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Poems I Like and Why by Leonard Peikoff

“Dr. Peikoff discusses the value of poetry and its capacity for enriching your life. Encouraging his listeners to “renounce your fear” of poetry, he blends dramatic readings with analysis, using his personal favorites as a window on the world of poetry. He gives as examples poems by Nash, Kipling, Wordsworth, Tennyson, and others. He also discusses the nature and definition of poetry.” This talk was recorded in 1999 at Second Renaissance Conference in Lake Tahoe, California.

Ayn Rand’s Sacred Atheism

At the age of thirteen, Ayn Rand decided she was an atheist. Ayn Rand’s reason: “the concept of God is degrading to man.” One major form of this degradation is religion’s effect on genuine values, including sacred values. This idea is prominent in her early writings and continues to be featured in The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, as well as in her nonfiction. In this lecture and Q&A, recorded at Objectivist Summer Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, philosophy professor Robert Mayhew examines this aspect of Ayn Rand’s distinctive approach to atheism.

Video: Mike Wallace Interview with Philopher Novelist Ayn Rand (1959)

“In an effort to publicize [Atlas Shrugged], Ayn agreed to an interview with Mike Wallace, on his New York television show, ‘Night Beat,’ the hard-driving program that began his rise to prominence. They liked each other immediately, and were to visit together on a number of occasions over the following years. ‘She was perfect grist for the mill of Night Beat,’ Mike later said. ‘She voiced provocative opinions, she was anti-establishment and utterly unexpected, with a kind of close reasoning and a clarity that one had to admire; it was a remarkable interview. And the calls and letters that poured… Read More »Video: Mike Wallace Interview with Philopher Novelist Ayn Rand (1959)

Video: John Allison on Principled Leadership – Using Ayn Rand’s Values to Create Competitive Advantage in Business

The amazing, John Allison, who as chairman and CEO made BB&T Corporation the 10th largest financial institution headquartered in the United States, attributes the success of BB&T to the concept of Principled Leadership, based on an uncompromising commitment to fundamental values. In this talk, he explains how Ayn Rand’s ethical system can be used practically to create a competitive advantage in any organization. Part I: Lecture Part II: Q&A

Ayn Rand Institute President Explains How Alan Greenspan Betrayed Ayn Rand

From the video: “Ayn Rand would have never advocated for the kind of policies Alan Greenspan instituted,” Brook says, citing the Fed’s 1% fed funds rate in the years after 9/11 as exhibit A: “By holding interest rates for two-and-a-half years below the rate of inflation, [Greenspan] encouraged the debt and credit boom we’re suffering the consequence of” today — and for the foreseeable future.

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