Liberty Lounge #7: Don Watkins on Capitalism, Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, and the Meaning of America
Author and philosopher Don Watkins joins the Western Canon Podcast to discuss the morality of capitalism, the founding philosophy, the liberty movement in America, and why Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is a great book.
Don Watkins is an Objectivist and was a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute from 2006 to 2017. He later worked for the Center for Industrial Progress and the Heartland Institute. His many books include Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government (Macmillan, 2012); Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality (St. Martins Press, 2016); and In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance (Ayn Rand Institute, 2017). Watkins has contributed to Forbes, The Guardian, USA Today, Fox News, CNBC, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, The Washington Times, and other media outlets. In early 2014, Watkins launched the 'End the Debt Draft' campaign, promoting his goal of ending government welfare in order to end government debt, which he sees as imposing on young Americans an unearned and immoral obligation in a similar way to the military draft. His book, RooseveltCare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance, was published in June 2014.
About the Show:
The Western Canon is a monthly podcast dedicated to examining the timeless stories, ideas, and thinkers of the Western literary tradition. Working chronologically through "the great conversation of history," each episode focuses on a distinct canonical work, set of works, or intellectual period. Featuring lively summary, literary analysis, philosophical discussion, and guest commentary, the show also tackles social and political issues related to Western civilization, the modern university, free speech, well-being, and much more. Educate your mind and feed your soul by tuning in with Jordan Alexander Hill, Gina Santiago, and special guests on the 1st of every month!