,” by Jon Hersey. This may be the most concise and objective assessment ever penned about this complex Founder. And it comes at a time when understanding how to assess mixed men of the past is more important than ever. Next is a classic by Norman Podhoretz, “In Defense of Editing,” which examines the importance of journalistic standards and the role of editors in establishing and maintaining them. If you write or edit, or even if you simply appreciate the power of the written word, I think you’ll find this essay profoundly illuminating. In “Altruism Smothers a Republican Revolution—Again,” Harry Binswanger explains that “the failure of Republicans to repeal Obamacare . . . marks yet another large-scale demonstration of how morality, not lobbying or machinations or economic arguments, controls government policy.” No causal connection is more important to make today than this,. . . Continue »

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