"Let Us Alone!"/The Structure of Government (MP3 download)
By Ayn Rand
This download includes two radio broadcasts. In the first, Ayn Rand reads aloud three of her Los Angeles Times columns from the early 1960s. All three columns discuss different aspects of capitalism, and Rand offers brief analysis linking them together. In the second, a radio interview, Rand responds to questions about the structure and purpose of government, touching on topics such as the Constitution, the Supreme Court and individual rights.
Let Us Alone!
In 1962 Ayn Rand accepted an invitation to write a weekly column in the Los Angeles Times, and from events and controversies that have by now faded from the news, she was able to draw timeless lessons. Rand reads aloud three articles from this Los Angeles Times column: “Let Us Alone!”, “The Cold Civil War” and “The Man-Haters.” The readings offer a few extemporaneous additions which are not found in the published versions. Rand discuss issues such as:
The origin of the term Laissez Faire
What 17th century France has to do with our current economic system
The consequences of government “help” to business?
The nature of a mixed economy
The impending recession
Medicare and socialized medicine
Censorship of radio and TV by the FCC
Anti-trust laws and the stock market crash
Common misrepresentations of capitalism
The American Civil War, slavery and capitalism
Capitalism and Socialism
Structure of Government
From 1962-1965, Ayn Rand conducted a series of radio interviews at Columbia University’s student run radio station, WKCR. The series, entitled “Ayn Rand on Campus,” covered a broad range of topics. In this interview, Miss Rand discusses issues of the structure and purpose of government such as:
Determining the right political system
The importance of a written constitution
A republic versus a democracy
The role of the government in protecting the rights of the individual
The Senate, House of Representatives and local governments
The Supreme Court and judiciary system
Electoral re-apportionment and “one-man-one-vote”
America’s system of checks and balances
Determining the constitutionality of laws
(MP3 download; 59 min., 42.19 MB)
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