New Ideal, from the Ayn Rand Institute
New Ideal, from the Ayn Rand Institute
Ayn Rand Institute
Philosophers Discuss: Is There a Right to Mass Protest?
59 minutes Posted Jun 22, 2020 at 9:50 am.
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In this episode of New Ideal Live, ARI philosophers Onkar Ghate and Aaron Smith discuss Ayn Rand’s views on mass protests in the context of the recent protests and violence following the killing of George Floyd and others.

Some of the topics covered:

* How are the rights to free speech and peaceable assembly properly exercised?* Is it ever appropriate to block public thoroughfares to make oneself heard?* Can violence and looting be treated as “symbolic speech"?* How can even peaceful acts of assembly initiate force on others?* What are alternatives to mass protests in the streets?

Mentioned in the podcast is Ayn Rand’s essay “The Cashing-In: The Student ‘Rebellion’” in Return of the Primitive.

This podcast was recorded on June 17, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived web episodes here.

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