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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


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


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 Supreme Court Overview

OPED by Tom Bowden | Jan 2000

In Sunset Boulevard, silent-screen star Norma Desmond listens as a young admirer tactlessly recalls her faded glory. "You used to be in pictures," says the fan. "You used to be big." "I am big," replies Norma, her voice dripping with contempt. "It's the pictures that got small." If only our fading


Supreme Disappointments

OPED by Tom Bowden | Nov 2008

Where do individual rights come from? You’d think that if anyone knows the answer, it would be America’s top judges. But you would be wrong. On this basic question conservative and liberal judges alike are locked into a crucial error about America’s bedrock constitutional principle: individual


The Faith-Based Attack on Rational Government

OPED by Tom Bowden | Jun 2005

They call themselves "people of faith," and they are waging war against a basic principle of American government: the separation of church and state. Complaining that our secular culture has improperly banished God from government, religious conservatives are working tirelessly to inject faith-based


Enjoy OCON 2014 Remotely By Livestream

Blog Carl Svanberg | Jun 2014

If you can’t attend the 2014 Objectivist Summer Conference in Las Vegas, six events will be available online as they happen.