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The "Robber Barons"

Alejandro Durán, James Valliant

Presented at: London Ayn Rand Meetup ARC-UK

Date: Jan 27, 2021

“If a man from Mars—that is, an objective, let us say, uncorrupted intelligence—looked at the spectacle of the economic history of the 19th century, he would conclude that the so-called “robber barons” were the greatest humanitarians, the greatest benefactors of mankind that had ever lived…” 
– Ayn Rand, The “Robber Barons”

In this radio interview from 1966, Ayn Rand defends the “robber barons” of the 19th century—industrialists who improved the standard of living of countless people. She also makes the case for distinguishing between successful businessmen who become rich by honest, versus dishonest means.

Join us for today's discussion of this interview, which you can listen to here 


Parts: 1

Handout: none