Elan Journo comments on the Fed’s promise to keep interest rates near zero for the next three years. This PJTV interview was posted on January 27, 2012.
Archive for January, 2012
15 min. Leonard Peikoff Podcast #201
Topics in Leonard Peikoff’s latest podcast of philosophical Q&As include: the distinction between Ayn Rand’s philosophy and her personal opinions; dealing with people who hold harmful ideas; long-distance relationships; and the status of Dr. Peikoff’s forthcoming book, “The DIM Hypothesis.”
Don Watkins comments on a teachers’ union in Buffalo, New York, that is entitled to taxpayer-funded plastic surgery under their contracts. This PJTV interview was posted on January 20, 2012.
8 min. SOPA on the Ropes?
Don Watkins discusses SOPA and PIPA, bills purportedly designed to stop intellectual property theft. This PJTV interview was posted on January 20, 2012.
30 min. Conservatism vs. Objectivism
Ayn Rand speaks on the philosophically opposite approaches of Objectivism and conservatism.
Yaron Brook discusses the economics of the Great Depression, with an explanation of the broken window fallacy, a common error in economics. This is excerpted from the Q&A at a lecture delivered by Dr. Brook on December 1, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois, titled “Why Bad Economics Won’t Go Away.”
11 min. The Final Four in South Carolina
Don Watkins discusses the remaining GOP presidential candidates, and the South Carolina primary. This PJTV interview was posted on January 20, 2012.
28 min. Leonard Peikoff Podcast #200
This edition of Leonard Peikoff’s weekly podcast is an interview with Yaron Brook, testing whether an Objectivist could be a viable presidential candidate. This is Part 2 of a two-part interview.
7 min. Business Ethics
This is an excerpt from the Q&A at a talk delivered by Yaron Brook at George Mason University on November 3, 2011. The talk was titled “Wall Street or Washington: Who’s to Blame?” In this excerpt, Dr. Brook discusses the state of business ethics today.
75 min. Why Bad Economics Won’t Go Away
Why is it that people don’t seem to learn from experience? It is clear that our existing Keynesian economic policies have failed miserably. We can compare controlled economies with those less controlled, and compare more regulated sectors of our own economy with those sectors that have fewer regulations. Logic and history are on the side of those economists who have advocated for free markets. Why do those who advocate sound economic policies continue to fail in substantially rolling back government intervention in the economy? It would seem so easy.
In this talk, delivered on December 1, 2011, at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, identifies the reasons people find the free-market idea so difficult to accept and why statist policies seem to make so much sense to them. He identifies why we have been losing this intellectual battle, and provides real solutions on how to make significant headway toward ending these bad economic policies, allowing us to achieve more freedom and prosperity.