In this 1967 lecture delivered at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum, Ayn Rand discusses two prominent issues of the day: the Vietnam War and the military draft. Focusing on Vietnam, Rand questions the morality of fighting a war that “does not serve any national interest.” Rand also explains how the military draft violates the rights of those conscripted.

An edited version of this talk is available in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, a collection of essays by Rand and others. This talk is 48 minutes long.