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Ayn Rand Institute Live features a wide range of fascinating topics recorded at live events—all from the unique perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. ARI experts and guest speakers bring new insights to complex topical issues, such as freedom of speech and the Middle East, or delve into important subjects in philosophy, ethics, psychology, culture, the arts, and more.
 
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In this episode of New Ideal Live, Aaron Smith and Sam Weaver draw on their classroom experiences to discuss the impact of Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem on students.Among the topics covered:An overview of Anthem and how it’s used in classrooms;Why Anthem’s story interests teenagers;Anthem’s focus on the importance of intellectual independence;How individ…
 
Respect for reason has suffered a notable decline in recent decades. This lecture examines one of the central contributors: the attempt to evade the fundamental alternative between reason and faith. It surveys numerous ways in which people disparage reason (sometimes unwittingly) and explains why the prevalent tendency to fudge the reason/faith alt…
 
In this special joint episode of New Ideal Live and The Yaron Brook Show, Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo join Yaron Brook to discuss the key events and turning points since 9/11, and provide a retrospective on ARI’s philosophic analysis of U.S. policy.Among the topics covered:Recalling the day of the attacks and the immediate aftermath;The foreign pol…
 
In this special episode of New Ideal Live, we bring you a compilation of some of ARI’s distinctive commentary and analysis on foreign policy over the last twenty years.The articles mentioned are “End States Who Sponsor Terrorism” by Leonard Peikoff and “America Is Not Winning the War” by Onkar Ghate.Lectures featured in this podcast include:“Americ…
 
People often speak as though freedom is a default state from which human societies have strayed. This talk argues that the opposite is true. In a state of nature, human beings are unfree because we are under constant threat of force from one another. Extracting this force from human society is a tremendous achievement that has only ever been partia…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, recorded live at the 2021 Objectivist Summer Conference in Austin, Texas, philosophers Onkar Ghate, Ben Bayer, Mike Mazza and Aaron Smith answer questions about Objectivism from the audience.Among the topics covered:Whether philosophy requires specialized knowledge (e.g. about historical events);Why Ayn Rand thoug…
 
The rebirth of reason in the Renaissance made possible, in the Enlightenment period that followed, was a reassessment of religion. In this lecture Dr. Mayhew sketches the main trends in a number of Enlightenment figures’ attitudes toward religion—with a focus on faith and Christian ethics—and then describes to what extent Ayn Rand’s criticism of re…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer interviews Dr. Amesh Adalja, a well-known expert on pandemic preparedness, about the resurgence of Covid infections around the country due to the Delta variant and how vaccines are holding up against the virus.Among the topics covered:What the Delta variant is and how it behaves;Whether vaccination again…
 
This talk is the opening keynote of Ayn Rand Conference USA–Live 2020, the Ayn Rand Institute's two-day virtual conference about "Ayn Rand and the Revival of the Enlightenment."To attend future talks, Q&As and social events, register now to AynRandCon at http://aynrandcon.org/What were the essential ideas that defined the Age of Enlightenment? How …
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer and Onkar Ghate discuss the reasons why Objectivist commentary usually appears to emphasis the negative.Among the topics covered:Whether it’s true that Objectivist commentary is unqualifiedly “negative”;Why Ayn Rand thought reporting on achievements would not be symptomatic of the intellectual atmosphere…
 
Alongside purpose and reason, self-esteem is one of the foundational values of the Objectivist ethics. By exploring select facets of self-esteem (such as the sense of one’s worth and of one’s ability that it turns on), this lecture seeks to illuminate the way in which self-esteem is indispensable to a fully selfish and happy life. It should help to…
 
In this special episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo discuss the Taliban’s capture of Kabul, and what explains the fall of Afghanistan.Among the topics covered:A summary of the crisis currently unfolding in Afghanistan;The flawed “nation building” goals of the Afghanistan campaign, starting after 9/11;The unwillingness to identify…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Agustina Vergara Cid discuss Ayn Rand’s distinctive, philosophical perspective on the United Nations.Among the topics covered:Ayn Rand’s commentary on the UN as an example of her engagement with the important issues of her time;Ayn Rand’s philosophical evaluation of the UN vs. other conventional vi…
 
What exactly is Ayn Rand’s proof of man’s life as the moral standard? This talk gives the full answer, step-by-step. A brief concluding section analyzes the mistakes in the arguments by Hume and 20th-century philosophers that purport to show that morality is not subject to reason, logic or proof.Recorded on May 16, 2020 as part of OCON Live! 2020…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Ben Bayer discuss the signs of growing animus against business "monopolies," motivated by changing attitudes about antitrust law.Among the topics covered:The current status of antitrust efforts;The unprecedented levels of control being proposed;The baseless claims about the harms of “anticompetitiv…
 
Join Onkar Ghate for an interview and Q&A panel with Amesh Adalja—a world expert on infectious disease and pandemic preparedness—about issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic and infectious disease outbreaks more broadly.Recorded on May 16, 2020 as part of OCON Live! 2020저자 Ayn Rand Institute
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Keith Lockitch and Agustina Vergara Cid discuss the reasons why Jeff Bezos’s recent flight to space should be admired and not mocked or vilified.Among the topics covered:The impressive spectacle of the Blue Origin launch vs. the backlash against it in the media;How the animosity toward Bezos stems from taking Amaz…
 
Ayn Rand described purpose as man’s “choice of the happiness which [his reason] must proceed to achieve.” It is one of the three “supreme and ruling” values that she wrote are “the means to and the realization of one’s ultimate value, one’s own life.” In this talk, Dr. Salmieri explores this distinctive aspect of the Objectivist ethics, with specia…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Aaron Smith, Mike Mazza and Agustina Vergara Cid answer questions about Objectivism submitted by the podcast’s audience. Among the topics covered:1: Does Objectivism discourage engaging in fantasy art?1a: Are works of “art” that don’t objectify values actually “art”?2: How important is free will to the Objectivist…
 
“The principle of purpose,” writes Leonard Peikoff, “means conscious goal-directedness in every aspect of one’s existence where choice applies.” In this talk, Yaron Brook will explore the role of purpose in human life: Why is it important and what does it mean to live purposefully, to have a central purpose, and to integrate all of your values arou…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss whether governments should give out lottery prizes or other incentives for getting vaccinated, or mandate vaccination when people refuse it. Among the topics covered:Why the role of the U.S. government should shift given the end of the pandemic;How the problem that unvaccinated …
 
In this episode, Ben Bayer reads aloud his article, "The Unscientific, Un-American Ethics of Vaccine Distribution." In that essay, he argues that it's absurd to treat philosophers’ “intuitions” as standards for government distribution of the Covid vaccine. Bayer's article was originally published in New Ideal, the Ayn Rand Institute's journal, on A…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, a panel of distinguished speakers from a variety of professional backgrounds talks about their work and careers.Adam Mossoff is Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law Sch…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, Alex Epstein talks about his work and career.Mr. Epstein is a philosopher and energy expert who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industr…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, Robert Mayhew talks about his work and career.Dr. Mayhew, a member of ARI’s board of directors, teaches philosophy at Seton Hall University. He is the author or editor of…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Keith Lockitch discuss the false viewpoint that Ayn Rand belonged to the “conservative” movement.Among the topics covered:Why people associate Ayn Rand with the “conservative” movement;Rand’s own experience with the conservative movement;What people saw conservatism as standing for in Rand’s time;R…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, Larry Salzman talks about his work and career.Larry Salzman is the Litigation Director at Pacific Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm dedicated to advancing the …
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, Adam Mossoff talks about his work and career.Adam Mossoff is Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, is Chair of the Forum for Intellect…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer and Keith Lockitch discuss the full meaning of the "independence" in Independence Day and what we should be celebrating about America.Among the topics covered:A message from ARI’s first CEO regarding Independence Day;The reason the Americans declared independence from Britain: the principle of individual…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, a panel of distinguished speakers from a variety of professional backgrounds talks about their work and careers.Dr. Tara Smith is a professor of philosophy at the Univers…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, Brad Thompson talks about his work and career.C. Bradley Thompson teaches Political Philosophy at Clemson University and is the Executive Director of the Clemson Institut…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Ben Bayer discuss a recent podcast in which Jordan Peterson interviews the Catholic bishop Robert Barron and claims that values are possible only through an act of faith and that the highest ideal is sacrifice.Among the topics covered:Why groundless faith in a God is fundamentally different from ra…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, John Allison talks about his work and career.Mr. Allison is an Executive in Residence at the Wake Forest University School of Business. He is the retired president and CE…
 
As a professional intellectual or an “intellectual professional,” there is a wide variety of possible avenues for advancing Objectivism in your professional work. In this session, Tara Smith talks about her work and career.Dr. Smith is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published books on individual rights, the …
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate, Aaron Smith and Agustina Vergara Cid answer questions about Objectivism submitted by Objectivist Academic Center students and the audience. Among the topics covered:Question 1: What is the value of being certain?Question 2: Why should arbitrary hypotheses be rejected?Question 3: How are knowledge and …
 
In the keynote session preceding this Q&A, Ayn Rand Institute senior fellow and chief philosophy officer, Onkar Ghate, discusses Ayn Rand’s essay “For the New Intellectual,” and Rand’s perspective on the crucial role that intellectuals play in shaping the culture.Dr. Ghate is senior fellow, chief content officer and a board member of the Ayn Rand I…
 
ARI’s CEO, Tal Tsfany, highlights the opportunities that ARI can offer to young people interested in an intellectual career.Mr. Tsfany is the CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute. Prior to this, he was an entrepreneur, investor and executive in the software world in Israel and the United States. He is a co-founder of the Ayn Rand Center Israel and has pub…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and special guest Robert Mayhew discuss Ayn Rand’s views on God and religion.Among the topics covered:What Ayn Rand meant when she said that religion “is a primitive form of philosophy”;What differentiates philosophy from religion;How the rise of philosophy influenced and antagonized religion;Why Objec…
 
Yaron Brook, chair of ARI’s board of directors and host of The Yaron Brook Show, discusses how Rand’s perspective has guided ARI’s strategy over more than three decades. He also discusses his personal career path as an internationally known speaker and YouTube host.Dr. Brook is co-author, with Don Watkins, of "In Pursuit of Wealth" (2017), of "Equa…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer and Agustina Vergara Cid discuss the resurgence of demands for “national service,” which call for young people to give up a year or two of their lives to serve others, perhaps even to be mandated by law.Among the topics covered:Recent calls for increasing funding for “national service” programs;Why both …
 
In this keynote session, Ayn Rand Institute senior fellow and chief philosophy officer, Onkar Ghate, discusses Ayn Rand’s essay “For the New Intellectual,” and Rand’s perspective on the crucial role that intellectuals play in shaping the culture.Dr. Ghate is senior fellow, chief content officer and a board member of the Ayn Rand Institute. He speci…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss Ayn Rand’s analysis of the fundamental roots of war.Among the topics covered:Why identifying the roots of war is a task for philosophy;Rand’s view that statist ideology is the fundamental root of war;How war stems from a statist regime’s war on its own citizens;Historical exampl…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Agustina Vergara Cid interviews Amesh Adalja, a well-known expert on pandemic preparedness, about the fight against the pandemic in the U.S. and around the world.Among the topics covered:Evidence of the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines available in the U.S.;Whether reaching “herd immunity” is relevant to ending the…
 
Most thinkers throughout history have held a negative or, at best, neutral view of productive work. If not scorned outright, production has usually been viewed as having no moral significance. But Ayn Rand had a unique view of the human potential, central to which is the importance she accords to the act of production. Productive achievement, in he…
 
In this special episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Aaron Smith analyze the philosophic issues behind the intensifying conflict between Hamas and Israel. Among the topics covered:The facts about the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas;Whether previous incidents in Israel justify the Hamas attack;How to morally judge which side of th…
 
In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer interviews special guest Adam Mossoff, intellectual property expert and professor of law at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, about President Biden’s recent support for waiving overseas patent protection for the Covid-19 vaccines developed by companies like Pfizer and Moderna.Among th…
 
Tens of millions have read Ayn Rand’s novels, including The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and half a million copies of her works now sell each year, but far fewer people know of the radical system of ideas underlying the stories she created. This lecture by Onkar Ghate introduces some of the main ideas of this controversial thinker — and their v…
 
Sandra Shaw considered herself a socialist when she enrolled at Toronto’s York University in 1981. But then she attended classes taught by John Ridpath, associate professor of economics and intellectual history, who helped her discover Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. “I was struggling to understand the issues,” she recalled. “I was on a learning …
 
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