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Values And Morals
Edward Snowden thinks he isn’t a hero. That’s sad.
Summer 2010 -- “’Value’ is that which one acts to gain and keep,” wrote Ayn Rand, “’virtue’ is the action by which one gains and keeps it.” This six-session course focuses on the distinctive virtues highlighted by Objectivism: their basis in fact, their contrast with traditional moral ideals, and their role in a rational, value-seeking human life.
Atlas Shrugged is a paean to rational selfishness. But it also contrasts the social vision of rational, independent cooperation versus collectivism and irrationalism. In this talk, William R Thomas discusses the social values of goodwill and trust, and shows how they are earned and lost in the novel. We see how Objectivist commitments to reason, achievement, happiness, justice, and liberty contribute to the development of goodwill and trust--and to one's ability to benefit from them.
Atlas Summit 2012 -- The heroes of Atlas Shrugged are rational, productive businesspeople. In Ayn Rand's thought, a career represents the central value in one's life, the means by which one supports oneself independently and reshapes the world. In this talk, William R Thomas discusses the value of a career of productive work in the context of the Objectivist philosophy and the events in the novel. He will consider how Objectivist ethics apply to productive titans Hank Rearden and how they apply to ordinary workers like Eddie Willers.
Atlas Summit 2012 -- In her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand exhorted readers to put the word "selfishness" to its true and proper use: to describe the ethic of rational self-interest.
Nicole Ciandella over at the Competitive Enterprise Institute challenges President Obama and his Republican opponent's shared preference for discussing small businesses rather than big ones. It's the big businesses, she says, and the businesses that become big, that create new opportunities for workers and consumers. So they deserve more "love" from politicians.
March 18, 2005 -- Last week Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman, expressed concern that the four men who gang raped her nearly three years ago were ordered by a court to be released from prison. The rape had been ordered by her village council as revenge against her brother, who allegedly had had consensual sex with a woman from a prominent family, a charge he denied.
Editor's Note: Gen LaGreca appeared on CNN Headlines News on February 11, 2008, in response to interest in this article.
TNI March 2008 -- Too many Americans are losing the ability to take care of themselves and are instead looking to the government to run their lives for them, in the tax-gouging, liberty-killing system called the welfare state.