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We the Living Movie To Be Honored at Italian Film Festival

The film version of Ayn Rand’s powerful, semi-autobiographical novel, We the Living is being honored at Il Cinema Ritrovato (Cinema Rediscovered) on June 27, 2022 in Bologna, Italy. Il Cinema Ritrovato is the world’s major festival of film restoration. Held annually since 1986, the eight-day festival is a unique celebration of classic films. Screenings are held simultaneously in as many as 12 venues, including an outdoor plaza seating 5000 in the center of Bologna. The festival attracts thousands of film lovers, filmmakers, and celebrities from around the world. We the Living was initially released in Italy during World War II.… Read More »We the Living Movie To Be Honored at Italian Film Festival

Ayn Rand on Freedom of Speech

What is the proper meaning of “freedom of speech”? What does a right of free speech protect for the person who has it—and what obligations does it place on others? Are “Big Tech” companies and publishers guilty of censorship when they refuse to publish certain views? Ayn Rand explains.  

Interview with Ayn Rand On Her Concept of The Ideal Man

Host James Day interviews philosopher and writer Ayn Rand, who explains her philosophy of objectivism and offers her concept of the ideal man. Rand also discusses her thoughts on rationality, love, morality, free will, and art. She describes her early determination to become a writer, and the ideas encompassed in her influential novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Taped at WNET in New York. Day at Night originally aired on public television from 1973-1974. This episode was restored by CUNY Television. (Taped: 03/29/74)    

Lessons To Be Learned From The Latest Disagreement Between Objectivists

Given the enormous good the Ayn Rand Institute has done and continues to do in spreading Ayn Rand’s ideas — from their high-school, college, and educator book program to their Objectivist Academic Center, to their conferences — it makes no sense for one to publicly demonize the organization if one is seriously concerned with the spread of Ayn Rand’s ideas.

Onkar Ghate: The Moral and The Practical

Ever heard someone say, “Well, that sounds great in theory but it in real life…”? Then this wonderful lecture by Onkar Ghate on applying theoretical moral principles to real-world practical life is for you.

Happy 87th Birthday to Philosopher 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.   Over the course of decades, Leonard Peikoff has been an invaluable guide to the philosophy of Objectivism—for anyone… Read More »Happy 87th Birthday to Philosopher Leonard Peikoff

Happy Randsday! Give Yourself A Present This Randsday!

By Harry Binswanger February 2nd is the birthday of Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand developed and defended Objectivism, a philosophy that advocates “rational selfishness.” To celebrate Randsday, you do something not done on any other holiday: you give yourself a present. Randsday is for getting that longed-for luxury you ordinarily would not buy for yourself. Or for doing that long-postponed, self-pampering activity you cannot seem to fit into your chore-packed schedule. Randsday is for reminding ourselves that pleasure is an actual need, a psychological requirement for a human consciousness. For man, motivation, energy,… Read More »Happy Randsday! Give Yourself A Present This Randsday!

Philosopher Onkar Ghate Corrects Sam Harris Errors on Free Will

Onkar Ghate refutes Sam Harris’ misconceptions about free-will by explaining that free-will is primarily not about the reasons for choosing one’s actions (content), but fundamentally about the choice to think or not (process): to focus one’s mind on grasping reality or not. He then shows how to properly conceptualize the self-evident fact of free-will in a causal universe. Also of interest is Dr. Ghate’s The Objectivist Theory of Free-will. For a systematic presentation of Ayn Rand’s philosophy pick up a copy of Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Watkins on Ari Armstrong’s Account of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist Ethics

[A]chieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. . . . You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Don Watkins has an essay, Atlas Neutered: Ari Armstrong’s Straw Man Attack on Objectivism, that explores some of the confusions in Ari Armstrong’s book What’s Wrong with Ayn Rand’s… Read More »Watkins on Ari Armstrong’s Account of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist Ethics

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