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"Humanity's Darkest Evil": The Lethal Destructiveness of Non-Objective Law (MP3 download)

This lecture explores Judge Narragansett’s claim in "Atlas Shrugged" that non-objective law is “humanity’s darkest evil.” It explains Ayn Rand’s view of the basic role of government and the importance of individual freedom. While government is a necessary good, strict objectivity in a legal system is vital to keep government’s use of its power in check...

Aristotle and the Constitution of the Athenians (MP3 download)

The constitutional history of Greece is a story of independent men freeing themselves from tyranny. The city of Athens was a leader in this struggle, developing the world's first democracy and confronting the problems of unrestrained mob rule.

Constitutionalism‒The Backbone of Objective Law (MP3 download)

Internationally, Constitutionalism seems triumphant, with more nations embracing constitutional government than ever before. At the same time, proper legal values often seem less secure. This talk explores the meaning and value of legal constitutionalism and its condition today. By identifying the major political forces and underlying intellectual beliefs that work...See More

Early Greek Lawgivers

This book examines the men who brought laws to the early Greek city-states, as an introduction both to the development of law and to the basic issues in early legal practice. The lawgiver was a man of special status, who could resolve disputes without violence, and bring a sense of order to his community by proposing comprehensive norms of ethical conduct. He...See More
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Epistemology and Justice in the Age of Social Media (MP3 download)

Information and a means of spreading ideas. But, for this same reason, it is rife with misinformation, insidious propaganda and unjust accusations. This lecture in applied Objectivist epistemology is about the questions we can ask ourselves before we post, share, comment, link or tweet, in order to make sure that what we are spreading is true and just.

Giants of Law (MP3 download)

"Reason is the life of the law," wrote Sir Edward Coke in 1628, naming the theme of this course, which surveys accomplishments of fabled lawgivers (such as Hammurabi and Solon) - of jurists, commentators, and champions of law's supremacy (such as Gaius, Coke, and Blackstone) - of unifiers and codifiers (such as Justinian and Napoleon) - of constitutionalists (such...See More

History of the Supreme Court (Part 1): The Least Dangerous Branch? (MP3 download)

This course surveys the broad history of the Supreme Court in the United States from its creation in 1789 to 1857. It illustrates how the judiciary has functioned in our republic. By explaining the dominant trends in the Supreme Court and the major results during each period, this course illuminates the importance of the Supreme Court in American life.

How "Activist" Should Judges Be? Objectivity in Judicial Decisions (MP3 download)

The protection of individual rights depends on the objective application of laws by judges. But what does such objective application consist of? This lecture exposes the fundamental philosophical errors - political, moral and epistemological - of the reigning schools of thought. It then outlines the basic requirements of proper judicial decision-making. In the...See More

How Does Objectivity Apply to the Law? (MP3 download)

This lecture will clarify objectivity itself—not in epistemological detail, but in application to everyday living—and then chart its requisites for a proper legal system. We will see how the function of government sets the terms for the just exercise of state power and how confusions about objectivity result in its corruption.

In Defense of Monopolies: How Antitrust Criminalizes Business Strategy (MP3 download)

This talk advances the idea that in a free, capitalistic society—as well as in variations thereof—non-coercive, trade-based monopolies can and do exist. The talk argues that such monopolies are a benevolent economic force for all partners in trade (such as customers and suppliers) and that business strategy is, at its root, a plan for achieving a monopoly. The talk...See More

Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

How should courts interpret the law? While all agree that courts must be objective, people differ sharply over what this demands in practice: fidelity to the text? To the will of the people? To certain moral ideals? In Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System, Tara Smith breaks through the false dichotomies inherent in dominant theories - various forms of...See More
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Legalizing Privacy: Why and How (MP3 download)

Privacy helps us to produce and enjoy the values we need to sustain our lives. And yet enjoying the best that our highly specialized, technologically advanced world has to offer requires that we share at least some information with others on a daily basis. This talk explains the legal doctrine that, in today’s context, makes privacy effectively illegal and suggests...See More

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