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What to Be Thankful for in a Time of Adversity

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Ben Bayer discuss the real meaning of Thanksgiving and the many things we should be thankful for, even during this grim and challenging year.

Among the topics covered:

  • The history of Thanksgiving as a religious holiday, and how a secular meaning can be abstracted from it;
  • Why we should recognize and thank healthcare professionals, scientists and entrepreneurs who have made our lives radically better, especially during a pandemic;
  • Why it’s unjust that so many people take these creators for granted;
  • Why it’s important to recognize the real value producers and express gratitude for their achievements;
  • The significance of Ayn Rand’s “benevolent universe” premise.

Mentioned in the discussion are Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged and Elan Journo’s articles “Thanksgiving: The Producer’s Holiday” and “Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic” (three-part series).

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This podcast was recorded on November 24, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.

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Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LLB and LLM, is an associate fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and an opinion columnist at the Orange County Register.

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