Winter 2019 • Vol. 14, No. 4

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From the Editor, Winter 2019

Welcome to the Winter 2019 issue of The Objective Standard. The issue has been published online, the ebook and audio versions will be posted by Monday, and the print edition will be mailed in the first week of December. You can subscribe or renew your subscription here. (Back issues can be purchased here.) This issue marks the end of TOS’s fourteenth year of publication, and I want to thank you—our customers, subscribers, and donors—for your business and support, which has kept TOS going strong and constantly improving for these many years. My hat is off to all of you. A couple of announcements before we get to the contents. As you may know, during the past year I’ve served on the board of directors of Carl Barney’s Prometheus Foundation, the mission of which is to fund worthy intellectuals and projects that advance Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on this board, and it is with great excitement and pride that I have accepted the position of executive director of Prometheus Foundation. (I will continue as editor in chief of The Objective Standard,. . . Continue »

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