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Ayn Rand & Objectivism

Quote: Ayn Rand on a Free Nation’s Military

You have chosen to risk your lives for the defense of this country. I will not insult you by saying that you are dedicated to selfless service–it is not a virtue in my morality. In my morality, the defense of one’s country means that a man is personally unwilling to live as the conquered slave of any enemy, foreign or domestic. This is an enormous virtue……The army of a free country has a great responsibility: the right to use force, but not as an instrument of compulsion and brute conquest–as the armies of other countries have done in their histories–only… Read More »Quote: Ayn Rand on a Free Nation’s Military

Pianist Stephen Siek on Rachmaninoff and Ayn Rand

One evening–I must have been about 19–I stumbled on a lengthy piece in an old Saturday Evening Post, and read with interest about her enjoyment of Hugo and Spillane. But since, at that time, I had read neither author, the discussion remained a bit abstract. However, I could scarcely believe my eyes when I read that her favorite composer was Rachmaninoff.

Dina Schein on Ayn Rand, Victor Hugo, and Analyzing a Work of Fiction

New Romanticist: Who is Dina Schein? Dina Schein : I will be getting my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas in the fall. My dissertation is on the topic of egoism. I was a member of the first graduating class of the Objectivist Graduate Center of the Ayn Rand Institute in the mid 1990s. A number of years ago I have read all the correspondence that Ayn Rand’s Russian family wrote to her in the 1920s and ’30s. This was an ARI Archives project; I summarized each letter and translated some of them (I am a native speaker… Read More »Dina Schein on Ayn Rand, Victor Hugo, and Analyzing a Work of Fiction

Tore Boeckmann on Drama

The Editor of Ayn Rand’s Art of Fiction talks about Drama, Literature, and Romanticism.

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