Tag Archives: individual rights

[Video] Black Innovators and Entrepreneurs Under Capitalism (OCON 2015)

Black Innovators and Entrepreneurs Under CapitalismSomeday I will be able to attend the Objectivist Summer Conference, OCON, but until then at least the Ayn Rand Institute posts videos of some of the presentations, such Andrew Bernstein’s talk about great black innovators in the United States, including the first self-made female millionaire in  history, Madame C.J. Walker. He discusses not only examples of the amazing successes achieved by black’s in the United States but also the obstacles they had to overcome to succeed.

Weaving 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

Health Insurance: Suggestions Toward a Free Market

What solution to the “problem” of health insurance would an advocate of the the principles of individual rights, look like? First, we should probably be clear on what exactly we mean by insurance.

Insurance: Act of insuring, or assuring, against loss or damage by a contingent event.
Insure: to secure against a loss by a contingent event, on certain stipulated conditions, or at a given rate or premium.
Contingent: liable, but not certain, to occur

So taken together we get the fact that read more

[Video] The Rise and Fall of Property Rights in America

Private property rightsThe Ayn Rand Institute has been publishing a number of video recently of lectures given on various topics, the most recent being a talk by Adam Mossoff  on property rights. In this fascinating talk he discusses how the concept of the right to property arose, reaching its peak in the early to mid 19th century in the United States and how since that time these rights have been protected less and less.

This is an area I have been particularly interested in over the past few years, having come read more

A Teaching Moment from the Reaction to the Hobby Lobby Decision

While I am working on a longer article on my views of the Hobby Lobby decision, which I think will be titled “Three Things the Hobby Lobby Decision Isn’t,” this teaching moment popped up in my Facebook feed recently and I couldn’t let it slip by.

A friend posted a read more

Podcasts (and More) for June 24

I’ve been getting caught up with my podcasts and reading this week, which has been quite a challenge really.


Peikoff.com Episode 326 – After missing last week, this podcast is back with Yaron Brook answering questions on:

  • Saving and investing. He references a course he gave on investing some years ago which is available at the Ayn Rand e-store.
  • What does he mean by a foreign policy that protects individual rights?
  • Veterans benefits
  • Difference between Ukraine and Russia

Philosophy in Action Radio Chat: Responsibility and Luck chapter 3 – Dr. Diana Hsieh continues her podcast series discussing her book Responsibility and Luck: A Defense of read more

Put People First? – Part 1: Your Results May Vary

Signs with the slogan Put People First are common in Vermont, especially in election years. The signs give one a hazy sense of advocating for the little guy struggling against some faceless corporation. Such slogans are vague and undefined and few people take the time to try to understand their exact meaning. To clarify their meaning, we must look at the issues that the organizations that post the signs stand for.

Organizations that put up these signs are often advocates of “economic read more

From Property Rights to Citizens United, Part 1

[My primary inspiration for these posts comes from the article “Property and Principle” from the Objective Standard, and Eric Daniels’ course “Property Rights in American History,” available from the Ayn Rand e-store.]

Today it seems that one can hardly go a day without hearing about how “big money” is ruining our government.  How we have “the best government money can buy.”  Or how if only we could keep corporations, or the rich, from spending read more