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Vaccine False Alternatives: Bribes vs. Mandates

https://youtu.be/Dt7UQAQYTBE Although Covid vaccines are widely available in the U.S., many people refuse to take the vaccine. Should more states emulate California and Ohio in giving out million-dollar lottery prizes as incentivizes? Is it true (as some argue) that to overcome the pandemic, we need vaccine “mandates”? Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo discuss this issue, … Continue reading Vaccine False Alternatives: Bribes vs. Mandates

Why Ayn Rand Rejected ‘Conservatism’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBEs57RU4ko Many critics and fans think of Ayn Rand as belonging within the “conservative” movement. This view is reinforced by a number of prominent conservative figures who are self-declared fans of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. But Rand was not simply critical of “conservatism,” she repudiated it. Why? What was her evaluation of “conservatism”? In … Continue reading Why Ayn Rand Rejected ‘Conservatism’

What Was Ayn Rand’s View of ‘Conservatism’?

By many of her fans and critics, Ayn Rand was often seen as belonging within the “conservative” movement. Isn’t her philosophy, people wondered, “just another form of conservatism”? That assumption outlived her. Rand’s ideas, one journalist claimed in 2019, are the intellectual backbone of everything that’s reprehensible about “conservatism.” This linkage in the public mind has been … Continue reading What Was Ayn Rand’s View of ‘Conservatism’?

How Ayn Rand Ignites Appreciation of Capitalism

What, in a nutshell, is Ayn Rand’s case for capitalism? How did her views contrast with libertarianism? anarchism? conservatism? These are some of the questions addressed in my conversation with the coeditors of Foundations of a Free Society, an important new book on Ayn Rand’s political philosophy.On the book’s release, my colleague Keith Lockitch called it “a much-needed … Continue reading How Ayn Rand Ignites Appreciation of Capitalism