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North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › What are the philosophical differences between ARI and TOC, if any?

What are the philosophical differences between ARI and TOC, if any?

Old T.
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Post #: 5
As always, let's keep the discussion civil, educational, and constructive.

National organizations offering information (or confusion) regarding Objectivism include the following:

The Ayn Rand Institute ("ARI")
"[T]he authoritative online source for information on the life and works of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand"
Organizer's question for the group: What does "authoritative source" mean? Is Objectivism a "closed" system, an "open" system, or something in between?

The Objectivist Center ("TOC")
"The goal of The Objectivist Center is to help create a new culture in our society, a culture in tune with the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy, a culture that affirms the core Objectivist values of reason, individualism, freedom, and achievement. ..."
Organizer's question for the group: What does "in tune with the entrepreneurial spririt of the new economy" mean? How far can tolerance go?

Sense of Live Objectivists ("SOLO")
"SOLO was set up - to invoke George Walsh's famous remark when he helped David Kelley launch the Institute for Objectivist Studies - for those who consider themselves "homeless Objectivists" still. It’s for those who, after 15 years of IOS/TOC, want an alternative to barking-mad dogmatism other than timid, sonnambulist ecumenism.­
Organizer's Question for the group: Is this the story of the three bears, where SOLO believes ARI is too hot and TOC is too cold? Or is SOLO really just a variation on a theme of TOC?
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