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Submitted by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-07-03 13:28
You can do some serious study of Objectivism, free of charge, and I'm not talking about a 500 word column written by some twentysomething last week, but original audio and video materials by or featuring Ayn Rand herself, much of which was unavailable prior to the internet.
This it isn't quite open-source, of course, nor could we call it Objectivism Free University. You'll get no academic credit. You also can't download it or copy it (they do maintain their copyrights, and while they are probably not as litigious as Apple or the Rolling Stones, well, who the hell is?), but it's available online, for your use, free, thanks to the generosity of The Estate of Ayn Rand.
Why should you care? Well, as I mentioned above, some of this material has never been available before, and some of it is available nowhere else. You get Ayn Rand live and Ayn Rand responding to audience questions and answers. You also get to avoid the question of editing, which has dogged some of the publication of a few of these materials. And you can't argue with free.
So I've looked at their list of materials in The Ayn Rand Multimedia Library, and I've done a bit of rearranging here. My list, then, is not exactly the one you'll see at the Ayn Rand Multimedia Library page. I haven't listed most of the interviews, for one thing. I've put some of these items in rough chronological order, indicated which ones also feature a question and answer period, tried to clarify a thing or two, and I've added notes as to where else some of them have been published. If there's no indication of periodical or book publication, that means that I haven't been able to find it.
Early Days: 1961
"Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern Word," long unavailable in printed form until its publication in Philosophy: Who Needs It. Includes Q&A session.
I think 1961 is an important year because as I see it, things began to change. Consider: Atlas Shrugged was published in October 1957, the Nathaniel Branden Institute geared up in early 1958, and For the New Intellectual was published in 1961. She also began her tradition of speaking at the Ford Hall Forum that year. Things were really starting to happen for Ayn Rand's ideas. The Objectivist Newsletter began publication in 1962, she began writing her column for the Los Angeles Times, and Who Is Ayn Rand? was published that year as well.
There was no internet back then, no cable television, no email, no Twitter. Not even cassette tapes. Her ideas were spreading by word of mouth, so by the standards of the day things were happening pretty rapidly. I have no memories of 1961 but I'm sure that Linz can tell you; we had to live in caves, when we were lucky enough to find one; fire had yet to be invented; life itself was black and white; and wheels were square. Yeah, we had it tough...
1962 and Later
The "Conflicts" of Men's Interests. Found in TON Aug 62 and in VOS.
Two from this list could also be legitimately placed on the Ford Hall Forum list, below:
1962 The Fascist New Frontier. TARC.
Ford Hall Forum
Note the title here: this one is often misquoted by those attacking Rand as "America's Most Persecuted Minority."
1962 The Fascist New Frontier. ARI places it in their previous list.
1964 Is Atlas Shrugging? TON Aug 64 and CUI.
1965 The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus TON May-June 65 and CUI
1966 Our Cultural Value-Deprivation TO Apr 66 and VOR
1967 What Is Capitalism?
This is a version of the item by the same name in TON Nov-Dec 65 and in CUI.
1967 The Wreckage of the Consensus TO Apr-May 67 and CUI
1968 Of Living Death. QA. TO Sep-Nov 68 and VOR.
1969 Apollo and Dionysus. QA. TO Dec 69-Jan 70 and RP.
1971 The Moratorium on Brains. TARL I
1972 A Nation's Unity. QA. TARL II
1973 Censorship: Local and Express. QA. TARL III and PWNI.
1974 Egalitarianism and Inflation. QA. TARL IV and PWNI.
1976 The Moral Factor. QA
1977 Global Balkanization. QA. RP.
1978 Cultural Update. QA.
1981 The Age of Mediocrity. QA.
1981 (Video) The Sanction of the Victims. QA. Delivered in New Orleans, Nov 81. VOR.
A couple of notes: Since I'm presenting this as an opportunity for study, please note that Harry Binswanger's The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z is also available from the same source, free, and online. Also, the three Ayn Rand periodicals -- The Objectivist Newsletter, The Objectivist, and The Ayn Rand Letter are available as a package, and that's how I've listed them in the links, primarily because the individual volumes are occasionally out of stock.
CUI: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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