"My philosophy, in essence, is
the concept of man as a heroic
being with his own happiness as
the moral purpose of his life,
with productive achievement as
his noblest activity, and reason
as his only absolute." -- Ayn Rand
In her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and in nonfiction Unknown Ideal, Ayn Rand forged a systematic
philosophy of reason and freedom.
Rand was a passionate individualist. She wrote in praise of "the men of unborrowed vision," who live by the judgment of
their own minds, willing to stand alone against tradition and popular opinion.
Her philosophy of Objectivism rejects the ethics of self-sacrifice and renunciation. She urged men to hold themselves and
their lives as their highest values, and to live by the code of the free individual: self-reliance, integrity, rationality,
Objectivism celebrates the power of man's mind, defending reason and science against every form of irrationalism. It
provides an intellectual foundation for objective standards of truth and value.
Upholding the use of reason to transform nature and create wealth, Objectivism honors the businessman and the banker,
no less than the philosopher and artist, as creators and as benefactors of mankind.
Ayn Rand was a champion of individual rights, which protect the sovereignty of the individual as an end in himself; and
of capitalism, which is the only social system that allows people to live together peaceably, by voluntary trade, as
Millions of readers have been inspired by the vision of life in Ayn Rand's novels. Scholars are exploring the trails she
blazed in philosophy and other fields. Her principled defense of capitalism has drawn new adherents to the cause of
economic and political liberty.
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With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?", Ayn
Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas
Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the
century, but one of its most influential thinkers.
Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would
stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in
its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any
book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's
body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit. * Atlas Shrugged
is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible,
according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the
Book of the Month Club
Morality and reason. You'll hear a lot about the first, but precious little about the latter. Of course, one cannot exist
without the other. As a police officer, you're going to become a little confused right from the beginning of your training
as you become a casualty of the culture wars.
You'll be bombarded with a variety of moral viewpoints. You'll be expected to accept all these different views of morality
on the basis that reasoning is not absolute, but dependant and relative to the moral viewpoint with which you're
interacting. Be polite, and pay attention, and then tuck it away under miscellaneous nonsense.
You can respect a wide range of views on morality, different from your own, without sacrificing sound reasoning. As long
as your morality is firmly based in the knowledge of what is right and wrong, your ability to reason, soundly and
decisively, will not be that difficult. If you let a lot of politically correct junk get in your way, you're going to have