When asked about what she thought of the celebration of Christmas, Ayn Rand wrote: Yes, of course. A national holiday, in this country, cannot have an exclusively religious meaning. The secular meaning of the Christmas holiday is wider than the tenets of any particular religion: it is good will toward men—a frame of mind which is […]Read more "The Spirit of Christmas"
The premise of a benevolent universe is summarised in Rand’s essay “The Inexplicable Personal Alchemy” There is a fundamental conviction which some people never acquire, some hold only in their youth, and a few hold to the end of their days—the conviction that ideas matter . . . . That ideas matter means that knowledge matters, that truth […]Read more "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the Benevolent Universe Premise"
Rousseau and Voltaire hated each other, Voltaire was the father of enlightenment, the advocate of freedom without the State’s interference; Rosseau was the father of totalitarianism, that the State has the power to provide “positive” freedom if we give up our natural rights in favour of social contract. Voltaire advocated for civil liberty while Rousseau […]Read more "Derek Freeman vs Margaret Mead, Resurgence of the Voltaire-Rousseau Feud"
Being a bad boy doesn’t mean one has to be horrible or mean, it means to exercise rational self interest in a profound way. The opposite of being a bad boy is being a nice guy, also known as a second hander. Regarding second handers, this is what Rand thought of them: A [second-hander] is […]Read more "How to Be a Bad (Objectivist) Boy"
What is pride? Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value. One obtains pride by never accepting any code of irrational virtues impossible to practice and by never failing to practice the virtues one knows to be rational—by never accepting an unearned guilt and never earning any, or, if […]Read more "Pride or Vanity?"
James “Jimmy” Dean is often regarded as one of the greatest actors, but he has only had lead roles in 3 films before his tragic accident: East of Eden (1955) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Giant (1956) There are many biographies written as well as biopics made about James Dean, so this article is not gonna be […]Read more "Finding Integrity in Hollywood"
When not writing articles, essays or novels, Ayn Rand also enjoyed visiting the cinema and reading other people’s novels. She frequently referenced popular culture in her non-fiction writing: from discussing an episode of Twilight zone (The Eye of the Beholder) to talking about her experience of watching Dr. No when it was released. Today I am […]Read more "The Roots of Ayn Rand"