Welcome to The Association for Objective Law (TAFOL) web site.
site was greatly expanded in June 2006. We placed all our
past Bulletins and amicus briefs on the web and made other additions.
When TAFOL began
in 1988 the web did not exist and we used the mail for everything.
Now, more than a billion people in the world can read the ideas
TAFOL has put forth to advance Objective Law.
The Association for Objective Law was formed
in 1988 to advance Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand,
as the basis of a proper legal system.
Ayn Rand wrote: "A 'right' is a moral principle defining and sanctioning
a man's freedom of action in a social context." Rights are conditions
required by man's nature for his proper survival. The basic right is
the right to life, which means the right to engage in self-sustaining
action in furtherance of one's life and happiness. The right to life
implies property rights.
principles form a stark contrast to the principles which underlie
current legal theory. Today, pressure group demands and interests,
dressed up as bogus "rights," are pitted against, and
make deeper and deeper inroads into, real rights.
fact, are possessed only by individuals; they are inalienable.
As a consequence of its support of the proper principles, TAFOL
opposes the irrational laws arising from wrong principles. Proper
laws simply protect rights. They are objective, i.e., they recognize
the facts of reality giving rise to rights and accurately identify,
clearly define, and protect those rights.
TAFOL engages in professional and other intellectual activities aimed
at securing individual rights. TAFOL supports litigation with financial
support and by filing amicus curiae briefs. It has opposed mandatory
public service for high school students, mandatory pro bono for lawyers,
and requirements that lawyers' trust accounts bear interest to finance
litigation for the poor. It has sponsored an essay contest for law
students. It sponsors discussions of legal issues at Objectivist
conferences. In the past TAFOL published newsletters containing articles
on current events in law and the legal profession; it has submitted
and written testimony in the confirmation hearings for a Supreme