What Happens When the Libertarian Movement Begins to Succeed?

Once a member of Ayn Rand’s inner circle, Nathaniel Branden has played a prominent role in spreading the ideas of Objectivism, including founding the Nathaniel Branden Institute. He is also a prominent psychotherapist and is well-known for his work establishing the self-esteem movement in psychology. In this audio-only lecture from the 1979 Libertarian Party Presidential […]

Self-Esteem and Libertarianism

Nathaniel Branden is a psychotherapist and writer known for being both the founder of the self-esteem movement in psychology and a former associate of Ayn Rand. In this lecture given at a Libertarian Party of California event in 2000, Branden talks about the connection between the workings of free-market capitalism, the self-esteem movement, and the […]

The Philosophy of Objectivism: A Brief Summary

By Dr. Leonard Peikoff Originally published in The Ominous Parallels (Plume Books, 1982) A full system of philosophy advocating reason and egoism has been defined in our time by Ayn Rand. It is the philosophy of Objectivism, presented in detail in Atlas Shrugged, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, and The Virtue of Selfishness. It is the antidote to the present state of […]

Essentials of Objectivism

by Ayn Rand Ayn Rand named her philosophy “Objectivism” and described it as a philosophy for living on earth. Objectivism is an integrated system of thought that defines the abstract principles by which a man must think and act if he is to live the life proper to man. Ayn Rand first portrayed her philosophy in […]

A Biography of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter. Rand developed a philosophical system she named Objectivism, which advocated reason being the only means of attaining knowledge and which rejected all forms of faith and religion. Rand worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway in the 1930s. Politically, she judged […]

Anthem

Anthem by Ayn Rand (1905-1982) – FULL Audio Book – Anthem is a dystopian science fiction story taking place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed […]

Objectivism and The State An Open Letter to Ayn Rand

Objectivism and The State An Open Letter to Ayn Rand by Roy A. Childs, Jr. First published in 1969 in SIL’s Individualist newsletter, Mr. Childs (1949 – 1992) was a brilliant libertarian author who wrote with outstanding passion and eloquence on the ideas of liberty. Nineteen of his essays are collected in Liberty Against Power Dear Miss Rand: […]

The Harms of Drug Prohibition

   Randy E. Barnett is a lawyer and legal theorist, and a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute. He also teaches constitutional law and contracts at Georgetown University Law Center. In this video from a 1999 Institute for Economic Studies meeting in Aix-en-Provence, France, Barnett recounts his time spent as a […]

Restoring the Lost Constitution

Barnett traces a history of Supreme Court decisions that have eviscerated the individual rights he argues the Constitution was originally intended to protect, and sketches a blueprint for how the “lost Constitution” might be restored. On May 21, 1972, Laszlo Toth, a 33-year-old Australian geologist, slipped into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. As the crowd attending […]

A Biography of Randy E. Barnett

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern and […]