Ayn Rand bore no fondness for the concept of 'duty,' at least by that name. But another writer, Robert A. Heinlein, had insights on the subject that are well worth remembering.
Ayn Rand's ethical system honors life above all else, and provides the perfect framework for embracing the importance of health, quality-of-life, and longevity.
Learning to take advice from other writers and critics can be a crucial, yet painful, part of your own growth process, as a writer. The most important growth, however, comes from following your own vision.
Architect Ely Jacques Kahn mentored Ayn Rand when she was writing The Fountainhead. Successful and well-connected, he was a social model for Guy Francon -- but there was a touch of Roark in him, as well.
Faulty collectivist philosophies -- all too often mischaracterized as 'virtues' -- are at the root of our current economic downturn. But what if men like Henry Ford had adopted this 'virtuous' mindset?
As Rand's prescient novels enjoy a modern resurgence, a counter-movement on the right has begun tearing down her ideas. Can free markets survive, however, without a sound philosophical defense?
Miep Gies, who helped protect Anne Frank from the Third Reich, recently passed away at the age of 100. Her actions tell us something important about the role of heroism in our own lives.
For many decades now, Western intellectuals and politicians have cowed to threats of violence from Islamic radicals. Today we must all take a stand for freedom of speech and reasoned discourse.
Obama's health care initiatives will change America forever, in ways that are not hard to predict. Here is what you can expect from it -- and how to stop them in their tracks this week.
One of the most powerful arguments against Obama's national health care proposals lies in Ayn Rand's novel We the Living -- the beautiful Italian movie version of which is now available for purchase on DVD.