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Abortion Rights Are Pro-life

OPED by Leonard Peikoff | Jan 2013

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade 40 years ago, there is still no one defending the right to abortion in fundamental terms, which is why the pro-abortion rights forces are on the defensive. Abortion rights advocates should not cede the terms "pro-life" and "right to life" to the anti-abortionists.


Religious Terrorism vs. Free Speech

Article by Leonard Peikoff | 1989

The following article appeared as an advertisement in The New York Times in 1989. Ayatollah Khomeni's attack on Salman Rushdie and his publishers represents religious terrorism. Americans oppose the Ayatollah's death-decree, but our government is doing nothing to combat it. President


Galt Goes Global

OPED by Elan Journo | Aug 2012

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has credited philosopher Ayn Rand with inspiring him to enter politics — and made her 1,000-plus-page opus, Atlas Shrugged, required reading for his staff. "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person,


A Liberal Ayn Rand?

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Nov 2012

It's no secret that the right is awash in Ayn Rand. Tea Partiers carry signs like "Who is John Galt?" and, astonishing for a novel published 55 years ago, sales of Atlas Shrugged topped 445,000 last year. All of this has prompted researchers like Yale historian Beverly Gage to wonder, "Why is there


Frequently asked questions about Ayn Rand's life, writings, philosophy and the Ayn Rand Institute.


Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A

In the decades after the publication of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand turned to nonfiction writing and public speaking to advocate her philosophy and apply it to cultural affairs. People flocked to hear her insightful and provocative talks — and to ask her a question during Q&A periods. Here is


The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z

In 1977, Harry Binswanger, a philosopher and associate of Ayn Rand’s, proposed to her the idea of a reference work to her philosophy, collecting and organizing key excerpts from her writings and those of her associates. At that time, the Objectivist literature had “grown to include


The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought

The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought is a posthumous collection of Rand’s works edited by Rand’s heir and long-time student and associate, Leonard Peikoff, who says the book is “the final collection of Ayn Rand’s articles and speeches that I plan to publish. It