Ayn Rand Institute

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The Ayn Rand Institute describes itself as "a non-profit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, works to introduce young people to Ayn Rand's novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote the principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience."[1]

Global warming

In 2009 the institute was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's 2009 conference for climate change skeptics.[2]

Saying "U.S. Should Not Help Tsunami Victims"

On December 30, 2004, the Ayn Rand Institute sent out a press release saying that the "U.S. Should Not Help Tsunami Victims". This was just days after the devastating South Asian tsunami. Boston.com (The Boston Globe) wrote "That's certainly one way to keep alive the spirit of the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, for whom altruism was a dirty word and the productive, heroic pursuit of one's own happiness the highest ideal. After widespread ridicule, the Institute removed the statement from its website, offering the clarification that it was opposed to all government-sponsored charitable giving (since the money isn't the government's to give), and that singling out this instance, just now, was inappropriate."[3]

Free copies of Ayn Rand novels

Since 2002, the Ayn Rand Institute has given out more than 1.4 million free copies of Ayn Rand novels to teachers in North America. The novels Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged have been sent to 30,000 teachers in 40,000 classrooms. The Institute figures that given the expected three-year lifespan of a book, more than three million people will be introduced to her books and ideas.[4]


As of November 2010, Staff:[5]

Board of Directors:[6]


Contact details

2121 Alton Parkway, Suite 250
Irvine, California, 92606-4926
Phone: 949-222-6550
Fax: 949-222-6558
Website: http://www.aynrand.org

Articles and resources

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  1. Heartland Institute, "International Conference on Climate Change: Global Warming: Was It Ever Really a Crisis?", March 8-10, 2009, page 30.
  2. Heartland Institute, "Co-Sponsors", Heartland Institute website, March 5, 2009.
  3. Christopher Shea, "Ayn Rand's campus radicals", Boston.com, February 13, 2005.
  4. Free Books to Teachers Campaign, Ayn Rand Institute, accessed November 2010.
  5. Staff, Ayn Rand Institute, accessed November 2010.
  6. Board of Directors, Ayn Rand Institute, accessed November 2010.

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