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What does Patriotism Mean and More – Podcasts for May 29

Each week I present a round-up of the podcasts I listen to. These podcasts are all centered around the theme of looking at current events through the lens of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. The goal is not to provide all the information they talk about, but rather to highlight the things I found interesting in the hope that it will intrigue others to take a listen. In this week’s edition

Yaron’s AM560 Rewind: What Does Patriotism Mean?

A caller from a few weeks ago who took exception to Yaron’s individualism, saying the read more


Podcasts for May 22 – Free Speech, Gary Johnson, and more

Each week I present a round-up of the podcasts I listen to. These podcasts are all centered around the theme of looking at current events through the lens of Ayn Rand’s philosophy.

In this week’s edition:

Leonard Peikoff Podcast – Episode 408

In this episode of Leonard Peikoff’s bi-weekly podcast, Yaron Brook answers a couple of questions related to Muslim immigration in Europe (ed: and by extension, to the United States). He starts off by discussing his views on Muslim immigration in two different situations. The first read more


Podcasts for May 15 – Ted Cruz, Free Speech and More

Each week I present a round-up of the podcasts I listen to. These podcasts are all centered around the theme of looking at current events through the lens of Ayn Rand’s philosophy. This week, I have podcasts from Yaron Brook, Amy Peikoff and Elan Journo.

Don’t Let it Go…UntoasTED

(As Amy always does, there are show notes with links to all the articles and items she mentions in the podcast. You can find them here.) read more

First Amendment – A Liberal’s View on Free Speech

Justice William O. Douglas understood the true meaning of free speech.

Source: Wikipedia

Over the weekend I listened to Ayn Rand’s lecture Censorship: Local and Express (you can find this talk embedded below) and later read the text version of it which is included in her book Philosophy: Who Needs It. What first caught my attention was a quote that helped me get a handle on a post I am working on about Senator Bernie Sanders. Today, in light of the attack on the Draw Mohammad event in Garland, Texas on Sunday, I selected one dealing with the First Amendment and free speech.

The read more

[Video] Free Speech Under Siege

Recently Steve Simpson, Director of Legal Studies at the Ayn Rand Institute, gave a talk at Clemson University about free speech and the threats to it. He discusses not only the obvious attacks on free speech such as the attack on Charlie Hebdo but the less obvious, and to my mind more dangerous, threat posed by the failure to properly defend free speech in the wake of such attacks.

He brings special attention to what those that Salman Rushdie calls the “but brigade,” those people who read more

Baltimore’s Mayor has a Strange View on Rights

At a news conference in the wake of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray-related protests turning destructive Saturday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that she instructed police to give people who “wished to destroy” space to do so.

Source: Baltimore Mayor: ‘We… Gave Those Who Wished To Destroy Space To Do That’

[Updated 2:02pm, 04/28/15]

If there is one thing that I have learned over the time I have been actually paying attention to and studying politics it is read more

[Video] Yaron Brook “Free Speech and the Battle for Western Culture”

In this video recorded on March 11, 2015 at the Steamboat Institute in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Yaron Brook gives another excellent talk, this time on free speech. He discusses a variety of aspects of this issue: What is it? Why is it so important? How is the government not only failing to protec this right but in many cases actively infringing on it.

The talk is about 70 minutes in total and includes a 30 minute question and answer period, which are always fun in Yaron’s talks. During read more

[Watch] Free Speech and the Battle for Western Culture

Excellent talk given by Yaron Brook on free speech,”an issue that goes to the core of what Western Civilization is about.” During this talk Dr. Brook discusses why free speech is fundamental to what separates Western culture, meaning that culture which originated in, but is not limited to, Western Europe during the Enlightenment, from what existed previously and still exists in some parts of the world. As he puts it in the talk, “The protection of speech is the protection of read more

Podcasts (and more) for January 12

Weekly podcastsWell, two weeks in a row that I have been able to listen to what had been my regular podcasts. That is a good start for the new year that hopefully I can maintain. Lots of great things to listen to this week covering topics from historical novels, free speech, how we think to plays as great literature and more.

Peikoff.com Episode 355

Dr. Leonard Peikoff answers questions on:

  • historical novels
  • dealing with a friend who has been validly accused of pre-meditated murder
  • which is most important, work or sex?
  • confusion about love
  • if rights are based on reason, if animals are shown to have reason, would they also have rights?

Philosophy in Action

Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins answer questions applying rational principles to problems of everyday life. While they have not posted the read more

[Video] Free Speech and the Danish Cartoons

danish cartoonA panel discussion by Dr. Yaron Brook, Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute and Dr. Daniel Pipes, Director of Middle East Forum, on free speech from 2006, about a year after cartoons critical of Islam were published in Denmark and riots protesting them broke out across the Muslim world.

Dr. Pipes makes the point that this was not really about the cartoons, but the more fundamental question of whether the West will accept some form or aspect of Sharia law. The cartoons were just the read more