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 […]

On Man And Perfection

By Tibor Machan A great many theories of government and social organization rest on consideration of man’s perfection. From the time of Plato, philosophers and political theorists have formulated much of their thinking about political communities in line with some view about the relationship between ideal man and actual people. Invariably actual people were declared […]

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 […]

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 […]

Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

Review provided by Mises Albert Jay Nock, perhaps the most brilliant American essayist of the 20th century, and certainly among its most important libertarian thinkers, set out to write his autobiography but he ended up doing much more. He presents here a full theory of society, state, economy, and culture, and does so almost inadvertently. […]

This Bread is Mine

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The most remarkable thing in the world is the individual human being. No possible combination of human beings is quite so unique or so fascinating as the nature and characteristics of ONE SINGLE PERSON. For a number of centuries, scholars have interested themselves in the group activities of human beings. The result is an over-emphasis on groups and […]