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ARC Op-Ed: The Real Meaning of Earth Hour

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2009-03-24 01:34

The Real Meaning of Earth Hour
By Keith Lockitch

On Saturday, March 28, cities around the world will turn off their lights to observe “Earth Hour.” Iconic landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Manhattan’s skyscrapers will be darkened to encourage reduced energy use and signal a commitment to fighting climate change.


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ARC Press Release: Atlas Shrugged Tops Amazon’s Bestseller List!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-03-18 20:51

Washington, D.C., March 18, 2009--Earlier this year Ayn Rand’s prophetic novel Atlas Shrugged was selling at triple the rate it sold at in the beginning of 2008. Now the novel is soaring to even greater heights, and its trade paperback edition is currently in first place in the Classics category on Amazon.com’s best-seller list for sales in the United States.


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Yaron Brook on ARC's opportunities in today's culture

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-03-09 22:39

Last November, in the wake of the election results and the mounting crisis in the financial markets, I wrote to you that the months ahead could be a golden opportunity for ARI and for the advancement of Objectivism.

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Ayn Rand becoming popular in UK too...? — by Marcus on Fri, 2009-03-13 19:59
Yes, donate! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2009-03-12 12:59
Donate! — by wngreen on Wed, 2009-03-11 01:18

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ARC Op-Ed: Anti-Smoking Paternalism—A Cancer on American Liberty

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-03-06 22:08

Anti-Smoking Paternalism: A Cancer on American Liberty

By Don Watkins

Newport Beach is considering banning smoking in a variety of new places, potentially including parks and outdoor dining areas.

Recent Comments:
Keep smoking, but beat the bans and taxes. — by ElectricHealth on Mon, 2009-03-09 08:21

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ARC Op-Ed: Obama Whitewashes Iran

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-03-04 00:03

Obama Whitewashes Iran
The President’s outreach evades the record of U.S. policy toward Iranian aggression.

By Elan Journo

In his address to the joint session of Congress, President Obama said that “We cannot shun the negotiating table” in conducting our foreign policy. He’s previously elaborated that “if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us.” And Iran’s president Ahmedinijad tentatively welcomes “talks based on mutual respect and in a fair atmosphere.”


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ARC Op-Ed: The Green Energy Fantasy

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-02-25 23:14

The Green Energy Fantasy
Green energy policies would hobble the economy.

By Keith Lockitch
February 25, 2009

Will a green energy industry be an engine of economic growth? Many want us to think so, including our new President.

Recent Comments:
"oracles of drought" — by Ellen Stuttle on Sat, 2009-02-28 19:07
The greenest fallacies are — by F L Light on Sat, 2009-02-28 04:38
The media... — by Marcus on Thu, 2009-02-26 10:09

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ARC: Sales of “Atlas Shrugged” Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2009-02-24 00:45

Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009--Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008.

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Rick Pasotto — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2009-02-24 19:28
LOL — by 0 on Tue, 2009-02-24 19:19
Wouldn't YOU like to know? — by atlascott on Tue, 2009-02-24 19:10

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Stop Press! Ghate on Glenn Beck in 25 minutes!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-02-20 21:32

Dr. Onkar Ghate, senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, is scheduled to appear on the Glenn Beck Program on Fox News today, Friday, February 20, 2009, at 5 pm Eastern (2 pm Pacific). Dr. Ghate will discuss the erosion of our constitutional republic, and how we can end our slide toward dictatorship.


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Speaking Tour Celebrates Charles Darwin’s Anniversary

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-02-11 23:27

Speaking Tour Celebrates Charles Darwin’s Anniversary

February 11, 2009

Washington, D.C.--In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, Keith Lockitch, resident fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, will be speaking on Darwin and evolution at four college campuses this week.


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Set the Market Free: The Cure for the Financial Crisis

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-01-23 23:11

Set the Market Free: The Cure for the Financial Crisis

A talk at American University

Who: Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights


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The Financial Crisis: Causes and Possible Cures

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-01-22 00:28

The Financial Crisis: Causes and Possible Cures
A talk by John Allison, chairman of the board of BB&T Corporation

Washington, D.C., January 21, 2009--The media, politicians, and even many businessmen have blamed today’s financial meltdown on capitalism.

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Here's the video — by gregster on Tue, 2009-03-10 04:36

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ARC Op-Ed: Big Government, not Big Media, Threatens Free Speech

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-01-21 00:34

Big Government, not Big Media, Threatens Free Speech

Contrary to widespread cries that media consolidation threatens free speech, the real threat comes from laws regulating media ownership.

By Don Watkins

Self-appointed consumer watchdogs--including Obama’s recent pick for FCC chair, Julius Genachowski--have long complained about media consolidation.


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Ayn Rand Institute Now Offering Impact Newsletter Free on the Web

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-01-15 20:07

Ayn Rand Institute Now Offering Impact Newsletter Free on the Web

The Ayn Rand Institute is pleased to announce that its Impact newsletter is now available electronically to Web visitors.

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Thanks for the tip. — by Kenny on Sun, 2009-01-18 13:26
It is good to see ARI is — by Tom Burroughes on Fri, 2009-01-16 17:48

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ARC Press release: Watch and Learn from Hugo Chavez

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-01-12 21:10

Watch and Learn from Hugo Chavez
January 12, 2009

Washington, D.C.--Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has halted construction of a private shopping mall in downtown Caracas as a first step toward confiscation.

Recent Comments:
"“We’re going to — by 0 on Mon, 2009-01-12 21:20

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ARC Press Release: Pain of Recession Foretells Agony of Green Economy

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-01-12 20:04

Pain of Recession Foretells Agony of Green Economy
January 12, 2009

Washington, D.C.--For the first time in 25 years, global demand for oil is expected to decline two years in a row.


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ARC Op-ED: No "Footprint," No Life

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2009-01-10 00:19

No "Footprint," No Life
January 9, 2009

Washington, D.C.--In an op-ed published today in the Washington Times, Dr. Keith Lockitch, PhD in physics and a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center, points out that as environmentalism continues to grow in prominence, more and more people are trying to live a “greener” lifestyle.


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ARC Press Release: Let Airlines Decide Who Boards Their Planes

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-01-09 22:51

Let Airlines Decide Who Boards Their Planes
January 9, 2008

Washington, D.C.--A 29-year-old Middle Eastern man who insisted on occupying the window seat closest to the cockpit while wearing a T-shirt saying, in Arabic and English, “WE WILL NOT BE SILENT,” has been paid $240,000 to drop his discrimination lawsuit.


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ARC Press Release: Obama’s Backward Economics

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-01-09 20:49

Obama’s Backward Economics
January 9, 2009

Washington, D.C.--“Barack Obama claims that Americans can only stave off economic disaster by trillions in government spending--which means trillions of dollars taxed or borrowed to finance government make-work programs,” said Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

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I can imagine that Barrack — by Callum McPetrie on Fri, 2009-01-09 20:58

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Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Pays $24,000 in Prizes

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-01-07 21:29

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Pays $24,000 in Prizes
January 7, 2009

IRVINE, CA--University of California Los Angeles undergraduate Robert Sanders, from San Jose, CA, is the winner of the Ayn Rand Institute’s annual “Atlas Shrugged” essay contest, for which he received a prize of $10,000.

Recent Comments:
Essay not published — by F L Light on Sat, 2009-01-10 04:54

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ARC Press Release: Republican Socialists

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2008-12-31 21:39

Republican Socialists
December 31, 2008

Washington, D.C.--“Republicans routinely criticize the policies of Barack Obama and other Democrats as socialist,” said Alex Epstein an analyst at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. “But their endorsement of Barack Obama’s imminent, trillion-dollar ‘stimulus plan’ shows that they buy into socialist ideas just as much as the Democrats.

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Y'know, I've come to the — by KingRandor82 on Fri, 2009-01-02 08:38

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ARC Press Release: U.S. Should Help Crush Hamas

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2008-12-30 21:32

U.S. Should Help Crush Hamas
Elan Journo
December 30, 2008

Washington, D.C.--In response to the Hamas bombardment of Israel, Washington must encourage and help Israel to annihilate that Islamist group, once and for all.

Recent Comments:
That oughtta be interesting... — by mvardoulis on Wed, 2009-01-21 06:31
BTW — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2009-01-21 06:20
Here's one for Aaron — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2009-01-21 05:12

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ARC Press Release: Bush’s Pro-Democracy Strategy Is Pro-Terrorism

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-12-29 21:22

Bush’s Pro-Democracy Strategy Is Pro-Terrorism
December 29, 2008

Washington, D.C.--The acts of war by Hamas against Israel are precisely what people should expect from Bush’s so-called democracy strategy in the Middle East.


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Announcing Objectivist Summer Conference 2009

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-12-19 23:51

Announcing Objectivist Summer Conference 2009

Special offer: new advance-planning discount! (see below)

The Ayn Rand Institute is pleased to announce Objectivist Summer Conference 2009, taking place from July 3 to July 11, 2009, bringing you nine days of social and intellectual stimulation that you'll find nowhere else during the year.

Recent Comments:
Should be huge — by Kenny on Sat, 2008-12-27 14:36
Curious — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2008-12-22 17:37

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ARC Press Release: The Right’s Pathetic Opposition to the Auto Bailout

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-12-15 21:07

The Right’s Pathetic Opposition to the Auto Bailout
December 15, 2008

Washington, D.C.--Republican opponents of the auto bailout are being accused of putting ideology ahead of the economy’s well-being. They are accused of having an ideological animus against bailouts.

Recent Comments:
Republican Statists — by F L Light on Sat, 2008-12-20 03:36

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ARC Press Release: The FCC’s Plan to Censor the Internet

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-12-12 21:50

The FCC’s Plan to Censor the Internet
December 12, 2008

Washington, D.C.--The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to auction off a portion of the airwaves for Internet use. Under the terms of the auction, the winning bidder would be forced to use a quarter of the auctioned spectrum to provide free wireless Internet service to all Americans.

Recent Comments:
OK — by gregster on Sun, 2008-12-14 03:13
Greg — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2008-12-14 00:31
No Ross — by gregster on Sat, 2008-12-13 12:47

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Brook on Newsweek.com

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-12-11 23:33

An interview with Dr. Yaron Brook titled Who Is To Blame? has been published today on Newsweek's Web site.

Recent Comments:
Harry Binswanger — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2008-12-14 01:50

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ARC Press Release: Since When Does America Allow Czars?

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-12-11 22:27

Since When Does America Allow Czars?
December 11, 2008

Washington, D.C.--“Our Founding Fathers must be turning over in their graves hearing Americans, of all people, discussing the need for a ‘car czar’ and an ‘energy czar,’” said Alex Epstein, an analyst at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

Recent Comments:
Futile Omnipotence — by F L Light on Fri, 2008-12-12 05:02

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ARC Op-Ed: The High Cost of Washington's Price Manipulation Policy

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2008-12-09 01:07

The High Cost of Washington's Price Manipulation Policy
Want to eliminate the glut of homes? Don't give the government more power--open the borders to immigration.

By Yaron Brook and Don Watkins

For decades Washington has been manipulating prices to encourage homeownership and "steer" the economy.


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ARC Press Release: Save the Big Three, Kill the U.S. Auto Market

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-12-04 22:19

Save the Big Three, Kill the U.S. Auto Market
December 4, 2008

Washington, D.C.--Advocates of a bailout for the Big Three claim that if we allow these giants to fail, it will destroy the U.S. auto industry. “In fact,” said Alex Epstein, an analyst at the Ayn Rand Institute, “it is the bailout, a veritable marriage between Detroit and Washington, that will destroy the U.S. auto industry.


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ARC Press Release: Obama’s Pragmatism Threatens Our National Security

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-12-04 21:33

Obama’s Pragmatism Threatens Our National Security

Washington, D.C.--As Barack Obama announced his new national security team, a list that includes Hillary Clinton and current defense secretary Robert Gates, he stated that his team members share his “pragmatism about the use of power” in foreign policy.


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