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Jordan Peterson’s Sophomoric Attack on Ayn Rand

In this special episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Ben Bayer offer the Ayn Rand Institute’s response to Jordan Peterson’s recent attack on Ayn Rand on his podcast of November 16, 2023.

Among the topics covered:

  • Peterson’s recent anti-Enlightenment conservative activism;
  • Why Rand’s view of self-interest is not hedonistic but values-based;
  • How Peterson argues for collectivism from the non-existence of an enduring self;
  • How Peterson sells collectivism by packaging sacrifice with individual responsibility;
  • Peterson’s impoverished view of the free market (and of science);
  • His shallow reading of Rand’s characters as shallow.

Mentioned in this podcast and relevant to the discussion was Atlas Shrugged, free copies of which readers can order here.

The podcast was recorded on November 17, 2023. Listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.


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Ben Bayer

Ben Bayer, PhD in philosophy, is a fellow and director of content at the Ayn Rand Institute and the author of Why the Right to Abortion Is Sacrosanct (2022). Ben is a managing editor of New Ideal and a member of the Ayn Rand University faculty.

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