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The New Ideal Podcast features a curated selection of content from the pages of New Ideal, the journal of the Ayn Rand Institute. At New Ideal, we explore pressing cultural issues from the perspective of Rand’s philosophy: Objectivism, which upholds the ideals of reason, individualism and Capitalism.

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The New Ideal Podcast features a curated selection of content from the pages of New Ideal, the journal of the Ayn Rand Institute. At New Ideal, we explore pressing cultural issues from the perspective of Rand’s philosophy: Objectivism, which upholds the ideals of reason, individualism and Capitalism.

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New Ideal, from the Ayn Rand Institute

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Rank #1: Racism, ‘Color Blindness,’ and Tribalism

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In this episode of New Ideal Live, on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss the ideal of “color blindness” and its relation to the struggle against racism.
Among the topics covered:
The meaning of the ideal of “color blindness”;Whether this ideal promotes blindness to injustice;How emphasizing awareness of color differences aggravates tribalism;Why inherited skin color and culture should not be packaged together or regarded as objects of shame or pride;Whether the concept of “race” is valid;Why cultural achievements are caused by chosen values, not “race”;Why racism is empowered by determinism;How to combat racism in one’s own thinking;How today’s intellectual culture encourages racist thinking;Whether there is such a thing as “systemic racism”;Whether there is such a thing as “cultural appropriation”;How our culture can deal honestly with questions about racism.
The discussion analyzed two articles critical of the idea of “color blindness,” “Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism” by Monnica T. Williams in Psychology Today and  “Color-Blindness Is Counterproductive” by Adia Harvey Wingfield in The Atlantic. Also referenced were contrasting perspectives in “The Left's Attack on Color-Blindness Goes Too Far” by Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic and Ayn Rand’s essay “Racism” from her book The Virtue of Selfishness.
This podcast was recorded on January 18, 2021. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.
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Jan 21 2021

1hr 17mins

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Rank #2: Talking with Glenn Loury about ‘Woke’ Culture and Racism Today

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Amid controversy following the killing of George Floyd, many companies, organizations and universities issued statements about confronting racial injustice. The one from Brown University, emailed to its students, staff and alumni, conformed to what’s become a widely accepted view about racism in America:
. . . this is not a mere moment for our country. This is historical, lasting and persistent. Structures of power, deep-rooted histories of oppression, as well as prejudice, outright bigotry and hate, directly and personally affect the lives of millions of people in this nation every minute and every hour.
But one professor at Brown University raised his voice in protest against this “structural racism” narrative. In an incisive letter, Glenn Loury objected that letter’s authors treated many controversial and complex claims as if they were obviously true. “Is it supposed to be self-evident that every death of an ‘unarmed black man’ at the hands of a white person tells the same story? [The letter’s authors] speak of ‘deep-rooted systems of oppression; legacies of hate.’ No elaboration required here?” This, he went on, “is no reasoned ethical reflection. Rather, it is indoctrination, virtue-signaling, and the transparent currying of favor with our charges.”
“What I found most alarming,” he wrote, “is that no voice was given to what one might have thought would be a university’s principal intellectual contribution to the national debate at this critical moment: namely, to affirm the primacy of reason over violence in calibrating our reactions to the supposed ‘oppression.’”
Loury’s rebuttal to the Brown statement reflects his longstanding critique of prevailing “woke” views on racism and how to combat it.  An economist and social critic, Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown. He has published more than two hundred essays and reviews in journals and magazines, along with several scholarly books on race and racial inequality.
Recently, Onkar Ghate and I talked with Loury about racism in America. Loury’s knowledge of the issues is extensive, and we covered a lot of ground. Among the topics we discussed:
Loury’s assessment of the scale of anti-black racism today compared with the climate during the mid-20th centuryThe debates about over-incarceration of blacks and racial bias in school disciplineThe roles of the War on Drugs, minimum wage laws, and the welfare state in impeding economic progressThe underappreciated role of cultural ideas and values in understanding black communitiesThe impact of state-run schools, particularly in impoverished areasThe climate at universities and his experiences teaching a course on race and inequality
A point that resonated strongly with me: Talking about the situation on campus, Loury argued that professors have a responsibility, rather than jumping on a bandwagon, to adopt an “objective, critical, analytical posture” toward the issues and racially charged events we’re living through. He observed: “We’re letting our kids down if we don’t have a robust argument” about issues of race today.
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Jan 20 2021

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Rank #3: The Storming of the Capitol

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In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo discuss the moral significance and the consequences of the January 6 storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Trump.
Among the topics covered:
How the storming of the Capitol resembled the 9/11 terrorist attacksTrump’s level of moral responsibility for the attackThe arbitrariness of Trump’s conspiracy assertionsOur culture’s descent into irrationalist tribalismThe increasing authoritarianism on both the right and the leftThe importance of recognizing the varying degrees of support for violence and authoritarianism on both sides of the cultureThe importance of recognizing the various forms of dictatorial aspirationThe tribalistic attempt to claim victimhood in order to scapegoat the other sideWhy the attackers were not “patriots” but nihilistsThe commonalities between the storming of the Capitol and the BLM protestsThe attack as an attempt to defy the rule of lawThe political institutions worth supporting in an irrational political cultureThe philosophical causes of tribalismHow to think rationally about election fraud claimsWhat should happen to Trump in the future given his moral responsibility for the attackWhat is the best path forward for America
Mentioned in the discussion is Onkar Ghate’s 2016 essay “One Small Step for Dictatorship: The Significance Of Donald Trump’s Election.”
This podcast was recorded on January 13, 2021. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.
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Jan 18 2021

2hr 27mins

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Rank #4: Why Scientific Progress in Ethics Is Frozen

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In this episode, Ben Bayer reads aloud his article “Why Scientific Progress in Ethics is Frozen.” In that essay, he examines some recent attempts by public intellectuals like Steven Pinker, Michael Shermer, and Sam Harris to provide a scientific foundation for ethics. He observes that all of them make a conventional assumption that equates the subject matter of ethics with proper relationships with other people. He argues that this equation is overly narrow and fails to take account of the actual subject of the wider array of ethical theories throughout history. Bayer argues that we must challenge the conventional equation if we are to have a scientific revolution in ethics. The article was originally published in New Ideal, the Ayn Rand Institute’s journal, on January 13, 2021.

Jan 13 2021

21mins

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Rank #5: The Charlie Hebdo Assassinations: Six Years Later

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It’s tragic that the West has failed to take a principled stand in defense of free speech.

Jan 11 2021

55mins

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Rank #6: Can People Change? A Conversation with Gena Gorlin

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In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer is joined by Gena Gorlin, professor and clinical psychologist, to discuss the psychology of personal change and its connections with philosophy.
Among the topics covered:
Gorlin’s view of New Year’s resolutions, and why change is so hard;Considerations for making effective New Year’s resolutions;Whether and how we can change fundamental aspects of ourselves;How conscious and subconscious beliefs impact our mental health;How our motivations impact our ability to change;How we can tell when a change is worth making;The role of heritability in shaping our character.
Mentioned in the discussion are Ayn Rand’s essay “Causality Versus Duty” and her book Atlas Shrugged. Also mentioned are Gorlin’s Psychology Today article “What It Really Looks Like to Rebuild Your Soul” and her paper, with Reinier Schuur, “Nurturing Our Better Nature: A Proposal for Cognitive Integrity as a Foundation for Autonomous Living.”
This podcast was recorded on December 29, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.
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Jan 04 2021

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: Critiquing Biden’s Agenda: Health Care

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On the final installment of New Ideal Live’s three-part analysis of the Biden administration agenda, Ben Bayer and Keith Lockitch discuss, from a philosophical perspective, the environmental and energy agenda of the upcoming administration.
Among the topics covered:
Whether climate change poses an existential threat;Why we need industrial capitalism to deal with real climate vulnerability;Why Biden’s alternative energy plan is impractical and threatens progress;What environmentalists’ opposition to nuclear and even solar energy reveals about their real motivation;The devastating impacts of a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions;Why government “investment” in energy doesn’t incentivize innovation but hampers it;The anti-life philosophical ideas that drive Biden’s energy and environmental agendas.
Mentioned in the discussion are Keith Lockitch’s articles “Pandemic Exposes the Reality of a Low-Carbon Economy,” “The Green New Deal: A War Against Energy,” and “Climate Vulnerability And The Indispensable Value Of Industrial Capitalism.” Also mentioned are Ayn Rand’s “The Anti-Industrial Revolution,” “The Left: Old and New,” and “Egalitarianism and Inflation.” This podcast was recorded on December 23, 2020.

Dec 28 2020

1hr 7mins

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Rank #8: Critiquing Biden’s Agenda: Energy and the Environment

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On the second installment of New Ideal Live’s three-part analysis of the Biden administration agenda, Ben Bayer Onkar Ghate discuss, from a philosophical perspective, the proposed health care policies of the upcoming administration.
Among the topics covered:
Why the health care industry’s importance is a reason to keep it free from regulation;Why Biden’s “public option” plan is not a form of freedom, and why it crowds out private enterprises;Why the idea of the “right to health care,” which motivates government intervention in health care, misinterprets the concept of “rights”;How policies implementing the “right to health care” demonize health care workers and treat them as slaves;The new restrictions that Biden policies will place on health care producers;Why socialized medicine is not the panacea some think it is.
Mentioned in the discussion are Ayn Rand’s “The Forgotten Man of Socialized Medicine” in For the New Intellectual, and Leonard Peikoff’s essay “Health Care Is Not a Right.” This podcast was recorded on December 22, 2020.

Dec 28 2020

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Rank #9: Critiquing Biden’s Agenda: Overview and the Economy

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On the first installment of New Ideal Live’s three-part analysis of the Biden administration agenda, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss and analyze, from a philosophical perspective, the overall policy plan of the new administration with an emphasis on the economy.
Among the topics covered:
Why Biden’s plans reflect an embrace of the mixed economy;Why a mixed economy leads to pressure group warfare;How Biden’s labor and trade policies echo Trump’s;Why Biden’s economic proposals will hurt the ambitious poor;The travesty of the proposed constitutional amendment to publicly fund election campaigns.
This podcast was recorded on December 21, 2020.

Dec 28 2020

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Rank #10: Ayn Rand’s Critique of the ‘Left’

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In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss the philosophy behind the “left,” and Ayn Rand’s critique of it.
Among the topics covered:
The philosophical roots of the “left” as a political phenomenon;Why Ayn Rand thought the ideas behind socialism, communism and fascism are evil;Why Rand thought that these nominally secular ideas were still forms of mysticism;Why Rand thought that conservative politicians of her time failed to oppose the left on principle;How Rand differentiated the “New Left” from the old;Environmentalism, racism and tribalism as outgrowths of “New Left” ideas.
Mentioned in the discussion were Ayn Rand’s talks “The Anti-Industrial Revolution” and “Apollo and Dionysus,” and her book Return of the Primitive This podcast was recorded on December 16, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.
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Dec 21 2020

1hr 4mins

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