Theme and introductory highlights
Topic and speaker introductions by the moderator
Dr. Peikoff round 1 - what is morality?
Peikoff: the mind is the basic source of every pro-life value
Peikoff: altruism means the sacrifice of the successful
Peikoff: definition of Capitalism
Peikoff: Capitalism contrasted with Socialism
Dr. Vickers round 1 -
Vickers: Slavery works - immoral systems are productive, but fall when their immorality is exposed
Vickers: Capitalism is seductive because it expresses simple childhood wishes for unaccountability
Vickers: self-interest is a childish call to pursue self-interest on the backs of others
Dr. Ridpath - Round 1
Ridpath: Man, in a social setting, needs one thing: freedom
Dr. Kaplan - Round 1
Kaplan: What is Socialism? Almost a religion; that will suppress the black part of the human soul and elevate the best.
Kaplan: Then Ends of Socialism: Egalitarianism, Social Justice, Economic & Social Security, Peace
Kaplan: "Stomach Socialism" - not just a larger cake, but also a fairer distribution
Kaplan: (Democratic) Socialism is not Communism
Kaplan: What is Capitalism?
Dr. Peikoff - round 2
Peikoff: on the creation of wealth
Peikoff: on "commitment to the community" vs cooperation
Peikoff: on William F. Buckley
Dr. Vickers - Round 2
Vickers: Support systems are that which we owe to one another as brothers and sisters
Vickers: On Rationality
Vickers: How did the wealthy get wealthy off the poor?
Dr Ridpath - round 2
Ridpath: The essential: the role of the initiation of force in human affairs.
Ridpath: Capitalism contrasted with Fascism, and characterized generally
Dr Kaplan - Round 2
Kaplan: The reality of Capitalism doesn't align with the words. You are part of the Conservative movement.
Kaplan: The contribution of the Socialism movement - the shifting of the debate: not whether socialism, but how much.
Dr Peikoff - Closing
Peikoff: politics is not a primary. The issue is basic philosophic premises.
Peikoff: Nazism is Socialism - definition of Socialism by the Capitalists
Dr Ridpath - Closing
Dr Vickers - Closing
Vickers: I believe in reason, and emotion too.
Vickers: altruism is not just self-sacrifice
Vickers: I'm Aristotelian; all things in moderation, including self-sacrifice. Selfishness vs. altruism is a false dichotomy.
Vickers: I have never felt coerced by my government
Dr Kaplan - Closing
Q: Since Capitalism is most productive, and socialism is most moral, should we choose just one?
Q: Democratic socialism doesn't seem like a real alternative to capitalism. It's just a struggle for control rather than empowering the workers.
Q: Why is it right to sacrifice for others?
Q: What do you do about people who can't afford the things they need?
Q: Is the morality that produced the Ukraine famine under the USSR the kind of thing we're to expect from Democratic Socialism?
Q: How can third-world countries succeed under Capitalism when they don't have the wealth to bootstrap themselves?
Q: (incoherent rant) Does selfishness mean we can do whatever we want?
Q: What about inheritance?
Q: How is it that selfishness won't lead to the same thing the Nazis did?
Q: Why is it that the Capitalist countries have the most prosperity?
Q: If laws can create wealth, then why didn't countries do that years ago?