With the publication of her two major novels The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), Ayn Rand achieved spectacular and enduring success. Today, interest in Ayn Rand continues to burgeon: her books sell upwards of half a million copies per year, and university courses on her works are increasing in number. Underlying her fiction is a comprehensive system of ideas--a philosophy (as she put it) for living on earth: Objectivism. She wrote: "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." What, specifically, does Objectivism advocate? What guidance does it offer man for everyday living? What does it say about ethics? Politics? These are some of the questions to be considered in this lecture. (No prior knowledge of philosophy or of Ayn Rand's works is assumed.)
Multiculturalism and deconstructionism — the twin doctrines of academia’s latest assault on reason — are working to destroy students’ ability to think and to value. These two movements teach that objectivity is a myth and that all ideas are distorted by the lens of “race, class, and gender.”
In this talk, Dr. Hull explains the essence of Post-Modernism and how philosophers for the past 200 years have systematically divorced reason from reality, culminating in today’s rejection of objectivity. The answer to these destructive trends, he shows, is provided by the philosophy of Objectivism.Discuss this speech | Download audio file
Conventionally, most people believe that morality can only be based in religious faith - that in a world without God no principles of right and wrong could exist. Related to this, philosophers have long held that no objective, fact-based, rational code of values is possible.
Regarding both points, this talk shows that the exact opposite is true.
The purpose of morality is to guide human life on earth - and religion is utterly incapable of it. Flourishing life requires a code of secularism, rationality, egoism and freedom. Religious faith clashes with every principle of a proper moral code, and, as such, has led, and can only lead to, hell on earth.Discuss this speech | Download audio file
Capitalism is the system of individual rights. The enormous success of capitalism in Asia in the 20th century's second half, and the beginning of its positive impact in contemporary Latin America add to the evidence accumulated in Europe and North America over the past 200 years: capitalism is the system of both freedom and prosperity. Conversely, capitalism's antipode , statism in any form, those systems that deny the principle of individual rights, necessitates both political oppression and economic destitution.Discuss this speech | Download audio file
With the creation of a cabinet-level Department of Homeland Defense, America has accepted a permanent, institutionalized state of siege on its own soil. But is this the correct strategy? This lecture examines several cases from history Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the American Civil War, and the decades between World Wars I and II asking what has happened when great nations, facing attack, have turned to defense rather than offense. In strategic terms, the results are unequivocal: the only defense is a good offense.Discuss this speech | Download audio file
This talk argues that only Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, provides a code of morality suitable for living successfully and happily on earth. Objectivism holds that reality is real, that reason is man's only means of knowing it and that one should act in one's own rational self-interest, with rationality being the highest virtue. Life is the objective standard of morality.
In contrast, Post-Modernism holds that objective knowledge is impossible and that morality is simply subjective opinion dictated by one's culture; for Post-Modernists there is no objective basis for preferring, for example, freedom to dictatorship. Religion asserts that reality is governed by supernatural forces, that knowledge is based on faith and that the highest moral act is one of self-sacrifice. Dr. Locke will show that neither Post-Modernism nor religion can be practiced consistently and that neither is compatible with living successfully and happily in the real world.Discuss this speech | No audio file available
"What has not been grasped," said Dr. Brook, "is that we face an ideological enemy, Islamic fanatics who want nothing less than the total destruction of America and its culture of reason, science, individualism, selfishness, capitalism. They want the power to sacrifice the individual to the theocratic state. And unfortunately their greatest ally, and America's gravest enemy, is in our own universities. For decades a nihilist professorship has undermined America by preaching that reason is invalid, science is superstition, individualism is evil, capitalism is exploitation. What country can summon the courage to defend itself when its own intellectuals declare it an abominable evil that should apologize to the world and self-destruct? The way to win this war is to first defend America from the nihilists at home. But to do so we need the only philosophy that provides a full defense of America's ideals of reason, freedom, capitalism--Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism."Discuss this speech | No audio file available
"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home." This, the ideology of terrorism, was stated, not by a radical Muslim, but by a distinguished professor at a prominent American university. In this lecture, Dr. Hull showed that terrorism's ideology of hatred for reason, for happiness on earth, and for wealth is the very philosophy being taught in our universities. He then explained how our universities' irrational ideas created a foreign policy that sent an open invitation to terrorists. To protect America, he argued, we need a foreign policy based on Ayn Rand's philosophy of reason, self-interest, and individualism.Discuss this speech | No audio file available