The Role of Government in a Free Society
Apr 14, 2020
In this episode, Gloria Álvarez interviews philosopher Gregory Salmieri on the proper role of government and other issues raised in his book (co-edited with Robert Mayhew) Foundations of a Free Society: Reflections on Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy. They discuss different forms of government throughout history and the key principle in the American system of government: individual rights. Salmieri explains how a proper philosophy is needed to safeguard against the illegitimate expansion of government and how, in Ayn Rand’s view, limited governments should be financed. They also talk about why the welfare state is incompatible with freedom, why capitalism is maligned despite its benefits, and other engaging topics.