In this extensive Q&A on Objectivism, Gregory Salmieri, Anthem Foundation Fellow in philosophy, philosophy lecturer at Rutgers University and co-editor with Allan Gotthelf of A Companion to Ayn Rand, answers questions such as: Is love and sex more than just hormones and self-interest? What’s the justification for limiting the term of intellectual property rights? Is Objectivism compatible with “liberalism” and “conservatism”? Why must retaliatory force be put under objective control? Why is living as a parasite worse than as a creator? Isn’t the choice to live arbitrary?
Addressing a conference of Ayn Rand admirers who seek to expand the influence of her ideas in today's culture, Yaron Brook, CEO and executive chairman of ARI, revisits Ayn Rand’s 1972 article “What Can One Do?” in his discussion of what a single individual can do to effect philosophical change.
On May 6, 2016, David Rubin on Ora.TV’s The Rubin Report interviewed ARI’s executive director, Yaron Brook. In this extensive interview Dr. Brook discusses topics such as the life, works and philosophy of Ayn Rand, the failure of our public education system, the meaning of rational selfishness, the value of free trade and labor-saving machines and the cause of cronyism and government controls.
Contrary to conservatives, Ayn Rand supported the right to abortion; contrary to liberals, she opposed environmentalism; and contrary to libertarians (and others), she upheld a firm, assertive foreign policy. What unites these seemingly disparate positions? And what explains the moral fire with which she expressed her views on these issues?
Yaron Brook, executive director of ARI, updates us on the Institute’s current projects and recent successes — as well as its future goals and other exciting news. This video was recorded on June 30, 2014, at Objectivist Summer Conference 2014 (OCON2014) at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Last week, I sat down with Yaron Brook for a wide-ranging discussion of Dave Brat’s surprise victory over House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election. We covered Brat’s views on Ayn Rand and free markets, Ayn Rand’s influence on politicians, and why thinkers on both the right and the left talk about her practically every day.
In this talk at Chicago Ideas Week 2013, Yaron Brook offers an inspirational message to those who are young and still struggling to figure out what to do with their lives: Pick up the novel which fundamentally changed his life for the better, by showing him the meaning of an independent life: Atlas Shrugged.