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Ayn Rand's Theory of Rights: The Moral Foundation of a Free Society

Examines the essential aspects of her philosophy that give rise to her theory of rights, as against the theories of God-given, government-granted, and "natural" rights. Listen or download.

Religion vs. Free Speech

Demonstrates that the tenets of religion are incompatible with the right to free speech, and shows why those who want to establish and maintain freedom of speech must repudiate religion and embrace the rational, secular foundation for rights. Listen or download.

Interview with Reza Kahlili, an Ex-CIA Spy Embedded in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

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The Government’s Assault on Private-Sector Colleges and Universities

Examines the government’s baseless case against career colleges and exposes its malicious efforts to destroy them. Listen or download.

Toward a Free Market in Education: School Vouchers or Tax Credits?

Distinguishes between school vouchers and tax credits, showing that only one of these can provide a viable road map toward a free market in education. Listen or download.

Review of Atlas Shrugged: Part I, directed by Paul Johansson

Although Ayn Rand published her epic novel Atlas Shrugged fifty-four years ago, and although it has consistently sold hundreds of thousands of copies annually, Rand’s magnum opus has spent decades mired in Hollywood “development hell.” Numerous producers, stars, screenwriters, and film production companies have endeavored but failed to execute a film version. All the while, fans of the novel have anxiously waited for the day when they could watch the story come to life on the silver screen. That day is finally here. Listen or download.

Justice Holmes and the Empty Constitution

Examines the meaning and consequences of Oliver Wendell Holmes’s famous dissent in Lochner v. New York, showing how and why it has devastated American jurisprudence, and indicating what future jurists must grasp and do in order to begin reversing the damage. Listen or download.

An Interview with Andrew Schiff about Fishing Nets, Hut Gluts, and other Economic Matters

The author and investor discusses his book, the state of economy, the cause of America’s financial problems, and investment possibilities under the circumstances. Listen or download.

The False Promise of Classical Education

Examines the allure of classical education, considers both its religious and secular forms, and shows that—although its advocates claim it to be the solution to today's educational wasteland—classical education only contributes to the crippling of children's minds. Listen or download.

Vindicating Capitalism: The Real History of the Standard Oil Company

Examines the inception and rise of Standard Oil, demonstrates that the company’s immense success was the result not of so-called “anti-competitive” practices or “predatory pricing” but of its superior efficiency and productivity, and does long-overdo justice to one of the greatest producers of life-serving values in history: John D. Rockefeller. Listen or download.

The Ground Zero Mosque, the Spread of Islam, and How America Should Deal with Such Efforts

Considers the Ground Zero mosque, the spread of Islam in America, and how Americans and Westerners in general should deal with such efforts. Listen or download.

The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism

Examines today’s putatively splintered conservative movement, zeros in on the essence of its two dominant factions, and shows the movement to be only superficially split while fundamentally unified—and stultified—by the conservatives’ universal acceptance of a morality that is antithetical to liberty. Listen or download.

Immigration and Individual Rights

Zeros in on the basic principle of America and demonstrates that this principle mandates a policy of open immigration, debunks several common arguments for prohibiting or limiting immigration, shows why all such arguments are necessarily invalid, and indicates what Americans must do if we are to reestablish and maintain the kind of moral, rights-respecting immigration policy that was advocated by the Founders. Listen or download.

Why Anthony Daniels Smears Ayn Rand

Examines Daniels’s recent New Criterion article “Ayn Rand: Engineer of Souls” and ponders the question, “Why, to the detriment of his own credibility, would an otherwise capable intellectual so grossly misrepresent Rand’s actual views—and do so, not at a cocktail party, but in a public forum?” Listen or download.

Israel and America’s Flotilla Follies
(and How To Avoid Them in the Future)

Considers the essentials of the recent “peace activist” effort to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the pathetic nature of Israel and America’s responses to the assault, and the principles that should have governed their responses. Listen or download.

The Morality of Moneylending: A Short History

Presents an essentialized history of usury, showing that, just as moneylenders are being damned and blamed for today’s “sub-prime mortgage crisis,” so they have been condemned and castigated for alleged wrongdoing from the beginning of Western civilization. Brook zeros in on the economic and moral premises that give rise to contempt for this profession; he identifies the moral-practical dichotomy inherent in these ideas; and he discusses a unified set of principles that must be understood and embraced if moneylending is to be seen as the noble business that it actually is. Listen or download.

Citizens United and the Battle for Free Speech in America

Analyzes the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, surveys the relevant history of campaign finance laws in relation to the Court’s decision, and discusses the significance of the ruling for the future of free speech. Listen or download.

Moral Health Care vs. “Universal Health Care”

Surveys the history of government interference in health insurance and medicine in America, specifying the rights violations and economic problems caused thereby; enumerates the failed attempts to solve those economic problems by means of further government interference; and shows that the only viable solution to the debacle at hand is to gradually and systematically transition to a rights-respecting, fully free market in these industries. Listen or download.

The Creed of Sacrifice vs. The Land of Liberty

Examines the morality of altruism, exposing its incompatibility with the basic principle of America (i.e., individual rights), identifying its philosophic roots, and showing that if Americans want to save America, they must repudiate this creed, root and branch. Listen or download.

Mandatory Health Insurance:
Wrong for Massachusetts, Wrong for America

Identifies the theory behind the Massachusetts mandatory health insurance program, exposes the program as a fiasco, explains why the theory had to fail in practice, and sheds light on the only genuine, rights-respecting means to affordable, accessible health care for Americans. Listen or download.

The Mystical Ethics of the New Atheists

Examines the moral ideas of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins, exposes some curious truths about their ethics, and provides sound advice for theists and atheists alike who wish to discover and uphold a rational, secular morality.Listen or download.

Reason or Faith: The Republican Alternative

Analyzes the resounding Republican defeat and shows that the party faces a fundamental decision that will determine whether it orchestrates a comeback or stumbles into further defeat. Listen or download.

Capitalism and the Moral High Ground

Concretizes the selfishness-enabling nature of capitalism and shows why this feature makes it the only moral social system on earth. Listen or download.

Review of Jennifer Burns's Goddess of the Market:
Ayn Rand and the American Right

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How the Freedom to Contract Protects Insurability

Shows that, contrary to proposals being put forth by Republicans, a genuinely free market in health insurance is not only moral, in that it respects the rights of producers and consumers, but also practical, in that it enables businessmen to solve problems for profit—which leads to more and better products and services at lower prices for consumers. Listen or download.

Altruism: The Moral Root of the Financial Crisis

Zeros in on the fundamental cause of the problem, showing that widespread acceptance of the morality of self-sacrifice necessitated the kinds of laws, regulations, and decisions that have driven the financial markets into the gutter. Listen or download.

Obama's Atomic Bomb:
The Ideological Clarity of the Democratic Agenda

Examines America's political climate in light of the unmistakably statist agenda emanating from Washington, and finds cause for optimism in the effect Obama is having on the minds of Americans-and cause for activism toward helping Americans to see the proper political alternative: not conservatism but capitalism. Listen or download.

Net Neutrality: Toward a Stupid Internet

Focuses on the principle of property rights as it applies to the Internet in the face of increasing calls for government controls of this, as yet, relatively free market. Listen or download.

Lectures

"No Substitute for Victory": The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism

This talk consults the historical precedent of American policy towards Shintoism in post-1945 Japan to show that a proper policy today would first identify Islamic Totalitarianism as the cause of the threat facing the West, and then direct American resources toward eliminating the political imposition of Islamic Law. If Americans want to end the threats against their lives and liberty, they must first identify the advocates of political Islam (those who seek to impose Islamic Law by force) as the true enemy, and then destroy that enemy—beginning with the Islamic State of Iran. Listen or download.

“Just War Theory” vs. American Self-Defense

The Bush administration’s pseudo-war is a self-sacrificial disaster. Nearly five years after President Bush declared “war on terrorism,” victory is nowhere in sight. American soldiers continue to die in Iraq for no clear self-defense purpose, while enemy regimes such as Iran and Saudi Arabia continue to sponsor Islamic terrorism and spread anti-Americanism without fear of reprisal. The cause of America’s continuing insecurity is not any practical inability to defeat our enemies—America can militarily crush any enemy it chooses—but our leaders’ unwillingness to do what is necessary to defeat them. The only path to American security is real war, self-interested war, a war of genuine American self-defense. In this talk, Dr. Brook presents the principles of “Just War Theory,” the altruistic theory guiding the Bush administration’s so-called “War on Terrorism,” and contrasts them with the principles of a proper, moral approach to American self-defense. Listen or download.

Debates

Eminent Domain: To Preserve or To Abolish

Does the government have a moral right to take citizens’ property under certain conditions—or do citizens have an absolute right to their personal property? Does robust economic development require the occasional use of eminent domain—or would economic progress be greater if property rights were upheld as truly inalienable? What are the moral issues involved in eminent domain? What are the practical issues? Are the moral and the practical necessarily at odds—or can they be reconciled? Mr. Finkle and Dr. Brook will present the facts in support of their respective positions. Listen or download.

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