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On Tuesday, April 30th, Young Americans for Liberty at The University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting an exciting and unique debate over the moral foundations of political liberty, pitting three distinct perspectives against each other to make the case for why each is right and most helpful in the fight for a free society.
When businessmen get involved in policy advocacy, they can help promote the freedom to do business. Yet the impression, fostered by some libertarian intellectuals, that business lobbying tends only to produce special favors for politically connected businesses, can discourage honorable businessmen from participating in the fight for their own freedom. So argues Fred L.
Aug 17, 2012
So, maybe there's no free lunch, but hey, here's a free book: Radical for Capitalism: An Introduction to the Political Thought of Ayn Rand, by Will Thomas, now on Scribd. Read it, share it, download it, pass it around, comment on it.
About the book:
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
-Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1792.
The heroes of Ayn Rand’s fiction are great achievers, like Howard Roark, the superlative architect in The Fountainhead, and John Galt, the brilliant physicist-philosopher in Atlas Shrugged. Moreover, Galt is a revolutionary advocate for achievers: he leads a strike of the most productive people by convincing them to shrug off the burdens society has placed on them.
April 1, 2003 -- The United States stands at a time of unparalleled military opportunity and danger. There is opportunity because the U.S. military substantially outclasses every other military force in its technology and its reach. The United States rivals the rest of the world in defense spending, yet the defense budget continues to consume little more than 3 percent of total U.S. annual income. America has great power without suffering great strains for it.
October 2001 -- As the congress debates a new security bill and America faces a terrible and insidious threat, there is no more critical time to recall the purposes for which our government exists. A government is not a social club, it is not a charity organization, it is not a proxy for society or culture. A government forges a legal order and defends a territory, and the means it employs is force: force that coerces and compels citizens and strangers, force that defines its nature and function.
March 31, 2003 -- Among the perennial themes in American political life, one of the most crucial is the contest between individualism and collectivism. It appears in many forms but stands out very plainly in a recent spate of proposals—from both the Left and the Right—to revive the military draft.
The producers in Atlas Shrugged represent the culmination of Rand's artistic goal to portray the human ideal; and their conflict with looters and parasites is the fullest statement of what she saw as an eternal conflict in human life. This lecture will discuss that conflict as the master theme of the novel, encompassing all the other thematic elements, along with Galt's strike as the master plot.
This audio program, sutiable for those new to Rand's ideas, includes discussion of: