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Fighting for Ideas in Times of Crisis

Claire Fox, Nikos Sotirakopoulos

Presented at: London Ayn Rand Meetup ARC-UK

Date: Apr 08, 2020

During emergencies, especially when the cause is a complicated and invisible enemy like a virus, we are told that this is not a time for ideas and philosophy. We are encouraged to leave decision-making to the experts and those who know better, and watch from the sidelines. We have seen this during the last weeks, when voices questioning the governments’ reactions to COVID 19 are characterised as anti-social and as disregarding for the lives of others and of the most vulnerable.

When we are lacking crucial information and the technical knowledge, shall we suspend moral and political judgment? Or is it that particularly in times of crises, one must act based on principles, and fight for them? How can one launch the battle of ideas in times of crisis and uncertainty?

intellectual activism

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