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New Book: Ayn Rand at 100

In my post "This and That," I referred to a forthcoming anthology edited by Edward W. Younkins entitled Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion, which will be published next year by Ashgate. An essay I've written, entitled "Atlas Shrugged: Manifesto for a New Radicalism," appears in that volume. It is actually a much longer and more comprehensive version of an essay that appeared in the January-February 2005 issue of The Freeman. A PDF version of the shorter Freeman article can be found here.

The Freeman essay also makes an appearance in a new collection, edited by my friend and colleague, Tibor R. Machan, entitled Ayn Rand at 100 (okay, okay, it's a little late).

Ayn Rand at 100

The book makes its debut on Wednesday, August 16, 2006. And it is being published by the Liberty Institute in India!!! In fact, Tibor will be giving several talks next week to launch the book in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.

The book synopsis states: "Eminent authors discuss the impact [Ayn Rand] has had on their contribution to philosophy and, most importantly, Rand’s Indian connection." Here is the Table of Contents:

Preface : Tibor R. Machan: Ayn Rand at 100
Chapter 1: Bibek Debroy: Ayn Rand -­ The Indian Connection
Chapter 2: Tibor R. Machan: Rand and Her Significant Contributions
Chapter 3: J. E. Chesher: Ayn Rand’s Contribution to Moral Philosophy
Chapter 4: George Reisman: Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises
Chapter 5: Robert White: Ayn Rand’s Contribution to Liberal Thought
Chapter 6: Roderick T. Long: Ayn Rand and Indian Philosophy
Chapter 7: Chris Matthew Sciabarra: Ayn Rand - A Centennial Appreciation
Chapter 8: Fred Seddon: Ayn Rand - An Appreciation
Chapter 9: Elaine Sternberg: Why Ayn Rand Matters: Metaphysics, Morals, and Liberty
Chapter 10: Douglas Den Uyl : Rand's First Great Hit, The Fountainhead

I've not read all of the other essays in the collection, but I suspect it's going to be a fine anthology.

Comments welcome. Cross-posted at Liberty & Power Group Blog.


Hey Chris,

I'll be at the event in Mumbai.. infact, I helped out in the publicity of the event along with the Mumbai coordinator, Faiyaz, in putting up posters and inviting people.
I've got some info on my blog... I'll post some more info post-event... hopefully with some pictures too.


This looks interesting, particularly the Rand-Indian connection.

Rand and India! What a combo!

As unlikely to be mentioned together in the same sentence as bowling pins and and mashed potatoes--almost sounds like a non-sequiter (if that last word is misspelled, forgive me--it's not even 6:30 a.m. yet and I'm too lazy to look it up). Well. It gives me a glimmer of hope about India, in a way. It's not all yogis and the Law of Karma....

This has nothing to do with anything, but when did Bombay become Mumbai--and why? When I was a kid, we had Peking and Mao Tse Tung. Now it's Beijing and Mao Zedong. Evidentally the same thing has happened to Bombay. Will we have to stop calling that wonderful gin "Mumbai Sapphire" now, and will martinis taste differently because of it? ;-)

If you're interested, I've written up a report on the Ayn Rand at 100 book launch event in Mumbai. It's at this link:

Ergo, thanks for your comments and your various links. Very informative.

Peri, Neil, thanks for your comments too!

I honestly have no clue when Bombay became Mumbai... but I have to tell you that these kinds of changes are happening all the time. I know exactly what you're talking about, Peri, and very good examples you've picked (Peking and Mao Tse Tung).

Maybe some of this is the result of "multiculturalism." It's affecting even how we pronounce words! I mean, growing up, we pronounced the word "Sheik" as "Sheek"... now people say that the proper pronunciation is "Shake." We pronounced "Yom Kippur" as "Yum Kipper"... and that is now "Yum Kipoor."




As far as I know, the reason Bombay was changed to Mumbai has nothing to be with multiculturalism. In fact, it has more to do with ethnocentrism. Some idiots in politics here decided that Bombay sounded too British or Portuguese or whatever, and they needed to get back to the "roots" of being Indians.
Thus, Mumbai was chosen as the name because it relates to the Indian goddess "Mumba Devi."

It's all plainly ridiculous to me. Though, since it is the new name, I tend to use it.

I think there have been similar movements in other countries, especially those that have a colonial past.

Thanks for that, Ergo.

Ergo, thanks for the explanation. Well, if it makes everyone in India happy to call the city Mumbai, so be it. Mumbai it is.

But the gin shall remain "Bombay Sapphire," whether they like it or not! With the picture of Queen Vicky on the label and all, it might as well remain unchanged. :-)