At ARI, we work daily to spread Ayn Rand’s ideas and improve the state of the world one mind at a time. Recently, we received an email from an entrepreneur who watched Yaron Brook’s interview with Patrick Bet-David at OCON 2018—and became intrigued with the ideas discussed in the interview.
As of June 1, 2018, I am assuming the role of the Ayn Rand Institute’s president and CEO, taking over from my friend and colleague Jim Brown. Over the past few months, I’ve been working closely with Jim, a leader who has achieved a tremendous amount of progress in his tenure as ARI’s CEO. My goal is to build on the solid foundation Jim has established and to continue to increase ARI’s output and impact.
In this short video, John Allison highlights the key role Objectivism has played in his success. Allison, the former Chairman and CEO of BB&T, was selected by the Harvard Business Review as one of the one hundred most successful CEOs in the world. He is currently a member of ARI’s board of directors.
In his lecture, Tore Boeckmann explores some of Ayn Rand’s values, chosen in childhood, and gives special attention to the abstractions which unify Rand’s personal values into a single theme (as opposed to her moral principles, which hold for everyone).
We are excited to announce New Ideal, ARI’s new online publication. The launch of New Ideal is a significant step in our mission to demonstrate the power of Ayn Rand’s ideas and their necessity in today’s world.
The National Film Registry maintains a list of films that are “deemed ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically significant’ and are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American Culture. They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.”
We are just 10 weeks away from what is shaping up to be our largest Objectivist summer conference ever. With your help we could have over 500 attendees in Newport Beach, California, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead — including students who are able to attend because of our OCON scholarship program.
One of the Ayn Rand Institute’s most popular education programs is its annual essay contests. Contests on Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged collectively attract the attention of approximately fifteen to twenty thousand students each spring, as they compete to win a share of more than $130,000 in cash prizes. ARI’s goal, however, is that participation in an essay contest should mark the beginning of a lifetime’s interest in Ayn Rand’s works.
On February 8, the Ayn Rand Institute celebrated a significant milestone in its Free Books to Teachers program. Robert Begley, development specialist at ARI, presented a framed copy of ARI’s four-millionth free book, The Fountainhead, to Bayside High School English teacher Allan Weissmann. This is particularly noteworthy because 2018 happens to be the 75th anniversary of this best-selling Ayn Rand novel.
ARI invites law students to apply to our Legal Fellowship program, which involves in-depth policy research on topics at the intersection of law and philosophy. Our legal fellows work with ARI’s director of Legal Studies, Steve Simpson, an experienced constitutional lawyer who for many years worked at the Institute for Justice. Today we’d like to introduce you to 2018 legal fellow Christopher MacCarthy.