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Thursday 04 September 2014
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

In a recent video for PJTV, Bill Whittle and Andrew Klavan answer a question from a viewer: “Why is Ayn Rand nonsense?” To their credit, they largely reject the premise of the question, and while they are very critical of Rand (and annoyingly snarky about it), their criticisms are on the whole thoughtful if tremendously confused.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Sep 2014
Monday 25 August 2014
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

…poor. I was intrigued to see that Tomasi includes Ayn Rand under this heading. After an on-the-whole accurate summary of Rand’s moral perspective and its role as the foundation of her support for…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Thursday 14 August 2014
Don Watkins, (Voices for Reason, Ayn Rand Institute)

…implications for human life, the best source is Ayn Rand. But Rand is often accused of caricaturing altruism. Altruism, many people say, isn’t about self-sacrifice but helping others — and this, the…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Aug 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
Positive
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

…immoral, and economically destructive — and as Yaron Brook and I argued in our earlier book, the conservative attempt to construct a small, limited welfare state is ultimately hopeless: once you grant the…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Wednesday 30 July 2014
Positive
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

Pethokoukis can’t have it both ways. He can’t assert that the welfare state is a moral achievement and then brush aside a challenge to the moral status of the welfare state on the grounds that it is a political non-starter. Either he’s taking a moral stand or he’s not — and if he is, then he has an obligation to back up that stand.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014