Objectively Speaking

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Readers and students of Ayn Rand will value seeing in this collection of interviews how Ayn Rand applied her philosophy and moral principles to the issues of the day. Objectively Speaking includes half a century of print and broadcast interviews drawn from the Ayn Rand Archives. The thirty-two interviews in this collection, edited by Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz, include print interviews from the 1930s and edited transcripts of radio and television interviews from the 1940s through 1981. Selections are ...

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Overview

Readers and students of Ayn Rand will value seeing in this collection of interviews how Ayn Rand applied her philosophy and moral principles to the issues of the day. Objectively Speaking includes half a century of print and broadcast interviews drawn from the Ayn Rand Archives. The thirty-two interviews in this collection, edited by Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz, include print interviews from the 1930s and edited transcripts of radio and television interviews from the 1940s through 1981. Selections are included from a remarkable series of radio broadcasts over a four-year period (1962-1966) on Columbia University's station WKCR in New York City and syndicated throughout the United States and Canada. Ayn Rand's unusual and strikingly original insights on a vast range of topics are captured by prominent interviewers in the history of American television broadcasting, such as Johnny Carson, Edwin Newman, Mike Wallace, and Louis Rukeyser. The collection concludes with an interview of Dr. Leonard Peikoff on his radio program in 1999, recalling his 30-year personal and professional association with Ayn Rand and discussing her unique intellectual and literary achievements. Ayn Rand is the best-selling author of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem, and We the Living. Fifty years or more after publication, sales of these novels continue to increase.

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Leonard Peikoff
But she would project the power of being able to cope with anything, of being able to answer anything and solve anything. In her presence, you had to feel—at least, I felt—there is hope, there is a future, justice will triumph. That sense just radiated out of her, and made it easier to leave on a better note, and to live more fully and happily.
February 2009 Booklist
Readers will find this a particularly topical review of Rand's highly individualistic philosophy.
February 2009 ForeWord Reviews
A friendly forum, edited by a pair of Rand partisans. ...A resource for Rand completists...a careful reader could glean the essence of Objectivism from what appears here.
Publishers Weekly
Freelance writer Podritske and author Schwartz (The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest) have selected 32 lectures and interviews from the 60-year career of writer and conservative philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982), founder of objectivism, beginning with her first interview in 1923, on the Depression ("Americans... don't even know what a depression is"), when the Russian émigré had just sold her first story to Universal Studios. Rand's 1943 novel Fountainhead catapulted her to success (amplified by the release of a film version) that was solidified in 1957 by her 1100-page magnum opus Atlas Shrugged. Both novels and later non-fiction were conceived as vehicles for "objectivism," a laissez-faire world-view based around the ethics of "rational self-interest" (a more familiar iteration might be "Greed is Good"); among her followers were Leonard Peikoff and a young Alan Greenspan. Though she knew hers was "an extreme and unpopular viewpoint," she was a tireless advocate for "full, unregulated, uncontrolled capitalism," and a harsh opponent of conservatives who "tie their political views to religion." With transcripts from speeches, television appearances, radio shows and more, this will no doubt please Rand's fans and provide a great resource for students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739131954
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlene Podritske is a freelance editor, writer, and designer. Peter Schwartz is author of The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America and editor of Ayn Rand's Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Part 1. Beginnings: A Russian Émigré's First Interviews (1932-1949) Chapter 3 Chapter 1. "Russian Girl Jeers at U.S. for Depression Complaint,"Oakland Tribune, 1932 Chapter 4 Chapter 2. "True Picture of Russian Girls' Love Life Tragic,"Boston Post, 1936 Chapter 5 Chapter 3. "The Woman of Tomorrow,"WJZ Radio, 1949 Part 6 Part 2. On Campus: Ayn Rand Talks With Future Intellectuals (1962-1966) Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Objectivism versus Conservatism Chapter 8 Chapter 5. The Campaign against "Extremism" Chapter 9 Chapter 6. The "Robber-Barons" Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Myths of Capitalism Chapter 11 Chapter 8. The Political Structure of a Free Society Chapter 12 Chapter 9. The American Constitution Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Objective Law Chapter 14 Chapter 11. The Role of a Free Press Chapter 15 Chapter 12. Education Chapter 16 Chapter 13. Romantic Literature Chapter 17 Chapter 14. Romanticism versus Naturalism Chapter 18 Chapter 15. The Visual Arts Chapter 19 Chapter 16.Cyrano de Bergerac Chapter 20 Chapter 17. Favorites in Art Chapter 21 Chapter 18. The Nature of Humor Chapter 22 Chapter 19. The Foundations of Morality Chapter 23 Chapter 20. Altruism Chapter 24 Chapter 21. Individual Rights Chapter 25 Chapter 22. The Ethics of Objectivism Part 26 Part 3. On Television and Radio: Ayn Rand in America's Living Rooms (1959-1981) Chapter 27 Chapter 23. "The Mike Wallace Interview," ABC-TV, 1959 Chapter 28 Chapter 24.For the Intellectual, University of Michigan Television, with Professor James McConnell, 1961 Chapter 29 Chapter 25.The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson, NBC-TV, August 1967 Chapter 30 Chapter26.The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson, NBC-TV, October 1967 Chapter 31 Chapter 27.Speaking Freely, with Edwin Newman, NBC-TV, 1972 Chapter 32 Chapter 28.Day and Night, a television program hosted by James Day, 1974 Chapter 33 Chapter 29.Focus on Youth, a radio show hosted by Garth R. Ancier, 1976 Chapter 34 Chapter 30.The Raymond Newman Journal, a radio show, 1980 Chapter 35 Chapter 31.Louis Rukeyser's Business Journal, 1981 Chapter 36 Epilogue: Leonard Peikoff and Recollections of Ayn Rand

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