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Welcome to New Ideal

Ayn Rand’s goal as a novelist and philosopher was to “define and present the image of an ideal man—specifically, the image of what man can be and ought to be.” To do it, she needed to discover a new philosophy and define a new moral code. “My philosophy, in essence,” Rand once said, “is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

At New Ideal, we explore pressing cultural issues from the perspective of Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism.

Here you will not find the categories that define today’s intellectual world. We are neither of the right nor the left, but we reject “the center.” We are atheists, but we are for reason, not merely against religion. We champion science, but also free will. We are staunch individualists, but also moralists—embracing a new kind of morality, in which selfishness is a virtue and none of us is bound to be our brother’s keeper. We don’t just oppose “big government,” we eagerly support the right kind of government—one limited to protecting individual rights. We are for real freedom—freedom that includes a woman’s right to abortion, an individual’s right to speak his mind on any subject, and a businessman’s right to create, unencumbered by the crushing weight of our expanding regulatory state. We are neither hawks nor doves. Instead, we support a rational foreign policy, directed exclusively by America’s interests in protecting its citizens’ lives and freedom. We are unabashed laissez-faire capitalists. We champion both the true entrepreneurs who create new technology and vast wealth and the true artists who create novel ways of illuminating the human experience.

Reason. Individualism. Capitalism. Properly understood, all are new moral ideals. All are essential to human life, to the individual’s pursuit of happiness, to living the kinds of lives each of us should live—and can if we try.

—Onkar Ghate, Elan Journo, and Steve Simpson

The Editors

Onkar Ghate

Onkar Ghate, Ph.D. in philosophy, is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. A contributing author to many books on Rand’s ideas and philosophy, he is a senior editor of New Ideal.

Elan Journo

Elan Journo is a fellow and director of Policy Research at the Ayn Rand Institute. His latest book is titled What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 2018). Elan is a senior editor of New Ideal.

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson, director of Legal Studies at the Ayn Rand Institute, is a former constitutional litigator and the editor of Defending Free Speech. Steve is a senior editor of New Ideal.

Authors

Ben Bayer

Ben Bayer, Ph.D. in philosophy and formerly a professor, is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.

Tom Bowden

Tom Bowden, J.D. and former civil litigator, is an analyst with the Ayn Rand Institute.

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith, Ph.D. in philosophy, is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute where he lectures and develops educational content for the Institute’s intellectual training and outreach programs.

Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LL.B. and LL.M., is a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.

 

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