On June 1, 2009, Joe Rivera was appointed Vice-Chair of the Objectivist Party. The Objectivist Party was founded on February 2, 2008 and seeks to promote Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism in the political realm.
Joe Rivera is a rising star in the liberty movement and in Objectivist circles. He joined the Objectivist Party on July 17, 2008. He was appointed President of the Objectivist Party of Connecticut on August 12, 2008 and was appointed to serve on the Governing Board of the Objectivist Party on February 17, 2009. His appointment as Vice-Chair of the Objectivist Party reflects the confidence party members have in his ability to make a major contribution to the growth of the Objectivist Party and to inspiring others to live more productive lives in accordance with their values through the use of reason.
An excerpt of an essay he wrote on the importance of utilizing reason follows:
Reason is essential to our ability to plan our behavior and predict outcomes. Applied continuously in our decision-making, it allows us to better achieve the values we have chosen to pursue. Without constant observance of reason, it becomes easy for our line of thinking to derail from our original intentions, and we become prone to betraying the same values we had set out to promote.
Regarding the potential of the Objectivist Party to grow and become an important and influential force in the world, Rivera wrote:
Its deep-rooted philosophical recognition of reason and its importance is, in my view, the Objectivist Party's greatest strength. It is made up of individuals who strive to think critically about everything. The rigorous application of logic combined with the Objectivist values of integrity and purpose is what gives the Objectivist Party its guide to action, its fuel, and its potential.
After being appointed Vice-Chair, Joe Rivera made the following comment with respect to the prospect of working more closely with Dr. Tom Stevens, Chair of the Objectivist Party:
I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Stevens and cultivating the rich potential of the Objectivist Party. I've been upset with the way our government has abused its power all my life, and now, more than ever, I have a chance to do something about it. I couldn't ask for a better opportunity nor a better ally in this fight. I've been working with Tom more and more since my appointment to the Governing Board. He's been a total inspiration for me to push myself and set the bar high, and I can tell I still have a lot to learn from him. I have high expectations for what I can do now that I'll be working with him as Vice-Chair.
Dr. Tom Stevens, Chair of the Objectivist Party, commented on the appointment of Joe Rivera as Vice-Chair of the Objectivist Party. Dr. Stevens said:
Joe Rivera has exceptional potential to become a charismatic and inspirational leader. He is prepared to work hard to transcend societal norms and labels and to become more self-aware. He is exceptionally bright and is a committed Objectivist dedicated to using reason to live a purposeful life. He has shown himself to be a loyal friend and a team player. He will obviously face many challenges in the months and years ahead but he has made a full commitment to accept those challenges and to come through no matter how difficult they may prove to be. I believe Joe Rivera to be a man of his word, a man of honor and integrity, and I have full confidence in his ability to make a major contribution to the Objectivist Party in his new leadership position. I look forward to working closely with him.
Despite his new appointment as Vice-Chair of the Objectivist Party, Joe Rivera will continue to serve on the Governing Board and as President of the Objectivist Party of Connecticut.
Dr. Tom Stevens