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Picture of Free Will, Free Speech, Free Borders, Freedom in the Middle East (MP3 download)

Free Will, Free Speech, Free Borders, Freedom in the Middle East (MP3 download)

By Yaron Brook, Onkar Ghate, Elan Journo and Steve Simpson

 

Philosophy is often disparaged as an ivory tower pursuit that makes no difference in the real world. But if you know how to look, you can see its influence everywhere. This recording includes three short talks on free will and its applications:

  • Steve Simpson, director of Legal Studies at the Ayn Rand Institute, explores how today's widespread acceptance of determinism has made many people suspicious of free speech. In contrast, the controversial positions that ARI takes on free speech reflect its philosophical understanding of free will.
  • Yaron Brook, executive chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, explores how today's widespread acceptance of determinism has made many people suspicious of immigration. In contrast, the controversial positions that ARI takes on immigration reflect its philosophical understanding of free will.
  • Elan Journo, fellow and director of Policy Research at the Ayn Rand Institute, explores how today's widespread acceptance of determinism has left many people unable to grasp what a truly self-interested foreign policy in the Middle East would consist of. 

In a panel Q&A, the speakers, joined by Onkar Ghate, senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute, answer questions arising from their previous presentations.

This talk was recorded at Ayn Rand Student Conference 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

(MP3 download; 125 MB)