Most NoodleFood readers should be aware that the Ayn Rand Institute is in the process of opening a Washington, DC office. If you haven’t heard, here’s the official press release:
Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights Press Release
Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights to Open in Washington, D.C.
August 18, 2008
Irvine, CA–The Ayn Rand Institute is preparing to launch its new public policy and media center, the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, which will open later this year in Washington, D.C. The Center’s Web site has already been launched, and can be visited at http://www.aynrandcenter.org.
The Ayn Rand Center is named after author and philosopher Ayn Rand (19051982), who is best known for her novels “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” and for her original philosophy Objectivism.
According to Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, “The Ayn Rand Center’s mission is to advance individual rights–the rights of each person to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness–as the moral basis for a fully free, laissez-faire capitalist society.”
Toward this end, the Ayn Rand Center will promote the philosophical case for individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the public policy and business communities, the media, the general public, and elected officials and their staffs.
Among its various activities, the Ayn Rand Center will sponsor writing and research; create audio and video commentaries; provide experts to discuss current issues in the media; host public events, talks, lectures, forums, panel discussions, and debates; offer programs to businessmen; reach out to policymakers; and assist victims of governmental abuse in their efforts to defend themselves on moral grounds. The Ayn Rand Center will also produce articles, op-eds, press releases and letters to the editor, all of which were formerly produced by the Ayn Rand Institute.
“We are confident,” said Dr. Brook, “that the Ayn Rand Center will be instrumental in establishing a future society in which each individual is left free to think and to act on his own best judgment, in which production and profit are seen as virtuous, and in which government is strictly limited to a single function: protecting the legitimate rights of its citizens.”
However, some of you might not be aware that my very best friend in the whole wide world, Lin Zinser, has abandoned her beloved Colorado to take charge of that office. Here’s her official employee description from the web site:
Vice President of Public Outreach
Lin Zinser oversees operations of the Ayn Rand Center and its public outreach programs, including media and think tank relations, along with outreach to professional groups.
For the past few weeks, Lin has been working for ARI from Colorado, with occasional trips to Irvine. She left Colorado for good on Monday. She will be settling into her new office in Washington next week.
I must admit: the reality of Lin’s departure has yet to sink in for me. We will feel the loss of her enormously here in Colorado. However, I am super-excited for her — and for ARI. She’s going to do fantastic work in DC.