Monday, October 26, 2009

Ayn Rand Monday

Today is none other than Ayn Rand Monday. A day set aside by Rational Nation USA to highlight in a small way the enormously profound philosophy she developed, Objectivism. Rands philosophy was consistent across the specific fields within philosophy's broad reach. Her belief in consistently applied objective reasoning, fierce individualism, and capitalism make her unique amongst philosophers.

Born in Russia prior to the Bolshevik Revolution she came to America and became one of the strongest voices for true American capitalism and the ideals and values that much of our nation was founded on. She feared the eventual lose of American freedoms and values and today much of what she foresaw is in fact coming to pass.

Rands Monday Quotes at RN USA:

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. 
Ayn Rand 

Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
Ayn Rand 

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
Ayn Rand 

Rands featured video at RN USA:

For more information on Ayn Rand,  her Philosophy of Objectivism, and her works go to the following links.

Ayn Rand Institute 
Ayn Rand


  1. Ayn Rand said:

    "Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority;"

    I take this to mean she supports the rights of gays to marry then. Perhaps I misjudged her.

    Thanks for reminding me of this quote RN. Continued success to you.

  2. Truth 101,

    I am, if you will, a student of Rand. I do not specifically recall at this time if she said anything specific to gay rights, certainly not specific to gay marriage as it was not an issue of her time.

    I am personally opposed to gay marriage for reasons of my own. However, I, if gays wish to live together , and provide the emotional support they give each other I am fine with that.

    Do not expect everyone to be as accepting of gay relationships. I have a personal (non religious) difficulty accepting gay marriage within the classical definition of marriage. The majority of Americans have religious dogma to overcome.

  3. Let the gays get married. Why should we straight people be the only ones misirable?

  4. you cannot vote away something that does not exist. homosexuals do not have the "right" to marry in this nation. and believing that someone should be able to to have a right doesn't justify saying that they do have that right. so, truth 101 you are taking Ms. Rand's quote out of context.

    and one more thing. while the majority cannot vote away a right, it still takes that same majority to grant a right to the minority. also remember that each member of that majority is granting that right to themselves not to others.

    one last thing to think about, individual rights refer to each individual not to groups of individuals within a society


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