Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD) April 1996 Meeting Ayn Rand on Video The April 17 meeting of WMOD will center around the showing of one or more videos of Ayn Rand. This should be especially interesting to those of you who only know Rand from her written work. We have one video and we expect to locate others before the meeting. In this 1989 video, which is currently available from Laissez Faire Books, James Day interviews Rand, and although he is not an Objectivist, he is clearly fascinated with Rand and her ideas and gives her a chance to shine. Please let WMOD know if you have other Rand videos that can be shown at the April meeting. Last Month's Free Banking Debate On March 20, the debate on free money and banking was attended by 20 folks who were still arguing outside the restaurant when it closed at 10:30 pm. Thanks again to banking expert Bert Ely who and Austrian economics expert Mark Brady who put on a stimulating debate. Next Month's Talk on Humanism In May, WMOD will feature a talk on the Humanist movement by the president of the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH) Ken Marsalek. The purpose of WASH is to promote scientific literacy and critical thinking. WASH is associated with the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism (COSDESH), publisher of "Free Enquiry" magazine. After Ken's talk we will discuss the relationship between Humanism and Objectivism. NEW ESSAY! "Unrugged Individualism" by David Kelley What is the nature of benevolence toward other people? How does it differ from altruism? Is it a major or a minor virtue? How does it relate to the benevolent sense of life? David Kelley answers these questions in a groundbreaking work. *Unrugged Individualism* is the first philosophical analysis of benevolence from the Objectivist point of view, a major addition to the Objectivist ethics, and a convincing demonstration of the fertility of the system of ideas originated by Ayn Rand. The book is based on the lecture Dr. Kelley presented at the 1995 IOS Summer Seminar. Additional material has been incorporated since the Summer Seminar, including an appendix on "Tolerance." This 65-page, softcover book is available exclusively from the Institute for Objectivist Studies. The price is $9.95 plus $2.00 shipping and handling and, if applicable, NY State sales tax. Orders can only be accepted by mail, not e-mail or phone. Send your check to IOS, 82 Washington St, Suite 207, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. When and Where is the WMOD Meeting? Join us on Wednesday 4/17. You can either join us for dinner at 7 pm and/or for the discussion at 8:15 pm at the Fortune Chinese Restaurant at Baileys Xroads, VA on Route 7 between 7 Corners and Columbia Pike (5900 Leesburg Pike 703/998-8888). You can take METRO to the West Falls Church stop and then take METRO buses 29A or 29B East on Route 7 toward Baileys Xroads. The Fortune is on this route. After the meeting we can give you a ride back to a METRO station. WMOD has arranged for a $15 fixed price dinner (including tax and tip). Or you can order from the menu. Please RSVP to WMOD (703) 820-7696 before noon Wednesday 4/17 so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to set up. CALENDAR Future of Freedom Foundation "Vienna Coffee Club Talks" at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. RSVP to 703/934-6101. *April 4: Robert L. Bradley, Jr., president of the Institute for Energy Research and adjunct scholar at Cato, on "Oil, Gas, and U.S. Government Intervention". * May 23: Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling, pres. and vice president of FFF, on "The Failure of America's Foreign Wars". May 4 in NYC: "Objectivism Today 1996" The Institute for Objectivist Studies holds its annual spring event on Saturday May 4 at Lowes NYC Hotel. Talks include: * David Kelley of IOS on the Welfare State * Bob Bidinotto of "Readers Digest" on Reasons for Cultural Optimism * Ed Crane of the Cato Institute on a Progress Report on the Market Liberal Movement Contact IOS via http://ios.org, (914) 471-6100, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Spring and Summer Conferences IOS will hold its 1996 Summer Philosophy Seminar "Objectivism: Theory and Practice" on July 6-13 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contact http://ios.org, (914) 471-6100, email@example.com. Second Renaissance Conferences will hold its two-week-long conference "Ideas for the Rational Mind", June 29 - July 14, at Tysons Corner, VA. Call (203) 791-1755. +----------------------+-----------------------------+ |Dave Saum |Email : DSaum at infiltec.com | |WMOD |Tel : 703/820-7696 | |PO Box 8007 |Fax : 703/671-9350 | |Falls Church, VA 22041|"Sapere aude" (dare to know) | +----------------------+-----------------------------+
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