One unique regular feature of The Objectivist Newsletter is its “Intellectual Ammunition Department,” consisting of replies to questions from readers.
Ayn Rand and her contributing writers address such wide-ranging topics as: the evil of agnosticism, the nature of free will, the status of patents and copyrights, why capitalism is incompatible with religion, and how the government of a free society could be financed.
The result is an illustration of Objectivism’s unique approach to philosophic questions, and a broad sampling of how its principles apply to a range of crucial issues.
While some of the answers are included in Rand’s later books, many are not. Some notable topics not reprinted elsewhere are:
“Why does Objectivism reject ethical hedonism?”
“What are the respective obligations of parents to children and children to parents?”
“Since everything in the universe requires a cause, must not the universe itself have a cause, which is God?”