ARC presents a new debate series in New York

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2011-02-04 00:47

ARC presents a new debate series in New York

The Ayn Rand Center is excited to announce a new series of debates, beginning Thursday, March 10, between Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Miles Rapoport, president of Demos and former Secretary of the State of Connecticut. These debates are the first events to be arranged by the newly-formed New York Chapter of the Ayn Rand Institute. The New York Chapter was established to assist ARI in its mission by raising ARI's profile in the New York area.

These unique debates represent the first time in more than twenty years that ARI has had the opportunity to participate in high-profile debates about fundamental questions on the nature and proper function of government, the nature of freedom, and the moral status of capitalism.

“First Principles: The Moral Debates that Drive Today's Politics”

A three-part debate series hosted by:
Ayn Rand Institute—New York Chapter

Featuring Yaron Brook and Miles Rapoport
Moderated by Brian Lehrer

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The financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath have prompted many Americans to reexamine the basic direction in which they want this country to head. A great divide has emerged. One side says that a free market out of control led to the worst downturn since the Great Depression, and calls for government to foster more equitable prosperity. The other side says that government has grown too big and too intrusive, and calls for America to rediscover its roots of limited government and free-market capitalism.

Moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer, this unique debate series will examine this divide and the social, economic, and moral beliefs that underlie politics in America today.

The first of these debates takes place March 10, 2011, at NYU's Skirball Center.

First Debate
Government: What is its proper role?

The size and scope of government has become one of the most contested issues in American politics. What is government's proper role? Should it focus on protecting individual rights and free markets? Or on promoting equality and solving society's problems?

Location and Details:

Thursday, March 10, 2011
6-8 p.m.

NYU Skirball Center
60 Washington Square South
New York, New York 10012

Please visit the Demos website to RSVP for the debate. For more information please contact

Demos is associated with George Soros

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It should be a very interesting night.

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