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ARC Press Release: Don’t Cap CEO Pay—End Bailouts

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2008-09-23 22:33

Don’t Cap CEO Pay: End Bailouts
September 23, 2008

Washington, D.C.--As the government scrambles to assemble a massive financial bailout package, many are declaring that companies receiving the taxpayer-funded bailouts should face severe restrictions on executive compensation.

Recent Comments:
I'm saying it's not the — by kaiwai on Wed, 2008-09-24 12:27
 I'm saying it's not the — by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-09-24 09:24
The government doesn't own — by kaiwai on Wed, 2008-09-24 09:02

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ARC Press Release: Credit Crisis Makes a Case for Abolishing, Not Expanding, the Fed

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-09-22 22:12

Credit Crisis Makes a Case for Abolishing, Not Expanding, the Fed
September 23, 2008

Washington, D.C.--In response to the credit crisis, the Federal Reserve has been granted unprecedented powers to bail out and nationalize companies--as if its track record makes it a good candidate for addressing our economic problems.

Recent Comments:
And 100% reserve banking. I — by Aaron on Thu, 2008-09-25 17:10
The Gold Standard — by atlascott on Tue, 2008-09-23 18:22
OK — by kaiwai on Mon, 2008-09-22 23:17

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ARC Press Release: The Unfree Market Has Failed

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-09-19 23:00

The Unfree Market Has Failed
September 19, 2008

Washington, D.C.--“Everyone is blaming ‘the free market’ for today’s financial crisis,” observed Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. “But we should be blaming the unfree market. The mortgage and financial markets have been thoroughly controlled by government--and that is why they failed.

Recent Comments:
Yes, Bill! — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2008-09-30 03:01
Bill — by 0 on Mon, 2008-09-29 22:56
No Disrespect to Academics Intended — by Rocketfuel on Mon, 2008-09-29 22:50

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ARC Press Release: Advertisers vs. the Free Market

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2008-09-17 23:32

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Advertisers vs. the Free Market
September 17, 2008

Washington, D.C.--The Association of National Advertisers, a trade association representing 400 companies, has asked the Justice Department to use antitrust law to halt a proposed Google-Yahoo search advertising partnership.


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A Critique of Global Warming Science and Policy—A panel discussion at the University of California, Berkeley

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-09-15 22:03

PRESS ADVISORY
AYN RAND INSTITUTE

September 15, 2008

A Critique of Global Warming Science and Policy
A panel discussion at the University of California, Berkeley

What: A panel discussion challenging widely accepted views on global warming science and policy, followed by a Q&A


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ARC Op-Ed: The Afghanistan-Pakistan Nightmare

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-09-15 10:29

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Nightmare

Elan Journo
September 15, 2008

Washington, D.C.--Seven years into the Afghanistan war, America faces resurgent Taliban and Islamist forces carrying out more daring and increasingly deadly attacks on U.S. troops.

Recent Comments:
Get 'em — by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2009-12-09 13:25
The March — by Stephen Boydstun on Fri, 2009-09-11 13:33
Notches — by Stephen Boydstun on Tue, 2009-08-18 17:01

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ARC Press Release: No Caps for Payday Loans

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-09-12 22:26

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No Caps for Payday Loans
September 12, 2008

Washington, D.C.--Across the country, state lawmakers are capping the interest rates "payday lenders" can charge borrowers. According to supporters of these caps, payday loans are harmful to borrowers, trapping them in debt with allegedly exorbitant interest rates.

Recent Comments:
Scott — by PhilipD on Fri, 2008-09-26 01:46
Agreed! — by atlascott on Thu, 2008-09-25 13:17
Charity is far from a given — by atlascott on Thu, 2008-09-25 13:16

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Ayn Rand Center Press Release: Freedom First

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2008-09-09 22:06

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Freedom First
September 9, 2008

Washington, D.C.--John McCain has made “Country First” the theme of his presidential campaign. In response, Barack Obama declared that “I’ve got news for John McCain. We all put our country first.”

Recent Comments:
Joe — by PhilipD on Thu, 2008-09-11 01:45
"Let's Roll" — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2008-09-11 01:38
I really should be commenting on this — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2008-09-11 01:35

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ARC Press Release: Vatican Doesn’t Deserve a Statue of Galileo

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-09-05 02:10

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Vatican Doesn’t Deserve a Statue of Galileo
September 4, 2008

Washington, DC--According to news reports, the Vatican plans to commission a statue of Galileo, the father of modern science, with support from an anonymous benefactor.


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ARI Press Release: Greens Against Renewable Energy

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2008-08-20 22:36

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Greens Against Renewable Energy
August 20, 2008

Washington, DC--Green activists have been pushing for "renewable energy" for decades, even though it shows little promise--after billions of dollars in government subsidies--of ever being practical and inexpensive.

Recent Comments:
Its about time people — by mo250 on Thu, 2008-08-21 06:28
Three words.  Nuclear — by Jeremy on Thu, 2008-08-21 03:49
Hear Here! — by mckeever on Thu, 2008-08-21 01:16

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ARI Op-Ed: California Children Still Considered State Property

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2008-08-19 21:47

California Children Still Considered State Property
Court’s decision that homeschooling is “permitted” in California is a hollow victory for parents.

By Thomas A. Bowden 

In a decision being widely hailed as a victory for parental rights, a Los Angeles County court has confirmed, grudgingly, that homeschooling “is permitted under California statutes.”


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Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights to Open in Washington, D.C.

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-08-18 23:06

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Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights to Open in Washington, D.C.
August 18, 2008

Irvine, CA--The Ayn Rand Institute is preparing to launch its new public policy and media center, the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, which will open later this year in Washington, D.C.

Recent Comments:
Great News — by wngreen on Tue, 2008-08-19 23:29
It's certainly not easy to — by Jeremy on Tue, 2008-08-19 06:41
Jello shots?!?! — by 0 on Tue, 2008-08-19 06:30

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ARI Op-Ed (Alex Epstein): Retire Social Security

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2008-08-13 23:31

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Retire Social Security
Social Security Is Morally Bankrupt

By Alex Epstein

August 14 marks Social Security's 73rd  birthday--placing it eight years past standard retirement age.


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ARI Press Release: Islamic Censorship by Default

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2008-08-13 23:01

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Islamic Censorship by Default
August 13, 2008

Irvine, CA--Random House has called off publication of a historical novel about the Prophet Muhammad's wife Aisha, after the company received advice the book could incite violence by Islamic radicals.


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Ayn Rand Institute Press Release: Beware the Obesity Alarmists

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-08-11 23:01

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Beware the Obesity Alarmists
August 11, 2008

Irvine, CA--A new study on America's "obesity epidemic" projects that if trends of the past thirty years continue, every American could be overweight by 2048.


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ARI Press Release: $43,000 to Winners of "The Fountainhead" Essay Contest

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-08-08 23:11

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$43,000 to Winners of "The Fountainhead" Essay Contest
August 8, 2008

IRVINE, CA--High school senior Ryan Holley, from Burlington, IA, is the winner of the Ayn Rand Institute's annual "Fountainhead" essay contest, for which he received a prize of $10,000.

Recent Comments:
Winning Essays — by wngreen on Wed, 2008-10-15 01:13
One more thing... — by reed on Sun, 2008-08-24 07:04
Valliant defender — by reed on Sun, 2008-08-24 05:31

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ARI Press Release: Animal Rights Activists Are Not Pro-Animal, They Are Anti-Human

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-08-07 21:07

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Animal Rights Activists Are Not Pro-Animal, They Are Anti-Human
August 7, 2008

Irvine, CA--Last Saturday, animal rights activists used firebombs to attack two UC Santa Cruz biologists--exploding the car of one scientist, who was not present, while bombing the townhouse of another, who sustained minor injuries while fleeing with his wife and two small children.

Recent Comments:
Journalist trivializes horror — by Ptgymatic on Fri, 2008-08-08 22:34
this is very disturbing. — by mo250 on Fri, 2008-08-08 02:22
And if that's not bad enough... — by mckeever on Fri, 2008-08-08 01:29

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ARI Press Release: For Greens, the Energy Crisis Is Not a Problem, It's the Solution

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-08-04 21:44

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For Greens, the Energy Crisis Is Not a Problem, It's the Solution
August 4, 2008

Irvine, CA--Two of the problems our presidential candidates are being called upon to solve are the spiraling cost of energy and the "crisis" of man-made global warming. Both Senators McCain and Obama claim to have a unified strategy for tackling both problems.

Recent Comments:
Barack's New Oil Policy — by Marcus on Tue, 2008-08-05 09:31
Osama Flip Flop — by gregster on Tue, 2008-08-05 06:00

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ARI Press Release: Don't Ban Trans Fats

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-08-01 22:33

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Don't Ban Trans Fats
August 1, 2008

Irvine, CA--California recently became the first state to ban trans fats.


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ARI Press Release: End the Fast Food Ban

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2008-07-30 22:24

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End the Fast Food Ban
July 30, 2008

Irvine, CA--The Los Angeles City Council approved a one-year moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles. The first ban of its kind, its aim is to address America's alleged obesity epidemic.


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ARI Press Release: (Public-Private) Partners in Crime

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-07-24 20:30

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(Public-Private) Partners in Crime

July 24, 2008

Irvine, CA--The Wall Street Journal has just published a revealing opinion piece, "The Fannie Mae Gang," by editorial page editor Paul Gigot, a longtime critic of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


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ARI Press Release: End Censorship on the Airwaves

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2008-07-22 20:06

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End Censorship on the Airwaves

July 22, 2008
 
Irvine, CA--The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

Recent Comments:
Here it is, in case you missed it! — by Marcus on Sat, 2008-07-26 19:52

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ARI Press Release: Creeping Christianity in the U.S. Military

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-07-21 22:24

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Creeping Christianity in the U.S. Military

July 21, 2008

Irvine, CA--An active-duty soldier has sued the Department of Defense, alleging discrimination by the U.S. Army on the basis of his atheism.


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ARI Press Release: Medicare's "Free Market" Façade

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2008-07-19 12:01

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Medicare's "Free Market" Façade

July 18, 2008

Irvine, CA--Some Republicans are bemoaning the passage of a new law they say undermines allegedly free-market elements of Medicare--in particular, Medicare Advantage, a program which gives seniors the option of receiving their government-financed care through private health plans.


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ARI Press Release: Property Rights Go Up in Smoke in San Francisco

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-07-18 00:28

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Property Rights Go Up in Smoke in San Francisco

July 17, 2008
 
Irvine, CA--San Francisco is poised to pass one of the nation's most radical smoking bans. Mitch Katz, director of the city's Department of Public Health, endorsed the anti-smoking proposals saying, "Tobacco remains the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.--period. It's government's responsibility to protect people from obvious risks."

Recent Comments:
Second-hand smoke not — by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2008-07-18 20:34
So is sunlight almost — by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2008-07-18 20:27
"Second-hand smoke not hazardous?????" — by Marcus on Fri, 2008-07-18 17:24

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ARI Press Release: Congress Should Not Dictate Mental Health Benefits

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-07-17 22:43

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Congress Should Not Dictate Mental Health Benefits

July 17, 2008

Irvine, CA--In a bipartisan effort, the House and Senate are finalizing legislation that forbids less favorable insurance coverage for mental illness than for physical illness.


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ARI Op-ED (Elan Journo): With or Without Nukes, Iran Is a Mortal Threat

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2008-07-09 23:27

With or Without Nukes, Iran Is a Mortal Threat

By Elan Journo

Imagine that your neighborhood is overrun by a gang. These brutes are wielding crowbars, knives, and pistols in a frenzied spree of home break-ins and mugging and murder. Now suppose the police reveal that their grand strategy for dealing with this gang is to block them from getting submachine guns--as if without such weapons, the gang would no longer bother people.

Recent Comments:
Here is my take on the Iran — by mo250 on Thu, 2008-07-10 01:08

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ARI Announces Two New Websites

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2008-06-28 01:22

Two New Web Sites

June 27, 2008

The Ayn Rand Institute is pleased to announce the complete redesign of its WEBSITE.


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ARI Op-Ed (Michael Berliner): Put the "Independence" Back in Independence Day

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2008-06-27 00:25

Put the "Independence" Back in Independence Day

Jefferson and Washington fought a war for the principle of independence, meaning the moral right of an individual to live his own life as he sees fit.

By Michael S. Berliner

America's cities and towns will soon fill with parades, fireworks, and barbecues, in celebration of the Fourth of July, the 232nd birthday of America. But one hopes that the speeches will contain fewer bromides and more attention to exactly what is being celebrated.

Recent Comments:
Alas ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2008-07-03 09:58
Now watch the video — by HWH on Tue, 2008-07-01 12:05

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ARI Op-Ed (Elan Journo): Bush's War Policy—The Top Campaign Non-Issue?

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2008-06-12 01:58

Bush's War Policy: The Top Campaign Non-Issue?

By Elan Journo

It's staggering to think that as we march toward a seventh year at war, Iraq (let alone Afghanistan) is hardly an issue on the campaign trail. Of course, nobody has forgotten about the war. But there's been no substantive debate on it, either.

Recent Comments:
Meanwhile the Islamic Conference deals with terrorism — by Sandi on Thu, 2008-06-12 03:26

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