Monday 29 August 2016

…attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions.”― Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Needs It? 11. My Life Will Not Change Regardless of What I Try “All the time you’re saying to yourself, ‘I could do that, but…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2016
Monday 25 July 2016
Robert Wenzel, LewRockwell.com

…approached Nathaniel Branden at a luncheon where Ayn Rand had spoken. He declared he was a socialist and would like to debate. Branden agreed to talk with him, under conditions. Here is Block…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Jul 2016
Friday 08 July 2016
Adam Lee, Patheos

…Shrugged, Closing Thoughts In life and in death, Ayn Rand stands alone as the supreme advocate of individualism. No one was fiercer in defending the romantic idea that you should follow your conscience…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Jul 2016
Tuesday 24 May 2016
Jill Pyeatt, Independent Political Report

[Judd ] Weiss: I’ve been involved in the liberty universe since 1994, when I received a copy of Anthem by Ayn Rand, I was 14. It resonated with me so strongly that I immediately read her other novels, and then all other non-fiction work by her I could find. I even tracked down her out of print books in used book stores (this was before Ebay and Amazon.com). I feel like I learned a lot after I discovered Ayn Rand. I feel like I grew a lot after I discovered Nathaniel Branden. I soon read every book Nathaniel had written. Nathaniel was Ayn Rand’s protégé in the 1950s and 60s, and he took her philosophical underpinnings into the psychology realm with a practical personal development direction. Nathaniel Branden is one of most influential figures in the personal development universe, and he’s known as the father of the Self Esteem movement. More than Ayn Rand or anyone else, Nathaniel Branden is the single biggest influence in my life.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 24 May 2016
Sunday 15 May 2016
Richard M. Ebeling, Capitalism Magazine

When I was about seventeen, and living in Hollywood, I met two men who introduced me to the works of Ayn Rand. I ran into them at a restaurant called “Hody’s” that was at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Drawing me into a conversation, they asked if I had ever heard of Ayn Rand. I replied that I had heard of the Rand Corporation, but was an “Ayn”?

They handed me a copy of Ayn Rand’s Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal, and told me to read it and come back in three days. I did, and we met. I found her case for capitalism transformative. They then handed me a copy of her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, and again told me to read it and come back in three days. I did and we met again. They now handed me a paperback copy of Atlas Shrugged. My heart sank…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 15 May 2016
Friday 13 May 2016
Nick Reimann, The Maroon (Loyola U, New Orleans)

After graduating from James Madison High School as part of the class of 1959, [Walter] Block and [Bernie] Sanders then spent a year together at Brooklyn College, but the two began to drift apart after Sanders transferred to the University of Chicago in 1960. While Sanders spent time as an activist for the Young People’s Socialist League in Chicago, Block’s views were about to radically change.

“We weren’t bosom buddies after he went to Chicago. When we started to drift apart, it was me that was doing the drifting,” Block said. “His views in high school and his views now are roughly the same. My views changed when I was a senior at Brooklyn College and Ayn Rand came to lecture and I came to boo and hiss her because she favored free enterprise and everybody knew that free enterprise was horrible.”

During her visit to Brooklyn, Ayn Rand, author of the novel Atlas Shrugged, which is held by many libertarians to be one of the most influential works of libertarian thought, held a study group where she invited anyone that was interested, an invitation that Block accepted.

“I went and I pushed my head between Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden, and I said ‘There’s a socialist here who wants to debate someone on socialism and capitalism,’ and they said ‘Who is it?’ and I said ‘Me,’” Block said.

Branden, a psychotherapist and then follower of Rand, accepted Block’s offer–on two conditions. The first was that the conversation had to be focused on the debate between libertarianism and socialism. The second was that Block was to read two books: Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt and Atlas Shrugged by Rand. Block read the books, and following several visits to Rand’s house in Manhattan, Block said he was converted.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 13 May 2016
Monday 02 May 2016
Sverker Lenas, Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm)

Den nyliberala ikonen Ayn Rand står i fokus för Carolina Frändes och Joakim Stens nya samarbete på Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. Med sin nya föreställning vill de synliggöra obekväma idéer i vår vardag och utmana publiken oavsett politisk övertygelse.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 02 May 2016
Tuesday 19 April 2016
Avens O'Brien, The Libertarian Republic

…my parents were activists. They were interested in Objectivism, and became Libertarians during the LP’s founding. They went to see Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden speak at universities in New England.…

My parents named my older brother Ragnar from the book Atlas Shrugged. My parents were homeschoolers, pagan, petition-gathering, Heinlein-quoting Libertarians.…

I was on the pro-choice side of a debate regarding abortion one day in class, and I said “once you’ve added government, or, rather, a gun to the equation, you’ve taken away all moral choice. Morality cannot exist at the point of a gun.”

My professor told me afterwards, that he wasn’t surprised I was quoting Ayn Rand, but I was surprised — my mother always said that. I just assumed it was something she came up with. This is something that can happen when you’re raised within the movement – you pick up a book like The Fountainhead, or Man, Economy and the State and you think “wait, did I read this already?” because it all feels really familiar – it’s all stuff you were raised in.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Apr 2016
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Brian Doherty, Reason

…CC BY-SA He now tells USA Today that he’s: an Ayn Rand fan. He said of her novel The Fountainhead, “It relates to business (and) beauty (and) life and inner emotions. That book relates to…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2016
Friday 01 April 2016
Avens O'Brien, The Libertarian Republic

[Judd Weiss’] involvement with the party and the movement began in his teens after he encountered the writings of Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden.

“A friend handed me Anthem when I was 14, and it didn’t take me long to get into it all. I soon tried to find local Libertarians, and there was a small group that would meet up at a Denny’s in Tarzana. Back then it was just a bunch of old people. My friend and I were the only teenagers that would show up.”

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Apr 2016
Friday 25 March 2016
Marty Moss-Coane, Radio Times (WHHY, Philadelphia)

Coming up on today’s edition of Radio Times in Review: we’ll hear Marty’s conversation with ANNE HELLER, author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Mar 2016
Sunday 13 March 2016
Johnathan Razorback, Contrepoints

Personne ne songerait à élever l’existence mouvementée de Ayn Rand au rang de modèle à suivre. Le caractère intransigeant de sa personne et le fonctionnement sectaire de ses successeurs désignés incitent à une méfiance légitime, tout comme ces jugements parfois un peu court vis-à-vis de la tradition philosophique.

Néanmoins, les turpitudes de la vie romanesque de Rand ne constituent pas le commencement d’une critique honnête de son système philosophique. Il est sidérant de voir classer une ardente individualiste ayant passé sa vie à défendre les droits inaliénables de l’individu contre les empiétements du collectif ou les abus de l’État comme une « fasciste », une « social-darwiniste » ou pire encore.

Mais la médiocrité et la malhonnêteté intellectuelle ne se limitent pas à une association avec les extrêmes qu’aucune preuve ne vient corroborer. Nous l’avons vu, certains récusent tout simplement à Ayn Rand la dignité de philosophe.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Mar 2016