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I swear, by my life and love of it, that I will never live for the
sake of another man nor ask another man to live for mine.
-- Galt's oath, from Atlas Shrugged
March 4, 1789 - November 6, 2012
Cause of death: suicide
forced from the board of ARI by Leonard Peikoff. The title above links to an insightful article by Rob Tracinski of TIA regarding this matt<brer and the historical context behind it. While I disagree with a number of Rob's conclusions (for example, while ARI should atone for not defending Dr. McCaskey against an injust attack, it has done and continues to do valuable work in the spread of Objectivism), the article nonetheless presents important facts that needed to be explicitly identified.
Contrary to the assertions of both Left and Right that Alan Greenspan was an Objectivist, this article lays that particular distortion to rest
The Objectivism Research CD-ROM has been discontinued - for more details on the reasons, please see the link above regarding the resignation of Dr. John McCaskey.
"BB&T Corporation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a fast growing, highly profitable financial holding company with $78.2 billion in assets. Its bank subsidiaries operate more than 1,100 branch offices in the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Florida and Washington, D.C. BB&T ranks No. 2 in market share in North Carolina, No. 3 in South Carolina, No. 4 in Virginia, No. 1 in West Virginia, No. 6 in Georgia, No. 7 in Maryland, No. 3 in Kentucky and No. 5 in Washington, D.C." (accurate as of Sept. 30, 2002)
John Allison, former CEO and Chairman of BB&T, explicitly incorporated the principles of Objectivism into its management -- an illustration of the fact that the (properly) moral and the practical go hand in hand.
American University/College Clubs
The Harvard Objectivist Club
At Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Ayn Rand Club
Georgia Tech Students of Objectivism
The Ayn Rand Institute maintains a database of college and high school clubs for students interested in studying Objectivism.
Non-American University/College Clubs
The Ayn Rand Institute
The #1 force in our culture today for spreading the ideas of Objectivism.
The Ayn Rand Society
A professional society associated with the American Philosophical Association. Its aim is to foster the scholarly study by philosophers of the philosophical thought and writings of Ayn Rand.
The Association for Objective Law
"The Association for Objective Law is an organization formed in 1988 to advance Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, as the basis of a proper legal system."
Americans for Free Choice in Medicine
Working to reverse the invasion of socialized medicine into American life.
The Lucidicus Project
The Lucidicus Project helps young people entering the medical profession examine the moral and economic foundations of a free society. Our primary activity is to provide the Medical Intellectual's Self-Defense Kit to medical students free of charge.
FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)
"FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation's campuses."
A site devoted to self study about great cultures of the past, especially Ancient Greece, with contributions from John Lewis, professor of classics.
Marva Collins is the remarkable teacher who made national headlines with her private school in a Chicago ghetto after demonstrating (again) that children are vastly more capable than the evil public schools claim. The book that covers her remarkable history and results is Marva Collins' Way. Also currently available is Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers.
The author of the inspiring book (also made into an excellent movie) titled Stand and Deliver, he is another dedicated teacher who showed that supposed "losers" in a Hispanic high school could achieve great heights if they put their minds to it. An engineer who turned to teaching, he was told by a typically dull-witted, moribund public school administration that the students would be hard pressed to learn algebra. He ended up teaching a class in advanced calculus and the students were among the highest scoring in California on a standardized test. Stand and Deliver is unfortunately out of print, but Escalante: The Best Teacher in America, is currently available. (I haven't read it yet.)
The Robinson (Homeschooling) Curriculum
This appears to be a useful and comparatively very inexpensive resource for homeschoolers. It offers 22 CD-ROMs for $195, containing about 120,000 pages of information, largely from older sources (this can be a real virtue considering the politicization and watered-down tenor of modern texts.)
Quent Cordair art gallery
Beautiful art for sale with lots of good pictures.
Linda Mann art gallery
"In my paintings, I try to make the act of seeing exciting." The site offers reproductions of the artist's extraordinary still life paintings.
Theo van Oostrom fine art
"Romantic realism at its finest."
Michael Wilkinson sculpture
Beautiful sculptures in bronze and acrylic.
Other work by the artist of the superbly done 1999 Ayn Rand postage stamp.
Dismuke's Virtual Talking Machine -- Music with an Ayn Rand connection
Digitized music from the early 20th century that Ayn Rand enjoyed enormously (her "tiddlywink music".) While not necessarily the same exact recordings, they're the same titles.
Diane Durante's site on good art.
One of America's greatest sculptors (1943-1999), Hart created beautiful, brilliantly crafted work. Hart was explicitly opposed to modern nihilist trends, as are most of the other artists listed in this section. Some galleries showing his work: Jean Stephen Galleries, Greg Lane Fine Arts, Lahaina Galleries
Printed (and online) Publications
The Objective Standard
"TOS is a quarterly journal written from an Objectivist perspective, Objectivism being Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism."
The Intellectual Activist
A monthly publication studying current events and other issues from the Objectivist perspective.
The Rational Basis of Happiness
Dr. Ellen Kenner broadcasts her radio show every Saturday from 12-1 p.m. EST. Dr. Kenner is a genuinely rational and benevolent psychologist (unlike "Dr. Laura" whose doctorate is not in psychology and who is neither benevolent nor a promoter of reason.) Available live on the internet or with a currently free archive of the last show.
Dr. Bernstein is professor of philosophy and, recently, a published novelist (Heart of a Pagan). His dynamic lecturing style and lively personality are an inspiration to his students.
Glenn Woiceshyn's Home Page
An up-and-coming editorialist acting as a voice of reason in Canadian and other newspapers.
Dr. Locke, a long-time Objectivist, was formerly a psychologist and a business school professor. He has lectured and written extensively on the history and nature of business and businessmen.
Dr. Smith is an Objectivist currently teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist; Viable Values; and Moral Rights and Political Freedom.
Environmentalism is a religion. This site provides links to, and articles about, evidence of the anti-humanity, destructive nature of this religion, and scientific rebuttals of its many false claims.
Ayn Rand Bookstore
Ayn Rand Bookstore is the most complete source for Objectivism, carrying a large selection of material from Ayn Rand and various Objectivist intellectuals, including taped lectures.
Objectivism in America
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Objectivism in Spanish language
Domingo Garcia's site for Objectivism in Spanish is here.
Objectivism in Europe
Jerry Nilson is an Objectivist in Sweden with a good site here.
The United Kingdom Objectivist Association's website can be found here.
A site in Russian can be found here. I can't read Russian but I am told by those who can, that this site has information on acquiring some of Ayn Rand's books in Russian translation.
Objectivism in Canada
The Toronto Objectivist Association's website can be found here.
The Montreal Objectivist Club is here.
Non-Objectivist links of possible interest to Objectivists
Secularity.com. "Religion-free homepages, events, dating & fun."
Infidels.org. "... a website operate by the Internet Infidels, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to defending and promoting a naturalistic worldview on the Internet."
Martin Lindeskog's blog can be found here.
Melanie Phillips is a writer and thinker in the U.K. Her site/blog is here.
Older materialThe 1999 Ayn Rand U.S. Postage Stamp
Prodos of Australia also interviewed someone at the Post Office about the stamp.
Ludwig von Mises' letter of admiration to Ayn Rand for Atlas Shrugged (sent January 23, 1958), in PDF format.
Cox and Forkum offer brilliant editorial cartoons.
An excellent interview with Wafa Sultan can be found here: http://www.memritv.org/Transcript.asp?P1=1050. From the interview: "The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality."
The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics goes a long way towards correcting the fiction-presented-as-fact of the Brandens' smears of Ayn Rand and Objectivism. James Valliant, a prosecutor in San Diego, uses his professionally-honed skills at integrating evidence and finding contradictions to analyze and dissect the Brandens' work, leaving no doubt as to their complete uselessness as a historical document, and thoroughly exposing their agenda to undercut the legacy of one of the greatest minds in history. Also, Ayn Rand's own personal journal notes about her experiences with the Brandens are presented for the first time.
Other notable quotes
"One of these centuries, the brutes, private or public, who believe that they can rule their betters by force, will learn the lesson of what happens when brute force encounters mind and force."
-- Ragnar Danneskjöld, from Atlas Shrugged