Friday, October 10, 2008

ARI News Release on Free Talk by Yaron Brook

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"Two centuries ago the Founding Fathers established a nation based on the individual’s
rights to life, liberty, property--and the selfish 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." *

"Individual sovereignty was not a peculiar conceit of Thomas Jefferson: It was the common assumption of the day..." Kelley L. Ross, Ph.D.

"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 America heard the moral case for laissez-faire capitalism."

Who: Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
What: A talk defending the profit motive and presenting the moral case for laissez-faire capitalism. A Q&A will follow.
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at 6:30 PM
The public and media are invited. Admission is FREE.
For more information on this talk, please e-mail * Copyright © 2008 Ayn Rand® Center for Individual Rights. All rights reserved.

Note: I will be the featured speaker at the Center For Inquiry (CFI) meeting, October 16, 2008, in Portage, Michigan. The topic is "Atheism as a 'Religion' Protected by Courts According to the Establishment Clause" CEC

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