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Justice in a Benevolent Universe

Question: According to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, the universe is benevolent and the good ultimately wins. Neither point seems to be clear or obvious in the absence of a benevolent God. What am I missing? (A regular feature of New Ideal. . .

Myth Busting Four False Free Speech Stances

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” “We must be tolerant toward other people’s views and ideas.” “Facebook and YouTube are censoring my opinions.” You may have heard variants of these statements, at some point, in. . .

Crisis, Lies and Morality: Snyder’s Lessons in “On Tyranny”

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. By Timothy Snyder (New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2017). Would you recognize the signs of an incipient tyranny? Would you know how to oppose it? Timothy Snyder’s incisive book, On Tyranny, aims to. . .

Jihadists: Understanding the Nature of the Enemy

At the peak of its strength, the Islamic State (or ISIS) not only controlled a large swath of territory — an area roughly the size of the United Kingdom — it also proved itself a formidable global menace. It instigated, directed, and inspired. . .

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Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, ARI offers educational experiences based on Ayn Rand’s books and ideas for a variety of audiences, including students, educators, policymakers and lifelong learners. ARI also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Rand’s ideas to current issues and seeking to promote her philosophical principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism.

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