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Conservative Ben Shapiro Interviews ARI’s Yaron Brook

Yaron Brook, chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute, engaged in a spirited and fast-moving conversation with prominent conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on Shapiro’s Sunday Special web series on August 25.

In the wide-ranging, hour-long interview, Shapiro afforded Brook an opportunity to discuss Rand’s philosophy, first in a nutshell and then in more depth, exploring such topics as altruism, rational self-interest, religion, free will, the Enlightenment, Marxism, environmentalism, the role of government, individualism, parenting, and the virtue of honesty.

Although Shapiro frequently disagreed — sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly through the wording of his questions — he gave Brook a respectful hearing. The result is an intellectually lively video from which Shapiro’s sizeable audience can get an indication of the sharp contrasts between Objectivism, libertarianism, and particularly conservatism.

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After only four days online, the episode had generated more than 61,000 YouTube views and more than 581,000 Soundcloud audio plays. You can watch it here:

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Tom Bowden

Tom Bowden, JD and former civil litigator, is a research fellow and publishing manager at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is also a coeditor of Illuminating Ayn Rand (2022) and a contributing editor of New Ideal.

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