Capitalism: A Dirty Word For College Students

Capitalism: A Dirty Word For College Students

I just finished teaching another business ethics course. As often in my many years of teaching, students were surprised to learn about the moral code of rational egoism, which was unknown to them before. Many embraced it enthusiastically and commented: “We are all...
Tax Havens Put European Union States to Shame

Tax Havens Put European Union States to Shame

Despite some of the world’s highest taxes, Europe’s welfare states are fiscally unsustainable, suffering from slowly worsening structural deficits. Ayn Rand has been credited with saying that the difference between the welfare state and the totalitarian state is a...
America Needs a Leader Like George Washington

America Needs a Leader Like George Washington

On President’s Day, Americans have an opportunity to reflect on its Presidents–past and present–and particularly on those who have been great leaders. History is replete with examples of charismatic power-lusting “leaders” directing...
The Academy of Thought and Industry: A Better School?

The Academy of Thought and Industry: A Better School?

There must be a better way to keep kids interested in school than drugging them. Today, 1 in 5 school-age boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many are given drugs that are supposed to help them pay attention. “I was the rowdy kid,...

Video: The Sanction of the Victims

In the lecture, Rand admonishes American businessmen for apologizing for capitalism and for, in some cases, directly funding detractors of the free market. Notably, she says that “It is a moral crime to give money to support your own destroyers.” She also...
How To Celebrate Ayn Rand’s Birthday

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.” To celebrate Randsday, you do something not done on any other holiday: you...

What Was The Real Ayn Rand Like?

In 1951, when he was just a teenager, Leonard Peikoff visited Ayn Rand in her home, at her invitation. This was the beginning of a friendship and professional association that would last until Rand’s death in 1982. In this 1987 lecture — “My 30 Years With...

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