Ominous Parallels

Here is an email I received from the Objectivism Seminar. I have listened to some of the discussions, and I really appreciate the work that several people have put into the material. It’s very illuminating.

The Objectivism Seminar just wrapped up its intensive tour of Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s seminal book, _Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand_. It was great!
We got to chew on the entire system and its distinctive methodology in the course of some 53(!) sessions, going section by section from metaphysics to aesthetics. Some of the participants already had a decade or three of study under their belts, while others were brand new — but we all came away with a more grounded, integrated understanding relative to where we started (that whole “spiral theory of learning” thing :^).
The recordings are available for anyone who wants to join in after the fact — just visit The Objectivism Seminar’s page at TalkShoe to listen or subscribe to the podcasts.
But it’s much better to actually be a part of the conversation, so please join in on our next adventure: Dr. Peikoff’s other book, _The Ominous Parallels_! It seems so fitting with our current political trajectory and speed.
“Is the freest country on earth moving toward totalitarian dictatorship? What were the factors that enabled the Nazis to seize power in pre-war Germany? Do those same conditions exist in America today?”
“These are the questions raised — and answered, with frightening clarity — by Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand’s intellectual heir, in his powerful book The Ominous Parallels.”
“We are drifting to the future, not moving purposefully,” Peikoff warns. “But we are drifting as Germany moved, in the same direction, for the same kind of reason.”
The first session will be in about one week (September 7), so you have time to dust off your copy and be ready to bring your knowledge and questions to the conversation! This isn’t as technical a work as _Objectivism_, so we’re planning on moving at the rate of about a chapter each week or two. Please visit www.ObjectivismSeminar.com for more information.

Piekoff’s book is especially interesting to me in the context of Friedrich Hayek’s book, The Road to Serfdom, which I am also reading and discussing. Hayek presents a compelling argument that socialism’s failure, not capitalism’s, led to fascism in Europe in the early 20th century. As always, I’m interested in your thoughts.

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