As I mentioned on Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio, Joshua Lipana’s cancer has returned, and his power to fight it depends on whether fellow lovers of liberty contribute to his fund for medical expenses.

For those who don’t know Joshua, he’s been a tireless advocate for liberty for many years, and he’s worked as a writer and assistant editor of The Objective Standard for the last few years too. You can check out his TOS articles, and blog posts.

Craig Biddle has more details in this blog post: Joshua Lipana’s Cancer Has Relapsed and He Needs Our Help.

You can directly contribute via this link. Also, Craig says, “If you’d like to donate directly to Joshua’s PayPal account, you can do so by sending money to joshualipana (atsign) yahoo (dot) com. If you’d prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “The Objective Standard,” write “Donation for Joshua” on the memo line, and mail the check to: The Objective Standard, P.O. Box 5274, Glen Allen, VA 23058.” (Because we’ve made sizable contributions, we’ve sent money directly via PayPal. The fees are less that way.)

Also, if you donate more than $25, you’ll get get free cookies shipped to your door! (It’s $30 for paleo cookies!) That’s over at Tough Cookies vs. Cancer, thanks to Brittney and Ashley.

Please, if you value liberty and those that are fighting tirelessly for it, contribute to this fund. If you can’t afford to contribute, please help spread the word about it!


Joshua Lipana is one of the assistant editors for The Objective Standard blog, and a hard-working advocate for reason and free markets.

Unfortunately, he was recently diagnosed at age 20 with cancer (specifically, a T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma).

TOS editor Craig Biddle has spearheaded an online fundraiser to help Joshua and his family cover some of the medical expenses.  Diana and I have already contributed, but we’d like to spread the word.

Craig has a nice update on Joshua’s condition in this August 6, 2012 post, “Help Joshua Lipana Fight Cancer—Update“.  Craig discusses how he met Joshua, highlights some of his many achievements, and tells us a little bit more about his background.

Basically, the treatments seem to be working.  But he needs our help.  Craig notes:

To date we’ve raised $13,642 (that’s $2,000 more than GoFundMe shows because one couple generously made a direct donation of $2,000 to Joshua’s PayPal account). But we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $25,000.

If you’d like to donate, you can do so through this GoFundMe page.

You can also donate via PayPal to joshualipana (atsign) yahoo (dot) com.

Or if you’d prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “The Objective Standard” and write on the Memo line: “Donation for Joshua”  and send it to:

The Objective Standard P.O. Box 5274 Glen Allen, VA 23058

Thank you for helping out in this good cause for a good man.

Letter and Reply on Abortion Rights

 Posted by on 22 March 2012 at 1:00 pm  Abortion, The Objective Standard
Mar 222012

The latest issue of The Objective Standard was recently posted online. In it, Ari Armstrong and I replied to a letter from Walter Hudson on our essay in defense of abortion rights. Hudson is a writer for PJ Media and the chair of Minnesota’s North Star Tea Party Patriots.

For the full story, first read Ari’s and my essay: The Assault on Abortion Rights Undermines All Our Liberties. Then read Hudson’s letter and our reply: An Objective Case Against Abortion?

Hudson’s letter begins:

The thing I most admire about Objectivism is its uncompromising affirmation of life. No other philosophy I have encountered consistently holds thriving human existence as its chief value. I was therefore disappointed to read Diana Hsieh and Ari Armstrong’s argument for an alleged right to terminate the life of the unborn (“The Assault on Abortion Rights Undermines All Our Liberties,” TOS, Winter 2011-2012).

In the interest of full disclosure, I confess that I am a Christian, and thus not an Objectivist. I nonetheless consider myself an advocate of Objectivism’s prescriptions for civil society, and I am cognizant of the necessity for objective rational argument in the craft of public policy.

Our reply begins:

Walter Hudson’s letter regarding our article neglects our central argument and relies on a faulty theory of rights.

Hudson rightly recognizes that the philosophy we subscribe to, Objectivism, entails an “uncompromising affirmation of life”; however, this must be understood in its proper context. Each individual properly acts to sustain and advance his own life, neither sacrificing himself to others nor others to himself. As concerns pregnancy, the key question is whether an embryo or fetus is a person with the same moral and legal rights as a born infant (in which case abortion is murder) or not (in which case abortion is a woman’s right).

Now… go read the whole exchange: An Objective Case Against Abortion?

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