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Culture And Society

‪Why a Free Man Fights

“I’m often asked why someone with a penchant for philosophy and an academic life joins the Marine Corps. Why, some ask, does a scribe lower the pen to pick up the sword?” So begins this stirring and thought-provoking Independence Day address by Lt. Col. Scott McDonald, USMC, to attendees at Objectivist Summer Conference 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Foreign Policy

Elan Journo on September 11

In this interview, recorded live on September 11, 2017, Ayn Rand Institute fellow and foreign policy expert Elan Journo reflects on a post 9/11 world. In the interview, Journo discusses: Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, who is the enemy and what unites them? The United States has the most powerful military in the world — so why are we still facing a threat from Islamic totalitarians? What myths surround 9/11?
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“What About the Innocents in War?”

If a war ever breaks out between North Korea and the United States, Americans will surely raise some serious questions about the morality of war. For example, do we have the right to bomb and kill innocent civilians? Even in a war of self-defense?
Foreign Policy

The Syrian Civil War: What to Do?

What events led to the Syrian Civil War? Who are the good and bad guys? Should America intervene? And how should we judge President Trump’s response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons? Find out in this episode of The Yaron Brook Show.

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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