From Harry Binswanger

Xmas is coming . . .

 . . . so in the spirt of “X” I’m offering a special deal.

For $75, you get a re-activated membership in HBL, good through the end of May next year, plus as a bonus all 48 issues of The Objectivist Forum.

Already read and memorized the 48 issues of TOF? No problem: the bound volume makes a wonderful Xmas gift for a friend or colleague interested in Objectivism.

You already know what HBL membership brings (but don’t overlook “Meeting of the Minds” the Zoom conferences, every Sunday from noon to 1 pm ET.)

$75 is the cost of a 6-month subscription to HBL. But you get a subscription that runs through May 31, 2021 regardless of when you pay. Stay with me here. If you pay on October 15th, you get 7.5 months. Pay on November 1, and get 7 months.

You induce the principle, right?

But wait, there’s more! Let’s not forget the 768-page book version of The Objectivist Forum. That’s thrown in for free—and it sells for $55. Wait, there’s more more: you get free shipping within the U.S.

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Here’s  info on the TOF bound volume.

bound volume

Before Ayn Rand died (in March 1982), she served as “philosophic consultant” (her term) for The Objectivist Forum. She read and approved my articles before they appeared and was informed in advance of each issue as to what other articles, by whom, would be appearing. After she died, Leonard Peikoff took over that role (for a couple of years only, as I recall).

The result is a collection of 768 pages with some really fine essays, including several by her and by Leonard Peikoff that have not been published elsewhere.

Here’s the list of their articles (both those republished elsewhere and those found only in TOF):

by Ayn Rand:

  • To the Readers of The Objectivist Forum
  • Atlanta-Journal Constitution interview with Ayn Rand (interviewed by Jerry Schwartz)
  • The Age of Mediocrity (the last Ford Hall Forum talk that she delivered)
  • The Sanction of the Victims (speech to the National Committee for Monetary Reform, New Orleans, November 1981 and delivered by Leonard Peikoff after her death at the Ford Hall Forum)
  • The Money-Making Personality (reprinted from Cosmopolitan Magazine, April 1963)
  • From Ayn Rand’s [then] Unpublished Writings (spread across several issues, courtesy of the Estate of Ayn Rand)
  • Roark and Cameron
  • Philosophic Journal
  • Notes for Atlas Shrugged
  • Notes for Atlas Shrugged II
  • Philosophic Notes
  • Notes for The Fountainhead
  • From Ayn Rand’s Seminar on Epistemology
  • A Speech to Architects
  • From Ayn Rand’s Seminar on Epistemology II

by Leonard Peikoff

  • The “Spirit of the Sixties”
  • ‘Maybe You’re Wrong’
  • An Exercise in Philosophical Detection
  • Ayn Rand
  • Assault from the Ivory Tower (Ford Hall Forum talk)
  • Ayn Rand’s Literary Style
  • The American School: Why Johnny Can’t Think (Ford Hall Forum talk)
  • Medicine: The Death of a Profession
  • Philosophy and Psychology in History
  • Religion Versus America
  • Knowledge as Hierarchical (from a draft of OPAR)
  • My Thirty Years with Ayn Rand: An Intellectual Memoir
  • Reason, Emotion, and the Arbitrary (from a draft of OPAR)

Both “Maybe You’re Wrong” and “Philosophy and Psychology in History” are extremely important articles, not available elsewhere.

I myself wrote 25 articles, some brief, for TOF. Here are the more important ones:

by Harry Binswanger

  • Philosophy and Nuclear Power (two parts)
  • The Possible Dream (two parts)
  • Q & A Department: An Answer to “Libertarian” Anarchists
  • Q & A Department: Identity and Motion
  • Ayn Rand’s Philosophic Achievement (in four parts)
  • The Dollar and the Gun
  • Q & A Department: biological “altruism”; Russell’s theory of “types”
  • Answers to Common Questions About Montessori Education (co-authored by Michael Berliner)
  • The Goal-Directedness of Living Action
  • The Hardwick Decision
  • Science Under Slavery (in two parts)
  • ‘Buy American’ is Un-American (in two parts)
  • The Constitution and States’ Rights

Other authors published in TOF include (in alphabetical order):

  • Michael Berliner
  • Thomas Bowden
  • Northrup Buechner
  • James Lennox
  • Ed Locke
  • Arline Mann
  • John Ridpath

In addition to 48 16-page issues, there is a detailed, 10-page index. Index references to pieces by Ayn Rand are shown in bold. Here’s a sample of the index, to give you an idea of the range of the topics covered. Note that the entries under “A” continue on the next page (not shown).


The book also includes the Announcements section of each issue.

TOF Announcements photo

No extra shipping charge for books sent to addresses within the U.S. International shipping is surprisingly expensive, which has to be due to government-imposed obstacles to international trade. But I won’t charge you our full cost: ship to Canada for $25 and anywhere else for $40.

Law void where offer is prohibited.

Side effects include: pleasure, tingling, dropping of jaw, involuntary smiling, elevated brain function, and uncontrollable urges to burn a copy of The Critique of Pure Reason. Do not read The Objectivist Forum if you are taking crack cocaine, the holy orders, or a college course in hermeneutics. If pleasure persists, consult your philosopher.

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