Video: The Trinity of Liberty: Individualism, Individual Rights, and Independent Thinking


What are the essential principles that give rise to and support a free society? This is the most pressing question mankind faces today, and its answer is the least understood. In this speech, delivered at Hungry Minds Speaker Series in Denver, CO, Craig Biddle argues that a free society depends on the recognition and acceptance of three key principles—individualism, individual rights, and independent thinking—and that each of these is a part or manifestation of one deeper principle: egoism. Biddle then discusses crucial ways to conceptualize and advocate these principles, including understanding and upholding Ayn Rand’s morality of rational selfishness, clarifying the nature of independent thinking vs. second-handedness, and identifying the fallacies of “package-dealing” and “the frozen abstraction.”

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