The Ayn Rand Institute’s YouTube channel has amassed more than 100,000 subscribers, a significant milestone in our efforts to advance Objectivism.
YouTube is the world’s second most-visited website (after Google Search), attracting 2.5 billion users per month. A powerful magnet for young people exploring new ideas, the platform hosts more than 114 million channels. ARI’s channel now ranks as more popular than 99.7 percent of that total.
“YouTube has proven immensely valuable for growing ARI’s reach and impact,” said Elan Journo, ARI’s vice president of content. “Our most-viewed video, the 1959 Mike Wallace interview of Ayn Rand, has more than 1.7 million views, and it is many people’s first encounter with Rand’s ideas. In-depth courses and lectures on Objectivism by Leonard Peikoff have been watched for tens of thousands of hours. And the weekly New Ideal podcast brings our unique, hard-hitting Objectivist perspective to current events, illustrating the real-world value of Rand’s philosophy to a burgeoning global audience.”
Since launching its YouTube channel in March 2007, ARI has published more than 1,700 videos that have drawn more than 12 million views. The channel includes videos from ARI events and conferences, and this month a talk from Objectivist Summer Conference 2023, Nikos Sotirakopoulos’s “The Left’s Long War on Israel,” went viral. In eleven days, it racked up more than 218,000 views.
“Even as we celebrate this 100,000-subscribers milestone, we’re working to build on that and further leverage YouTube to introduce many more active-minded people to Rand’s ideas,” said Journo. “Stay tuned for what’s next.”
A live event to celebrate this YouTube milestone will be announced.