Property Rights

Property Rights

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Waterfall Courses

Waterfall: Introduction

Executive Summary

  1. Waterfall is a guided, in-depth program for everyone interested in studying systematically issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.
  2. Four mini-courses per year are scheduled on perennial and contemporary themes—Money, Socialism, the implications of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Slavery and Reparations, Objectivity, Envy, Capitalism, Individual Rights, Egoism versus Altruism, and more.
  3. Each course includes twenty-four pieces of content, ranging from memes, videos, podcasts, texts by Ayn Rand, curated intellectual and scholarly texts by Objectivist and other thinkers from a variety of perspectives,
  4. Executive Summaries written by Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Researcher Andrei Volkov, and others are provided for the longer items to give busy people an essentialized overview and/or to highlight the key themes for those who will pursue the in-depth reading.
  5. A meme series—some advocating the Objectivist view, some complementary to it, and some hostile to it—is also available with serious, humorous, and adversarial content.
  6. Links to additional recommended items are provided for those wanting further study.
  7. Anyone can follow the Waterfall courses in self-guided fashion or by joining an informal online seminar with others interested in Objectivism. To participate in the seminar, enroll today as an Atlas Intellectual.

About Waterfall

Waterfall is an educational program created by The Atlas Society for those wanting an in-depth and systematic study of issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.​The Atlas Society is a non-profit organization that promotes and develops open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.​Our mission is to inspire people to embrace reason, achievement, benevolence, and ethical self-interest as the moral foundation for political liberty, personal happiness, and a flourishing society.

Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.

Senior Scholar
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Andrei Volkov

Lead Research Associate

Founded in 1990, The Atlas Society’s mission is to share with a new generation Ayn Rand’s message that reason, individualism, achievement, benevolence, and ethical self-interest are the moral foundations for political liberty, personal happiness, and a flourishing society.Young people are consuming content in radically new ways. That is why in 2016 The Atlas Society launched an across-the-board multimedia effort to fight collectivism on moral grounds and in wildly creative ways that connect with the under-25 crowd. Our videos, social media, activism materials, and comics don’t fight collectivism by brandishing facts alone –– but by firing the imagination and connecting liberty to personal ethics.

The Atlas Society has been virtually organized for years, with a distributed team working collaboratively via communication and project management technologies. Our small size and entrepreneurial, iterative approach to advancing ideas in new formats to new audiences means that we are positioned to take risks, fail fast, learn faster, and scale.

The Atlas Society has significantly grown and diversified our programs to become one of the most influential nationwide forces for advancing the key principles of individualism, reason, and liberty. We are reminded of the importance of our work by testimonials from the students we reach, like Hector Pimienta, an Atlas Advocate at California State San Bernardino who shared,

We promote open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.