For an age arrested by an oppressor versus victim binary, the new sacrality is resistance itself. The tyrant above, real in some ways and imagined in others, has become the scapegoat and a means to fill the gap left in the relatively empty post-modern soul. The barometer of virtue, then, is no longer constituted by … Continue reading Lost property of the soul
It has been the object of debate for centuries, it has been the subject of philosophical tomes for that time too and it is an essential driving component of political systems. A use, or misuse, of the term has played a major part in telling history; and will play a major part in mapping the … Continue reading Rights have been embezzled
In this special episode of This Is John Galt Speaking, Luke interviews sociology and criminology professor Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos about his book 'The Rise of Lifestyle Activism, from New Left to Occupy'. The conversation includes an exploration of the ideological patterns of the old left and the new left, philosophical and political concepts and Dr … Continue reading This Is John Galt Speaking #15: in conversation with Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos
In this episode Luke discusses the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un before giving a discussion on alcohol and drugs.
The French Revolution, philosophically unsteady at its conception, erupted into fascistic Terror on the 5th of September 1793. Four years into the revolution, a consistent level of compromise came to an ugly conclusion. The Terreur lasted until the death of Maximilien Robespierre on the 28th of July 1794. It became bona-fide on the 29th of … Continue reading 1793: France’s descent into Terror, carried forward by flawed philosophy
This weeks sees Luke and Steve discuss the core aims and successes of Leonard Peikoff's 1982 book 'The Ominous Parallels', giving a generalised review and commentary on the text. Listen in the YouTube module below, or on Apple Podcasts:
This week, Luke and Steve discuss developments in Korea and give some thoughts around the application of Ayn Rand's 1964 essay 'Is Atlas Shrugging?'. View in the YouTube module below, on YouTube or listen with Apple Podcasts. Subscribe here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/this-is-john-galt-speaking/id1378102900?mt=2 Cover image by Sean P Anderson @ Flickr.com: https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanpanderson/33459722052 .
This week Luke and Steve give some Objectivist takes on recent Twitter activity of Kanye West, discuss campus events and give a look to recent events regarding Syria. Listen on YouTube or in the module below: Image courtesy of Kenny Sun on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kennyysun/8121526140
N.B: the work below is intended to be given as an introductory talk to students of Philosophy and Politics. This work is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Ayn Rand Institute or similar organisations: I refer readers on also to their wide range of material . Happy reading! Ayn Rand was a Russian-born (1905) … Continue reading Introduction to the ideas of Ayn Rand: reason, self-interest and capitalism