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Commercial Break: Read Ayn Rand

Occasionally I need to throw in this pitch: read Ayn Rand, folks. It’s good for the mind. There’s a lot more at play than merely angry Arabs blowing up people. This is a philosophical war, and the enemies are not only crashing jets into our buildings, making bio-chem weapons in Iraq, and blowing up civilians in Israel. They’re teaching in our universities, writing in our newspapers, and making government policy right here in America.The enemy comes in different varieties, but fundamentally they are united against: reality, reason, independence, capitalism, and America. If you don’t get that, then you’re only seeing… Read More »Commercial Break: Read Ayn Rand

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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