Twenty years have passed since jihadists carried out attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., killing almost 3,000 Americans. That fateful Tuesday in September marked an inflection point for the United States, which responded with military operations in Afghanistan and later Iraq. Nearly a generation later, American combat forces are set to withdraw from both … Continue reading ARI’s Uncompromising Voice for Reason Since 9/11
If you leave meat uncovered on the street and a cat eats it, whose fault is it? The problem is not the cat, but the uncovered meat. Growing up, Ayaan Hirsi Ali heard this kind of attitude from her grandmother in Somalia. It’s a loathsome attitude widespread in societies defined by Islamic culture: if only … Continue reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Migration, Islam and Women as Prey
Yesterday the Taliban entered Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after a rapid takeover of the country. Amid the chaos, the U.S. is attempting to airlift its diplomats to safety. Twenty years after the horrific 9/11 attacks, the long-range effects of decisions taken in the immediate aftermath have become increasingly clear. In case after case, those … Continue reading New ARI Book Examines What Went Wrong After 9/11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EyZM7Sbk-8 The United Nations is widely seen as an essential organization, albeit needing reform. To say that Ayn Rand was critical of the UN is an understatement: she regarded it as fundamentally corrupt. Her moral analysis is unique -- and profoundly illuminating. Elan Journo and Agustina Vergara Cid discuss Rand’s distinctive, philosophic view of this … Continue reading Ayn Rand’s Repudiation of the UN
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
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’
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’?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddIii8xWgIA Flags fly at half-staff on Memorial Day to honor the hundreds of thousands who died serving in the U.S. armed forces. Reflecting on significant wars — both past and present — what can we learn about the fundamental drivers of war? What conditions are necessary for peace? What role if any does global trade … Continue reading What are the roots of war?