Note: The full text to David Kelley's book The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand: Truth and Toleration in Objectivism is available online .. (Contested Legacy was first published in February of 1990, and revised in 2000.)
Editor's  note: This article was originally written for members of the Institute for Objectivist Studies (the former name of The Atlas Society)  in the IOS Journal, June, 1994. Although the specifics of this article are by now rather dated, we believe that the principles involved are still important to make clear. The particulars allow us to formulate a principle in its essentials, an unchanging policy that applies to all similar cases that arise over time.
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Atlas Society is not fundamentally a resource on Rand's personal life. We focus on her ideas, specifically on the philosophy of Objectivism which she founded. For the past 25 years we have analyzed and further developed this philosophy. Below, we have provided information on several prominent myths about Rand's ideas as well as other resources. We hope that this information will assist you in your reporting. Myths about Ayn Rand's ideas Myth: Ayn Rand Was a Conservative Myth: Ayn Rand Was an Elitist Myth: Ayn Rand was for Dog-Eat-Dog Selfishness Myth: Ayn Rand Was Simply Pro-Wealthy and Pro-Business Myth: Ayn Rand Wasn't a Serious Philosopher On Kindle: Myths About Ayn Rand: Popular Errors and the Insights They Conceal - $2.99   Objectivity in Journalism:  Can Reporters Handle the Truth?“To the press alone,” said Madison, “chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted...