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The Structure of Government

Ayn Rand

Presented at: Ayn Rand On Campus - Columbia WKCR Interviews

Date: Jan 01, 1962

From 1962-1965, Ayn Rand conducted a series of radio interviews at Columbia University's student run radio station, WKCR. The series, entitled 'Ayn Rand on Campus,' covered a broad range of topics. In this interview, Miss Rand discusses issues of the structure and purpose of government such as:
  • Determining the right political system
  • The importance of a written constitution
  • A republic versus a democracy
  • Representative democracy¬†
  • Unions
  • The role of the government in protecting the rights of the individual
  • The Senate, House of Representatives and local governments
  • Filibusters
  • The Supreme Court and judiciary system
  • Electoral re-apportionment and 'one-man-one-vote'
  • America's system of checks and balances
  • Determining the constitutionality of laws

philosophy of lawgovernmentlawpoliticsrights

Parts: 1

Handout: none


  • e-Store, 2012 (En) - 59 mins - "Let Us Alone!" and "The Structure of Government"
  • YouTube, 2018 (En) - 29 mins
  • Campus, 2018 (En) - 410 mins - Course contains 14 of the Columbia radio shows
  • CD, 2005 (En) - 59 mins - 1 CD
  • Soundcloud, 2014 (En) - 30 mins