Dr Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Institute
Monday, October 11, 2010 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (AEDT)
Dr Yaron Brook, President and Executive Director of The Ayn Rand Institute and the Ayn Rand Centre for Individual Rights will give a talk titled "Capitalism without Guilt: the Moral Case for Freedom" at 7pm on October 11th at the City Tattersalls Club in Pitt St, Sydney.
Capitalism has an undisputed record of wealth generation, yet it has always functioned under a cloud of moral suspicion. In a culture that venerates Mother Teresa as a paragon of virtue, businessmen sit in stoic silence while their pursuit of profits is denounced as selfish greed.
Society tells businessmen to sacrifice, to serve others, to "give back" - counting on their acceptance of self-interest as a moral crime, with chronic guilt its penance. Is it any wonder that productive giants from John D. Rockefeller to Bill Gates have behaved as if profit-making leaves a moral stain that only tireless philanthropy can launder but never fully remove?
It is time the moral case for laissez-faire capitalism was heard. Two centuries ago the American Founding Fathers established a nation based on the individual's rights to life, liberty, property - and the pursuit of his own happiness. But neither the Founders nor their successors could properly defend self-interest and the profit motive in the face of moral denunciation. The result has been a slow destruction of freedom in America, leading us to today's economic mess.
Dr. Yaron Brook will demonstrate how Ayn Rand's revolutionary ethics of rational self-interest supplied the moral foundation that previous proponents of capitalism lacked. Dr. Brook will explain why individual rights are crucial for capitalism's survival - why productivity and profit, the "selfish greed" that conservatives abhor, are not vices but cardinal virtues. He will explain why as individuals we must proudly embrace the radical individualism our lives and happiness require.
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About Ayn Rand and Yaron Brook:
Ayn Rand’s influence, and in particular the popularity of her novel Atlas Shrugged, has grown enormously in recent years. This is particularly so in the US where commentators routinely note the parallels between the events portrayed in Atlas Shrugged, and the current economic conditions and significant expansion of government control and influence in the economy. Atlas Shrugged recently topped Amazon's classics bestseller list. There are now over 60 BB&T university programs for the study of capitalism - based on Ayn Rand's ideas - in the US.
Dr Brook leads the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) and is one of the most visible and renowned advocates for capitalism in America today. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, a columnist at Forbes.com and a frequent contributor to such publications as the Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily. Last year, Dr Brook took part in a debate entitled 'This House Blames the Bankers' organised by Oxford University's Oxford Union, which for 182 years has hosted debates by prominent figures from around the world. Dr Brook was the third speaker on the opposition team with John Redwood, former Secretary of State for Wales, and Ron Sandler, former Chief Executive of Lloyd's of London. Dr Brook's team won by a very convincing 131 votes to 51. Also last year, he received a standing ovation as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Republican State Convention with his speech criticising the party for contributing to the erosion of individual rights in America.
ARI is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California. It works to introduce young people to Ayn Rand’s novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote her philosophy of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience.
A brief biography of Dr Brook is included below, as is a link to his full CV (including talks, publications and media appearances) and to a video presentation by Dr Brook which provides an overview of Ayn Rand, her philosophy, and the work of the Ayn Rand Institute. It also provides a preview of Dr Brook’s engaging speaking style.
Yaron Brook is president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, contributing editor of The Objective Standard, and his articles have been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Investor’s Business Daily. Dr. Brook is often interviewed on radio and is a frequent guest on a variety of national TV programs. He is co-author of Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and a contributor to Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. Dr. Brook, a former finance professor, is an internationally sought after speaker on such topics as the causes of the financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, and U.S. foreign policy.
Dr. Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States, where he received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded a financial advisory firm, BH Equity Research, of which he is presently managing director and chairman.
About Ayn Rand and the Ayn Rand Institute (a video presentation by Dr Brook):
The City Tattersalls Club (phone no. 9267 9421) is on Pitt St in the Sydney CBD just south of the Pitt St Mall and opposite the monorail station. The nearest cross street is Market St. You can zoom in and out of the map (top right) with the + or - buttons or with the mouse scroll wheel.
The nearest train station is Town Hall.
There is secure parking opposite at the Hilton Hotel (flat rate of $28 after 6pm) or on Park St at Wilson Parking (flat rate of $20 after 5pm http://www.wilsonparking.com.au/go/wilson-car-parks/nsw/citigroup-centre)
The Sydney Ayn Rand Meetup Group:
This is a club that meets every 3 months or so for a social get-together at a hotel over drinks and a bistro meal.
You can join the club (no membership fee) to receive invitations and information here:
Jason Monaghan 0411 538 017
Nigel Richards 0417 065 047
Tyrone McConnell 0410 021 777
Prad Somaiya 0411 741 641
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