Mar 042012
 

Monday is your last chance to order The Undercurrent! Even if you’re not a student, you can distribute copies on your local campus.

The Spring 2012 Edition of the The Undercurrent is about to go to press! Orders close late Monday evening at 11:59 PM PST. You can place your order by visiting the orders page of our web site.

The Undercurrent, for those of you who aren’t aware, is an Objectivist newspaper written towards the college audience and distributed on college campuses. If you run a campus club and want to promote it, or are just interested in spreading Ayn Rand’s ideas on your campus, The Undercurrent is an excellent tool for doing so.

This edition features articles on the Occupy Wall Street movement, energy policy, and government education. We sell the papers at cost, but understand that most college students have tight budgets. If you would like to distribute but cannot afford to do so, please send us an e-mail at contact@the-undercurrent.com and we will likely be able to find a donor to sponsor your distribution efforts.

For those of you who are beyond your college years or don’t have time to distribute, we would greatly appreciate a donation. We’ll use your donation to fund student distributors in your local community or region of the country. For more information about donating to The Undercurrent, please visit the donation page or e-mail use at contact@the-undercurrent.com.

Last year was a remarkable year for both TU and Objectivist movement generally. Over 49,000 copies of The Undercurrent were distributed and over 440,000 copies of Atlas Shrugged were sold in 2011. With your help we hope to do even more in 2012!

If you’re a college student, I’m willing to donate $50 to $150 to fund the distribution of TU on your campus. So if money is holding you back, just e-mail me at diana@dianahsieh.com by noon on Monday. (You’ll need to place the order, and I can reimburse you later this week via PayPal or check.) As the announcement above says, you can also contact TU about funding.

 

Hooray! The fourth and final event of Capitalism Awareness Week is tonight… and you can watch it live via streaming! Here’s the announcement:

The Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Cures

John Allison, Former Chairman and CEO, BB&T Corporation

The cause of the recent financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn has been hotly debated over the last few years. The media, politicians, and even many businessmen have placed the blame on the supposed excesses of free-market capitalism. In this lecture, John Allison, former Chairman and CEO of BB&T, argues that this crisis is in fact a legacy of government’s anti-capitalist policies.

Mr. Allison presents his unique perspective of the financial services industry to support his argument that massive government intervention into the U.S. economy—from the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 to a reckless crusade to encourage home-ownership—laid the groundwork for an unsustainable real estate boom. He offers his views on what contributed to the financial crisis and how the government’s response to the inevitable bust—a frenzied series of bailouts, nationalizations, and “stimulus” efforts—is only making things worse.

Finally, Mr. Allison discusses some of his proposed immediate and long-term solutions for moving us towards a stronger economy. Mr. Allison will demonstrate that capitalism, far from being the cause of our financial troubles, is its only cure.

Tuesday, October 4th
5:00 PM Pacific, 6:00 PM Mountain, 7:00 PM Central, 8:00 PM Eastern
North Carolina State University and live streamed online worldwide

You can watch the event live from this page.

Remember, if you’ve not yet contributed to these awesome efforts by The Undercurrent but you’d like to do so… it’s not too late! Paul and I won’t be matching funds as with the first $2000 contributed, but your money will be well-spent!

To make a one-time donation, use this PayPal link. To make a recurring donation, visit TU’s donation page and follow the instructions for “Recurring Monthly Payments.”

 

The third event of Capitalism Awareness Week is tonight… and you can watch it live via streaming. Here’s the announcement:

Q&A: Can the Entitlement State Survive? And Should It?

Don Watkins, Analyst at The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

It’s an open secret that America is headed for an entitlement crisis, with the U.S. government facing over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Something is going to have to be done, but what? Some propose raising taxes. Others propose cutting benefits. Many propose a mix of both. The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights’ Don Watkins will explain why he thinks these solutions are hopeless. He will argue that eliminating the entitlement state will actually create a freer, more just, more prosperous nation. A brief lecture will be followed by an extended question and answer period: we invite you to come ask your questions concerning the history, the economics, or the morality of the entitlement state.

Thursday, September 29th
6:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain, 8:00 PM Central, 9:00 PM Eastern
University of California, Irvine and live streamed online worldwide

You can watch the event live from this page.

Remember, if you’ve not yet contributed to these awesome efforts by The Undercurrent but you’d like to do so… it’s not too late! Paul and I won’t be matching funds as with the first $2000 contributed, but your money will be well-spent!

To make a one-time donation, use this PayPal link. To make a recurring donation, visit TU’s donation page and follow the instructions for “Recurring Monthly Payments.”

 

Hooray! The second event of Capitalism Awareness Week is tonight… and you can watch it live via streaming! Here’s the announcement:

Lecture: The Revolutionary Case for Capitalism

Eric Daniels, Research Professor at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

Despite capitalism’s enormous success in producing material abundance and political freedom, it faces a crisis–one that may lead to its demise. Capitalism is perishing because its supposed defenders lack a real defense.

In this lecture, Eric Daniels explores the most common arguments in favor of capitalism. He finds that they all break down in the face of the popular argument that capitalism is immoral and destructive—because it is selfish. Dr. Daniels explains that only Ayn Rand’s crucial insight—that capitalism is the only moral social system because it is based on “the virtue of selfishness—can truly defend capitalism. He illustrates the need for a moral, and not just an economic, defense of capitalism.

Wednesday, September 28th
5:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Mountain 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 PM Eastern
University of Wisconsin, Madison and live streamed online worldwide

You can watch the event live from this page.

Remember, if you’ve not yet contributed to these awesome efforts by The Undercurrent but you’d like to do so… it’s not too late! Paul and I won’t be matching funds as with the first $2000 contributed, but your money will be well-spent!

To make a one-time donation, use this PayPal link. To make a recurring donation, visit TU’s donation page and follow the instructions for “Recurring Monthly Payments.”

 

Hooray! The first event of Capitalism Awareness Week is tonight… and you can watch it live via streaming! Here’s the announcement:

Debate: Regulating Capitalism: Moral Necessity or Moral Treason?

Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
Dane Smith, President of Growth and Justice

The recent economic downturn has led to much cultural debate about the proper role of capitalism. Should we allow a concentration of wealth in the hands of the few or redistribute it so everyone gets an ‘equal’ share? Is capitalism to blame for our current troubles, or is it government intervention? Join Yaron Brook and Dane Smith as they debate the proper implementation of capitalism in society, including the moral implications and the role of government.

Tuesday, September 27th
5:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Mountain 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 PM Eastern
University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities and live streamed online worldwide

You can watch the event live from this page.

Also, I’m pleased to announce that our prior solicitations have raised nearly $4000 for The Undercurrent. We’d raised $1960 as of Sunday, and Paul and I will match up to $2000. I can’t properly express my delight at the generosity of everyone who has contributed! You are helping to expose college students to Objectivist ideas, and that’s so very important!

If you’ve not yet contributed to these awesome efforts by The Undercurrent but you’d like to do so… it’s not too late! Paul and I won’t match funds over the $2000 total threshold, but your contribution will be well-spent!

To make a one-time donation, use this PayPal link. To make a recurring donation, visit TU’s donation page and follow the instructions for “Recurring Monthly Payments.”

 

Back in August, I posted about the exciting new programs planned by The Undercurrent. Paul and I are enthused about these efforts — particularly because TU has such a great track record. In our original announcement, Paul and I offered $1000 in matching funds to anyone who donates to them using our links.

Here’s the unexpectedly awesome news: as of last Monday, we’d raised $1075! Thank you, thank you to every donor! You rock! We’re delighted that you’ve cost us so much money already!

I never imagined that we’d raise more than $1000 so quickly, and I’m so thrilled that we’ve done so. Since we want to encourage more donations, Paul and I are pleased to raise our matching funds to $1500.

So if you’ve not yet donated, please consider doing so. Even just $25 or $50 is money well-spent to promote Ayn Rand’s ideas on college campuses.

I’m copying the original post below, so see that for all the relevant details, including how to contribute.

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As you might have already heard, the fabulous Objectivist student newspaper The Undercurrent is soliciting donations for a series of ambitious new projects to promote Objectivist ideas on campus. As you can see for yourself from the letter below, these projects look fantastic. Paul and I are eager to support them, and we want your help too! So we’re offering up to $1000 in matching donations for anyone who donates for this project through the end of September. (We might match more than $1000, if more than that is raised. That would be awesome.)

Over the past few years, I’ve been nothing but impressed with the professionalism of the slew of volunteers who run The Undercurrent. They’re a real asset to the Objectivist movement, and they have the potential to do even more… with our help!

Please check out the letter below from the publisher of The Undercurrent, Jared Seehafer. Then please consider donating, but do so sooner rather than later to take advantage of our matching funds! (Again, the deadline is September 30th.) To receive “matching funds” credit for your donation, you must use this PayPal link or the buttons below.

Dear Potential Supporter,

In his lecture at this summer’s Objectivist conference, Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute, reflected on the first 50 years of the Objectivist movement. During that session, Dr. Brook stated that if we are to succeed in changing the culture, “we need more than an Institute: we need a movement.”

We at The Undercurrent wholeheartedly agree, and we think a key part of the Objectivist movement needs to be a student movement. For the upcoming academic year, we’re planning a number of programs designed to spark an Objectivist student movement on college campuses. To make these programs possible, we’re asking for your support.

Foremost among our 2011-2012 programs is an event called “Capitalism Awareness Week.” This week-long event will consist of a series of lectures and discussions at different college campuses across the country. Each lecture will be broadcast live via the Internet so students elsewhere may participate.

This event follows in the footsteps of last Spring’s virtual campus lecture, “Ideas Matter: Ayn Rand’s Message to Today’s World”, which was broadcast to 20 other campuses live and attained a student audience of just over 600. (If you haven’t seen it, that lecture is available to view here.)

For this and other programs, we’re seeking to raise $40,000 for the upcoming academic year. I hope you can help us as we fight to change the culture.

For more information on our plans for the year, I invite you to browse through our donor package. And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,

Jared Seehafer
Publisher, The Undercurrent
jared@the-undercurrent.com

To make a one-time donation:


To make a recurring donation, visit our donation page and follow the instructions for “Recurring Monthly Payments”.

Again, I urge you to take a look at what The Undercurrent has done already, then consider contributing. You can make a difference!

Aug 152011
 

As you might have already heard, the fabulous Objectivist student newspaper The Undercurrent is soliciting donations for a series of ambitious new projects to promote Objectivist ideas on campus. As you can see for yourself from the letter below, these projects look fantastic. Paul and I are eager to support them, and we want your help too! So we’re offering up to $1000 in matching donations for anyone who donates for this project through the end of September. (We might match more than $1000, if more than that is raised. That would be awesome.)

Over the past few years, I’ve been nothing but impressed with the professionalism of the slew of volunteers who run The Undercurrent. They’re a real asset to the Objectivist movement, and they have the potential to do even more… with our help!

Please check out the letter below from the publisher of The Undercurrent, Jared Seehafer. Then please consider donating, but do so sooner rather than later to take advantage of our matching funds! (Again, the deadline is September 30th.) To receive “matching funds” credit for your donation, you must use this PayPal link or the buttons below.

Dear Potential Supporter,

In his lecture at this summer’s Objectivist conference, Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute, reflected on the first 50 years of the Objectivist movement. During that session, Dr. Brook stated that if we are to succeed in changing the culture, “we need more than an Institute: we need a movement.”

We at The Undercurrent wholeheartedly agree, and we think a key part of the Objectivist movement needs to be a student movement. For the upcoming academic year, we’re planning a number of programs designed to spark an Objectivist student movement on college campuses. To make these programs possible, we’re asking for your support.

Foremost among our 2011-2012 programs is an event called “Capitalism Awareness Week.” This week-long event will consist of a series of lectures and discussions at different college campuses across the country. Each lecture will be broadcast live via the Internet so students elsewhere may participate.

This event follows in the footsteps of last Spring’s virtual campus lecture, “Ideas Matter: Ayn Rand’s Message to Today’s World”, which was broadcast to 20 other campuses live and attained a student audience of just over 600. (If you haven’t seen it, that lecture is available to view here.)

For this and other programs, we’re seeking to raise $40,000 for the upcoming academic year. I hope you can help us as we fight to change the culture.

For more information on our plans for the year, I invite you to browse through our donor package. And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,

Jared Seehafer
Publisher, The Undercurrent
jared@the-undercurrent.com

To make a one-time donation:


To make a recurring donation, visit our donation page and follow the instructions for “Recurring Monthly Payments”.

Again, I urge you to take a look at what The Undercurrent has done already, then consider contributing. You can make a difference!

Mar 232011
 

Here’s a very cool upcoming event — please spread the word!

In a first-of-its-kind event, The Undercurrent and OClubs, two independent Objectivist activist organizations, are joining forces to broadcast a lecture by Yaron Brook to an international audience on the internet and to live college audiences across North America. The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 31st, starting at 6:00 PM Pacific, 9:00 PM Eastern. We will be utilizing a service similar to Livestream (you may have seen a previous Yaron Brook talk there) and it will be available to the general public.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness about Objectivism on college campuses by creating a simultaneous national buzz about the event among college students. Secondarily, the project aims to inject life into local campus Objectivist clubs by providing a forum (at local live events) to publicize information about their club’s activities.

For more information on the event, including links to where you can sign up to view it, visit the event website at: ideas.theundercurrent.info or contact Jared Seehafer at jared@seehafer.net

The lecture title is “Ideas Matter: Ayn Rand’s Message to Today’s World,” and here’s the abstract:

Today’s young people face an uncertain world. Unemployment among recent college graduates is at a record high, the United States is still bogged down in two foreign wars, and the wobbling American economy is in danger of deteriorating further once the Baby Boomers retire.

Voters choose between Democrats in one landslide election and Republicans in another, expressing their discontent with each party, and seemingly, their own uncertainty about how America should move forward. Many people wonder: where are we headed? Will America continue to be the land of opportunity, or are our best days behind us?

Dr. Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute, will argue that the answer to that question depends on what ideas young people accept and fight for. Join Dr. Brook as he goes beyond the headlines, examining the basic ideas that have shaped today’s events. And learn why the solution to today’s problems lies in rethinking not just our political system, but in abandoning the worship of selflessness.

Again, you can RSVP for the event here.

Feb 102011
 

It’s your last chance to place orders for The Undercurrent! Here’s their final reminder:

The February 2011 of the The Undercurrent is about to go to press, and we wanted to let you know that you have two more days to get your orders in! Orders close this Friday. You can place your order by visiting our website at http://the-undercurrent.com/order.

The Undercurrent, for those of you who aren’t aware, is an Objectivist newspaper written towards the college audience and distributed on college campuses. If you run a campus club and want to promote it, or are just interested in spreading Ayn Rand’s ideas on your campus, TU is an excellent tool for doing so.

This edition features articles on the fading idealism of Obama supporters, drug prohibition, ‘green’ energy, and government spending. You can preview the edition by visiting our website: http://the-undercurrent.com

We sell TU at cost, but understand that most college students have very tight budgets. If you would like to distribute but cannot afford to do so, please let us know. Send us an e-mail at contact@the-undercurrent.com and we will likely be able to find a donor to sponsor your distribution efforts.

For those of you who are beyond your college years or don’t have any time to distribute, we would greatly appreciate a donation. We’ll use your donations to fund student distributors in your local community or region of the country, or to support deserving distributors in other locations. For more information about donating to The Undercurrent, please visit http://the-undercurrent.com/donate or e-mail us at contact@the-undercurrent.com. TU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Last year, over 77,000 copies of TU were printed and distributed at over 50 locations throughout the US and Canada. With your help we hope to do even more in 2011!

I’ve already ordered a few hundred copies for my local Objectivist club to distribute. I encourage you to do the same!

Spring Undercurrent

 Posted by on 25 February 2010 at 2:00 pm  Activism, The Undercurrent
Feb 252010
 

A note from The Undercurrent:

I have some exciting news for you — the next edition of The Undercurrent will be in color, and will be twelve pages instead of our usual eight! This will make for a more eye-catching and content rich newspaper. I encourage you to preview all the articles, as they were just published on our updated website here. The PDF version of the newspaper will also be available on our website soon. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready.

Don’t forget — the deadline to order the Spring 2010 issue of The Undercurrent is Thursday, March 4th! That’s right, you only have eight days left to put in your order. To order, visit the order page, or e-mail your name, address, and the number of copies you wish to purchase to contact@the-undercurrent.com.

If you can’t afford to distribute, let us know. In all likelihood, we will be able to match you with a donor who would be pleased to sponsor your distribution efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact us about this opportunity at contact@the-undercurrent.com.

Or, if you are of means but not of time, please consider making a donation to The Undercurrent, so that we can continue providing papers to students free of charge. For more information about donating, visit the donation page or email us at contact@the-undercurrent.com.

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