Ayn Rand Hero: Don Watkins on Freedom, Morality, and Equality

September 5, 20160 Comments

Don Watkins is one of today’s most vocal opponents of the welfare state and one of the great proponents of Ayn Rand’s philosophy. A fellow with the Ayn Rand Institute, Don is co-author, with Yaron Brook, of the national best-sellers Free Market Revolution and Equal is Unfair. He is also the author of RooseveltCare: How Social Security Is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why having a ‘hierarchy of values’ is one of the most important things about philosophy[12:15]
  • Why you should read books you disagree with [18:30]
  • America before and after welfare [30:00]
  • Don’t fall for your ‘confirmation bias’ when researching your case [39:35]
  • What we mean by inequality [43:30]
  • The difference between political and economic inequality[50:10]
  • The only way to ‘equalize’ (and why this doesn’t work) [1:01:40]
  • How to think clearer about morality [1:07:30]
  • Your two best resources for developing your thinking [1:17:00]

I highly recommend you get a copy of Equal is Unfair if you want to learn more about the moral perspective behind the ‘equality’ debate – and how that impacts us.

His other two books, Free Market Revolution and Rooseveltcare are also hard-hitting explorations into the political and economic world in which we live – and how we might transform them into a world in which we are inspired to live.

You can learn more about Don at The Ayn Rand Institute or follow him on Twitter @dwatkins3.

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Mark Michael Lewis is a Profitability Coach who guides entrepreneurs to make increasingly profitable decisions in their business, their relationships, and their quality of life. He created the Creating Thriving Partnerships 24 hour audio program -- especially intimate/romantic partnerships, but also in business and communities. Over the last 25+ years, Mark has trained 1000s of people, consulted with 100s of businesses, and coached 100s of individuals and couples to thrive. He is the host of the Talking Thrive podcast and the Becoming an Ayn Rand Hero podcast where he offers insights and interviews about how to live integrated thriving lives. Mark is the author of three nonfiction books, including "RelationDancing" and "The Key Is In The Darkness." You can learn more about his work at http://ThrivingPartnerships.com and http://TheProfitabilityCoach.com.
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