Washington., D.C. (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama was asked if he had ever read Ayn Rand, and what he thought of Rep. Paul Ryan's "obsession" with Rand's ideas. In his remarks, the President seemed to suggest that serious interest in Rand was a passing phase that teens go through.
Alexander R. Cohen of the Atlas Society has offered a commentary in response. Cohen opines that the Rand's vision is fundamentally one of liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and as such, is not only "for teens" but for "everyone else."
Cohen also argues that the emphasis Rand places on development of oneself is a prerequisite for fulfilling and meaningful relationships.
About Alexander R. Cohen
Cohen, who describes himself as a “philosopher-journalist,” is managing editor of the Business Rights Center and associate scholar. He has lectured at The Atlas Society’s Summer Seminar every year since 2006 and attended the society’s Graduate Seminar every year since 2005. Alexander is a past recipient of the Atlas Society Graduate Scholarship.
Alexander studied journalism at American University. He then received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the Law Review, and gained his master’s in philosophy from the City University of New York; he subsequently studied philosophy at the University of Virginia. From 2004-2005 Alexander served as an adjunct assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
About The Atlas Society:
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