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Previewing First Principles: Is Capitalism Moral?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Principles is a series of three debates on the moral underpinnings of today's politics co-sponsored by DemosThe Ayn Rand Institute and It's A Free Country. Part one explored the role of government, and part two discussed freedom; part 3 will feature Washington Post political columnist Ezra Klein (here represented by Demos' David Callahan) and BB&TChairman John Allison, who will debate, Capitalism, is it moral?

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Debating First Principles: Is Capitalism Moral?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

First Principles is a series of three debates on the moral underpinnings of today's politics co-sponsored by DemosThe Ayn Rand Institute and It's A Free Country. Part one explored the role of government, and part two discussed freedom; part 3 featured Washington Post political columnist Ezra Klein (here represented by Demos' David Callahan) and BB&TChairman John Allison, debated:

Capitalism: Is it Moral? Listen to the Debate!

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Debating First Principles: 'Freedom From' vs. 'Freedom To'

Friday, April 01, 2011

First Principles is a series of three debates on the moral underpinnings of today's politics co-sponsored by Demos, The Ayn Rand Institute and It's A Free Country. Part one explored the role of government, and part two, slated for April 7th, explores Freedom From vs. Freedom To

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Crisis: When You Need a Functional Government

Friday, March 18, 2011

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"As we face the threat of a government shutdown, we remember that this isn’t just a political game. When there’s an earthquake, a nuclear meltdown or any one of a thousand everyday issues, we need a functioning government at the service of its people."

-- Justin Krebs

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First Principles: What is the Primary Role of Government?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Somebody getting a minimum wage, or somebody getting Medicare, or somebody getting stuff from the government, whatever that happens to be, comes at somebody else's expense. Somebody has to pay for it. And that expense is coerced. I believe that government has no right to coerce its people to do things they don't want.

— Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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First Principles

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yaron Brook, president and executive director of The Ayn Rand Institute, and Miles Rapoport, president of Demos, talk about the role of government and the First Principles debate.

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Debating First Principles: Demos vs. Ayn Rand on the Proper Role of Government

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

WNYC

Starting this month, WNYC's Brian Lehrer will be moderating First Principles, a series of three debates on the moral underpinnings of today's politics. The event co-sponsored by Demos, The Ayn Rand Institute and It's A Free Country.

The Ayn Rand Center's Yaron Brooks and Demos' Miles Rapoport in conversation about the proper role of government, offering a preview of their first debate on March 10.

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Blogging First Principles: What's the Proper Role of Government?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Jami Floyd: "In philosophy, a first principle is a basic, foundational proposition or assumption that cannot be deduced from any other proposition or assumption. In American politics, conservatives are attempting to lay claim to the phrase"

Karol Markowicz: "State governments would take control of schools, roads and other functions currently overseen by our bloated federal government. Ideally, local municipalities would have even more responsibility; the more local the government, the better."

Justin Krebs: "Our government operates with the common good as its bottom line. We want our country to be prosperous, but we measure our success in more than financial reward. That is why we provide for the security of the weakest members of our society."

Solomon Kleinsmith: "Unlike the right or left, centrists don’t necessarily trust the private sector more than the government, or the other way around. We have a healthy distrust of both."

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Our Distorted Debate Exaggerates Our Divisions

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The very shape of debate makes it easy for the public to drift into one camp or another, not unlike Coke-Pepsi debates in the 1980s, or the choice between the Yankees or the Mets if you grew up in the Tri-State area.  We’re encouraged to choose a side, to join a team, and there are exactly two sides to choose from.

The result appears to be two very different moralities. But here’s the catch: while the brand loyalties are evenly divided, the underlying values are not. Rather, there is a morality shared by most Americans; and another set of values held by a relative few who simply have enough money and sway to distort the debate.


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Different Moralities, Different 'Hopes and Dreams'?

Friday, January 14, 2011

We asked about our common "hopes and dreams," and we got some inspired answers. We also got some pushback. Today, we follow up on this conversation with a look at the limits of our shared political values and the roots of where we diverge.

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