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Lying, Voting and the Universe: Q&A with Bayer and Smith

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer and Aaron Smith answer questions, submitted by podcast viewers, about Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism.

Some of the questions addressed include:

  • Why was Ayn Rand opposed to Robin Hood?
  • What’s mistaken about the idea that the universe was created?
  • Is it morally acceptable to lie to someone in order to throw them a surprise party?
  • What is Objectivism’s position on the psychology and morality of homosexuality?
  • How should you think about voting in an election where there are no good choices?

Some of the resources mentioned during this Q&A session include Ayn Rand’s essay “The Objectivist Ethics” and Leonard Peikoff’s course Understanding Objectivism.

This podcast was recorded on August 19, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived web episodes here.

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Paul Taske

Paul Taske, J.D., was a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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