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Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World (MP3 download)

By Ayn Rand


In this talk on the role of philosophy in history, Ayn Rand argues that there is a basic contradiction built into Western culture, between reason and the morality of altruism. She identifies the philosophical connections between faith, altruism and rule by force—and between reason, self-interest and freedom. She goes on to relate the political and economic decline of the West since the 19th century to its philosophical cause: the rejection by the culture’s intellectuals of reason in favor of the morality of altruism. The solution she offers—from the perspective of her philosophy, Objectivism—is not a political but a moral revolution.

In this lecture, you will find answers to such issues as:

  • Why people today view answers to crucial problems as necessary but beyond reach
  • Why Americans have rejected capitalism despite its record of unrivaled productivity
  • Why a culture that values reason is the only culture capable of enduring peace and wealth

This lecture and Q & A were recorded at Purdue University at a presentation to the Purdue Young Republicans in April of 1961. It was previously delivered at Yale University on February 17, 1960; at Brooklyn College on April 4, 1960; and at Columbia University on May 5, 1960.

Q & A topics include:

  • Ayn Rand's recommended books on capitalism
  • The meaning of productiveness for one whose wealth is already assured
  • Why the use of force is not in a rational man's interests
  • Breaking with society vs. breaking with the culture
  • The psychology of Dominique in The Fountainhead

(MP3 download; 110 min., with Q & A, 79.19 MB)

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