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How Did Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” Predict an America Spinning Out of Control?

Article by Onkar Ghate | Oct 2011

Nearly thirty years after her death, Ayn Rand’s novels continue to be wildly popular — "Atlas Shrugged" alone is selling more today than it did when it was first published in 1957 — more than one million copies have sold since the 2008 elections. Especially among Tea Partiers, Ayn Rand is being


Stop Blaming Capitalism for Government Failures

OPED by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins | Nov 2008

Speaking of the financial crisis, French president Nicolas Sarkozy recently said, “Laissez-faire is finished. The all-powerful market that always knows best is finished.” Sarkozy was echoing the views of many, including president-elect Obama, who assume that the financial crisis was caused by free


Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: a paean to American liberty

OPED by Don Watkins | Aug 2012

It's not often that an American election sparks debate about a philosopher. But ever since Mitt Romney announced his selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential candidate, talk has turned to the ideas of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand. Ryan is on record as being a fan of Rand's, and although he


3 crucial lessons Ayn Rand can teach us today

OPED by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins | Feb 2013

Today is the birthday of Ayn Rand, author of the 1957 classic Atlas Shrugged, and one of history’s most celebrated champions of capitalism. Here are three of the crucial lessons Rand offers those of us who want to fight for a freer, more prosperous America. 1. Celebrate Business Today business


Yaron Brook

| Nov 2013

Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.   Dr. Brook is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and debater.    He was a columnist at Forbes.com,

"Atlas Shrugged" Still Flying Off Shelves!

WASHINGTON — New reports from Ayn Rand’s publisher indicates that sales figures for “Atlas Shrugged” are continuing a remarkable trend. In 2011 all English editions of “Atlas Shrugged” sold 445,000 copies. “This is incredible,” says Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.


Ayn Rand and the Fight to Limit Government

Blog Don Watkins | Jul 2012

Ayn Rand, author of the 1957 classic Atlas Shrugged, is one of history’s most celebrated champions of capitalism. Her books have sold in the tens of millions, and her ideas continue to be debated thirty years after her death. Many of today’s top opinion leaders, businessmen, and politicians—everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Mark Cuban to Paul Ryan—have cited Rand as an important influence on their development.


In Defense of Finance

OPED by Yaron Brook | February 15, 2011

The financial industry took most of the blame for the 2008 financial meltdown, as it has taken the blame for virtually every economic crisis and disaster in history. In this talk, Yaron Brook will challenge the conventional wisdom and argue that finance is a crucial, productive, and noble


Chilling commerce

Blog Steve Simpson | Mar 2014

Most people have heard the phrase “chilling effect” in connection with free speech. The idea is that vague laws can cause people to stop speaking out of fear that they might say something that violates the law.