There's a good article in this month's 'Reason' magazine to
the effect that the present crop of anti-war protesters are all
utterly unable to suggest any alternative to this war. It's not
like Vietnam, where we pull out and they leave us alone; nay,
bin Laden has proven he is able and willing to reach into our
homeland. Thus, ask an anti-war protester what we *should* do
about September eleventh, if not war, and then do as Depeche Mode
suggests: enjoy the silence.
From: Charlie Beel
Sent: 11/9/01 1:22 PM
Subject: [aynrandaggies] Fwd: ARI News for November
good things happening :)
>From: "The Ayn Rand Institute" <list.administrator@...>
>Subject: ARI News for November
>Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 11:03:00 -0800
>The semester is starting to wind down and it has been a busy one. ARI
>sponsored or co-sponsored a record number of live events, including
>talks on the September 11th terrorist attacks. Many of these talks,
>in conjunction with full-page ads featuring Dr. Leonard Peikoff's
>"End States Who Sponsor Terrorism," have had a substantial impact on
>As the anti-war student groups begin to organize and become more vocal,
>is more important than ever to speak out in favor of America's right to
>defend itself. Even if there's not a campus club at your school or in
>area, you can make a difference by voicing your opinion and by writing
>your school or local newspaper.
>Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.
>Campus Club Advisor
>-ARI AD CAUSING STIR ON CAMPUS
>-CAMPUS TALK AT BERKELEY
>-NOTE FROM DR. PEIKOFF
>-INCREASE IN VISITORS TO ARI'S WEB SITE
>-IN THE MEDIA
>-INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO AYN RAND'S NOVELS
>-ANDREW LEWIS RADIO SHOW - UPDATE
>-Q&A WITH CARL BARNEY
>-SHOP ONLINE, BENEFIT ARI
>-UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS
>ARI Ad Causing Stir on Campus
>On October 25, the San Francisco Chronicle reported:
>"The campus paper at the University of California at Berkeley was
>from news racks yesterday in protest of an ad calling for the United
>to combat terrorism by overthrowing the government of Iran. [The
>left an unsigned flyer accusing the Daily Californian of publishing
>hate speech' in an ad by Leonard Peikoff, founder of the Ayn Rand
>For its part, the Daily Californian featured the story on its front
>After excerpting from Dr. Peikoff's article, and quoting Dr. Yaron
>the story noted that in reaction to the thefts, "other fliers appeared
>the newspaper boxes. . . . They reprinted the First Amendment, with the
>phrase 'freedom of speech, or of the press' highlighted. . . . Other
>printed a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson, saying 'Our liberty
>on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being
>In an ARI press release, Dr. Brook said, "The thefts betray a contempt
>private property - the principle that makes free speech possible. They
>supporting the aims of the terrorists who have sought to annihilate the
>principles on which America was founded."
>The story reached the national media. The Wall Street Journal online
>reported the story, under the title "Stealing Free Speech," with a link
>the full text of Dr. Peikoff's article.
>Campus Talk at Berkeley
>Though anti-America protestors tried to subvert the right to free
>Berkeley, they were unsuccessful. Dr. Peikoff's article in the campus
>newspaper coincided with an ARI campus talk by Dr. Gary Hull, which
>ahead as planned. Titled "Twin Towers Destroyed by the Ivory Tower,"
>talk showed that terrorism's ideology of hatred for reason, for
>earth, and for wealth is the very philosophy being taught in our
>universities. Before it began, campus police warned those protestors
>came that no outbursts would be tolerated. After the talk, which was
>incident, members of the Berkeley Objectivist campus club distributed
>featuring Dr. Peikoff's article.
>Note from Dr. Peikoff
>I was the only signer of ARI's articles on terrorism in the Washington
>and The New York Times, but I had a lot of help, which I want to
>acknowledge. John Allison was my primary inspiration and unfailing
>morale-booster; he suggested the ads in the first place, and then, with
>another donor, financed them. Steve Jolivette did hours of historical
>research, Richard Ralston contributed specialized knowledge of the
>Yaron Brook made important structural improvements in the articles and
>himself (at midnight) wrote the first draft of the section on Bush's
>policies. At the end, both Yaron and my wife, Amy - in marathon
>line-editing sessions with me - went through my final drafts
>one paragraph at a time, identifying possible sources of unclarity,
>eliminating needless words, offering better alternatives. Some of
>editing I would have done myself, but only after I could look at the
>with fresh eyes, days later - and we couldn't wait days. To all these
>individuals, and especially to John, Yaron, and Amy, thank you for
>me from the start and carrying through to the end.
>Increase in Visitors to ARI's Web Site
>During September, the Institute's Web site - and the America at War
>in particular - attracted a record number of visitors: nearly
>the number from August. The articles by Dr. Leonard Peikoff which
>as ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post were downloaded
>than 35,000 times (so far). All told, the site received 4.2 million
>The Web site is being updated continually with op-eds and essays on the
>Most recently, we added an electronic version of the special issue of
>(which was mailed to all donors), the article "Religion vs. America" by
>Leonard Peikoff and the transcript of "America vs. Death-Worship: The
>Meaning of the Coming War," a talk by Dr. Harry Binswanger. Visit:
>In the Media
>Following his first appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor," Dr. Leonard
>was invited back to be a guest on the show. On Oct. 12 he was
>the John Kasich, who was filling in for Bill O'Reilly. ARI continues
>receive letters and e-mails in reaction to Dr. Peikoff's appearance on
>show, as well as his two newspaper editorials.
>*Attention From Unexpected Quarters*
>Dr. Peikoff's television appearances have attracted the attention not
>of the American public, but also of commentators in unexpected
>recent column in The New Republic - a conservative magazine long
>Ayn Rand and of Objectivism - reported approvingly on Dr. Peikoff's
>appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor." Perhaps just as unexpected was
>publication of an ARI op-ed, titled "Terrorists vs. America," in the
>Times of Amman, Jordan. The article, written by Dr. Michael Berliner,
>identifies the virtues for which Islamic terrorists hate America. The
>Times reprinted the article with only one omission. The following
>was cut: "The terrorists must destroy anything that interferes with the
>dictates of Allah or the desires of Mother Earth." To read this op-ed,
>well as more than a hundred others, visit ARI's Web site:
>*Wartime Intellectual Activism*
>We continue to hear about dozens of ARI supporters whose letters to the
>editor have been published. At the last count, Glenn Woiceshyn has had
>letters in major newspapers around the world. (Mr. Woiceshyn has
>op-eds for ARI.) We've received word that on October 13, both Chip
>Michael Gold had letters in The New York Times.
>Introducing Students to Ayn Rand's Novels
>Last month ARI's "Fountainhead" and "Anthem" essay contests began
>submissions. To publicize the contests, we have mailed flyers, which
>the essay questions and contest rules, to about 265,000 educators. Our
>mailing targeted high school teachers, librarians, and guidance
>throughout the United States. Thanks to a $20,000 grant earmarked to
>promote the contests, we were able to expand the mailing to include
>educators in Canada and at American schools abroad, whom we could not
>to contact last year. The grant has also enabled us to place numerous
>advertisements in teachers' magazines and other education periodicals.
>Each year the essay contests introduce thousands of high school
>Ayn Rand's novels. "The Fountainhead" contest (now in its 17th year)
>"Anthem" contest (in its 10th year) together have attracted more than
>"The impact of the contests is much wider," said Marilee Dahl, who
>the project. "We know that every year there are students who read the
>novels, because teachers assigned the books in class, but who do not
>the contests. Word of mouth also is a factor. We know that many
>hear about the books from others who do enter the contests. So the
>students who learn about the books as a result of the contests is
>higher than the number of entries."
>To encourage the teaching of Miss Rand's books, ARI offers educators
>classroom materials such as lesson plans and guides to the novels. The
>deadline for entering the "Anthem" contest is March 18, 2002; "The
>Fountainhead," April 15, 2002. To download a copy of this year's flyer,
>to learn more about the contests, visit: www.aynrand.org/contests/.
>*NOTE: A separate announcement will be going out shortly regarding the
>"Atlas Shrugged" essay contest for college students.
>Andrew Lewis Radio Show: Update
>The Andrew Lewis Radio Show is on air at a new time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00
>(Pacific) on Sundays. Since becoming a project of ARI, the show has
>new radio station to its list of affiliates.
>KCAA 1050 AM, in Yorba Linda, CA, is scheduled to start carrying the
>December. The station covers a sizeable portion of Southern
>southeast Los Angeles, to Palm Springs in the west, to parts of San
>county. It has an estimated (potential) audience of 3.2 million
>Recent guests on the show have included: Dr. Leonard Peikoff, Dr. Yaron
>Brook and Peter Schwartz. To listen to archived programs on the
>visit: www.alshow.com. To receive e-mail updates on upcoming show
>send your request to: comment@....
>Q&A with Carl Barney
>A founding contributor and an active supporter of ARI, Mr. Carl Barney
>joined the Institute's board of directors in 1999. Among other business
>activities, Mr. Barney owns and manages several private colleges in
>and Utah. Impact spoke to him about his business career and the
>that Ayn Rand's ideas have had on his life. The concluding part of this
>interview will appear next month.
>IMPACT: When and where did you first encounter Ayn Rand's ideas?
>Carl Barney: I was born and went to school in England, but left when I
>18 to travel the world. If I could have articulated what I was looking
>at that time, it was a comprehensive view, a philosophy of life. Over a
>of about eight months, I traveled through Europe and Asia, and ended up
>Australia, which was my goal. It was fascinating, and I had lots of
>adventures, but I didn't find a philosophy. It was many years later
>actually found the philosophy I was looking for. In the early 80s,
>twenty years later, when I was living in the U.S. I met a woman in a
>business context who said some startling things, such as "This is your
>private property. We have a contract, and I'll honor that contract. I
>want anything from you which isn't earned or deserved." Wow, this is
>different! I thought. [laughs] Surprised to hear her say such things, I
>her that I was intrigued. She said, "You need to read 'Atlas
>IMPACT: What was the immediate impact? How did it shape the course of
>CB: Well, in the early 80's I was looking for a career-what to do with
>second half of my life-and I had read "Atlas Shrugged," and had taken
>of Dr. Leonard Peikoff's courses. I set myself the task of finding
>which I really loved to do and which I was willing to spend the rest of
>life doing. I read Miss Rand's article "The Objectivist Ethics," in
>Virtue of Selfishness," and I found what I was looking for in terms of
>method, i.e., a means of identifying values in many areas of life, and
>how to arrange them in a hierarchy.
>By following the process, explicit and implicit, in "The Objectivist
>Ethics," I identified a career purpose, which was to own and manage
>colleges. Having gone through that rational process thoroughly, looked
>values, written them down, integrated them, I found that I gained an
>understanding, a certainty. Not only concerning what I was doing, but
>was doing it. It gave me a great deal of clarity and motivation. In a
>the purpose almost had a life of its own: I was strongly motivated.
>After I did that, I immediately went out and did a search for a private
>college to acquire. I found one, acquired it, spent several years
>it and enlarging it, growing it, and now I have seven campuses.
>IMPACT: Tell me about the colleges.
>CB: I have five campuses in Utah: in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo,
>Bountiful, and Logan; and two campuses in Colorado-in Denver and Fort
>Collins. The Utah campuses are known as Stevens-Henager College; the
>Colorado are known as CollegeAmerica. We teach in three main areas:
>business, medical subjects, and computer science. In Utah, we offer
>degrees in business management, accounting, and computer science. We
>offer a wide range of associate degrees. Our curriculum is designed to
>the highest value to students, whom we consider customers. There are
>2,000 students today. Within five years, we plan to have 7,000, and
>campuses. Our goal is to be number one in a particular state - in terms
>size and quality - and then to expand to neighboring states.
>IMPACT: How do you plan to do that?
>CB: The strategic plan is to concentrate the location of colleges, so
>can be lots of interaction between the campuses. To integrate them - if
>like - rather than disperse them all across the country, which many
>colleges do. There are perhaps a dozen public private-college chains,
>they just dot themselves all over the country without any thought to an
>There are tremendous advantages to integrating. There are economies of
>scale, for instance. Because the campuses are near each other, my staff
>doesn't have to get on an airplane and fly in for staff meetings-they
>drive. We don't have to duplicate a lot of functions. We train the
>a central location. Similarly, we have all of the same financial-aid
>programs as any of the major universities (unfortunately, but it's the
>you do business today in colleges). We have a strong, central financial
>department, but we don't then need to duplicate that into the other
>locations. The campuses are organized in a hub and satellite formation.
>there's a problem at a satellite campus, you can just send someone from
>main campus to take care of the problem, which, of course, is much more
>IMPACT: You said that you consider students "customers" - that's rare
>academia. How does your approach differ from other colleges?
>CB: Higher education is extremely arrogant in the way they treat their
>students. They expect the student to travel perhaps thousands of miles
>come to their location and they teach many questionable courses. My
>to take the campus to the student. Our orientation is to do everything
>can to give the students - the customers - the highest value possible.
>we design a curriculum, we ask, "What courses will give students the
>greatest knowledge and skills related to a career?" We do teach general
>education, but even in the general education, we try to orient those
>education courses so as to give students the highest value related to a
>That's not to say we sacrifice intellectual rigor. We maintain
>discipline - and the customer's not always right; and sometimes you
>tell them they're wrong. On the other hand, we bear in mind that
>paying a high tuition, and our job is to provide the highest possible
>in exchange for that tuition.
>For instance we have student advisors/concierges. The purpose of the
>concierges is to do everything they possibly can to help students
>the rough spots that they encounter while they're going through their
>of study. Since we're a profit-making organization, we don't get paid
>the student stays in school. If they drop out, we lose the tuition. So
>to our benefit to help students remain in school, complete their
>succeed. At a typical college, instructors sometimes don't even take
>We take roll every day. If a student isn't there, someone will call
>say, "We missed you today. What's the problem?" We'll give them make-up
>material, and encourage them to come back.
>IMPACT: What attracted you to this line of work?
>CB: There were two important personal values. First, I enjoy
>like working with bright, ambitious people, and getting something
>done. The other high value is education. It's a high personal value,
>objectively, it's an enormous value. These two values came together in
>private college. I aggressively pursue profit, but by pursuing
>values to me - the profit itself is a consequence. I love to make
>love to pursue profit. However, what's more important to me is the
>doing something I really care about - i.e., management and education -
>then I make as much money at that as possible. The approach is first to
>something you really love to do, something that fascinates you, excites
>and then make as much money at it as possible.
>Occasionally I hear people lament that that they don't make a lot of
>in their profession. But to me, that's the wrong view. They should do
>they love to do, and then secondarily, make as much profit as they
>can. You must love the doing. You must love what you do every day.
>[The conclusion of this interview will appear next month.]
>ARI Christmas Card
>The 2001 ARI Christmas card salutes the American values that made New
>City - and the World Trade Center towers - possible. It features a
>titled "The Stand" by Mr. Dale Flick, who has generously granted us
>permission to use his work.
>In his letter to ARI Mr. Flick described his painting, which was
>eight years ago: "When I painted 'The Stand' I wanted to convey the
>perfectly natural life-giving assertiveness of the city emerging from a
>surrounding fog. Those elements I had consciously included: The promise
>green branches: The patches of colored roofs penetrating the gray. The
>itself originally referred to a stand of trees.... These are now
>Today, after that darkest of days, accidental elements of the painting
>moved to the foreground: The towers, still not the focus, but with
>hidden summits foreshadowing that day. The tree, the spontaneous life
>reaching beyond the frame, now perhaps into the future. The snow,
>concealing, yet ready to reveal some sin, or wound. And the title, 'The
>Stand,' now evoking the image of a rampart . . . . I understand that
>coming war will be decided on the battlefield of ideas and that your
>organization is leading that battle. I would like to offer you, and any
>choose to join in the fight, a flag to carry into battle."
>ARI is honored to accept his offer.
>A resident of Jersey City, NJ - in what was once in the shadow of the
>Trade Center - Mr. Flick is an architect by training, a professional
>architectural model-maker, and an artist.
>The card features this quotation from Ayn Rand: "The charming aspect of
>Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy,
>benevolent, non-sacrificial way." To see the card or place an order,
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>Upcoming Live Events
>University of Toronto
>"Terrorism and Its Appeasement: Why a Great Nation Is Assaulted" by
>Friday, November 16, 7:00pm; Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street,
>For more information, go to: www.uoftobjectivistclub.com
>Or contact: utoc@...
>"America at War: Why a Great Nation is Hated and Attacked" by Adam
>Tuesday, November 27; time and location TBA
>For more information, contact Michael Ewens: mjewens@...
>Debate: "Is This War Just?" featuring Adam Mossoff
>Wednesday, November 28; time and location TBA
>For more information, contact Michael Ewens: mjewens@...
>Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
>"Introduction to Objectivism" by Andrew Bernstein
>Wednesday, November 28, 7:00pm; Sage Laboratory, Room 3303
>For more information, got to:
>Or contact: objectivists@...
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