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 almost 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 almost 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 almost 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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
Thursday 31 July 2014
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

…immoral, and economically destructive — and as Yaron Brook and I argued in our earlier book, the conservative attempt to construct a small, limited welfare state is ultimately hopeless: once you grant the…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Bob Hasenohr, Watchdog Wire (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)

What’s needed, they write, is a moral defense of capitalism, which they lay out in Part 2 of the book. And they do so by using Ayn Rand’s ideas of the morality of self-interest to defend the profit motive and business success.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Tuesday 29 July 2014
Paul Mirengoff, Power Line

The libertarian movement apparently is divided over Hamas and Israel. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, has made a libertarian case against Hamas. In essence, the case is this: Hamas stands behind an ideology which expressly seeks to deprive individuals of their rights.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jul 2014