...when reporters find philosophic answers to policy issues interesting.

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Last week, I was contacted by a reporter from BostonNOW, a small daily newspaper, looking to do a story on The Lucidicus Project. From today's print edition:

What lessons found in the philosophy of Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged could possibly be used to solve the problems of the healthcare industry?

Plenty, according to Jared R....., founder of the Boston-based Lucidicus Project.

"The problem with the healthcare system is that it's fundamentally a philosophical problem," R..... said. R..... explains that the idea that healthcare is a right, is flawed.

Rhodes and his volunteers at the Lucidicus Project believe that without governmental regulations and control of healthcare, a self-regulated free-market based system would emerge and resolve many of the problems facing the country's current healthcare system.

"A laissez-faire capitalist society is the ideal society," R..... said. "It's the ideal economic social system that makes it possible for man to survive."

Even R..... admits that his idea of fixing healthcare through Rand's philosophy of objectivism is a controversial one.

One of the ways the Lucidicus Project approaches the task is through their free Medical Intellectual's Self-Defense Kit.

R..... gives the kits away for free to new medical students in hopes that it will inspire them early on to change the system from within.

The kit contains speeches and essays by Rand heir and objectivist philosopher, Leonard Peikoff as well as a copy of Rand's best selling book Atlas Shrugged.

In general, it was very favorable exposure. The headline in the print edition spans the entire width of the paper, and both Ayn Rand's name and the title Atlas Shrugged appear multiple times. Also, the image you see on the website appears in color with the title and author of each. Some minor drawbacks include the fact that my last name was misspelled, and the quotation in the third paragraph makes it sound like it is a problem that philosophy is the fundamental problem in healthcare, rather than simply the statement that philosophy is the fundamental problem. But as far local newspaper articles go, this one does a good job of getting across the point.

-Jared R.....

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