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Ayn Rand & Objectivism

The False Alternative of “Open” vs. “Closed” Objectivism

Insightful analysis by Ayn Rand Institue’s Onkar Ghate with Yaron Brook on the false alternative of “closed” vs “open Objectivism”, and the fraud of riding on Ayn Rand’s name to push their own ideas, while smearing Ayn Rand at the same time. Related: Fact and Value By Leonard Peikoff, Ph.D. “Let us not cohabit with or become alchemists in reverse, i.e., men who turn the gold of Ayn Rand into lead.” @Peikoff

Ayn Rand’s Property After Peikoff

Dr. Peikoff has made this letter available for the public: “For obvious reasons, I have been asked this question frequently in recent years. By far the most important property she left me is the copyrights to her books, articles, and lectures. The owner of a copyright is the only one with the prerogative to manage it (i.e., to decide on all issues pertaining to publishing, anthologies, permission to quote, movies, and the like). In discussing Ayn Rand’s Will with her, it was self-evident to both of us that I should, when my time came, pick the individual or group that… Read More »Ayn Rand’s Property After Peikoff

Ayn Rand: The Best Aspect About Christmas

From Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Calendar, December 1976: “The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutions — the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors —provide the city with a spectacular display, which only ‘commercial greed’ could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist… Read More »Ayn Rand: The Best Aspect About Christmas

Objectivism Q&A September 2021: Live from OCON

In this episode of New Ideal Live, recorded live at the 2021 Objectivist Summer Conference in Austin, Texas, philosophers Onkar Ghate, Ben Bayer, Mike Mazza and Aaron Smith answer questions about Objectivism from the audience. Topics covered: • Whether philosophy requires specialized knowledge (e.g. about historical events); • Why Ayn Rand thought that determinism is “incoherent” and not just “false”; • Whether the existence of free will can be proven with a scientific method; • Whether “greed” is a valid concept; • Why John Galt and not Hugh Akston led the strike in Atlas Shrugged; • Whether there’s been progress… Read More »Objectivism Q&A September 2021: Live from OCON

HBTV: A New Weekly Series

From Harry Binswanger at HBL: [The] Ayn Rand Centre of the UK is launching what we hope will be the first of a new weekly series, “HBTV.” It’s aimed at those unfamiliar with Ayn Rand and Objectivism. I.e., for “the top of the funnel,” if you know that metaphor. The idea is to let my inner contrarian out, and be as provocative and challenging as I want. I’m saving the best ideas for episodes (like “God is Immoral”) for after we get the format and production down pat. But the first episode should be controversial enough: Evolution—Fact in biology, fiction… Read More »HBTV: A New Weekly Series

Bloomberg: Parler Reboot Is Driven by an Ayn Rand Inspired Philosopher

From Ayn Rand Devotee and Never Trumper Drives Parler’s Reboot (Bloomberg): A few years ago, a lawyer with a PhD in philosophy named Amy Peikoff appeared on Fox News and defended Amazon.com Inc.’s pay practices. The show’s host, Tucker Carlson, expressed disgust that some Amazon employees were collecting taxpayer-funded food stamps at a time when the company’s founder, Jeff Bezos, was the world’s richest man. But Peikoff said the problem wasn’t Amazon or Bezos, but the commonly accepted idea that the federal government should provide food assistance to people struggling to make ends meet. “If it’s wrong for taxpayers to pay his labor… Read More »Bloomberg: Parler Reboot Is Driven by an Ayn Rand Inspired Philosopher

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