Harry Binswanger

Dr. Binswanger, a longtime associate of Ayn Rand, is an professor of philosophy at the Objectivist Academic Center of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the author of How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation and is the creator of The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z. Dr. Binswanger blogs at HBLetter.com (HBL)--an email list for Objectivists for discussing philosophic and cultural issues. A free trial is available at: HBLetter.com.

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

How To Celebrate Ayn Rand’s Birthday

February 2nd is the birthday of Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand developed and defended Objectivism, a philosophy that advocates “rational selfishness.”

Rush Limbaugh’s “Offended” Critics are Wrong

You probably have heard about Rush Limbaugh having to resign from ESPN for having made an allegedly racist remark on the air. Limbaugh's remark was about black quarterback Donovan McNabb. Here is what is up on the CNN website: "Before McNabb led the Philadelphia...

Howard Dean’s Proposal for Economic Regress

Last month, the WSJ had an opinion piece written by Howard Dean, the Democrat presidential contender. One paragraph exhibited the fundamental fallacy of bad economics: the belief that consumption, not production, is the key to wealth. "As president, my economic...

Treason, by Ann Coulter

Treason, by Ann Coulter, is a book of great value and great danger. For Objectivists, who are immune to its horrendous philosophical claims, its integration of the political events of the last 50 years will be of great value. But the excellence of those very points...

What Will They Think?

The discussion of how we set up a new government in Iraq has been dominated, as has so much during this war, with the question: what will THEY think? "We can't let it look like the new government is our puppet," say the commentators. Why not? It should be our puppet....

Greenspan on “Infectious Greed”

[Previously], I wrote: "Those on the moral code of altruism have to view all businessmen as guilty, guilty by nature, since their life's work is to seek selfish gain. The current legislative frenzy is just the latest manifestation of the altruist premise: the attempt...

The Anti-Capitalist Offensive

At the same time that John Walker Lindh is allowed to cop a plea, getting who knows how few years in prison, the media and a segment of the public are demanding to get the heads on a platter (the phrase actually used) of a number of CEOs of business firms who have yet...

Value Judgments, Ideology, and Writing Editorials

There's an interesting methodological difference between Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) op-eds and the usual ones you read by non-Objectivists (and boy, there sure are a lot of non-Objectivists around, aren't there?). I can best illustrate the difference by a kind of...

Immoral to Ban Human Cloning

Immoral to Ban Human Cloning

The actual opposition to human cloning springs from something primordial, the fear of the unknown, the fear captured in the catch-phrase: “We can’t play God.” But why can’t we? We can and we must.

“Buy American” Is Un-American

“Buy American” Is Un-American

Government interference with free trade is un-American. Sacrificing one’s standard of living in order to subsidize inefficient domestic producers is un-American. The tribal fear of foreigners is un-American. Resentment at others’ success is un-American. A patriotic American acts as a capitalist and an individualist: he buys the best, wherever it may be found.

What is Objective Law?

What is Objective Law?

An objectively derived law is one stemming not from the whim of legislators or bureaucrats but from a rational application of the principle of individual rights.

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