Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Capitalism Without Guilt

Yaron Brook, Director of the Ayn Rand Institute located in Irvine, California gave a speech last week at the National Press Club to kick off the opening of ARI's new office in Washington D.C.: The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He makes perfectly clear the moral battle that must be won if political freedom, i.e., capitalism, is to survive.

With the battle lines clear, this becomes the battle - for spiritual and material values in living one's life on earth - we all must fight provided, of course, you choose to take it up. This battle is the one that has been going on for 2000 years with each side having its historical periods of dominance.

It is now reaching its climax.

Intellectually, the battle lines at the underlying moral level were drawn 51 years ago when Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957. The stakes? Reason, political freedom and the thriving of billions of human beings around the globe or irrationality (meaning ignorance and superstition), political tyranny and impoverishment of billions around the globe.

Go here to listen to the speech. The introduction is OK, a little faulting. Brook is excellent.

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