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Why Did Ayn Rand Liken Ecologists to Vultures?

In her 1970 lecture The Anti-Industrial Revolution, Ayn Rand analyzes the arguments and underlying motivation of the emerging “ecology” movement, the forerunner of today’s environmentalism. Separating legitimate concerns about pollution from the movement’s deeper animus toward industrial civilization and technological progress, Rand explains her view of the proper relationship between human beings and their environment.
Science And Industrialization

The Robots Are Coming

In this episode of The Yaron Brook Show, Yaron Brook discusses the benefits of robots and automatization and the general technological advancement of society. Topics covered include: how technology made our prosperous world possible, why there’s an unlimited number of jobs, the need for a free-market revolution in education and why preparing for the jobs of the future is your responsibility
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‪Vaccination: An Essentialized History of an Essential Technology [Video]

In this video, Amesh Adalja, M.D., discusses the history of vaccination with special attention to the heroic figures who developed this technology. Particular consideration is given to the chain of reasoning leading to the first vaccine, as well as how the germ theory of disease led to a plethora of vaccines that allowed humans to experience a rapid improvement in lifespan and quality of life.
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Rise & Fall [Episode 2]: Nature’s Deadliest Killer

“. . . it’s true that malaria, for example, has killed probably, by some estimates, half of all humans that have ever lived . . .” (Amesh Adalja, M.D.) The recent outbreak of Zika (a mosquito-borne virus) in the United States brings mankind’s battle against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry to the forefront. We have many tools we can use to fight mosquitoes, like DDT and GMOs (genetically modified organisms), so why aren’t we using them?
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The Yaron Brook Show: The Risky Business of Zika

In this episode of The Yaron Brook Show, originally airing on September 3, 2016 on AM560 The Answer, Yaron Brook and Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, discuss the link between Zika and microcephaly (a smaller-than-normal head size), the risk of Zika spreading (further) in the United States, the irrational opposition to possible solutions and the government’s role, if any, in responding to the Zika outbreak.

Further Reading

Ayn Rand | 1957
For the New Intellectual

The Moral Meaning of Capitalism

An industrialist who works for nothing but his own profit guiltlessly proclaims his refusal to be sacrificed for the “public good.”
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Ayn Rand | 1961
The Virtue of Selfishness

The Objectivist Ethics

What is morality? Why does man need it? — and how the answers to these questions give rise to an ethics of rational self-interest.
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