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Ayn Rand Institute talk in London
Submitted by Tom Burroughes on Wed, 2009-02-11 08:42
Last night, along with such other SOLO members as Kenny (Ken Irvine), I went along to the Adam Smith Institute to hear Yaron Brook of the ARI, talk in general terms about the need to make the moral case for capitalism in the midst of the current crisis. Of course, many of his views will be standard fare to readers of Objectivist philosophy; what is striking, of course, is that in the UK "free marketeer" circle, Rand is still not always that widely understood. One guy at the event had never even heard of her. And he was attending an event hosted by a free market think tank!
I thought Dr Brook gave an impassioned, engaging and very honest talk. He ducked none of the hard questions from the audience, such as whether he approved of the use of harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects where there was a threat of massive loss of life. I did not necessarily think that he did quite enough to tease out the Randian view on selfishness and altruism for those unfamiliar with it, but overall he made a great impression.
There is no doubt in my mind that the ARI has seriously raised its game in recent times. I told Dr Brook that, and he smiled broadly. He is off to Oxford to the university. I am sure we will see him in olde England again.
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