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Volume 11, No. 1 - July 2011

Issue #21


Preface:  The Eleventh Year - Chris Matthew Sciabarra, p. 1

Prometheus: Ayn Rand's Ethic of Creation, pp. 3-18

James Montmarquet

Like Prometheus, Ayn Rand's heroes would seem valuable much less for what they do for themselves, than for others. I argue, first, however, that the ethical scheme implied by her treatment of these figures is properly classed as neither "egoist" nor "altruist," for the value invested by the creator in his creation eludes both views. A more satisfactory Randian ethic of creation, it becomes clear, must involve a distinction between Nietzschean "self-reverence" versus mere "self-interest" and, much more substantially, Aristotle's distinction between those in whom "self-love" is good and those in whom it is not.

Ayn Rand's Economic Thought, pp. 19-44

Samuel Bostaph

This article explicates Ayn Rand's economic thought as expressed in her nonfiction and fiction writings. It concludes that Rand's formal knowledge of economics was relatively limited and that her case for the free market economy is almost entirely ethical and political. Nevertheless, her insight into the complexity of such an economy was acute and her view that true human flourishing is only possible in a laissez-faire context rested on the recognition that it is the only context that can completely liberate the creative potential of the human mind.

A Political Standard for Absolute Political Freedom, pp. 45-62

Robert Hartford

This paper derives political freedoms from the ethics of egoism, demonstrates the equivalence of absolute political freedom and Liberty, and advocates absolute political freedom as a moral ideal. Protection of voluntary consent along an individual’s entire politically legitimate valuing chain provides a standard for identifying political freedoms. Actions meeting the standard are political freedoms. Actions violating the standard are violations of political freedom. As a political standard, protection of voluntary consent is presented as superior to either the non-initiation of force or the non-aggression axiom.

Ayn Rand, Religion, and Libertarianism, pp. 63-79

Walter Block

Ayn Rand most certainly favored liberty, although she renounced the "libertarian" appellation. Yet, in her continuous, contemptuous and shrill attacks on religion, she was denigrating an institution that has made great contributions to freedom. The present essay is an attempt to right the balance; to demonstrate that religion and liberty are not the enemies supposed by Rand.


The Rewriting of Ayn Rand's Spoken Answers, pp. 81-151

Robert L. Campbell

This essay compares audio recordings of Ayn Rand's question and answer sessions with Robert Mayhew's renditions as published in the Estate-approved volume Ayn Rand Answers. Mayhew, it turns out, rewrote nearly every answer included in the book. He abridged long answers, rearranged parts of answers, left transcription errors uncorrected, and was frequently insensitive to Rand's style of speaking. Mayhew even deleted portions of a few answers deemed embarrassing to Leonard Peikoff and the Estate of Ayn Rand (e.g., references to cigarette smoking or to Nathaniel Branden) and kept other answers (e.g., about homosexuality or amphetamine use) out of the volume entirely.

Essays on Atlas Shrugged, pp. 153-56

Fred Seddon

This essay provides a review of Essays on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, edited by Robert Mayhew, who has edited three other books, each devoted to one of Rand’s novels. This collection offers 22 essays on a variety of topics.





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