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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.”

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

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

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

Ayn Rand Student Conference Europe 2019 in Prague

Join the Ayn Rand Institute for their first ever European conference Ayn Rand Student Conference Europe 2019, February 15 to 17 in Prague, the Czech Republic. Don’t miss our first ever Ayn Rand Student Conference Europe (#AynRandConEurope). This weekend conference brings together students and non-students alike; everyone intrigued and inspired by Ayn Rand’s books and philosophy is welcome. With tribalism on the rise across our culture—in politics, psychology, philosophy, science, law, ethics—the theme of the conference could not be timelier: “Individualism in an Age of Tribalism.” Yaron Brook, Onkar Ghate, Lars Christensen, Flemming Rose, Douglas Murray, Gregory Salmieri, and other experts… Read More »Ayn Rand Student Conference Europe 2019 in Prague

Ayn Rand and the New Atheists (video)

In this panel discussion with audience participation, philosophers Onkar Ghate and Robert Mayhew discuss the “New Atheists”—including Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins—contrasting their approach to moral values with that of Ayn Rand, describing their cultural significance, and probing their philosophies. Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, and Robert Mayhew is a professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University. This panel was recorded live at Objectivist Summer Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ayn Rand Institute Names Tal Tsfany As New CEO

The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the leading center for the advancement of Objectivism, today announced that its board of directors has unanimously chosen Tal Tsfany as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer (CEO). Tsfany, who currently serves as a consultant, will succeed Jim Brown, the current president and CEO, on June 29. “Jim Brown is a significant supporter of ARI, and he took on the role as CEO in 2016 with the proviso that he would help find a long-term CEO within three years,” said Yaron Brook, ARI’s chairman of the board. “Tal had been interested in the ARI… Read More »Ayn Rand Institute Names Tal Tsfany As New CEO

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