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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Volunteer to help The Ayn Rand Institute: Not so fast!

   By Marion Delgado at 5:46 AM


A variety of available arrangements and techniques can allow donors to give more at the same or lower cost to them—or to simply add ease and convenience to the process.

In addition, there are several non-financial ways to contribute that you may not have considered.

If you would like more information about any of the methods described below, click on the e-mail links and let us know.

Gifts of Expertise

Some of ARI's supporters occasionally provide professional advice and assistance on a "pro bono" basis, typically in technical and professional fields. If you're receptive to contributing in this manner, please indicate so on the response card, and an ARI staff member will most appreciatively contact you.

Gifts of Time

ARI has a hard-working group of volunteers whose work saves the Institute many hours and dollars—time and money that otherwise would be spent on over-qualified staff or outside services to accomplish routine, repetitive tasks.

Typical volunteer activities include assembly of mailings, data entry, and other clerical tasks. If you live in—or plan to visit—Southern California, and would like to volunteer, please contact ARI.

Volunteer For ARI


Wednesday, September 8, 1999
By: Larry Benson

Press Release
Contact: Larry Benson
Media Relations Manager
Phone: 310-306-9232 (ext. 213)
Fax: 310-306-4925 The Ayn Rand Institute
Suite 406
4640 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

MARINA DEL REY, CA -- The increasing popularity of volunteerism in public schools is a disastrous trend, said the director of communications for the Ayn Rand Institute.

'It is dangerous for a government to promote any morality -- especially the anti-American ideology of sacrifice and service in volunteerism,' said Scott McConnell.

Contrary to the claims of the government and school officials who cite service to others as an American ideal, McConnell said, volunteerism is anti-American because:

It substitutes altruism for the Founding Fathers' moral premise of the right of Americans to pursue their own happiness.

It rejects individualism, adopting instead the idea that one's life belongs to others, the moral creed that underlies every dictatorship.

It promotes service, obedience, and duty as the standard of morality, not virtues such as honesty, productivity, or independence.

'The purpose of education is to teach children to be thinking, independent individuals, not servile, obedient robots,' said McConnell. 'Volunteerism's purpose is no different than that of the Hitler Youth and the Soviet Young Pioneers.'

Since 1997, the Ayn Rand Institute has been the only voice morally opposing volunteerism. Through the Institute's Anti-Servitude Internship Program, students have the opportunity to fulfill their school's volunteer requirements by working to abolish volunteerism.


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