Each year the Ayn Rand Institute publishes dozens of new videos on its YouTube channel. Although the 2017 calendar year isn’t quite over, we thought we’d highlight the five videos from 2017 that attracted the most viewers.
Most thinkers throughout history have held a negative or, at best, neutral view of productive work. If not scorned outright, production has usually been viewed as having no moral significance. But Ayn Rand had a unique view of the human potential, central to which is the importance she accords to the act of production. Productive achievement, in her philosophy, is man’s “noblest activity.” This talk explores what Objectivism means by the virtue of productiveness and discusses aspects of our culture’s positive and negative attitudes toward producers and productive activity.