HBL — Where Ayn Rand fans
come to talk
The Harry Binswanger Letter (HBL) is the leading forum for online discussion of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, and its applications to science, current events, the arts, and personal life.
What is HBL?
HBL is an online forum where anyone with a serious interest in Ayn Rand and her philosophy can discuss her ideas. While most online forums are suffused by unthought-out and snide, hostile posts, HBL offers serious, collegial, dignified discussion, in a benevolent atmosphere.
Where most forums on Ayn Rand are dominated by the uninformed, HBL is dominated by some of the world’s leading Objectivist intellectuals.
This is where Ayn Rand fans come to share their questions, their thoughts, and their values.
- A Ph.D. in philosophy (Columbia University) who has taught philosophy at Hunter College (C.U.N.Y.), The New School for Social Research, and The University of Texas, Austin.
- A longtime associate of Ayn Rand’s who became a close friend in her final years
- The author of How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation
- The creator and compiler of The Ayn Rand Lexicon, a 535-page mini-encyclopedia of Objectivism
- The publisher and editor of The Objectivist Forum, a bimonthly journal (1980 – 1987) launched with Ayn Rand’s endorsement and for which she acted as “Philosophic Consultant” until her death in 1982.
- Editor, with Leonard Peikoff, of the audio tapes of Rand’s “Workshops on Objectivist Epistemology” (1969-1970), to form a 200-page Appendix to the 2nd edition of Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology
- The author of The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts, a book integrating Ayn Rand and Darwin
- A member, since 1986, of the Board of Directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.
Who is HBL for?
Though most of our members are Objectivists, anyone with a serious interest in Objectivism and respect for the work of Ayn Rand is welcome to join. Whether you’ve just discovered Rand’s novels or studied her philosophy for decades, you’ll find challenging new questions and fresh analyses on HBL.
Harry Binswanger provides his audience with a magnificent understanding of the philosophy that celebrates the individual as an end in himself. Give your mind the marvelous present of learning with a great intellectual who teaches with unique eloquence, charm and humor.Gloria Alvarez
HBL has helped me develop my thinking skills – truly invaluable.Chad Karbinski
What our moderator consistently models is objectivity—and on so many different topics! The steady dose of objective thinking is why I continue to subscribe year after year.Allison T. Kunze
... good information, interesting questions, and benevolent discussions. Life wouldn't be the same without it.Dan Sullivan
An invaluable forum for serious discussion of issues—ranging from news events to the role of the subconscious in cognition, with frequent posts by Dr. Binswanger offering his unique perspective.Peter Schwartz
A safe haven from irrationality and collectivism.Kyle Pomplun
What does it cost?
$16 a month, in exchange for:
Three days a week, Harry Binswanger emails to the entire membership his selection of an average of 5 Member Forum posts (including a few written by him). This makes it easy to keep up with the discussion, even when you get distracted.
Meeting of the Minds
Live discussions on Zoom (or by phone) led by Harry Binswanger. Meetings take place every Sunday, from 12 pm to 1:00 pm ET, and recordings are available for members who can’t make it live.
The Member Forum
A community-moderated forum for extended discussion and polite argumentation on any topic in Objectivism, current events, and recommendations of books and artworks. (The forum typically receives 100 new posts a week.)
The emailed posts are also put on our private Facebook group: HBLetter Objectivist discussion group.
Meeting of the Minds Archives
Over 250 past episodes. Topics like: HB's recollections of Ayn Rand, the nature of the subconscious, the esthetics of music, what it was like to grow up in Nazi Germany, ways to raise public awareness of Objectivism.
Search through HBL’s archives: over 42,000 posts extending back to 2014.