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Ayn Rand on Mandatory Vaccines and Quarantines

In a Q&A session after Ayn Rand’s lecture “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business” in 1963, Ayn Rand’s indicated her opposition to government-mandated vaccinations and support for quarantining individuals infected with a contagious disease that can physically damage others: “Now, requiring inoculation against disease: should this be a job for the government? Most definitely not and there is a very simple answer for it. If it is medically proved that a certain inoculation is in fact practical and desirable, those who want it will take that inoculation. Now if some people do not see it that way—do not agree or don’t… Read More »Ayn Rand on Mandatory Vaccines and Quarantines

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

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 – Moneycontrol.com: 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

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

Keeping It Real: Bringing Ideas Down to Earth by Leonard Peikoff Now Available on Kindle

“Ayn Rand’s heroic vision of man as a rational, noble, productive being has inspired millions of people. It can be difficult, though, to grasp just how her ideas, universal and abstract as they are, can serve as a practical and specific guide to everyday life. “Keeping It Real: Bringing Ideas Down to Earth offers invaluable advice on how to apply broad philosophical principles to the real-world decisions we have to make every day. In this book, Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand’s longtime friend and heir, provides a wealth of practical counsel on personal relationships, child-rearing, career problems, politics, sex, and many… Read More »Keeping It Real: Bringing Ideas Down to Earth by Leonard Peikoff Now Available on Kindle

Leonard Peikoff’s New Book Now Available on Kindle

“Ayn Rand’s heroic vision of man as a rational, noble, productive being has inspired millions of people. It can be difficult, though, to grasp just how her ideas, universal and abstract as they are, can serve as a practical and specific guide to everyday life. “Keeping It Real: Bringing Ideas Down to Earth offers invaluable advice on how to apply broad philosophical principles to the real-world decisions we have to make every day. In this book, Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand’s longtime friend and heir, provides a wealth of practical counsel on personal relationships, child-rearing, career problems, politics, sex, and many… Read More »Leonard Peikoff’s New Book Now Available on Kindle

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