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The following content inventory is a cross reference for Nathaniel Branden's Seminars, recorded monthly from June 1969 to May 1973. These Seminars are now available for download from The Culture of Reason Center Online Store.
Anarchism is the rejection of organized government. It claims that individuals should be free from society, objective law, and objective rights. Anarchism, as such, takes no position as to what society should or should not permit since it is against society, which means the anarchist philosophy is simply a negation. The basic contradiction in anarchism is that it advocates being a group against groups.
The idea that monopolies are consequences of laissez-faire is an economic fallacy that was promoted by Karl Marx and is still widely accepted today.[i] When people use the term monopoly, they typically are referring to a business that has established exclusive control over a specific field of production, operating without competition, and therefore able to charge arbitrary prices, produce poor quality goods and or services. On this point, I would like to stress that the key to the establishment of such business practices is not merely the absence of competition, but theimpossibility of it.[ii]
Topics of Interest: Introduction to Objectivism, The Moral Foundations of Capitalism
(from an Objectivist perspective), Egoism and Individualism, Self-Esteem and Freedom, The Evil of Initiating Physical Force, Atheism, Gay Rights.
Mr. Albanesi is not an official spokesman for the philosophy of Objectivism, nor is he endorsed by any national organizations which promotes Ayn Rand’s ideas. To obtain a compressive understanding of Objectivism, it is recommended that one read the works of Ayn Rand or material that she endorsed.
The first view is that capitalism doesn’t really need a moral base. Morality is considered irrelevant, impractical, simply a social convention unrelated to political theory. One who subscribes to such a viewpoint will go on to say that he doesn’t care why you support capitalism: he doesn’t care if you support it because of your faith, because of your feelings, or just because it works. He only cares that you claim to be for freedom. This is called the subjective approach to morality.
The Atlasphere by Donovan Albanesi - Dec 20, 2010
On December 7, 2010, I attended the Atlas Shrugged movie event hosted by the Atlas Society. I had no idea how many people would attend; I had made my RSVP through Facebook, which listed only seven registered attendees.
I traveled from my home in Dallas, Texas to be at this historic event. As I walked in the cold along the streets of New York City, I found myself in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue.
I turned my head to the right and there, in front of Rockefeller Center, was the bronze statue of Atlas carrying the world on his back. I smiled; I had not anticipated seeing the statue. This only set the stage for what would prove to be an experience of a lifetime.
We would like to publicly thank John Davis Ph.D. for his recent donation to The Culture of Reason Center. Dr. Davis has been a long time supporter of Objectivism and has participated in many of our local study group sessions.
Dr. Davis donated the following wonderful materials to our research library/archive:
Dear John Aglialoro,
I'm writing you this open letter to uphold my unwavering support of the Atlas Shrugged movie and to encourage you to move full steam ahead in the production of Parts II and III. I met you personally – only briefly – at the New York Atlas Movie Preview (December 2010) when you endorsed a copy of Atlas Shrugged for me. Your dedication to the goal of producing the Atlas Shrugged film is an inspiration to any self-made man. What you have achieved is what most people considered to be impossible, especially in today's anti-intellectual culture.