Does Ayn Rand help or hinder the message of liberty?
Many conservatives and libertarians read Rand’s works in their formative years and credit Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, or the philosophy of Objectivism with opening their eyes to the moral rationale for a society that respects the rights of individual above all else. For some, Rand was their first teacher on the ideals of liberty.
On the other hand, some view Rand’s teachings as overly-rigid, cold, and off-putting. Although Rand criticized religious faith vehemently, her followers sometimes appear cultish and doctrinaire. Should Rand be the first person read by people curious about liberty and free markets?
The event will feature Heather Wilhelm–columnist for RealClearPolitics and a member of AFF’s Chicago committee–and Marsha Familaro–president of the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute.
Where: Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 415 N Dearborn, Chicago
When: Wednesday, April 27th, 6-8 PM (debate begins at 7 PM)
Price: $10 per person (includes one drink ticket, payable at the door). Members get free admission.
$10 gets you all the drinks you like for the duration of the event if you bring a friend who’s new to AFF!
If you can’t make tonight’s debate, watch it live (beginning at 7 PM Central) on AFF-Chicago’s Justin.tv channel.