At an event in New York City, the executive chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute debated the former Barron’s columnist and editor over libertarianism and the concept of selfishness.
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“We don’t have to endorse Gordon Gekko’s view that greed is good anymore than we believe that selfishness is a virtue,” says Gene Epstein, former economics editor at Barron’s.
“The Christian morality of sacrifice and altruism is wrong,” says Yaron Brook, executive chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute.
On January 16, 2018, Brook argued the affirmative in a debate with Epstein over whether selfishness is a virtue. It was an Oxford-style contest, in which the audience votes on the proposition before and after the event, and the side that sways the most people wins. Epstein was victorious, picking up 15.38 percent of the undecideds vs. 9.89 percent for Yaron Brook. Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel, moderated.
The event was held by The Soho Forum, Reason Foundation’s debate series in New York City. Held every month at the SubCulture Theater in the East Village, it also serves as a gathering place for New York’s libertarian community, with free food and a cash bar. Epstein is also the Soho Forum’s director and usually moderates.
Video shot and edited by Kevin Alexander. Tease by Todd Krainin.
“Drum Solo For Hospital Ghost” by Lucas Perný used under a Creative Commons license.
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