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The Objectivist - Article Descriptions

The listing below briefly describes the contents of each article in The Objectivist. Sample quotations are included for many articles. Items such as the "Objectivist Calendar" and the "Horror File" are not included in this list. (Note: the descriptions are currently incomplete.)

January 1966 (5:1)

Altruism As Appeasment (Ayn Rand)

Rand proposes that many people who embrace altruism do so as an effort to appease the irrational. "Moral cowardice is fear of upholding the good because it is good, and fear of opposing evil because it is evil. The next step leads to opposing the good in order to appease the evil, and rushing to seek out the evil's favor. But since no mind can fully hide this policy from itself, and no form of pseudo-self-esteem can disguise it for long, the next step is to pounce upon every possible or impossible chance to blacken the nature of the good and to whitewash the nature of evil."

The Objectivist Theory of Volition (Nathaniel Branden)

Emotion and Personality by Magda Arnold (Robert Efron)

February 1966 (5:2)

Philosophy and Sense of Life (Ayn Rand)

Rand explains the idea of a "sense of life." "A sense of life is a pre-conceptual equivalent of metaphysics, an emotional, subconsciously integrated appraisal of man's relationship to existence." She discusses how a consciously held philosophy affects, but does not replace, a person's sense of life.

Cultural Barometer (Barbara Branden)

March 1966 (5:3)

Art and Sense of Life (Ayn Rand)

Rand discusses how a sense of life affects an artist's work and the reaction to it. "The truth or falsehood of a given artist's philosophy as such, is not an esthetic matter; it may affect a given viewer's enjoyment of his work, but it does not negate its esthetic merit. Some sort of philosophical meaning, however, some implicit view of life, is a necessary element of any work of art."

Volition and the Law of Causality (Nathaniel Branden)

April 1966 (5:4)

Our Cultural Value-Deprivation (Ayn Rand)

In this printing of a Ford Hall Forum lecture, Rand compares the absence of moral inspiration in contemporary society to the conditions of a sensory deprivation experiment. "Many people believe that consciousness as such is some sort of indeterminate faculty which has no nature, no specific identity and, therefore, no requirements, no needs, no rules for being properly or improperly used. The simplest example of this belief is people's willingness to lie or cheat, to fake reality on the premise that 'I'm the only one who'll know' or 'It's only in my mind' -- without any concern for what this does to one's mind, what complex, untraceable, disastrous impairments it produces, what crippling damage may result."

The Federal Bulldozer by Martin Anderson (Beatrice Hessen)

Hessen discusses and recommends Anderson's book about federal "urban renewal" programs. (Anderson had been a student at the Nathaniel Branden Institute and once wrote a book review for The Objectivist Newsletter.)

May 1966 (5:5)

Emotions and Values (Nathaniel Branden)

June 1966 (5:6)

The Roots of War (Ayn Rand)

Rand identifies statism as the primary cause of wars. "If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose. So long as they hold the tribal notion that the individual is sacrificial fodder for the collective, that some men have the right to rule others by force, and that some (any) alleged 'good' can justify it -- there can be no peace within a nation and no peace among nations."

Emotions and Actions (Nathaniel Branden)

The Question of Scholarships (Ayn Rand)

In this essay, Rand explains under what conditions it is acceptable for someone who follows the Objectivist morality to accept scholarships. Private scholarships are acceptable as a form of non-sacrificial assistance. Government-funded scholarships are acceptable as a form of restitution for tax monies taken from the recipient. "The recipient of a public scholarship is morally justified only so long as he regards it as restitution and opposes all forms of welfare statism. Those who advocate public scholarships, have no right to them; those who oppose them, have. If this sounds like a paradox, the fault lies in the moral contradictions of welfare statism, not in its victims." Rand says similar considerations apply to accepting money from social security, unemployement insurance, or government research grants. She also decribes the parameters within which it is acceptable to take a job with the government.

July 1966 (5:7)

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (Ayn Rand)

This eight-part essay explains Rand's theory of concept-formation. It was later reprinted in the book of the same name.

Gold and Economic Freedom (Alan Greenspan)

Greenspan supports a currency based on a gold standard as a check on the expansion of welfare statism. "The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit."

August 1966 (5:8)

Emotions and Repression (Nathaniel Branden)

September 1966 (5:9)

Cultural Barometer (Barbara Branden)

October 1966 (5:10)

Cultural Barometer (Barbara Branden)

November 1966 (5:11)

The Nature of Anxiety (Nathaniel Branden)

December 1966 (5:12)

Capuletti (Ayn Rand)

Rand praises the paintings of Jose Manuel Capuletti, who had recently had a gallery exhibition in New York City. "The first impact of his work, when one enters a show by Capuletti, is a sense of enormous clarity. It is as if the air were washed clean and things stood out self-assertively, demanding recognition, in an intensely heightened reality."

January 1967 (6:1)

Aside from "Horror File" and "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

February 1967 (6:2)

The Concept of Mental Health (Nathaniel Branden)

March 1967 (6:3)

Self-Esteem (Nathaniel Branden)

ESP: A Scientific Evaluation by C.E.M. Hansel (Robert Efron)

Efron gives a positive review to Hansel's debunking of ESP claims.

An Answer to Readers (About the "Horror File") (Ayn Rand)

Rand responds to readers who have requested a positive counterpart to the "Horror File" columns published in the magazine.

April 1967 (6:4)

The Wreckage of the Consensus (Ayn Rand)

This Ford Hall Forum lecture updates Rand's earlier lecture on "The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus." She discusses the failure of President Johnson's "consensus" efforts, with particular focus on the war in Vietnam. She condemns the military draft as a violation of rights and an enabler of undesirable military ventures. "Not many men would volunteer for such wars as Korea or Vietnam. Without the power of the draft, the makers of our foreign policy would not be able to embark on adventures of that kind. This is one of the best practical reasons for the abolition of the draft."

Cultural Barometer (Barbara Branden)

May 1967 (6:5)

The Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy (Leonard Peikoff)

June 1967 (6:6)

News in Focus: The Death of a Daily Newspaper (Jeffrey St. John)

Citizenship Education by Joyce F. Jones (Avis Brick)

Brick recommends this high school textbook on American government by Jones, who is a "supporter of Objectivism and an NBI student."

July 1967 (6:7)

Requiem for Man (Ayn Rand)

Rand responds to the papal encyclical Populorum Progressio, and condemns its irrationalism, altruism and collectivism. "If need -- global need -- is the criterion of morality, if minimum subsistence (the standard of living of the least developed savages) is the criterion of property rights, then every new shirt or dress, every ice cream cone, every automobile, refridgerator or television set becomes 'superfluous wealth.'"

August 1967 (6:8)

Aside from "Horror File" and "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

September 1967 (6:9)

Aside from "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

October 1967 (6:10)

Introduction to Calumet "K" (Ayn Rand)

The Constitution and the Draft (Henry Mark Holzer and Phyllis Holzer)

The Roots of Social Metaphysics (Nathaniel Branden)

November 1967 (6:11)

The Simplest Thing in the World, A Short Story (Ayn Rand)

December 1967 (6:12)

Self-Esteem and Romantic Love (Nathaniel Branden)

An Introductory Note to The Man Who Laughs (Ayn Rand)

Letter from Nathaniel Branden (Nathaniel Branden)

Letter from Our Attorney (Henry Mark Holzer)

January 1968 (7:1)

Cultural Barometer (Barbara Branden)

Workers' Paradise Lost by Eugene Lyons (Beatrice Hessen)

February 1968 (7:2)

Biology Without Consciousness -- And Its Consequences (Robert Efron)

March 1968 (7:3)

Introduction to The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

April 1968 (7:4)

Introduction to Night of January 16th (Ayn Rand)

Rand reprints the introduction to a new hardcover edition of her play.

May 1968 (7:5)

To Whom It May Concern (Ayn Rand)

Rand announces and explains her repudiation of Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden.

June 1968 (7:6)

The Presidential Candidates, 1968 (Ayn Rand)

Rand reviews the three major candidates for US President, and endorses Richard Nixon. "No, Nixon is not an advocate of laissez-faire capitalism -- but no such advocate exists or could exist as yet on the political scene."

A Statement of Policy (Part I) (Ayn Rand)

Rand updates her "policy in regard to the students and supporters of Objectivism." There is to be no "school or organization" to represent Objectivism, although people interested in Objectivism may form local study groups of their own if they wish. "I regard the spread of Objectivism through today's culture as an intellectual movement -- i.e., a trend among independent individuals who share the same ideas -- but not as an organized movement. The existence (and the later policies) of NBI contributed to certain misconceptions among some of its students and the public at large, which tended to put Objectivism in an equivocal position in this respect. I want, therefore, to make it emphatically clear that Objectivism is not an organized movement and is not to be regarded as such by anyone."

A Statement of Policy (Part II) (Henry Mark Holzer)

Rand's attorney sets out Rand's preferences for the use of her name and terms related to her ideas and writings.

Cultural Trends (Avis Brick)

July 1968 (7:7)

Basic Principles of Literature (Ayn Rand)

Cultural Trends (Avis Brick)

To My Readers (Ayn Rand)

In this very brief item, Rand thanks her readers for their responses to her article "To Whom It May Concern."

August 1968 (7:8)

Platonic Competition (George Reisman)

This article is available online in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2

September 1968 (7:9)

Of Living Death (Ayn Rand)

How to Raise a Brighter Child by Joan Beck (Beatrice Hessen)

October 1968 (7:10)

Faith and Filth: The Destroyers of the Modern Theater (Kay Nolte Smith)

November 1968 (7:11)

Art for Power's Sake (Joan Blumenthal)

The American University by Jacques Barzun (Robert Hessen)

Brief Comments (Ayn Rand)

Rand briefly discusses the flight of the Apollo 8 mission.

December 1968 (7:12)

An Answer to Readers (About a Woman President) (Ayn Rand)

Preserve and Protect by Allen Drury (Erika Holzer)

January 1969 (8:1)

An Interview with Allen Drury (Susan Ludel)

'For Three Minutes I Felt Free' (Henry Kamm)

The "Inexplicable Personal Alchemy" (Ayn Rand)

February 1969 (8:2)

Brief Comments (Ayn Rand)

Rand prints a letter she sent to The New York Times objecting to an article by Herman Wouk about a contemporary military incident known as "the Pueblo case."

A Suggestion (Ayn Rand)

Rand recommends that her readers support an effort to reform the New York state abortion law.

Metaphysics in Marble (Mary Ann Sures)

Nazi Politics (Leonard Peikoff)

March 1969 (8:3)

Brief Comments (Ayn Rand)

Rand commends a statement by the president of the University of Notre Dame in opposition to violent student protests.

April 1969 (8:4)

The Depths at Their Heights (Kay Nolte Smith)

The World of Andrew Carnegie by Louis M. Hacker (Robert Hessen)

May 1969 (8:5)

What Is Romanticism? (Ayn Rand)

Legal Notice (Henry Mark Holzer)

In this brief item, Rand's attorney notes that Rand is not involved with and does not endorse the recent sale of recordings about Objectivism by Nathaniel Branden.

June 1969 (8:6)

The Base of Objectivist Psychotherapy (Allan Blumenthal)

The War of Liberation in Hollywood (Ayn Rand and Erika Holzer)

The authors illustrate anti-intellectualism in Hollywood through discussions of three movies: Charly, Bullitt, and 2005: A Space Odyssey.

July 1969 (8:7)

Department of Prophecy (Ayn Rand)

This two-paragraph item consists entirely of an excerpt from The Fountainhead

The Mystique of the Muddied Waters (Kay Nolte Smith)

August 1969 (8:8)

Introduction to The Romantic Manifesto (Ayn Rand)

Rand reprints the introduction to her latest essay collection, this one on esthetics. "Will we see an esthetic Renaissance in our time? I do not know. What I do know is this: anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today."

Some Current Conceptions of Freedom: The "Freedom" of the Hippie and the Yippie (John O. Nelson)

Poverty Is Where the Money Is by Shirley Scheibla (Ayn Rand)

In addition to giving a positive review, Rand describes a number of the findings from Scheibla's book about the Johnson administration's "War on Poverty" efforts.

September 1969 (8:9)

Apollo 11 (Ayn Rand)

October 1969 (8:10)

Nazism Versus Reason (Leonard Peikoff)

Television: Airwave Pollution (Susan Ludel)

November 1969 (8:11)

Lillian Gish: The Movies, Mr. Griffith, and Me by Lillian Gish with Ann Pinchot (Frank O'Connor, as told to Ayn Rand)

December 1969 (8:12)

Apollo and Dionysus (Ayn Rand)

The New Nakedness (Kay Nolte Smith)

January 1970 (9:1)

Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1917 to 1930 by Anthony C. Sutton (Robert Hessen)

February 1970 (9:2)

Prospecting for Clay (Kay Nolte Smith)

The Left: Old and New (Ayn Rand)

March 1970 (9:3)

Kant Versus Sullivan (Ayn Rand)

Who Programs the Programmers? (Susan Ludel)

April 1971 (9:4)

Art and Cognition (Ayn Rand)

Dogmatism, Pragmatism and Nazism (Leonard Peikoff)

May 1970 (9:5)

Brief Comments (Ayn Rand)

Rand warns that the "dangerous notion" of "political crimes" is being introduced into America's culture, via the claim that some crimes should be dealt with more lightly than others, because the perpretators have political motivations. "Ideas, in a free society, are not a crime -- and neither can they serve as the justification of a crime."

The Montessori Method (Beatrice Hessen)

June 1970 (9:6)

The Chickens' Homecoming (Ayn Rand)

July 1970 (9:7)

Causality Versus Duty (Ayn Rand)

My Testimony by Anatoly Marchenko (Susan Ludel)

August 1970 (9:8)

Omnipotent Government by Ludwig von Mises (Robert Hessen)

The Comprachicos (Ayn Rand)

September 1970 (9:9)

Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of the New Left (George Walsh)

October 1970 (9:10)

Aside from "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

November 1970 (9:11)

Aside from "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

December 1970 (9:12)

Aside from "Horror File" and "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

January 1971 (10:1)

Brief Comments (Ayn Rand)

Rand condemns an incident in which US officials allowed the Soviets to board an American ship to reclaim a Lithuanian seaman who was attempting to defect.

Nazism and Subjectivism (Leonard Peikoff)

The Anti-Industrial Revolution (Ayn Rand)

February 1971 (10:2)

Aside from "Horror File" and "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

March 1971 (10:3)

The Psychology of "Psychologizing" (Ayn Rand)

Rand discusses "psychologizing" in its various forms. "Psychologizing consists in condemning or excusing specific individuals on the grounds of their psychological problems, real or invented, in the absence of or contrary to factual evidence." She warns against any kind of amateur effort at diagnosing psychopathologies. "Allowing for special exceptions in special cases, it is not advisible to discuss one's psychological problems with one's friends. Such discussions can lead to disastrously erroneous conclusions (since two amateurs are no better than one, and sometimes worse) -- and they introduce a kind of medical element that undercuts the basis of friendship."

Terence Rattigan (Kay Nolte Smith)

April 1971 (10:4)

The Ibsen War Goes On (Kay Nolte Smith)

May 1971 (10:5)

The Throne of Pragmatism (Susan Ludel)

June 1971 (10:6)

The Newly Silent Screen (Kay Nolte Smith)

July 1971 (10:7)

Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth G. Hainstock (Beatrice Hessen)

The Age of Envy (Ayn Rand)

August 1971 (10:8)

Aside from "Horror File" and "Objectivist Calendar" items, all articles in this issue are continuations of ones started in previous issues.

September 1971 (10:9)

Brief Summary (Ayn Rand)

In her last article for The Objectivist, Rand reiterates her view that philosophical premises are more important than purely political efforts. "Reason in epistemology leads to egoism in ethics, which leads to capitalism in politics. The hierarchical structure cannot be reversed, nor can any of its levels hold without the fundamental one -- as those who have tried are beginning to discover."

Kant and Self-Sacrifice (Leonard Peikoff)


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