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CIAO DATE: 07/2010

From the Editor

The Objective Standard †

A publication of:
The Objective Standard

Volume: 5, Issue: 2 (Summer 2010)

Craig Biddle


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Welcome to the Summer 2010 issue of TOS, with which we are launching three new subscription formats: audio, e-book, and premium.

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As to the content of the issue at hand, my article "Israel and America's Flotilla Follies (and How To Avoid Them in the Future)" considers the essentials of the recent "peace activist" effort to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza, the pathetic nature of Israel and America's responses to the assault, and the principles that should have governed their responses.

In "Why Anthony Daniels Smears Ayn Rand," Alan Germani examines Daniels's recent New Criterion article "Ayn Rand: Engineer of Souls" and ponders the question, "Why, to the detriment of his own credibility, would an otherwise capable intellectual so grossly misrepresent Rand's actual views-and do so, not at a cocktail party, but in a public forum?"

In "How to Protect Yourself Against ObamaCare," physician Paul Hsieh offers some practical advice toward preserving your access to quality health care in this new era of "change."

In "The Montessori Method: Educating Children for a Lifetime of Learning and Happiness," Heike Larson zeros in on the essentials of a Montessori education, showing "its deep respect for the child's reasoning mind and his need to develop the habit of focusing and concentrating it for sustained periods of time."

Sarah Biddle reviews the Korean television series Dae Jang Geum, whose "breathtaking cinematography, beautiful costumes, mouthwatering food, and rich soundtrack integrate with [a] profound story to create a superlative work of art."

In my interview with philosopher of science David Harriman, he discusses his new book, The Logical Leap, in which he presents Leonard Peikoff's theory of induction; the Falling Apple Science Institute; and the future of science and science education.

Finally, in "Objective Moral Virtues: Principled Actions" (chapter 6 of my book Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It), I present and concretize the principles of action essential to a lifetime of happiness.

The books reviewed in this issue are: Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, by Susan Jacoby (reviewed by Daniel Wahl); The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450, 2nd ed., by David C. Lindberg (reviewed by Frederick Seiler); The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, by Gregory Zuckerman (reviewed by Daniel Wahl); and That First Season, by John Eisenberg (reviewed by Joseph Kellard).

Enjoy the issue, and have a wonderful summer!

-Craig Biddle