Thursday 30 June 2016
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

When did it become so horrible to suggest that people should provide for themselves, particularly in a context where they insist others provide for them?

Watch Ayn Rand Institute President Yaron Brook address the fundamental issue in the video below.

Posted over 1 year ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2016
Saturday 02 April 2016
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

Ayn Rand presented a more plausible solution when she advocated for government funded through contribution. But sustaining that would require a majority population that largely understood and greatly valued individual rights, who first reached consensus regarding government’s limited role, then agreed to fund it. We’re not there yet.

Posted almost 2 years ago Publication date: 29 Mar 2016
Saturday 23 January 2016
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

The Objective Standard posted an archived article to their Facebook page with the tagline: “Glad you asked.” The article, titled simply “Ayn Rand’s Theory of Rights,” provides an overview of the Objectivist case for political rights sans God. Author Craig Biddle begins by challenging the notion of God-given rights…

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 21 Jan 2016
Friday 06 November 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

…have been hypocrites too. For example, critics of Ayn Rand accused the author of hypocrisy because she decried entitlement programs while accepting payments from social security. However, that fails as…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2015
Friday 25 September 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

In the above video, Ayn Rand Institute senior fellow Onkar Ghate identifies “Islamophobia” as an “anti-concept.” The term works against proper conceptualization.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 25 Sep 2015
Sunday 30 August 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media
Mixed   Video   Paul Ryan  

As a fervent admirer of Ayn Rand, I nonetheless remain flabbergasted by her position on abortion. Rand held to objective reality as the basis upon which knowledge and understanding must be built. She touted the Aristotelian law of identity – “A is A.” A thing is what it is, and cannot be something else. Yet, when addressing abortion, Rand appeared to abandon that law. An unborn child is not a child, she claimed, but a “potential” child leeching off its mother until birth.

Objectivist therapist Michael J. Hurd echoes Rand’s view today. Writing about Ohio’s effort to ban Down syndrome abortions, Hurd argues that parents ought to be able to kill their unborn children to avoid the burden of disability.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2015
Monday 03 August 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

Some have called Ayn Rand a prophet. But her powers were not mystical. They were rational. She observed human nature with a discernment matched by no philosopher before or since.

In her magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, Rand presented a fictional town called Starnesville, a Midwestern ruin where an important and profitable motor factory once stood. The 21st Century Motor Company was the best in the business, run with efficiency and purpose by the Starnes family patriarch. Unfortunately, when he died, the company passed to heirs who held to a different philosophy.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 03 Aug 2015
Friday 24 April 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

You should be following the work of Alex Epstein. Once a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, Epstein left the organization a while back to found the Center for Industrial Progress, an organization embodying his personal approach to advocating for human freedom.

As evidenced in the clip above from Prager University, Alex offers an uplifting presentation of the human impact on our environment.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Apr 2015
Sunday 15 March 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

Were Abraham, or Moses, or Jesus Christ offering things of greater value in exchange for things of lesser value? Not if we actually believe what the Bible says.

The Bible tells us that God’s purpose in creation was the rather Randian objective of self-glorification. He created us to glorify Him, to bring Him praise, to fulfill his will. It all sounds rather selfish, and that’s because it is. God is selfish. But He has every right to be. He’s God. There’s nothing greater, nothing higher, nothing beyond Him or outside Him. He’s it. It’s literally all about Him.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 15 Mar 2015
Monday 09 March 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media
Anthem   Positive  

…my mind shifted to a lesser known novella authored by philosopher Ayn Rand entitled Anthem. Written in the first person, the story chronicles the struggle of a man living in a highly-controlled dystopian society which is so collectivized that each individual thinks of his self as “we.”

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Mar 2015
Sunday 08 March 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

It turns out that Hume was wrong. There is an objective standard of value. Proving it requires no reference to God or religion. The is-ought gap was bridged in the last century by the discoveries of philosopher Ayn Rand.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Mar 2015
Sunday 25 January 2015
Walter Hudson, PJ Media

…a cursory examination of popular Christian doctrine suggests that human sacrifice – to one degree or another – stands as a central tenet of the faith. In his book Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, author Craig Biddle cites “religionists” – including many prominent Christian theologians – to demonstrate that religion calls upon man to sacrifice his own interests to “an alleged God.”

As a Christian, I find Biddle’s observations compelling. Having considered them within the broader context of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy for several years, I have come to question the manner in which Christian teachers present the topic of sacrifice.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Jan 2015