The reason for Ayn Rand’s enduring appeal over the decades goes beyond just the popularity of her hugely successful novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
Ayn Rand was an uncompromising champion of freedom, liberty, rational self-interest, and above all, reason. As a philosopher, she is best known for discovering a fully consistent system of philosophy, which she identified as the only one that allows people to live productive, guilt-free and consistently happy lives. She called her philosophy Objectivism.
The ideas of Ayn Rand are particularly relevant today, as we see the world churn through an economic and philosophical upheaval. We are constantly scared by the threat of recession, theocracy, nihilism, and ideological fundamentalism of all kinds.
In the midst of this, the ideas of Atlas Shrugged–the novel in which Rand traces the effects of a philosophy of collectivism and irrationalism–contain crucial lessons for all of us.
The purpose of this group is as follows:
- To be a platform where people interested in Ayn Rand’s ideas can engage with each other and discuss the truth-value, implications, veracity, and applications of her ideas
- To present an opportunity, for those so interested, to study her ideas further, in depth, and benefit from the conversations in this group
- To spread the basic principles of her philosophy across the Indian intellectual landscape. This would involve reaching out to people who already know about her and retain an interest in her philosophical system as well as those people who have never heard of her but might find value in examining aspects of her philosophy and applying it to the sphere of their lives.
- To be able to sustain this initiative of cultural change towards reason and independence in the long-run
- Eventually, to help bring about some change in the cultural, political and economic climate of India
- And most importantly, to find like-minded people for social, psychological, and emotional camaraderie, friendship, professional and personal relationships, and to help foster a benevolent sense of life.
Those unaware of Ayn Rand’s ideas and philosophy, but are curious to learn more, are eagerly welcomed. Those critical of Rand’s ideas, but open and willing to engage in healthy dialog with the goal of perhaps reaching common ground are also welcomed.
Those openly hostile and derisive of Rand’s philosophy are not welcome to join this group.