Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

by Leonard Peikoff PREFACE Ayn Rand‘s philosophy has changed thousands of lives, including my own, and has the power to change the course of history. Her views, however, are spread across more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles and speeches. The present book is the first comprehensive statement of her philosophy. I have […]

A Biography of Roy A. Childs Jr.

The Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992) [Transcribed from the Libertarian Tradition podcast episode “Roy Childs, Jr.”] Roy Alan Childs Jr. was born January 4, 1949, in Buffalo, New York. Had he lived, he would have turned 62 years old about two weeks ago. He once told his close friend Joan Kennedy Taylor that he first became interested in […]

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 […]