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Ayn Rand Institute

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Jan 18, 2021

The Storming of the Capitol 


In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo discuss the moral significance and the consequences of the January 6 storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Trump.



Among the topics covered:



* How the storming of the Capitol resembled the 9/11 terrorist attacks* Trump’s level of moral responsibility for the attack* The arbitrariness of Trump’s conspiracy assertions* Our culture’s descent into irrationalist tribalism* The increasing authoritarianism on both the right and the left* The importance of recognizing the varying degrees of support for violence and authoritarianism on both sides of the culture* The importance of recognizing the various forms of dictatorial aspiration* The tribalistic attempt to claim victimhood in order to scapegoat the other side* Why the attackers were not “patriots” but nihilists* The commonalities between the storming of the Capitol and the BLM protests* The attack as an attempt to defy the rule of law* The political institutions worth supporting in an irrational political culture* The philosophical causes of tribalism* How to think rationally about election fraud claims* What should happen to Trump in the future given his moral responsibility for the attack* What is the best path forward for America



Mentioned in the discussion is Onkar Ghate’s 2016 essay “
One Small Step for Dictatorship: The Significance Of Donald Trump’s Election.”



This podcast was recorded on January 13, 2021. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.









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Jan 4, 2021

Can People Change? A Conversation with Gena Gorlin 


In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer is joined by
Gena Gorlin, professor and clinical psychologist, to discuss the psychology of personal change and its connections with philosophy.



Among the topics covered:



* Gorlin’s view of New Year’s resolutions, and why change is so hard;* Considerations for making effective New Year’s resolutions;* Whether and how we can change fundamental aspects of ourselves;* How conscious and subconscious beliefs impact our mental health;* How our motivations impact our ability to change;* How we can tell when a change is worth making;* The role of heritability in shaping our character.



Mentioned in the discussion are Ayn Rand’s essay “Causality Versus Duty” and her book Atlas Shrugged. Also mentioned are Gorlin’s Psychology Today article “What It Really Looks Like to Rebuild Your Soul” and her paper, with Reinier Schuur, “Nurturing Our Better Nature: A Proposal for Cognitive Integrity as a Foundation for Autonomous Living.”



This podcast was recorded on December 29, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.









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Dec 15, 2020

Why Today’s Ethics Offers No Real Guidance 


In this episode, Ben Bayer reads aloud his article “Why Today’s Ethics Offers No Real Guidance.” In
that essay, he examines the strange set of cases today’s academic ethicists choose to analyze. All too often, he observes, they see morality as concerned with settling interpersonal conflicts or even resolving dilemmas in rare emergency situations such as the “trolley problem.” Bayer argues that these ethicists are unable to provide meaningful advice for everyday life because they think that the special province of morality is to give us advice about who is to be sacrificed to whom when there are conflicts of interest. Bayer’s article was originally published in New Ideal, the Ayn Rand Institute’s journal, on November 18, 2020.






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