Winter 2017 • Vol. 12, No. 4

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From the Editor, Winter 2017–2018

Welcome to the Winter 2017–2018 issue of The Objective Standard. As you may have surmised from the beautiful cover (thank you for that, Pete Masterson!), this issue contains a treat of another order. Michael Berliner, founding executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) and editor of the 1995 book Letters of Ayn Rand, has compiled thirteen previously unpublished letters from her hand, including letters to Sinclair Lewis, Melville Cane, and Joseph McCarthy. The sources of these “new” letters are varied, Berliner explains. Some were discovered in collections held by institutions other than ARI, some were sent to the Ayn Rand Archives by the recipients, some were found folded inside other materials, and some were simply overlooked when the original book was compiled. I’m delighted to share these letters with you. And I extend a huge thank-you to Dr. Berliner and the Ayn Rand Archives for bringing them to The Objective Standard for publication. Next up is a powerful blast from a more-distant past: an essay by the great 19th-century British political philosopher Auberon Herbert. Herbert’s “A Plea for Voluntaryism” was the final article he wrote,. . . Continue »

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