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Twitter Suspends The Account for Leonard Peikoff’s Book, “The Cause of Hitler’s Germany”

Twitter has suspended the account for Leonard Peikoff’s The Cause of Hitler’s Germany because of its book cover now violates Twitter rules. The Cause of Hitler’s Germany—previously published as part of his 1982 book The Ominous Parallels—Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand’s long-time associate, demonstrates how unreason and collectivism led the seemingly civilized German society to become a Nazi regime.   Two appeals have been made since the suspension with no response from Twitter. Apparently these two tweets are Twitter approved: Today more than ever, the interest of the Islamic Nation lies in #unity, the type of unity that creates power against enemies and… Read More »Twitter Suspends The Account for Leonard Peikoff’s Book, “The Cause of Hitler’s Germany”

Dave Rubin Should Read Ayn Rand

According to media personality, Dave Rubin, “Our Founders understood this which is why the Constitution didn’t grant us rights, it protected them. Rights are God-given, not man-given. Logic needs something eternal beneath it as [a] foundation.” Our Founders understood this which is why the Constitution didn’t grant us rights, it protected them. Rights are god given, not man given. Logic needs something eternal beneath it as foundation. This is a point @yhazony @benshapiro @DennisPrager @jordanbpeterson have made often. — Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) February 5, 2021 The idea that individual rights are either god-given or man-given is a false alternative. Individual… Read More »Dave Rubin Should Read Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s Sacred Tribute To New York

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.” — AYN RAND “That particular sense of sacred rapture men say they experience in contemplating nature — I’ve never received it from nature, only from. Buildings, Skyscrapers. I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? And then people tell me about pilgrimages to some dank pest-hole in a jungle where… Read More »Ayn Rand’s Sacred Tribute To New York

Ayn Rand on The Tyranny of The “Common Good”

Ed Locke’s succinct review in Capitalism Magazine of The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? brings to mind this quote by Ayn Rand from her essay, “What Is Capitalism?”: The tribal notion of “the common good” has served as the moral justification of most social systems—and of all tyrannies—in history. The degree of a society’s enslavement or freedom corresponded to the degree to which that tribal slogan was invoked or ignored. “The common good” (or “the public interest”) is an undefined and undefinable concept: there is no such entity as “the tribe” or “the public”; the tribe… Read More »Ayn Rand on The Tyranny of The “Common Good”

Objectivists and The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

“A philosophy is a view of the universe; it does not back candidates. There can be legitimate differences among people of the same philosophy in regard to political tactics and strategy. So please think the issues over and judge for yourself. I have merely told you how (and why) I propose to vote in November–if I can.” — Leonard Peikoff “Some Notes About Tomorrow,” Part 2, The Intellectual Activist, September 1992. Two Contrasting Views of the 2016 Election: “The Voice of the Forgotten Man” vs. “Follow-the-Leader Authoritarianism” Writing on the Trump 2016 election, philosopher Onkar Ghate at the Ayn Rand… Read More »Objectivists and The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

Celebrating Leonard Peikoff

Happy 87th Birthday to Leonard Peikoff — author of Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. Said Ayn Rand of the lectures Dr. Peikoff gave on which this book (OPAR) is based: “Until or unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy, Dr. Peikoff’s course is the only authorized presentation of the entire theoretical structure of Objectivism, i.e., the only one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate.” But, to one man we owe so much. Gratitude.    

US Presidential Elections: Who Should Objectivists Vote Against

The Ayn Rand Centre UK has made the debate with Robert Stubblefield and the peripatetic Dr. Andrew Bernstein publicly available. Here is the description: Most Objectivists would agree that there isn’t an ideal presidential candidate to vote for in the upcoming elections—none driven by a rational set of principles, seeking to unequivocally and consistently protect individual rights. However, there is no doubt that the head of the government holds significant sway over the rights of Americans. It makes sense, then, to identify the candidate that poses the greater threat to one’s rights, and vote against him by voting for the… Read More »US Presidential Elections: Who Should Objectivists Vote Against

Salmieri: Objectivism Contrasted With Other Political Views

The Ayn Rand Institute features an enlightening video by Philosopher Greg Salmieri on how to “conceptualize and understand different political views, terms, theories and groups. For instance, are socialism and fascism opposites? Do the terms “left” and “right” as used today in the U.S. define a political spectrum? What do liberalism, conservatism and libertarianism refer to? This talk summarizes some of the important questions to answer to form genuine political principles, and summarizes Objectivism’s own distinct approach to political philosophy.”

Ayn Rand and The Power of Ideas To Change Long Held Beliefs

Writes Susan Shelley in the OC Register on “The visionary woman the left can’t stand“: The intensity of the hostility to Rand’s work is an acknowledgment of the power of ideas to change long-held beliefs. In “Atlas Shrugged,” Rand writes of the misery caused by the “Morality of Death,” a code that “begins by damning man as evil, then demands that he practice a good which it defines as impossible for him to practice.” …In her final lecture, Rand concluded by quoting from “Atlas Shrugged”: “The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible,… Read More »Ayn Rand and The Power of Ideas To Change Long Held Beliefs

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