From a Balkan Center to becoming a European Center for Objectivism
The idea of having a liberal society and economy has brought our team together and guided us towards its realization.
For some time now we’ve been thinking of how we can achieve our own success and happiness, taking into account the time and the society we live in. Where can we find the tools with which we can find the best that is possible from our time? How can we put everything on the grounds of reason and liberal society? Guided by these thoughts, we’ve come up with an idea which we’ve then defined as our goal.
Ayn Rand Center – Europe is a non-profit organization, established in 2016, originally founded under the name Balkan Objectivist Center. We began our mission with our main programme – the John Galt School, with which we presented to the individuals across the Balkan region the omnipresence of Objectivism in their lives. As we were spreading our influence and operations, we’ve quickly gained a new name and have become the capital of the European Objectivism – Ayn Rand Center-Europe, which allowed us to respond to greater market demands, and all that thanks to the successes that we’ve accomplished, our partners with whom we’ve shared a common vision and thanks to the cooperation of a team that was growing year after year. ARCE is planning to keep up with its unique schools on Objectivism, with a vision to create a community of new intellectuals, those who have acquainted themselves with the ideas and core values of Objectivism.
By using the written words that Ayn Rand has left behind and spreading her wisdom in those places that have had a troublesome past, we wish to cooperate with extraordinary, young minds across Europe and help them become the most productive version of themselves. The main goal, besides the liberal economy and liberal society, is to fill every corner of Earth with different kinds of architects – those who defy the norms and the expectations of society, unwavering in their mission to be the voice of reason. Courage is our virtue, and faith in our own integrity is the philosophy which guides us.
We’ve invested our time, our enthusiasm and effort to answer all of the questions that the individual today, and even decades earlier, asks often. We’ve noticed a tendency with the individuals that the majority of their “failures” are justified by others being guilty of them, blaming them and claiming them to be responsible.
So, there has always been an urge to look for failure on the outside – something which is “above our doing”. The cause of this viewpoint, without a doubt, lies in the well-known origin that others, that is the external factors are responsible for all for which we are not ready to become.
The root of such stance can be found within the collectivist culture and the thought process which such society has nurtured for decades. There is always a presence of a thought that someone else will help us (an individual, the state, a certain political choice etc.), that someone else will sacrifice themself vouch for us and vice versa. Instead, it is necessary to make it our own responsibility, to rely on our reason and work on personal development – the development of an individual.
“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. […]’’ – Ayn Rand
We believe that it is very important that the individual is, foremost, aware of their personal interests and that by investing in themselves, following their own vision, they build their success and happiness.
Our role in this is to help all those who are ready, brave enough, motivated, as well as decisive, to step on this path. By education on the fields of Objectivism you will gain the necessary knowledge and develop abilities which will guide you towards achieving your full potential.