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Why Ayn Rand Matters

Posted on 2016-08-21 By

Ayn Rand matters because her work has stood the test of time, and it has launched a broad philosophical movement that is having a growing impact on American culture.

Her philosophy stands in sharp contrast to the ideological notions of collectivism and socialism which are progressive ideologies to the core and antithetical to the principles that our American Republic was founded upon.

Rand is America’s most controversial individualist. Her brilliant novel, ATLAS SHRUGGED, was an epic that single handedly launched a major philosophical revolution. That novel was 1,200 pages long and panned by critics when it was published nearly 60 years ago.

Rand’s work reminds us that everyone has a working philosophy, a world view if you will, even though the average person probably cannot enunciate the philosophy that drives them.  Without knowing its validity or true source, however, they end up with nothing more than a “grab-bag of ideas and views snatched at random,” the consequence of which is to be driven by ideas they might otherwise abhor if only they understood what they truly meant.

The Ayn Rand Institute works to introduce new generations to Rand’s work, and to her principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism.

Every book published in her lifetime (1905-1982) is still in print, with hundreds of thousands of copies continuing to be sold every year.

She is known for her scathing attacks against communism and also collectivism, which makes groups rather than the individual the fundamental unit of political, social and economic concern. It other words, collectivism ideologically subjugates the individual to a group where ‘the common good’ prevails above all else.

This is in stark contrast to Rand’s notions of individualism which hold that a human being should think and judge independently, respecting nothing more than the sovereignty of his or her mind.

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A defining quote from the  Ayn Rand Institute:

“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”  — AYN RAND

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Individual liberty under our American Constitution is not about collectivism. It is not about big government. It is not about social justice. It is all about the individual liberties that our Constitution was written to protect.

Enjoy the following archived interviews with Ayn Rand herself.

They are offered here as ‘taste treats’ for the heretofore uninitiated and as ‘comfort food’ for her millions of adoring fans [including myself].

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Important Video Interviews

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“The Relevance of Atlas Shrugged in Today’s World” (video) from the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

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Ayn Rand’s Message to America (video)

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The Ayn Rand/Mike Wallace Interview (video in 3 parts) – PART IPART IIPART III

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The Ayn Rand/Phil Donahue Interview (video in 5 parts) – PART IPART IIPART IIIPART IVPART V

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Ayn Rand Interview with Tom Synder (video in 3 parts) – PART IPART IIPART III

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“Why Atlas Shrugged Changes Lives” (video) from the Ayn Rand Institute

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Ayn Rand on Faith and Reason – here the author discusses the dangers of faith, the meaning of death, and her disbelief in God

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The Howard Roark Speech from the Ayn Rand book, THE FOUNTAINHEAD

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Ayn Rand Institute – the online source for information on the life and works of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand

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FREE MARKET REVOLUTION – a book by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins on how Ayn Rand’s ideas can end big government

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‘Introductory Readings’ Recommended
by Dr. Ellen

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Ayn Rand: The Playboy Interview
March 1964 Issue  (see i.playboy.com for all 50 interviews)

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The Ayn Rand Column [written weekly in 1962 for the LA Times]
Ayn Rand

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The Virtue of Selfishness
Ayn Rand

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Philosophy: Who Needs It?
Ayn Rand

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For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Ayn Rand [with additional articles by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen]

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NOTE FROM DR. ELLEN: The current “mass market” paperback editions of Ayn Rand’s books are very small in size with even smaller print. Look for good used hard back copies or paper backs that are not classified as “mass market”

 

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