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The Rise and Decline of the State of Israel (MP3 download)

Israel has managed to survive 50 years of military attacks by its Arab foes; now it faces the troubling question of whether it can survive the "peace-seeking" offensives launched by its own leaders. In this illuminating lecture Dr. Brook explains how the philosophical foundations on which Israel was founded are leading that country down a suicidal path. He reveals...See More

The Rise of Totalitarian Islam (MP3 download)

In this course, Dr. Brook analyzes the origins and historical development of the ideology motivating Islamic terrorists: Islamic totalitarianism. He examines its foundation in Koranic teachings; its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt dating back to 1928; its expansion throughout the Middle East with the aid of Saudi oil money; its political triumph in...See More

The Sacred Self (MP3 download)

Contrary to conservatives, Ayn Rand supported the right to abortion; contrary to liberals, she opposed environmentalism; and contrary to libertarians (and others), and she upheld a firm, assertive foreign policy. What unites these seemingly disparate positions? And what explains the moral fire with which she expressed her views on these issues? This talk argues that...See More

The Separation of Church and State (MP3 download)

With religion on the rise in America, maintaining the separation of church and state is a pressing issue. This talk examines some of the history behind contemporary arguments about the principle of separating religion from government. It explains why the principle is under attack today and why Americans are increasingly unable to mount a tenable defense. It ends...See More

The Smartphone War and “Patent Trolls”—What They Mean to You (MP3 download)

There are widespread complaints today that the “patent system is broken” and that the “smart phone wars” and “patent trolls” are killing innovation. Yet patented innovation has revolutionized our lives today—tablet computers, smart phones and antiviral drugs are just a few of these modern marvels. How to make sense of this contradiction? This talk answers that...See More

The Threats to Freedom: A Philosophic Dissection (MP3 download)

In this course Mr. Schwartz focuses on the mounting threats to freedom posed by anti-reason movements—some that are distinctively conservative, others that are distinctively liberal.

Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict (MP3 download)

For many decades Israel and its Arab-Muslim neighbors have been locked in a fierce conflict. This course offers a historical and political account of that conflict. Topics discussed include: What's the dispute about? Who are Israel's adversaries—the Palestinians? the bordering Arab nations? both? How should the adversaries, and their respective claims, be...See More

Understanding the Arguments for Universal Health Care (MP3 download)

Universal health care, a system in which the government guarantees each citizen a certain level of medical care, is considered by many an ideal. In countries that have it, medicine is said to be cheaper, of better quality and more fairly distributed. This talk explains the alleged ideal of universal health care and then challenges it.

Unions and Business Regulations (MP3 download)

This panel discussion with Tom Bowden, Michael Leven and Edwin A. Locke was delivered at the Objectivist Summer Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.

What About Sweden? (MP3 download)

As proponents of laissez-faire capitalism, we routinely encounter the question: “What about Sweden?” Sweden is perceived by many as the ideal welfare state, in which everything “just works.” Consequently, it has served as a source of inspiration for the Left. For the same reason, it has left many defenders of capitalism perplexed or demoralized. Why? Because the...See More

What It Takes to Win: A Workshop on Defending Capitalism (MP3 download)

In this workshop, Yaron Brook and Don Watkins lead a discussion concerning how to persuasively argue for capitalism. They address such questions as: Why don’t people accept capitalism? How do ideas such as altruism and collectivism influence the political policies people support? How can these ideas be effectively argued against? What are common ways Objectivists go...See More

World War One: A Watershed in World History (MP3 download)

This talk was recorded at the Objectivist Summer Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

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