Summer 2018 • Vol. 13, No. 2

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From the Editor, Summer 2018

Welcome to the Summer 2018 issue of The Objective Standard. While the value of the Enlightenment is being hotly debated by today’s intellectuals (some regard it as a negative development), taking a tightly essentialized deep dive into how the ideas of the era were embraced, advanced, and put into practice by one of its greatest representatives is simply sublime. Read “Benjamin Franklin: The Enlightenment Personified,” by Jon Hersey. You’ll not only be enlightened. You’ll be inspired. Next up is “Principles of the Liberal Right,” in which I unify vital ideas from classical liberalism and the American right into an ideology of reason, freedom, and flourishing. In “The Genius of James Madison,” Timothy Sandefur shows why Madison’s work in forging the tools and marshaling the principles necessary to establish a

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