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Ayn Rand & Objectivism

Ayn Rand on the Principle Accepting Government Funds

The “victims, who opposed such laws, have a clear right to any refund of their own money — and they would not advance the cause of freedom if they left their money, unclaimed, for the benefit of the welfare-state administration.”

Journo: Tribalism and “Canceling” Ayn Rand

Writing in New Ideal, Elan Journo says that those who misrepresent, or outright distort Ayn Rand’s ideas represent a tribalist mindset: What I want to show you — regardless of what you may already think of Rand, if you have a view at all — is that there’s a fundamental problem with these articles, a problem that negates their credibility. They’re not seeking to engage with facts, reach the truth, let alone convince any active-minded readers. Instead, they manipulate seemingly factual information for the sake of affirming and reinforcing a set of prejudices. Some key points made by Journo include:… Read More »Journo: Tribalism and “Canceling” Ayn Rand

Holleran on Bridging Ayn Rand and Pittsburgh

Writes Scott Holleran at Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine in Bridging Ayn Rand and Pittsburgh: “From the parkways, to the old, vertical houses on steep hillsides, to the slums, with narrow, cobblestone streets — then the sudden view of the river and the blurred silhouettes of skyscrapers — the rise to the triumphant goal and spirit of the place, of the great effort that made it.” Rand’s admiration for Pittsburgh was, in at least one important instance, reciprocated — Pittsburgh Press critic Bett Anderson’s glowing review of Rand’s 1943 novel “The Fountainhead.” “I don’t expect you to remember that review,” Anderson wrote to Rand in… Read More »Holleran on Bridging Ayn Rand and Pittsburgh

Ayn Rand: Love is a Response to Values

  Writes Ayn Rand on love in her essay “Philosophy and Sense of Life” The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature (1975) 32: “Love is a response to values. It is with a person’s sense of life that one falls in love—with that essential sum, that fundamental stand or way of facing existence, which is the essence of a personality. One falls in love with the embodiment of the values that formed a person’s character, which are reflected in his widest goals or smallest gestures, which create the style of his soul—the individual style of a unique, unrepeatable, irreplaceable consciousness. It is… Read More »Ayn Rand: Love is a Response to Values

Flipkart CEO on The Influence of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

From Flipkart CEO on Big Billion Days: It is not about discounts but about giving the best value to customer – Krishnamurthy wants to chart a different path from Jeff Bezos’. Amazon is all about service: selection, price, and speed. Flipkart wants to play on value. “We pivoted the company over value versus service, which was a difficult proposition, but we did it,” he said, without commenting on Amazon, or any other competitors. His conviction to do things comes from a book he read when he was young – Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. “I was influenced in my early days, and even now… Read More »Flipkart CEO on The Influence of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

“Aristotle and The Romantic Manifesto” by Robert Mayhew

In the Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand reports that before she heard the name “Aristotle,” she had accepted his principle “that fiction is of greater philosophical importance than history, because history represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them ‘as they might be and ought to be.’” The aim of this talk is to explain the role of this principle in Aristotle’s esthetics and Ayn Rand’s, and to note other parallels between the Poetics and Romantic Manifesto. Recorded live on June 27, 2019 in Cleveland, OH.

14 Years of Leonard Peikoff at the Ford Hall Forum Now Online

“In 1961, Ayn Rand received a speaking invitation from the Ford Hall Forum, an organization that sponsors free public lectures on social and political issues. She spoke there almost every year until her death. From 1982 to 2003, philosopher Leonard Peikoff continued that tradition. During this period, Peikoff gave over a dozen talks in which he applied Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, to a wide range of topics. Peikoff’s talks are now available on ARI Campus and ARI’s YouTube channel. There are fourteen lectures for you to explore, including lesson 1: “The Sanction of the Victims.” This talk, written by Ayn Rand and presented… Read More »14 Years of Leonard Peikoff at the Ford Hall Forum Now Online

Clarence Thomas on The Influence of Ayn Rand

Writes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir, on his ideological shift from left-wing radicalism: It was around this time that I read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Rand preached a philosophy of radical individualism that she called Objectivism. While I didn’t fully accept its tenets, her vision of the world made more sense to me that that of my left-wing friends. “Do your own thing” was their motto, but now I saw that the individualism implicit in that phrase was superficial and strictly limited. They thought, for instance, that it was going too… Read More »Clarence Thomas on The Influence of Ayn Rand

Rand Was Right to Testify Against Hollywood Communism

Writes Elan Journo on Why Rand Was Right to Testify Against Hollywood Communism: In 1947, during what some call the “McCarthy Era,” Ayn Rand was asked to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) on the influence of Communism in Hollywood. She appeared as a “friendly witness.” The standard verdict on these hearings, and on Rand’s participation, is unequivocal condemnation: The hearings were an inquisition that destroyed the careers of “blacklisted” filmmakers, ruined lives, and trampled the First Amendment. And the “friendly witnesses,” such as Rand, who testified voluntarily, were guilty of abetting an anti-Communist witch hunt. The only problem… Read More »Rand Was Right to Testify Against Hollywood Communism

Ayn Rand on Rational Religious People

From  Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q&A: Chapter: “Religious Conservatives”: Q. “If religion is instrumental in spreading altruism, can we fight altruism in America without fighting religion?” A. “In America, religion is relatively non-mystical. Religious teachers here are predominantly good, healthy materialists. They follow common sense. They would not stand in our way. The majority of religious people in this country do not accept on faith the idea of jumping into a cannibal’s pot and giving away their last shirt to the backward people of the world. Many religious leaders preach this today, because of their own leftist politics;… Read More »Ayn Rand on Rational Religious People

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