Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis is a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, Calif. The Institute promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

The Multifront Attack on Business Hero Elon Musk

The attacks on Elon Musk seem like something straight out of an Ayn Rand novel. The successful and innovative entrepreneur is attacked on all sides by institutions and people who live off the system rather than innovate around and beyond it. 

Review of Free Market Revolution

How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins

Campaign Finance Limits Violate Free Speech

Earlier this year President Bush risked the lives of American military personnel to end Iraq's tyrannical regime--a dictatorship that not only restricted the actions of Iraqis but also silenced them from speaking their mind. It is ironic that President Bush led...

Pragmatism, Altruism, and Businessmen

Question. In a recent program, you claimed the actions of several businessmen were driven to do business with the government by the morality of altruism. Isn't pragmatism a more accurate description? Given the extent to which property rights have been eroded, long...

Is it immoral to join a political party?

Q. Is it immoral for an Objectivist to join a political party? Why doesn't the Ayn Rand Institute have its own political party? A. It is not immoral to join a political party, although given the state of the major parties today, it may well be. The reason for this is...

Clinton’s Place: Taxation and Home Ownership

Last week, the New York Times covered two recent "purchases" that demonstrate new lows in the realm of political real estate. One year ago, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Pavlo Lazarenko, paid $6.75 million in cash for Eddie Murphy's 41-room mansion in Marin County,...

Bill Gates and Altruism

Altruism survives, in part, on its undeserved reputation as a "kind, benevolent" morality. Those who believe this would be surprised at the critical response to Bill Gates' latest charitable offering, a $1 billion scholarship fund. It is a model of politically-correct...

The Immorality of the “War on Drugs”

Much fuss has been made recently about George W. Bush's alleged drug usage. Apparently fearful of a scandal, Governor Bush has dodged the issue -- with disturbingly Presidential style -- creating a bigger scandal. Whether he has used drugs or not, he would have done...

Racism and The Jewish Day-Care Center Shooting

Many people have tried to explain the confessed killer's actions after last week's shooting in Los Angeles. Most of these explanations are glaringly inadequate, but even the best of them fail to identify the deeper philosophy behind this vicious crime, largely because...

Kosovo: Tribalist Quagmire

President Clinton is invoking morality to justify military action to stop Serbia from attacking Kosovo. But the only appropriate moral principle is the one that says Clinton has no right to send American troops on a mission that cannot succeed -- and that will result...

The Americanization of Servitude

Volunteerism is touted as a celebration of the American spirit of community involvement. "Citizen service belongs to no party, no ideology," said President Clinton. "It is an American idea, which every American should embrace." His sentiment is shared by Presidents...

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