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"Monuments of Manhattan is a video and graphics guide for phones and tablets. In a series of four-minute episodes, we introduce fifty-four of the most beautiful and intriguing sculptures that stand outdoors in Manhattan. The visuals include many views of each sculpture, plus maps, animations, and archival images. For example, the app includes the sculpture of George Washington at Union Square, which represents him on Evacuation Day, when the British left New York at the end of the Revolutionary War. Among the images in the app are a painting of Washington riding down Broadway, a map of where he rode, and a lithograph of an American sailor pulling down the Union Jack as the British sail out of the harbor." —Dianne Durante
Dianne Durante has released an Android app based on her book Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan. The app, produced by Guides Who Know, features more than three hours of video on the fifty-four sculptures that appear in the book, including Continents by Daniel Chester French, Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and the Statue of Liberty. More »
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"What a rights-respecting immigration policy does not do is punish the innocent for the crimes of the guilty. Although some people who wish to immigrate from Muslim countries are barbarians and should be kept out (or killed), many are rights-respecting people who simply want to come to America to live better lives. Many people wish to immigrate to precisely to escape the faith-based or collectivist barbarism of their native lands, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ayn Rand, and countless others have done. And some of these immigrants, Ali and Rand included, are among the greatest freedom fighters in history." —Ari Armstrong
Open immigration does not mean that government must let in criminals and terrorists. And our alternatives obviously are not limited to letting in criminals and terrorists or keeping out rights-respecting people who want to move here. The alternative consistent with individual rights is a policy under which immigration is open to all and only rights-respecting, non-rights threatening individuals. More »
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"Uber’s owners have a moral right to operate their business as they judge best, and Uber’s customers have a moral right to do business with the company if they wish. Virginia government should stop violating the rights of Uber and its customers and start protecting them." —Anoop Verma 
Uber car ride service has a problem. The problem is not that the company lacks customers eager to use its services or investors eager to finance it: Uber now operates in 70 cities, and recently it raised $1.2 billion from investors. Uber’s problem is that various state and local governments are seeking to throttle it. More »
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"In her dissent to the Hobby Lobby decision, Ruth Bader Ginsburg concludes that, because the RFRA protects people motivated by certain religious views but not people motivated by other views, therefore government should not protect the rights of any business owner to decide what type of health insurance to offer. Her argument is essentially this: 'Because government fails to protect the rights of all, it should protect the rights of none.' The obvious alternative—and the morally correct one—is for government to recognize and protect everyone’s rights fully and equally." —Ari Armstrong  
The proper solution—the approach consistent with the principle of individual rights—is for government to start protecting the rights of all individuals to act on their judgment, which means (among many other things) the right to operate their businesses as they see fit and to voluntarily contract with others—or not to do so—as they see fit. More »
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"People or governments who violate people’s rights under the pretext of law cannot legitimately excuse themselves by saying, 'The law’s the law.' When the law is evil, morally it may be broken, and those who break it deserve amnesty, not punishment." —Ari Armstrong
Rights-respecting foreigners have a moral right to move where they choose and to seek work where they choose, and Americans have a moral right to hire and otherwise associate with such people. These rights are instances of the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. More »
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"Americans should be outraged that the FDA sought to ban this cheesemaking practice, as they should be outraged that a rights-violating organization such as the FDA even exists. What ought to be banned is not a method of making cheese or anything of the sort, but the madness that is the FDA." —Ari Armstrong
Many methods of food production or preparation involve some risks to consumers . . . but it is properly up to consumers to evaluate those risks and make their shopping decisions accordingly. If people wish to consume raw fish or raw milk or hamburgers grilled rare or cheese aged on wooden boards, they have a moral right to do so . . . More »
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"For the above mentioned (and related) reasons, to the degree that current immigration of Central American children constitutes a crisis, it is a crisis predominantly caused by the U.S. government—and, in turn, by Americans who advocate its rights-violating, statist policies. The U.S. government has fostered the drug violence prompting many Central American children to flee their homelands, or their parents to smuggle them into America; it has violated the rights of U.S. citizens by forcing them to finance the care of many of these immigrants; it has failed to expeditiously deport those unable to care for themselves or find sponsors; and it has violated the rights of willing U.S. citizens and legal residents to expeditiously assume care of the children in question.." —Ari Armstrong 
Far from showing that government should restrict immigration of rights-respecting people even more severely, today’s immigration crisis further illustrates why government should stop violating the rights of rights-respecting people to immigrate and the rights of citizens to voluntarily associate with such immigrants. More »
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"Appealing to envy has never worked as a political tactic in America, and it still doesn’t. Few Americans hate 'the rich'; most respect and admire achievement and see wealth and prosperity as achievable values for themselves and their families. What the left has pragmatically (and temporarily) 'learned' about Americans on this count is consistent with polls that show a healthy majority of Americans still revere the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and value the individual’s inalienable right to pursue his personal goals, not the collective’s alleged 'right' to throttle individual achievement for the so-called 'common good.'

"The left, of course, has not changed its goals, just its marketing. Leftists still support an egalitarian, welfare statist party; for instance, they propose to 'lift' the middle class by increasing the minimum wage—a policy that violates everyone’s rights and directly harms inexperienced workers. But the pragmatic turnabout in the left’s political message indicates that optimism about America’s future is warranted; that the fight for that future is winnable; that Americans, by and large, remain open to hearing and embracing the moral case for liberty and capitalism." —Michael A. LaFerrara 
What the left has pragmatically (and temporarily) “learned” about Americans on this count is consistent with polls that show a healthy majority of Americans still revere the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and value the individual’s inalienable right to pursue his personal goals, not the collective’s alleged “right” to throttle individual achievement for the so-called “common good.” More »
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"In need of 'younger' fibrolamellar samples, Elana helped create a Youtube video to publicize her study and to request tumor samples from around the United States. As a result, she and her team received samples from fifteen fibrolamellar patients and, in analyzing them, discovered a common link: a genetic mutation in the form of two fused genes. With this and related findings, the team is now developing diagnostics and treatments for the disease." —Varun Parameswaran
In 2008, twelve-year-old Elana Simon was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare and deadly form of liver cancer found in some 200 patients each year. A few years later, after doing research for a high school internship, then sixteen-year-old Simon proposed a study to isolate the genetic mutation responsible for her disease. More »
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"The fundamental reason that no one has a right to a particular good or service (unless he produces it himself or trades a value for it by mutual consent with a party offering it) is that goods and services must be produced by someone or they simply don’t exist. If one person has a 'right' to birth control or to any other good, that means he has a 'right' to force someone else to provide that good. But a 'right' to the productive effort of others is a contradiction in terms."—Ari Armstrong 
Women who get birth control via insurance either pay for it via higher premiums, or, if their insurance is legislatively subsidized, get it for “free” only in the sense that others are forced to pay higher premiums (or higher taxes) than they would otherwise pay. In that latter case, the birth control is still not free. More »
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"By creating an exception to the mandate on grounds of religious liberty rather than on the grounds of the propriety of freedom of conscience, the Court failed to protect the rights of those who may not want to offer the type of insurance in question for rational reasons—such as that insuring such things as birth control is economically senseless or that individuals and businesses have a reason-based right to decide for themselves how they will or will not spend their money. People of reason, no less than people of faith, have a moral right to run their businesses as they see fit and to contract freely with others. The Court effectively ruled that those who base their decisions on faith—that is, on acceptance of ideas in support of which there is no evidence—may decide what insurance to offer, but that those who base their decisions on reason and evidence may not. This is the worst, most fundamentally flawed aspect of the decision." —Ari Armstrong
The Supreme Court delivered an important but substantially mitigated victory to advocates of individual rights by throwing out the ObamaCare requirement that business owners pay for health insurance when doing so violates their religious convictions. At issue was whether the federal government could force businesses to provide health insurance that covers forms of birth control. More »
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"Thanks to the work of Ishiguro and other robotics engineers, sophisticated androids may one day commonly help out around people’s homes, offices, and beyond. If this seems implausible, consider that people already use robots to build automobiles, to check for explosives and other dangers, to transport materials in warehouses, to clean floors, to work in space, and to do myriad other tasks.

"The robots are here! Long live the great minds that create them!" —Anoop Verma
Although androids often get a bad wrap in science-fiction movies and video games, real-life androids are already improving people’s lives—and making “careers” of it. Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation has actually “hired” two lifelike androids: Kodomoroid will read the latest news from the Internet, and Otonaroid will converse with visitors about science and technology. More »
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Looking for an Objectivist magazine? Interested in Ayn Rand or Atlas Shrugged?

The Objective Standard is the preeminent periodical written from an Objectivist perspective (Objectivism being Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism).

TOS is a quarterly journal based on the idea that for every human concern—from personal matters to foreign policy, from the sciences to the arts, from education to legislation—there are demonstrably objective standards by reference to which we can assess what is true or false, good or bad, right or wrong. The purpose of the journal is to analyze and evaluate ideas, trends, events, and policies accordingly.

We maintain that the standards of both knowledge and value derive from the facts of reality; that truth is discovered only by means of reason (i.e., through observation and logic); that the factual requirements of man’s life on earth determine his moral values; that the selfish pursuit of one’s own life-serving goals is virtuous; and that individual rights are moral principles defining the fundamental requirements of a civilized society.

We stand opposed to the notion that the standards of knowledge and value are not factual but subjective (feeling-based) or other-worldly (faith-based); that truth is ultimately dictated by majority opinion or a “supernatural” being’s will; that democratic consensus or “God’s word” determines what is moral; that sacrifice for “the common good” or in obedience to “God’s commands” is virtuous; and that rights are social conventions or “divine decrees.”

In stark contrast to these philosophic approaches, ours is a philosophy of reality, reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism—the philosophy first presented by Ayn Rand in her masterwork, Atlas Shrugged.

(For elaboration, see “Introducing The Objective Standard” and “Atlas Shruggedand Ayn Rand’s Morality of Egoism.")