About 12 years ago, along with Boaz Arad, I founded and funded the Ayn Rand Center in Israel (ARCI)—and I have continued to participate and fund it during the last decade. Israel is now on the Objectivist map, and Boaz is encouraging and receiving contributions from others.
To support ARCI, I founded, along with Boaz and Richard Minns, the Ayn Rand Atlas Award for the Best Israeli Startup. I’ve also participated in and funded this award over the last decade. Here is a sample of my involvement, a short (less than 10-minute) speech I made at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to a group of movers and shakers, startup CEOs, and media. In the speech, I talk about my Prometheus Foundation, which provides millions of dollars around the world to promote Ayn Rand and advance Objectivism.
The purpose of the Ayn Rand Atlas Award is to honor the incredible energy, innovation, and wealth creation of Israeli startup companies. Israel is home to more startups per capita than any other country in the world. These companies have achieved astonishing things and I’m highly optimistic about the future of Israel, as you’ll see from my speech. I believe that Israel is the perfect location for, and definitely needs, Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism.
I encourage anyone who is interested in supporting Israel to connect with Boaz at [email protected] and to provide moral, personal, or financial support for these two wonderful programs that promote Ayn Rand and advance Objectivism.
Carl B. Barney
May 7, 2023