From the Editor, Fall 2022


Welcome to the Fall 2022 challenge of The Goal Customary, filled with articles constructing on the muse of rational philosophy recognized by Ayn Rand.

That’s additionally the topic of the gorgeous portray adorning the quilt. I first noticed this work, “Constructing a New Philosophy” by Jon Wos, by way of moist eyes whereas listening to his life story at TOS-Con 2022 in Denver (held by our sister group Goal Customary Institute). Wos was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a uncommon dysfunction that manifests briefly stature and brittle bones. He suffered upward of ten fractures merely from the method of being born. As he matured, artwork turned his technique of coping with the psychological fallout of his situation—and of overcoming it. In “Realizing Romanticism,” Wos reveals the concepts and experiences that led him to the bottom of lows—and those who introduced him out the opposite aspect. So, seize some tissues and settle in for an inspiring journey, illustrated in full shade with Wos’s work, drawings, glass sculptures, and extra. (In case you like what you see and wish to see it a complete lot extra typically, go to to fee Wos or buy one in all his obtainable works.)

Subsequent is Timothy Sandefur’s eye-opening story, “How Isabel Paterson Helped Ayn Rand Discover Atlantis.” Notably featured in Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, the Atlantis metaphor got here from Rand’s longtime pal and mentor, Isabel Paterson. Paterson was the eldest and lead mentor amongst what one journalist known as the “three furies” of America’s Twentieth-century liberty motion, which additionally included Rand and Rose Wilder Lane. From her submit as columnist on the New York Herald Tribune starting in 1922, Paterson doused “Progressive”-era statists with scalding rebukes and schooled them on historical past, economics, and the character of worth creation, amongst different issues. Her affect in her personal day was outstanding, as is the overall absence of appreciation for her breakthroughs and breadth of data at present. Sandefur’s forthcoming guide—Freedom’s Furies: How Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Ayn Rand Discovered Liberty in an Age of Darkness—will assist fill the breach, and his essay right here, on Paterson and Rand, offers a sneak peek. It’s an insightful tribute to 2 brave girls who helped push American tradition towards purpose and capitalism.

Talking of brave girls, within the subsequent article, the dauntless Ayaan Hirsi Ali makes her TOS debut with “Wokeism and The best way to Counter It.” Each day, it appears, the vehemently collectivist, anticapitalist, anti-American “woke” motion good points floor within the tradition struggle. On this invigorating learn, Hirsi Ali spells out why, and what proponents of individualism and freedom can do about it. If utilized with ardor, these concepts may assist save the land of the free.

Subsequent up, “Music, Thoughts, and Morality” is an adaptation of a chat that I gave at TOS-Con 2022. Too many discussions of music are tainted both with dogmatism or subjectivism—or each. We hear the likes of, “Rachmaninoff was the best composer ever, interval,” on the one hand, and on the opposite, “musical magnificence is within the eye of the beholder.” Right here, I try and combine a few of at present’s greatest considering on music and the way it impacts the thoughts, its affect on our skill to flourish, and what we are able to all do to wring each ounce of delight from our favourite items.

Rounding out our options, Johan Norberg speaks with Thomas and Angelica Walker-Werth about open borders, free commerce, innovation, and the important position that every of those performs in human flourishing. “I’ve a philosophical conviction,” says Norberg, “that people are ends in themselves, not means for the ends of society.” He reveals how this ethical view additionally makes sensible, financial sense. Norberg even shares the curious story of Londoners’ thirty-year struggle towards the umbrella—which was seen as “foolish,” “female,” and a menace to horse-and-buggy drivers—and of the person who persevered in popularizing the innovation.

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There you might have it. I hope you benefit from the wide-ranging commentary—that it stokes your thoughts, fuels your soul, and reminds you, as Wos places it, “that philosophy shouldn’t be complicated and disconnected from actuality however ought to as a substitute be a device for furthering one’s personal life and goal.”

Welcome to the Fall 2022 challenge of The Goal Customary, filled with articles constructing on the muse of rational philosophy recognized by #AynRand.
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