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Spaceflight as It Was—and as It Ought To Be: Reviewing 50 Years of Manned Spaceflight (MP3 download)

In 2011 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight, mankind’s greatest scientific and technological achievement. This lecture, given at Objectivist Summer Conference 2011, reviews and analyzes America’s 50 years of manned spaceflight—the achievements and failures—and examines the mixed premises that have derailed America’s manned space program. It...See More

American Slavery, American Freedom (MP3 download)

This course examines the intellectual and political history of the movement to abolish slavery in the United States. Lecture one presents the history of American slavery and the political philosophy of those who defended it. Lecture two examines the rise of the Abolitionist movement in the 1830s. Lecture three elucidates the wide spectrum of ideas and political...See More

Capitalist Solutions (MP3 download)

This course focuses on three fundamental issues—education, Islamic totalitarianism and environmentalism’s charge of man-made global warming. The course examines these contemporary problems by applying three primary Objectivist principles: objectivity requires the widest cognitive integration possible in one’s context of knowledge, individual rights are required to...See More

Moral Rights and Political Freedom (Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy)

Seeking a way out of today's bewildering rush of rights claims, Tara Smith's Moral Rights and Political Freedom offers a systematic account of the nature and foundations of rights. The book carefully elucidates what political freedom is and demonstrates why it should be protected by rights. Smith's thesis is that rights are teleological: respect for freedom is...See More
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The History of Ancient Greece (Part 3): The Early Fourth Century (MP3 download)

The fourth century BC is often seen as the decline of the Greeks, but this shortchanges a vital period. The Greeks developed federal political systems, markets thrived, orators presented groundbreaking ideas, and the schools of Plato and Aristotle were established. This course focuses on political and military events from 403 to 355 BC. Emphasis is on the defeat of...See More

Free Minds and Free Markets (PDF download)

The value of political freedom stems from two related facts: the nature of physical force and the nature of man’s consciousness. The concept “force” has meaning only with respect to volitional beings. Since force negates thought, and since the good requires chosen values, force is always harmful to man. If man is to live, he must be free to think. Our culture...See More

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