Nathaniel Branden's Original Objectivism Lectures, Now in Print


In what could be the greatest contribution to print libertarian movement history since, ahem, my book Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, Laissez-Faire Books now has issued a fine hardback and paperback edition of the text of the original course of 20 lectures on Objectivism given by Nathaniel Branden at the classes of the Nathaniel Branden Institute, the organization launched in 1958 that was the first to promote and systematize the philosophy inherent in Ayn Rand's novels.

It's called The Vision of Ayn Rand: The Basic Principles of Objectivism, by Nathaniel Branden. It is highly recommended for all fans of, or just interested in, Rand or modern libertarianism. With this book, a staggeringly important chunk of Objectivist and libertarian history is now preserved for both now and ages to come. Long available only in obscure and hard to find audio recordings, these are the words with which Nathaniel Branden–with Ayn Rand's support and approval–shaped and conveyed the structure of Objectivist thought on everything from reason to religion, from politics to sex, from economics to aesthetics. These lectures helped lay the foundations for the modern libertarian movement, and can still educate and shape individual minds today with the thrilling rigor of their ideas.

For more, see the Laissez-Faire web site. [Link now fixed]