The Ari Armstrong Standard

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2013-09-29 16:40

The Objective Standard was once something of the house organ of the Ayn Rand Institute. However, following the McCaskey schism (which resulted in Yaron Brook resigning from the magazine) it appears that many former writers associated with the ARI no longer publish there. As of late Ari Armstrong, a friend of Dr. Diana ("Did I tell you I have a Ph.D.?") Hsieh, Ph.D., seems to have become a mainstay. The current issue has twelve articles by Armstrong. http://www.theobjectivestandar...

The three most recent blog posts on the magazine's website are by Armstrong. http://www.theobjectivestandar... They are: (1) a piece about someone who is running for Lt. Governor of a place called "North Virginia"; (2) a gadget that can help you find your lost keys; and (3) a recent study that shows that plenty of people still believe in the Devil.

Let's look at the post concerning Lt. Governor candidate E. W. Jackson.


Why is it noteworthy that someone who believes in God and Christianity is running for office? In addition to being pointless, it shows Armstrong doesn't understand the topic on which he is opining.

1. Jackson miraculously misses the obvious fact that some people reject all religion. I assume Jackson knows there are quite a few non-religious people out there.

2. How does he deem any religion true or false? He does so according to religious faith—that is, he believes it without reason. Well, I don't know why Jackson believes the way he does, but he may have what he considers good reasons. Most religious believers I know think it is rational to believe the way they do. Christians have been defending their faith with arguments from reason for centuries.* Maybe these arguments aren't very good, but Armstrong shouldn't attribute fideism** to Jackson without evidence.

3. On the same grounds, he believes, among other niceties, that the minds of homosexuals "are perverted." Maybe he has natural law reasons for believing homosexuality is immoral, like the greatest philosopher since Aristotle had.

4. Does Jackson not know that the scriptures of other religions say that their religion is the correct one? It would seem so. I assume Jackson knows that many if not most religions maintain they are correct to the exclusion of others.

I'm sure Mr. Armstrong is a nice guy, but Craig Biddle needs to get some real talent.





Doug Bandler's picture

Organized Objectivism comes off as watered down left-libertarianism. All that's missing is the anarchism. And the TOS has become soulless Randroidism. The consequence of Armstrong's influence. He's a lifeless drone.

North Virginia must be one of

Grant Jones's picture

North Virginia must be one of those seven new states discovered by Precedent Zero. One can count on TOS to go after stuff Christians say. But, TOS has yet to comment on the mass murder and torture committed by jihadists in Kenya. Priorities...priorities.....

I remember now

Doug Bandler's picture

Oh, the induction book affair. I could never figure out if Peikoff was bullying or if McCaskey was a pomowanker Obleftivist (which happens frequently when Objectivists spend too long in the academy). In either case, Neil's conclusion is right. TOS needs some better intellectual contributors.

Doug I did a couple lengthy

Neil Parille's picture


I did a couple lengthy posts on the schism on my blog objectiblog which you can probably find. Ill post the links later tonight.



Lindsay Perigo's picture

I'm not up on my schisms

Doug Bandler's picture

However, following the McCaskey schism (which resulted in Yaron Brook resigning from the magazine) it appears that many former writers associated with the ARI no longer publish there.

What exactly happened during that schism? Who were the sides and what was being fought over? I know Peikoff is involved. Isn't he always?

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