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Onkar Ghate on Ayn Rand’s Enduring Appeal

ARI’s Onkar Ghate recently gave a wide-ranging interview to The Politics Guys podcast on the enduring appeal of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism. Host Michael Baranowski spoke with Ghate for almost an hour, covering such topics and questions as:

  • Reclaiming the term “selfishness”
  • Is Rand’s philosophy a reaction to her family’s hardships in Communist Russia?
  • Objectivism, America and Judeo-Christian values
  • Why Rand was neither a libertarian nor a conservative
  • Individual rights and externalities
  • The enduring appeal of Rand’s novel The Fountainhead
  • Are there American politicians today who embody Rand’s values?

The Politics Guys podcast features “conversations about American politics, economics, history and culture with authors and researchers from across the ideological spectrum.”

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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.

Onkar Ghate

Onkar Ghate, PhD in philosophy, is a senior fellow and chief philosophy officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. A contributing author to many books on Rand’s ideas and philosophy, he is a senior editor of New Ideal and a member of the Ayn Rand University faculty.

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