The first SOLO conference was held at the Waitomo Caves Hotel in New Zealand.
An elaboration of SOLO's credo, covering, among other topics: the Ayn Rand Institute vs. The Objectivist Center; the false reason/passion dichotomy - & did Ayn Rand herself invadvertently contribute to it?; the importance of humor & of art in the quest for reason & freedom; the "spiritual" nature of othat quest; the face of Objectivism as it might be & ought to be.
The Young Guns:
Cameron Pritchard, Sam Pierson and Andrew Bates
Objectivism & My Life
Three of youngest, the brightest & the best discuss Objectivism as a way of life-THEIR lives.
Adam Smith & Ayn Rand on the Moral Justification for Laissez-Faire Capitalism
Case studies in a flawed defence of capitalism based on altruism (Smith) & a solid, consistent defence based on rational self-interest (Rand).
Developing the Best within Us
Matt Ballin discusses "Sense of Life" - what it is & how to improve it.
Ushering in a New Era in the Arts
Michael Newberry will discuss his game plan for unseating postmodernism from the art world establishment and replacing it with an age of enlightement in the arts. He will offer his view that to move forward it is essential to point-out contemporary artworks that are advancing the mediums of painting and sculpture. And, of the necessity to create a synergy of highbrow aesthetics, walking the walk, moral depth, and of a sincere love of creating and appreciating art. He will outline progress made, point towards the next steps, and field questions and suggestions.
The Meaning of Life
The popular Free Radical columnist from San Jose discusses life as an active process rather than a passive state, and the everyday implications of this.
The Day Ayn Rand Died
A moving account of that day and Ayn Rand's funeral, by one who attended. Again, this is an original presentation, different from Mr. Peron's published article of the same name.