Well, I guess this ties in to that...
As you may know, the Ayn Rand Institute was sharply attacked for having sought and accepted funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Like many other American employers, we had to furlough staff after the pandemic broke. Now we’re continuing to be publicly shamed for participating in a relief program that we clearly qualified for.
Why is ARI being singled out?
Because we are the organization that morally opposes the welfare state, condemning it root and branch as a violation of America’s founding principles. That is our unforgivable sin in critics’ eyes. As punishment, they want us to accept the status of double victims—once when we’re forced to pay for the programs we oppose, and again when we refuse partial restitution for the hardships imposed on us.
Not on my watch.
I won’t allow the Institute that bears Ayn Rand’s name to become a symbol of self-inflicted martyrdom. During her lifetime, she explained specifically why genuine opponents of the welfare state are morally entitled to claim restitution, while those who clamor for such programs are not. Here are some resources to help you better understand our reasoning:When controversies like this arise, I’m especially grateful for your decision to be a donor. You’re one of a very few in this culture who realize that serious intellectual work is involved in applying Objectivism to real life. It would have been a grave injustice not to apply for PPP funds—but the reasons are not self-evident. With your support, we were able to navigate events quickly, make good decisions and provide timely explanations that have been widely quoted in news reports.
Thank you for your current support and please consider increasing it, as we need more resources to fulfill ARI’s goal, set by Dr. Leonard Peikoff many years ago, of spreading Objectivism by means of educational activities.
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To Take or Not to Take https://newideal.aynrand.org/to-take-or-not-to-take/
On the Quetion of Scholarhips https://courses.aynrand.org/works/the-question-of-scholarships/
[ MEM: I mean, OK, is it immoral to use the streets? Where do you draw the line? I believe that the standard is self-interest. How do you live as human qua human in the environment in which you find yourself? ]
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