With the addition of A Companion to Ayn Rand
to the slowly growing corpus of scholarship on Objectivism, (8) we can perhaps at last get beyond both glib, ill-informed dismissals of Rand's work and the polemical tone of some of her writing.
This is, of course, an oxymoron, since Ayn Rand
was a total unbeliever, condemning any form of religion, including the Jewish religion of her parents.
In it Ayn Rand
argues that the rational, purposeful, and creative character of the human person is reflected in the act of material production.
Aviatik's unhappinesses, I can only say that I took my brief description of the premises of Objectivism directly from the Ayn Rand
Institute website, and that the evidence for her self-delusions is extensive, from multiple sources, and meticulously documented in both biographies.
Burns, a political scientist at the University of Virginia, makes the most of her unique access to Rand's personal papers at the Ayn Rand
Institute in Irvine, California.
Objectively Speaking is copyrighted by the Ayn Rand
Institute and edited by Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz.
This condition certainly characterized Ayn Rand
, who was an outsider by birth, by personality, and by ideology, even as she embraced the values of her adopted country.
Berliner, who informs us that the term "libertarian," while once "honorific," was "taken over by anarchists and others whom Ayn Rand
characterized as 'hippies of the right'" (60).
Controversial philosopher and successful novelist Ayn Rand
was the subject of posthumous biographies by Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden.
John Locke, Ayn Rand
, Robert Nozick, and many others-including me, the author of Individuals and Their Rights (Open Court, 1989)--have made a serious attempt to provide basic rights with their philosophical foundations.
Greenspan has been influenced by Ayn Rand
and by Milton Friedman, the Nobel Laureate.