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Objectivism Q&A Recap: Objectivity and the News, with Ben Bayer and Greg Salmieri

“Some people follow the news as if it were sports. They have a team that they want to root for, they join the team, and any time a cheerleader calls out a cheer, they join in.” This attitude is fine in sports where the outcome doesn’t substantially impact your life, explained Dr. Benjamin Bayer, a […]

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Objectivism Q&A Recap: A Conversation with Don Watkins and Greg Salmieri

We all interact with businesses as customers, as employees, and some of us as owners. And despite the variety—whether we’re talking about complex multi-nationals such as 3M or your friend’s food truck—all businesses have to answer a multitude of ethical questions. How should a company view the safety of products and services; align incentives between […]

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Is Donald Trump Really Selfish?

Recently, several media outlets have made a connection between Ayn Rand and Donald Trump.  They have made this link based on an interview in which Trump stated, “It [The Fountainhead] relates to business (and) beauty (and) life and inner emotions. That book relates to … everything.” Going further, several media sources have made the claim that […]

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Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: An Interview with Elan Journo

Elan Journo is Director of Policy Research at the Ayn Rand Institute, author of Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism and co-author with Onkar Ghate of the book discussed here: Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond. Journo and Ghate’s book was the subject […]

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Objectivism Q&A Recap: A Conversation with Harry Binswanger and Greg Salmieri

STRIVE’s Objectivism Q&A on Sunday, February 5th stretched nearly an hour overtime while students eagerly discussed several issues in politics, property rights, epistemology and more with Dr. Harry Binswanger and Dr. Gregory Salmieri. Dr. Binswanger is the author of How We Know and The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts, and was an associate and friend […]

#SelfishAndHappy Submission: Tyler Ashby

At The Undercurrent, we recently launched #SelfishAndHappy, our national initiative rallying college students to write to their campus papers explaining how reading Ayn Rand has benefited their life. We’ve committed to posting well-written submissions on the TU blog.  * * * The following is a letter to the editor from Tyler Ashby, a student of […]

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Mentorship Q&A Recap: A Conversation with Kendall Justiniano

STRIVE’s Online Mentor Q&A Program aims to provide students and career-oriented young people with opportunities to learn from real-world, active professionals about everything from crafting a purpose to setting and pursuing goals, to the myriad life lessons they’ve picked up in pursuit of their dreams. Here, TU Writer, Julian Hook, reports on the latest session […]


Spring 2017 Paid Internship: Apply Today!

Hone your Writing. Learn about Objectivism. Get Paid. The Undercurrent seeks applications from qualified students to become part of our growing team. This spring we’ll hire up to two interns to work collaboratively via email with our editorial team, producing content for TU’s blog. Selected interns will be paid by the article, with more money […]

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Objectivism Q&A Recap: A Discussion with Greg Salmieri

Objectivism Q&As is a new program by STRIVE that features experts in Objectivism answering questions by students interested in learning and understanding Ayn Rand’s philosophy. Students have the opportunity to ask their questions one-on-one with Objectivist intellectuals and are able to follow up on their questions for further clarity. The goal is that students around the […]