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Analyzing Javier Milei’s Interview at AynRandCon

Podcast audio:

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo analyze Argentinian President Javier Milei’s interview at AynRandCon in Buenos Aires.

Among the topics covered:

  • How the event fell short of ARI’s goal of illuminating points of agreement and disagreement with Milei;
  • How to evaluate Milei as a President, considering his strange statements about abortion and mysticism;
  • The contradiction between Milei’s ostensible rejection of collectivism and his administration’s position on a military draft;
  • How Milei’s motivation for anarchism is easier to excuse than that of other libertarians;
  • Milei’s troubling rhetoric targeting journalists and dismissal of criticism;
  • What is right and wrong about Milei’s defense of producers;
  • Ayn Rand’s possible influence on Milei’s thinking about the nihilistic motivation of socialism.

The podcast was recorded on April 8, 2024. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.

Note: The original version of this podcast (which still appears on some platforms) relayed statements of facts about some of Milei’s personal beliefs and positions that were not born out by the facts. These have been cut from the YouTube version. We regret the error. Also, Milei’s position on the draft is not necessarily the same as that discussed by his ministers.


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Dan Schwartz

Dan Schwartz, PhD in philosophy and formerly a professor, is a visiting fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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