I believe that Objectivism is best and most earnestly advanced by individuals acting independently and in the spirit of entrepreneurship. Ayn Rand herself wrote:
“I regard the spread of Objectivism through today’s culture as an intellectual movement—i.e., a trend among independent individuals who share the same ideas—not as an organized movement…. I want, therefore, to make it emphatically clear that Objectivism is not an organized movement…
“I shall not establish or endorse any type of school or organization purporting to represent or be a spokesman for Objectivism…
“If students, supporters, or friends of Objectivism wish to form local groups of their own—for such purposes as the study, discussion, and dissemination of Objectivist ideas—they’re welcome to do so. They can be of great value and help the spread of Objectivism, and will earn my sympathetic interest and sincere appreciation—provided they do not attempt to act as spokesmen for Objectivism and do not associate or collaborate with Objectivism’s avowed enemies.”
—Ayn Rand, a statement of policy, part 1, The Objectivist, vol. 5, June 1968.
Prometheus Foundation looks for independent thinkers and creators who take an entrepreneurial approach to disseminating the ideas of liberty in general, and Objectivism in particular. When we meet such individuals, we work to support and guide their promotion of Ayn Rand and advancement of Objectivism. (Examples of such collaboration can be found here.)
Although Prometheus will not work with anyone who demonstrates that they will deliberately or significantly undercut Miss Rand and her ideas, we do not expect every individual we support to be a philosopher or professional intellectual, much less one who has spent years specializing in Objectivism. Our expectation is that those we support be enthusiastic, active-minded, and willing to learn how to more effectively and accurately convey Miss Rand’s ideas in their chosen activities.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments.
Carl B. Barney
April 13, 2022