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Salon of the Refused, Episode 20

Episode 20 of my podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Jaroslav Romanchuk, President of the Scientific Research Mises Center in Minsk, about the “Revolution of Order” in Belarus. The conversation includes: the world’s most orderly protest movement, how the coronavirus pandemic fueled the uprising, how a housewife became the […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 19

Episode 19 of my podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Jason Crawford, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and blogger at Roots of Progress, about progress and the need to recognize it and study it. The conversation includes: how progress really took off 200 years ago, why then, whether progress has begun […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 18

Episode 18 of my podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk again with Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, following up after nearly a month of the coronavirus lockdown. The conversation includes: whether social distancing is working, whether the experts were lying about masks, the […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 17

Episode 17 of my podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. The conversation includes: how COVID-19 is different from the flu, the risk of “surge mode” overwhelming our health care system, what the US government has done and […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 16

Episode 16 of my podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Cathy Young, writer at Quillette, The Bulwark, and elsewhere, about our plight stuck between illiberal strands of both the right and the left. The conversation includes: Political Correctness and Soviet art and literature, how the nationalist right reminds her of the […]

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So Who Is John Galt, Anyway?

I’m pleased to announce that So Who Is John Galt, Anyway? A Reader’s Guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is now available at Amazon. You can buy it as a paperback or as an e-book. A lot of credit goes to my wife, Sherri, for spending a couple of weeks of her time making the […]

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Your Days Are Numbered

Atlas Shrugged begins with Eddie Willers looking up at a public calendar and trying to recall a phrase that goes with it. The phrase is: “Your days are numbered.” I have some news that is a great deal less ominous. The days are now finally numbered until the publication of my book of essays on […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 15

Episode 15 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with David French, lawyer and writer for National Review, about “David French-ism” and the debate between liberal and illiberal conservatives. The conversation includes: life as an “ism,” how Donald Trump gives people permission to be bad, how liberalism defends […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 14

Episode 14 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, about the legacy of the Enlightenment. The conversation includes: exactly how good the state of the world is, “thick” versus “thin” philosophy, the […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 13

Episode 13 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I offer a brief overview of how Ayn Rand offered a rational, secular basis for morality, in contrast both to the religious arguments of the conservatives and to the subjectivism of secular intellectuals. Topics covered include: how to explain Ayn […]

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