Second Annual ISFLC Seminar on Ayn Rand’s Philosophical Underpinnings of Freedom

"Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it hold integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtues, not vices."

"If you want to fight for capitalism, there is only one type of argument that you should adopt, the only one that can ever win in a moral issue: the argument from self-esteem. This means: the argument from man's right to exist -- from man's inalienable individual right to his own life.”

Ayn Rand

For liberty to succeed, it needs persuasive reasons why the right way to live is to live in freedom — which means, it needs a philosophical and moral base. Join us in a collaborative discussion with other intelligent and motivated students to examine one of the most influential philosophies in the liberty movement.

Between the 1930s and 1960s, the liberty movement was just a handful of economists and writers. Ayn Rand’s novels and essays, especially Atlas Shrugged, launched the liberty movement into broader American awareness and helped it grow into the much larger movement it is today. They continue to attract new advocates for freedom every year.

If you are attending the International Students for Liberty Conference, come a day earlier and learn about Ayn Rand’s unique and integrated framework and its justification of the free society.

In this seminar, we will examine three of her essays, "The Objectivist Ethics," "Man's Rights," and "What Is Capitalism" in four shared socratic inquiry sessions, beginning Thursday evening 2/16, and ending just before the beginning of the ISFLC on Friday 2/17.

The seminars will be led by three individuals with a longstanding interest in Ayn Rand: Marsha Familiaro Enright, director of the Great Connections Seminars; Raymond Raad, and Elizabeth Parker.

All interested students must complete our short application, available through the link below. Those attending the seminar will need to make their own arrangements to arrive on Thursday 2/16 - one day early. Accepted students will be provided a (shared) hotel room for the night of 2/16.

For further information, please contact Raymond Raad at or Marsha Enright at