Take a short break from the grim pandemic headlines, and let me share with you three bright spots.
In April, this journal saw significant growth in the number of new readers, an increase of about 180 percent compared to the same period last year. (To all our new readers, welcome!)
Our AynRandCon conferences — planned for Philadelphia and Chicago, but instead streamed online — attracted an unprecedented live audience of more than 3,750 viewers combined and a deluge of thoughtful, engaged questions.
And the number of subscribers to ARI’s YouTube channel has climbed to more than 51,000. That’s up 45 percent since last year.
Beyond these bright spots, I could mention many more signs of progress in advancing ARI’s mission. What powers the Institute is the financial commitment of our donors. To all of you who are donors — thank you! You enable us to bring Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason to ever more people.
And during this global crisis, we can see even more starkly the need for reason, for science, for innovation, for production — and the freedom that makes these possible. That’s why our work at ARI is more important now than ever before.
If you appreciate the ideal of reason, join our fight today. Join us in building a future of freedom: Become an ARI Member by setting up a recurring monthly donation.
By supporting ARI, you advance your own ideals — and multiply your impact, in two key ways.
1. On behalf of your ideals, we work on a vast scale to bring Ayn Rand’s books and ideas to tens of thousands of individuals globally — through our online courses, the Ayn Rand University mobile app, our journal New Ideal, our burgeoning YouTube and social media platforms, and our public events.
2. Moreover, as an ARI Member, your recurring donations enable us to maximize ARI’s impact. Thanks to consistent, monthly donations, we’re able to confidently plan for the long-term and grow our projects. That’s hugely important, particularly in a time of economic upheaval. (After I first learned about this upside of monthly donations, I eagerly switched over to become an ARI Member, myself.)
So, by taking a minute to sign up and for the cost of two trips to Starbucks a month, you can have a long-term, outsized impact in the world.
You can drive forward the cause of reason, individualism, and capitalism.
When you become a Member you’ll receive, along with several forms of recognition, updates on our progress and invitations to exclusive online events with ARI’s leadership and experts.
And if you’re already an ARI Member and can increase your monthly giving from $10 to $50 or more, we’d welcome your added support. Thank you.