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9/11 learning the right lessons

9/11: Learning the Right Lessons

Last Friday marked the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001 — the atrocious terrorist attacks that changed America forever.

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate, Elan Journo and Ben Bayer sit down to discuss the legacy of the U.S. response to 9/11 and the lessons we should have learned from it.

Among the topics discussed:

  • The historical significance of 9/11;
  • Why America’s failure to understand the ideological nature of its Islamist enemies crippled its response to the attacks;
  • ARI’s philosophical, principled response to the attacks, and its policy recommendations;
  • Why the morality of altruism is to blame for the failed American foreign policy;
  • The reasons why the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars are “unwinnable.”

Mentioned in the discussion are Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s essay “End States Who Sponsor Terrorism,” Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo’s book Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism (get a free copy here), and Elan Journo’s Winning the Unwinnable War.

This podcast was recorded on September 9, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.

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Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LLB and LLM, is an associate fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and an opinion columnist at the Orange County Register.

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