Addendum to Justice for Leonard Peikoff

©2011 by Glenn Jorgensen

I previously wrote about the fundamental issue in the Peikoff/McCaskey controversy; namely that McCaskey’s viewpoint is inconsistent with the principles of Objectivist epistemology and therefore Dr. Peikoff was right in demanding McCaskey be removed from the board of ARI. This addendum discusses another issue that deserves attention as well. For reference, […]

Justice for Leonard Peikoff

©2011 by Glenn Jorgensen

Many Objectivists are aware of the fact that John McCaskey has resigned from the board of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI). This article assumes familiarity with the events that have occurred in this controversy. Briefly, McCaskey criticized a major ARI project – David Harriman’s book The Logical Leap. Leonard Peikoff issued […]

Philosophical Lessons from Ike

by Warren Ross

There are some extraordinary philosophical lessons to learn from hurricane Ike, for those attentive and philosophically astute to learn them. In this dire emergency, caused by the direct hit of a near category 3 hurricane on the fourth largest city in the country, more than two million people were without power, an […]

Open Immigration

by Harry Binswanger

This is a defense of phasing-in open immigration into the United States. Entry into the U.S. should ultimately be free for any foreigner, with the exception of criminals, would-be terrorists, and those carrying infectious diseases. (And note: I am defending freedom of entry and residency, not the automatic granting of U.S. citizenship).

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Is Islam at Fault?

by Warren Ross

There is a lot of confusion about the nature of Islam, and the extent to which it is the religion itself, as opposed to an “extremist” wing of it, that breeds terrorism. In my analysis of President Bush’s terrorism speech, I argued that Islam deserves its share of the blame. Here I […]

An Analysis of President Bush’s Terrorism Speech

by Warren Ross

Dear HOS Member,

I thought there were many good aspects of President Bush’s speech on terrorism the other night. He took an uncompromising moral stand, refused to negotiate with the terrorist countries, and identified how we could win the war against terrorism. I think that for the most part he reassured the […]

Anatomy of a Smear: “Urban Sprawl”

by Warren Ross

“Urban sprawl” is a smear for geographical expansiveness of a city. It includes an evaluation as well as a description. The word “sprawl” is the giveaway – it connotes ugly spreading out. This begs the question: Ugly to whom and by what standard? Most Objectivists will see this as a smear and […]

The Limits of Dependency: How the Democrats Were Foiled by the True Nature of Man

by Warren Ross

By all their expectations, the Democrats did not have to even get to the current point of having to steal the Presidential election by subjective recounting. They had everything in the bag in Florida. They had planned and then executed the most massive voter registration campaign in history. They had armies of […]

In Defense of the Electoral College

by Warren Ross

Of all the discussions surrounding the recent close presidential election, the one that should be of most concern to those who value freedom is the proposal to modify our form of government to directly elect the president by popular vote. Repeated appeals to the “will of the people” on the part of […]

The New Millennium

by Warren Ross

This is an unusual year, and an especially good one to see the role of philosophy in people’s lives. As we turn the clock over to 2000, some irrational people are worried that this is the end of the world. Others are worried that there will be a massive failure of technology. […]