Wednesday 28 January 2015
Hunter Walker, Business Insider

Weeks identifies her “favorite figures in liberty” as Ayn Rand, economist Milton Friedman, and two other activists whose careers have included both sex and politics: porn star Nina Hartley and former call girl Maggie McNeill.

Weeks brought her first speaker to Duke on Tuesday: Ayn Rand Institute head Yaron Brook. She immediately rattled off two names when asked about whom she would ideally hope to bring to the school next.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jan 2015
Sunday 11 January 2015
Edward B. Driscoll Jr., WorldNetDaily

Whittle moderated the panel, which featured Yaron Brook, a former Israeli intelligence officer who is now executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and PJTV contributors Tammy Bruce and Andrew Klavan. They explored everything from the influence of radical Islam to the significance of refugees in the oil-rich nations of the Middle East.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Jan 2015
Tuesday 30 December 2014
Massimo Pigliucci, Scientia Salon

My first report from this year’s meeting of the American Philosophical Association, being held in Philadelphia, will be a bit strange, as it covers a session off the main program, sponsored by none other than the Ayn Rand Society, and entitled “The moral basis of capitalism.” Now, Randians, or Objectivists as they prefer to be called, are nowhere near the mainstream of academic philosophy, being pretty much ignored by any moral or political philosopher I know. Still, there are some professional philosophers in the group, and they do get together at the APA, if for nothing else but to put up their (usually pretty much entirely unvisited) book exhibit during the meeting. At the 2014 APA-Eastern, the Randian session was chaired by James G. Lennox (University of Pittsburgh), and the speakers were James Otteson (Wake Forest University), Peter Boettke (George Mason University), and Yaron Brook (Ayn Rand Institute). Here is the gist of what they said, with my most certainly not neutral commentary.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Dec 2014
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Ed Kilgore, AlterNet

Today’s most distracting read is undoubtedly the University of Chicago’s John Paul Rollert writing at the Atlantic about a conference on Objectivism (put on by the Stalinists of Objectivism, the Ayn Rand Institute) he attended last summer in Las Vegas.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Monday 15 December 2014
John Paul Rollert, The Atlantic Monthly

The day that I attended, ARI’s in-house philosopher, Onkar Ghate, provided an overview of Objectivism’s central tenets. It included terms like “psycho-epistemology” and other doctrinal patois that modern philosophers favor to give even the most mundane claims a metaphysical sheen, yet it also addressed, rather nakedly, the self-help impulse that accounts, in large part, for Rand’s continued popularity.

Happiness, Ghate explained, is the “moral purpose” of life, and the role of philosophy in that quest is to ensure that you are “fully thinking” about the views that inundate you on a daily basis. The opinions of others—whether they involve art, politics, ethics, or even personal priorities—have a tendency to shape you, so you must be on your guard. Philosophy will help you to assess these views so that you choose “the right ones and get rid of the wrong ones,” assembling a sound set of beliefs that will guide you in determining how to spend your days.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Thursday 27 November 2014
Milad Doroudian, Jewish Journal

Yaron Brooks, the Israeli-American president of the Ayn Rand Institute has become one of the main propagators of the ideals of Objectivism, and the ideas of the ‘individual’ within the Israeli state. Yet, I fear that although Atlas Shrugged sales are soaring, not enough people are hearing the message it has been propagating for the last 50 years: the importance of individualism, especially today when collectivism, and “groupthink” is becoming increasingly prevalent.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014
Thursday 06 November 2014
Dawn Foster, VICE

​On Tuesday night I went to London’s Hay Hill Gallery for what is listed as “Free Market Revolution: An Evening of Individualism” for a talk by Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute on “How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government”. Ayn Rand was primarily a novelist, who – through her writing – argued for “the virtue of selfishness”, a philosophy that asserts that looking out for number one is the best thing a human being can possibly do, and that everyone else can be damned. Even though it seems clear that the capitalist world is run broadly along those lines, those who subscribe to the Randian worldview think we’re living in a socialist nightmare. On Tuesday night, they were gathering in Baker Street to talk about how to end it.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Tuesday 04 November 2014
Milad Doroudian, Times of Israel - Milad Doroudian (Jerusalem)

Perhaps what is hated even more than the idea of individualism, is its main propagator in the 20th century. Ayn Rand, the Jewish girl that immigrated from the ills of Soviet Russia, to the wealth and opportunity of the United States, had professed a new type of philosophy that placed man and woman, and their rationality, as the center of all moral and ethical bearings. Perhaps, even more interestingly it gave people the confidence to assert themselves with self-esteem as the most important factor in their lives.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Nov 2014
Thursday 23 October 2014
Gary Weiss, AlterNet

An Objectivist America would be a dark age of unhindered free enterprise, far more primitive and Darwinian than anything seen before. Objectivists know this. What perhaps they do not always appreciate, given their less than fanatical approach to reality, is what turning back the clock would mean. Or perhaps they do not care.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Oct 2014
Saturday 04 October 2014
Herbert W. Stupp, City Journal

A “significant portion of the libertarian movement believes in anarchy,” writes Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute. “Anarchy” here does not mean chaos and Molotov cocktails in the streets; rather, it connotes a political philosophy favoring the absence of government. Brook favors the more moderate approaches of Nobel Prize-winning economists such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, who understood the need for limited government.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Oct 2014
Thursday 04 September 2014
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

In a recent video for PJTV, Bill Whittle and Andrew Klavan answer a question from a viewer: “Why is Ayn Rand nonsense?” To their credit, they largely reject the premise of the question, and while they are very critical of Rand (and annoyingly snarky about it), their criticisms are on the whole thoughtful if tremendously confused.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Sep 2014
Thursday 07 August 2014
Geoffrey W. Melada, Washington Jewish Week

…I heard Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand institute, speak at the University of Pennsylvania. I recall asking this Israeli-American intellectual how Rand, a passionate devotee of, and…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 07 Aug 2014