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Let Us Alone!

Ayn Rand

Presented at: Ayn Rand On Campus - Columbia WKCR Interviews

Date: Jan 01, 1962

In 1962 Ayn Rand accepted an invitation to write a weekly column in the Los Angeles Times, and from events and controversies that have by now faded from the news, she was able to draw timeless lessons. Rand reads aloud three articles from this Los Angeles Times column: Let Us Alone!, The Cold Civil War, and The Man-Haters. The readings offer a few extemporaneous additions which are not found in the published versions. Rand discuss issues such as: 
  • The origin of the term Laissez Faire
  • What 17th century France has to do with our current economic system
  • The consequences of government 'help' to business?
  • The nature of a mixed economy
  • The impending recession
  • Medicare and socialized medicine
  • Censorship of radio and TV by the FCC
  • Peace Corps
  • Anti-trust laws and the stock market crash
  • Common misrepresentations of capitalism
  • The American Civil War, slavery and capitalism
  • Capitalism and Socialism

health careeconomicscapitalismfreedom of speechpolitics

Parts: 1

Handout: none


  • e-Store, 2012 (En) - 59 mins - "Let Us Alone!" and "The Structure of Government"
  • Online, 2018 (En) - 30 mins - Audio only from the Ayn Rand Lexicon website
  • CD, 2005 (En) - 59 mins - 1 CD
  • Soundcloud, 2014 (En) - 30 mins