Matt Kibbe sits down with Leopold Ajami, founder of Novel Philosophy Academy, to talk about the philosophy of Ayn Rand and how it can be applied to improve people’s lives in a tangible way. Rand gets a bad rap for her defense of terms like “selfishness,” but in essence her philosophy is all about self-respect and the pursuit of happiness. In an era when young people are surrounded by prosperity and yet feel miserable and oppressed, Rand’s ideas can perhaps provide an antidote to the pessimism and fatalism that are dominating the culture experienced by America’s youth.
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Great, great stuff. So glad you exposed us to Leopold’s thinking. I really enjoyed all of your personal insights and input as well Matt…more than usual, but highly valuable to the conversation here. I hope there comes a time when every thinking person hungers for this form of education and knowledge – our societies would be much more tolerant and civilized for it.