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.
The Nature of Evil by Gregory Salmieri
A theme in Ayn Rand’s fiction is that the failure to understand evil is a source of error and unhappiness for good people. Drawing on the Objectivist corpus this talk will explore the nature of evil, including: the ways in which actions, motives, ideas and people can be evil; the respects in which evil is and is not important; and how understanding evil can help us to appreciate the good and to foster the best in ourselves and others. Recorded live as part of The Objectivist Conference on September 01, 2021.
Philosophy and Energy by Alex Epstein
Today, the energy industry—the industry that powers every other industry—is under unprecedented attack, with widespread calls to eliminate fossil fuels and continue the strangulation of nuclear power.In this talk, Alex Epstein, author of The New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, will draw on his new book Fossil Future and explain why the root cause of this attack is bad philosophy, and why the root solution is good philosophy. Recorded live as part of The Objectivist Conference on September 01, 2021.
All Regulation is Over-Regulation by Harry Binswanger
Conservatives complain about “over-regulation,” but all governmental regulation—regulation as such—is destructive and evil. Ayn Rand wrote that the premise of regulation is “the concept that a man is guilty until he is proved innocent by the permissive rubber stamp of a commissar or a Gauleiter.” Dr. Binswanger will argue that government must have “probable cause” before it can use force against someone—and he will discuss how this applies not only to business activity, but also to immigration, “public health” and gun ownership. Recorded live as part of The Objectivist Conference on August 31, 2021.
Ayn Rand’s Intransigent Atheism by Robert Mayhew
Ayn Rand was not a crusader against theism, but a creator and defender of a rational philosophy for living on Earth. Every fundamental of her philosophy, however, has negative implications for theism and religious belief. This lecture examines the radical nature of her atheism, with special attention given to the idea of God, the arguments for God’s existence, and what Ayn Rand means in claiming “that nobody actually believes in God.” (Companion to Mayhew’s OCON 2014 lecture “Ayn Rand’s Sacred Atheism.”) Recorded live as part of The Objectivist Conference on August 30, 2021.
Your Best Self: The Catalyst of Integrity by Tara Smith
This talk examines the virtue of integrity in several lights. In particular, it highlights: · the practical role and selfish benefit of living with integrity · integrity as an ongoing, active commitment rather than simply forbearance from sin · the role of probing introspection in energizing integrity · integrity’s relationship to the virtue of pride In the end, we will see how living with integrity is essentially what selfishness looks like in a conceptual being. Recorded live as part of The Objectivist Conference on August 28, 2021.
OCON 2021: Spreading Objectivism: A Vision for ARI’s Future with Tal Tsfany
Tal Tsfany, ARI’s president and CEO, will review ARI’s mission to spread Objectivism and the progress made during 2020-21. ARI’s strategy for the future will be presented together with many data points and insights, collected through newly implemented technologies and methodologies. Mr. Tsfany will answer questions about the direction ARI is taking.
A Podcast That Keeps You Connected to Current Objectivist Intellectuals
I was a part of the Objectivist Academic Center (OAC) while in college a while ago. Since then I had felt somewhat cut off from ARI, but then I found these new and improved podcasts. It’s like being right back in the classroom hearing the familiar and current intellectual voices of Onkar, Elan, Aaron, Ben, Keith, Yaron, Tara, Greg, and so many more. Even if you are like me and have read everything you could get your hands on that was written by Ayn Rand, continuously hearing about how current events are interpreted and understanding what these intellectuals are focusing on now is extremely important to better yourself as an Objectivist thinker. I found myself already knowing the basic “answer” to a question in a podcast, but then I learned some more subtle ways of approaching the problem or a different way of executing the solution through an Objectivist lens.
I can tell that a lot of effort goes into each podcast and I just want to express my gratitude. I always come away from each episode inspired.
When I first heard Tal discuss the plan of creating Ayn Rand University, I got so excited that I stayed uncomfortably jittery for the rest of the day. I truly hope that someday students can learn what to do and believe in as opposed to what not to do and believe in as myself and so many others have gone through in our schooling. I want a moral education for myself and anyone else that desires a path forward to truly live a happier life on earth.
Please keep these podcasts up ARI and I look forward to enjoying 2022 with you as one of your dedicated listeners.
On rand all over the place!
This show brings up lots of topics… Some topical to do the moment some universal and forever Evergreen I really enjoy it. The Ayn Rand Institute is a place to get the authentic applications of AR’s ideas to today!
Greg Salmieri and Aaron Smith are decent. Some of the others are not.