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A Nation's Unity (Free MP3 download)

Ayn Rand demonstrates how genuine unity rests upon the inviolability of individual rights. (Free MP3 download)
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America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business (Free MP3 download)

The injustice of the antitrust laws and the manner in which they penalize success for being success. (Free MP3 download)
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Apollo and Dionysus (Free MP3 download)

In this 1969 lecture delivered at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum, Ayn Rand contrasts two prominent events from that summer’s news: the Apollo 11 moon landing and the Woodstock rock festival. Using the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus as symbols of “the fundamental conflict of our age”—reason versus irrational emotion—Rand explores the mindsets of participants, commentators...See More
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Censorship: Local and Express (Free MP3 download)

In this 1973 talk, Ayn Rand illustrates the role of philosphy in politics and law by analyzing the ideas that led to the Supreme Court’s decisions that year in five “obscenity” cases. Arguing that those decisions “establish[ed] the legal and intellectual base of censorship” in America, Rand warns that the philosophic ideas underlying the decisions are leading to...See More
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Cultural Update (Free MP3 download)

In this 1978 lecture delivered at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum, Ayn Rand reviews the themes she had explored in her many presentations at the Forum since her first appearance in 1961. Introduced as the “most popular speaker the forum has ever had,” Rand offers updates on the issues raised in those lectures, asking the question: "Have things changed since then, and, if...See More
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Egalitarianism and Inflation (Free MP3 download)

In this 1974 lecture, Ayn Rand undertakes a multi-layered analysis of inflation. Reducing key economic principles to laymen’s language, she explains what inflation is and how it devastates savings and production. At a deeper level, Rand exposes thinking errors that have allowed inflation to destroy economies throughout history. Finally, she places inflation in a...See More
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Global Balkanization (Free MP3 download)

In this 1977 lecture delivered at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum, Ayn Rand examines the meaning of ethnicity and the consequences of “modern tribalism” in politics. Drawing her title from the Balkan Peninsula, where ethnic groups have splintered and warred against each other for centuries, Rand argues that the global trend toward political organization based on race,...See More
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Is Atlas Shrugging? (Free MP3 download)

In this 1964 lecture delivered at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum, Ayn Rand discusses the uncanny parallels between the events presented in her novel Atlas Shrugged and news events of the time, following the novel’s publication. The novel, she argues, is not a work of mystical prophesy, but a projection of societal trends—and the parallels, she notes, are testament to the...See More
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Of Living Death (Free MP3 download)

In this lecture on the 1968 papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), Ayn Rand discusses the meaning of the Catholic Church’s admonition against the use of contraception and the view of sex that it implies. She contrasts this religious perspective on sex with the Objectivist view, drawing out the relationships between love, sex, self-esteem and happiness.
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Our Cultural Value-Deprivation (Free MP3 download)

What happens to individuals when they are deprived of values? In this 1966 lecture, Rand scours many aspects of modern culture—academia, religion, politics, literature, art—and argues that it is exceedingly difficult for a rational man to find a source of values and meaningful experiences. Rand then discusses the consequences of this cultural value-deprivation,...See More
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The Age of Mediocrity (Free MP3 download)

Ayn Rand's predictions about Ronald Reagan ("a pragmatist who leans to the right") just after he took office. Her final Ford Hall address is a case-study in prognostication by philosophy (1981). (Free MP3 download)
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The Fascist New Frontier (Free MP3 download)

In this 1962 talk, Ayn Rand explains her view that President Kennedy’s New Frontier is most accurately described as fascistic, in that—contrary to socialism and communism, which require the abolition of private property—Kennedy’s program calls for the imposition of state controls while preserving the fiction of private ownership, as did the fascist states of...See More
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