No one found more JOY on paper than Ayn Rand...
There are many people that I want to interview, but I had never dreamed that I would be able to talk to Yaron Brook, the Chairman, Ayn Rand Institute. He is a man that I have admired for years. A man of such intellect and depth that I was actually afraid to talk to him. I didn't need to be. He is absolutely delightful and it was an honor to talk to him on the 75th Anniversary of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
There are many authors whose books have meant a great deal to me, but none more than Ayn Rand. I remember my first reading of The Fountainhead as if it were yesterday. I remember where I was - in a hammock under birch trees in our lake house in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The wind through birch trees is special and unlike any other sound. It is hypnotic. A soft shushing sound like no other.
I was eighteen years old. I had just gone through that crazy Communist stage of life. Young people who like to think of themselves as intellectuals go through it. Some never come out of it. I didn't last long. First, because my father reminded me about his neighbors, who packed up and left for Russia in the dream of living in a society where everyone is equal. Oh, and got a free permanents. That was pre-WWII and Russians were sending propaganda material to America in which they showed women working 'men's jobs' -- bus drivers and factory workers -- and, to make it really enticing, they added that all women could get a free permanent and have their children taken care of by the state for free. Wow! Sounded great. So the family went and disappeared into the heart of Mother Russia. Literally, disappeared.
The main reason I gave up the idea of Communism was that I was at a demonstration where students (oh, we believed) were putting flowers in the rifles of the National Guard. I had recently read a book about the Revolution of 1848. The protesters had done the same thing back then. Nothing had changed in all those years. It made me stop and think. Thinking is a bad thing when it comes to Communism.
Then I read The Fountainhead. It changed me. I changed the way I looked at things. It has stayed with me all these years.
So I was honored to have the opportunity of promoting Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, which is among the most important books ever written. Everyone should know Howard Roark. The world needs people who can think -- for themselves. People who can see through all the propaganda that clouds our collective memories.
Yaron Brook is the Chairman, Ayn Rand Institute. He is the host of The Yaron Brook Show, and coauthor of the best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality and In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case For Finance.
An internationally sought-after speaker and debater, his writing has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and many others.