In this episode, made available by The Ayn Rand Institute, Gloria Álvarez interviews philosopher Gregory Salmieri about Ayn Rand and Objectivism. They explore many of the issues raised in Foundations of a Free Society: Reflections on Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy, the book Salmieri edited together with Robert Mayhew. Álvarez and Salmieri also address why Ayn Rand found it necessary to develop a new philosophy and why she named it “Objectivism.” They discuss the issue of parental obligations to children in a free society, the concept of self-ownership, and other engaging topics.
The worst of Christianity was the Dark Ages. Its best was the Medieval Renaissance. The worst of collectivism was Auschwitz, gulags, and 120 million civilians murdered in a century. There is no best.