Friday, April 3, 2009

20 Top Objectivist Blogs

Are you looking for Objectivist blogs?

Below are 20 top blogs, each of which is written by a fan of Atlas Shrugged and of Objectivism:

1. Leonard Peikoff 

Every week at this site, Peikoff answers questions about the application of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism to the task of living. He also answers personal questions, such as what periods of his life were most enjoyable and what is the single most important thing he learned from Ayn Rand. (These are by far my favorite.)

2. TOS Blog

This is the blog for The Objective Standard, a journal of culture and politics based on an Objectivist perspective. Here, you'll find engaging interviews and insightful commentary on everything from the difference between left and right to the beauty of Ayn Rand's ethics.

3. Laissez-Faire

This blog shows "how, in case after case, the problem we face is government intervention and the solution is to free the economy." Yaron Brook and Don Watkins are the main contributors here and there's a good variety between short videos on specific issues and targeted posts on the same. See, for example, Brook's video on whether high taxes and prosperity go hand in hand and this post by Watkins titled, "It's the Spending, Stupid."

4. We Stand FIRM

This is the blog of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine. Written by Paul Hsieh, a regular contributor of articles to Pajamas Media and The Objective Standard. As you might expect, given how prolific a writer Hsieh is, the blog is updated frequently and well worth reading daily. A good example of the short posts you'll get is this one on the logical outcome of government-run health care.

5. Center for Industrial Progress 

If you like industrial progress, you'll love this blog. Alex Epstein is the main contributor here but he's not the only one. Check out "Why I Celebrate Transforming the Earth" or read "The Industrial Manifesto"--both by Epstein--to get started. Then read some of the posts by other contributors, for example "The Story of DDT."

6. Philosophy in Action

This is the eclectic blog of Diana Hsieh. Like Peikoff, she has a podcast where she answers questions on how to "apply rational principles to the problems of life" and, while I disagree with her on a few issues, I also find that she has some very smart, well-considered things to say on many others. I enjoyed her podcasts on responding to requests for prayers, on overcoming perfectionism, and on living a value-dense life to name a few.

7. Luc Travers 

At his site of the same name, Travers--author of Touching the Art and a teacher at VanDamme Academy--blogs about his fascinating approach to art and some of the artists he loves. The best place to start here is by viewing his introductory video on the home page. From there, check out some of his "art chats"--such as this one having to do with precious possessions.

8. Jason Crawford 

Crawford's a big fan of Atlas Shrugged--he actually has a website that helps students get free copies of it.. At this blog, he mostly writes about tech and business. Some of my favorite recent posts of his are "When there is no map, you need a compass" and "Does great work have to be cold and lonely?"

9. Rational Jenn

Jenn Casey--host of the weekly Blog Carnival for Objectivists--posts on a number of topics at this blog, but mostly on parenting. If you're an Objectivist parent, or plan to be one soon, you'll likely find much of value in her comments on disciplining without punishment or on kids and money.

10. The Capitalist

This is Richard Salsman's hard-hitting blog over at Forbes and it's always a pleasure to click over to that site and see an article such as "Memo to the Supreme Court: Health Care is not a Right" just published. Another one worth checking out for those interested is "Five Financial Reforms that Would Prevent Crises and Promote Prosperity."

11. Forgotten Delights

This is the blog of Dianne Durante, "an art historian but not an academic." Durante's self-declared goal is "to describe art and comment on it in terms that non-academics can understand. No jargon, no appeals to authority, no stream-of-consciousness ranting." There's plenty to love at her site, especially for fans of Ayn Rand's aesthetics. A good place to start is with "What is the function of art?"--or, alternatively, "What is art?"

12. The Purposeful Reader

This is my own blog, where I write on everything from the novels of Nevil Shute to the DIM hypothesis by Leonard Peikoff. If you're wondering what book to read next, and why, you may find the site's collection of useful quotes and in-depth reviews a big help.

13. Don't Let it Go

This is the blog of Amy Peikoff, who runs Ayn Rand Bot on Twitter. Recently, the blog has mostly served as a sort of bulletin board for her podcast on blogtalkradio, which you can also listen to on iTunes. For a good representative of what she does there, check out this interview with Yaron Brook on, among other things, Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as VP--and, after that, this one on Obama's "you didn't build that" remark.

14. Ari Armstrong

Although Ari Armstrong now posts consistently at TOS Blog, he maintains his own blog as well. One of his latest articles is a good example of the outstanding work he does. "[T]here’s nothing progressive," he observes, "about forcibly confiscating other people’s wealth. Real progress comes from respecting people’s rights and banning coercion—the initiation of force—from social relationships."

15. Voices for Reason 

This is the blog of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. It has recently seen an exodus of bloggers, but Elan Journo (for one) is still posting regularly here and he's well worth clicking over to read. See "Responding to Iran's clenched fist" and "The intelligence debate over Iran's nuclear program" for proof.

16. 3 Ring Binder

This blog's by-line is "a place to collect, store, and eventually integrate ideas." It is not always focused (and thus hard to define) but it is often interesting and sometimes brilliant. For example, check out her post on Why I am an Objectivist.

17. The Rule of Reason

This is the blog of the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism. As you might guess it is predominately focused on political issues. Ed Cline, author of the Sparrowhawk series, posts here and to say he doesn't pull his punches, with regards to present-day politicians or Islam, would be an understatement.

18. Making Progress

This is the blog of Burgess Laughlin, author of Aristotle Adventure and, more recently, The Power and the Glory: The Key Ideas and Crusading Lives of Eight Debaters of Reason vs. Faith. The posts are logically laid out and well worth reading. Here, for example, are some of his notes on how to write a book review from Chapter 9 of The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers.

19 LePort Schools 

This is the blog for LePort schools. Like that for the VanDamme academy (see below) there is plenty of good advice on education. An excellent place to start here is with the post, "Why Your Child Deserves a Better Curriculum." At the end of this one, there are links to videos at LePort's YouTube channel. The one on history is particularly good, but if your child is younger, definitely do not miss their videos introducing their Montessori approach.

20. The Undercurrent 

This is a blog run by students who take ideas seriously--and Ayn Rand's ideas in particular. The posts are animated, passionate, and often well-thought out. For example, check out "Stimulus Checks vs. Our Rights" or another, more recent one, "Fundamentally Adrift: Today's Ideological Debates Require a Deeper Perspective."

Need more?

As a bonus, here are 13 more blogs. Some of these were included in my first collection but have since gone on hiatus; others weren't included back then but are worth checking out now: As before, check out the comments section, or add to it, for any I missed:

1. SeanCast

This is the blog of Sean Saulsbury, CEO at Soundtrack.Net. He doesn't post regularly but when he does it's excellent. Check out "Rework: Sell Your By-Products" or "The False Hope of Failure" for proof.

2. ReasonPharm

The author explains the purpose of this blog well. "Health care in America is in desperate need of a strong dose of reason. This blog presents a rational, Objectivism-based view of medicine." Here's a recommended post for those interested.

3. Titanic Deck Chairs

You'd probably guess that any blog with the by-line "nothing that is observable in reality is exempt from rational scrutiny" would be interesting. In this case, you'd be right. C. August produces great content here. But dont' take my word for it. Read his thoughts on the smoking ban or on human rights and judge for yourself.

4. Dollars and Crosses

This is the blog of Capitalism Magazine, a site that's been around since I first started studying Objectivism--and therefore got a ton of clicks from a younger me waiting for something new to upload.

5. One Objectivist's Art Object of the Day 

This blog is run by Justin Wisniewski. The concept of it is as interesting as clear.Wisniewski presents an art object per day--most often with very little commentary. Here's a recent guest post by Luc Travers that I enjoyed, and here's a link to the most popular posts at the site.

6. Pedagogically Correct

This blog on education makes up for being rarely updated by providing timeless and extremely valuable information..It is run by the staff at VanDamme Academy, with Lisa VanDamme writing most of the (again excellent) posts.

7. Heroes of Capitalism

This blog focuses on, you guessed it, heroes of capitalism--the people who used private property--whether tangible or intangible (as in an idea)--to create wealth. The blog hasn't been updated in a very long time, but if you read the posts that are up you'll learn who exactly is to thank for everything from root beer to the clothes you wear. Hint: it's not God.

8. Three Little Things

This is the blog of Amy Mossoff. Like other Objectivist mommy bloggers, such as Kelly (at Reepicheep's Coracle), there are a lot of posts here on her kids and what she's doing with them. Other posts, such as this one, are about celebrating Randsday.

9. The New Clarion

Like some of the blogs above, this is a collaboration between different authors. The result? A lot of passionately delivered posts, from different perspectives and in different styles, almost always on politics.

10. The Aesthetic Capitalist

According to the blogger, the purpose of this blog is to support art with capitalism, glorify capitalism with art, and defend both with philosophy. Everything from completely honest church signs to beautiful starlettes dressed in tight-fitting Fountainhead shirts can be found here.

11. Scott Holleran 

Scott Holleran posts regularly at this blog of the same name. You'll find lots of reviews here, notes on current events, and interviews. One of his interviews that I enjoyed in particular was this one with the composer for The King's Speech. If you decide to click over, I hope you enjoy it!

12. Not PC

This is the blog of Peter Cresswell, where he regularly posts on art, architecture, and economics. Cresswell often discusses politics in New Zealand, where he's based, but since he references principles, anyone with a brain can see how the same applies in the U.S., Great Britain, or elsewhere. For example, check out this short post by him which highlights the difference between entitlements and rights. And as for art, check out the whole category. Lots of good stuff is there, particularly on mythology.

13. Gus Van Horn 

This Objectivist blogger has been posting consistently since 2005. You can read some of his favorite posts over that time span here--or check out this one, which shows how licensing laws "are an evil, freedom-violating cancer that must be abolished."

And that's it, at least for now, because I have to stop somewhere!


  1. Daniel, thank you. This is very helpful. I have added a link to it (Objectivist Weblog Directory) on my own weblog, Making Progress.

  2. You're welcome. I'm glad you found it helpful--and thanks for adding the link!

  3. Daniel,

    I hope you can include my blog, The Little Things, at some point. I don't write about Objectivism directly much, but that is my perspective as I write about parenting and the little values to be found in everyday life.

  4. Over the last few years, I've collected a huge number of links to people who said they were either Objectivists or Ayn Rand fans, and who were starting blogs.

    Many stopped blogging, and a few turned out to be disappointments. I've not needed to whittle the list down. In case you have an interest in checking the sites out to see if they meet your criteria, and if they are still active, here's the raw list.


  5. Rational Theorist:

    Thanks for the links. My main criteria for this list is that the writers are Objectivists, and that the sites are updated frequently (with content of interest to the average reader).

    I don't plan for the list to be exhaustive in the sense of linking to every Objectivist blogger there is or ever was.

    That said, I saw some links in there that I should have added in--links like Cox&Forkum, Simply Capitalism, and Non PC. And it made me think of some more sites I should have added...

  6. Amy:

    Searching for and taking values seriously (both big and small) is a big part of what it means for me to be Objectivist.

    Though most of the blogs included in the list are focused on politics, I am more than happy to link to bloggers focused on other issues...

    In fact, my own blog is going to cut out politics--near 100%. (If I have something political to say, I'll say it as a guest elsewhere.)

    Wish you best of premises--with your blog and your continuing search for or celebration of values!

  7. Glad you like our blog. We are pretty focused on politics, but our purview is culture and technology also. I'm hoping that we can get some stuff going in that direction soon.

  8. Thanks for including my article, "Stimulus Checks vs. Our Rights" in your selection. I intend to write more, so stay on the look-out!

    Alex Moya

  9. No need to thank me, Alex. That was a good article and deserved to be mentioned. :-)

  10. I'm glad to see Uncommon Sense ( managed to make it onto Realist Teorist's list. I do try to keep it updated regularly and although most of my posts have a Canadian slant to them I hope y'all will check it out from time to time.

    Oh, thanks for keeping this list by the way. I'm always looking for more O'ist opinions to read.



  11. Oh man. I just realized I forgot to mention one big one. Peter Cresswell runs an excellent blog at the following link:

    I meant to include this the first time, and should have included it above--in the just updated version.

    I'll definitely get it in there on the next go round but until then, it's one of the long-standing blogs that are worth visiting regularly.

  12. A very useful resource. I wonder how many new objectivist blogs have been started in the meantime? Mine is, looking at money, wealth, career and so on.