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Ayn Rand and the “New Intellectual”

Ayn Rand Institute

Published on Jan 29, 2015

In this interview, which took place upon publication of For the New Intellectual, Ayn Rand discusses the nature of cultural leadership, the influence of Plato, Aquinas and Kant, the creeping mysticism infecting science and the lengthy process by which individuals become the “new intellectuals” of tomorrow.

Recorded May 15, 1961

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3 Responses to Ayn Rand and the “New Intellectual”

  1. Katie says:

    “Rand was born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum (Russian: Али́са Зиновьевна Розенбаум) on February 2, 1905, to a Russian Jewish bourgeois[12] family living in Saint Petersburg. She was the eldest of the three daughters of Zinovy Zakharovich Rosenbaum and his wife, Anna Borisovna (née Kaplan), largely non-observant Jews.”

  2. galen says:

    I don’t know enough about Ayn to say I agree with her on all counts. I tried to read Atlas Shrugged (4 inches thick) but couldn’t make it to the end. Quite dry. I mean a free society has lots of room for love and compassion, right? I couldn’t find that in the book. Seemed ruthless, but then again, I’m only partially informed on this. But I did derive a pearl from this talk:

    “There is no greater service that you can render mankind than by fighting for your own rights and property. … You still have a chance to save it (civilization) if you accept the noble responsibility of your proper moral self-interest and announce it proudly to the hearing of the whole world, including the city of Washington.”
    — Any Rand


  3. Jstp (Joe) says:

    Any Rand, hated of Palestinians.

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