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The Don Watkins Show

By Don Watkins
Philosophy, art, and the quest for meaning. Hosted by keynote speaker and best-selling author Don Watkins.
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So you want to be a screenwriter?
Don Watkins talks to aspiring screenwriter Clytze about what it takes to launch a successful writing career.    For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​​          You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.              Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:04:34
September 17, 2021
The Self-Made Manifesto
Don Watkins discusses his book in progress, "The Self-Made Manifesto."   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​​          You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.              Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:00:20
September 10, 2021
From Crime Fighter to Crime Writer with Jeffrey James Higgins
Jeffrey James Higgins is a former reporter, retired supervisory special agent with the DEA, and author of the thriller, "Furious."   Website - https://jeffreyjameshiggins.com/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​​          You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.              Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
56:04
September 10, 2021
The Value of Philosophy with Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith is an Instructor at the Ayn Rand Institute's Objectivist Academic Center   The Objectivist Academic Center - https://courses.aynrand.org/objectivist-academic-center/  Aaron Smith on Twitter - https://twitter.com/PhilosophySmith  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​​          You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.              Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:05:30
May 18, 2021
My first writing teacher
Brooke Nelson was my high school journalism teacher, and my first major writing influence.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​​        You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.            Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:03:16
May 11, 2021
The Art of Learning with Paul Taske
Paul Taske is an attorney. You can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Paul_Taske   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​        You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.            Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:05:19
May 3, 2021
Education and Learning with Matt Bateman
Matt Bateman is Vice President of Pedagogy at Higher Ground, which is "dedicated to mainstreaming and modernizing Montessori education." Higher Ground - https://www.tohigherground.com/ Matt Bateman on Twitter - @mbateman For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​      You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.          Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
55:30
April 15, 2021
The Art of Writing with Keith Lockitch
Keith Lockitch is Vice President of Education and a Senior Fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. Keith's bio - https://ari.aynrand.org/experts/keith-lockitch/ The Objectivist Academic Center - https://courses.aynrand.org/objectivist-academic-center/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.        Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:01:27
April 9, 2021
The Art of Speaking with Bob Ewing
Bob Ewing is a communications coach and founder of the Ewing School.  The Ewing School - https://www.theewingschool.com/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.      Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​​  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
59:34
April 5, 2021
Judging Art - Commentaries on OPAR 52
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.          This episode covers "Esthetic Values as Objective" from Chapter 12.          For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​​        You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.           Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
11:42
April 1, 2021
Romanticism - Commentaries on OPAR 51
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.        This episode covers "Romantic Literature as Illustrating the Role of Philosophy and Art" from Chapter 12.        Ayn Rand - Romantic Literature - https://youtu.be/kQmpbmjsF8A For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​​      You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.         Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
31:48
March 30, 2021
Philosophy and Art - Commentaries on OPAR 50
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Art as a Concretization of Metaphysics" from Chapter 12.      Highlights from The Romantic Manifesto with Onkar Ghate and Yaron Brook - https://youtu.be/yKXoB9Dg480 Harry Binswanger on Ayn Rand's philosophy of art - https://soundcloud.com/aynrandinstitute/inside-a-companion-to-ayn-rand-harry-binswanger For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​​    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.       Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
28:14
March 30, 2021
The Anticapitalist Mentality - Commentaries on OPAR 49
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Opposition to Capitalism as Dependent on Bad Epistemology" from Chapter 11.      For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​​    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.       Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​​​      You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
17:56
March 30, 2021
Capitalism and Objectivity - Commentaries on OPAR 48
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Capitalism as the System of Objectivity" from Chapter 11.    The Objectivity of the Free Market - https://youtu.be/KOg7o8r-jCE  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​​  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.     Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
28:28
March 28, 2021
The Moral Case for Capitalism - Commentaries on OPAR 47
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.  This episode covers "Capitalism as the Only Moral Social System" from Chapter 11.   "Free Market Revolution" by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins - https://www.amazon.com/Free-Market-Revolution-Rands-Government/dp/B009CMOAC6/  Don Watkins on Capitalism - https://youtu.be/2zaEplLseRs For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
12:38
March 24, 2021
Harry Binswanger on the Art of Thinking
Harry Binswanger is the author of "How We Know."   Harry Binswanger Letter - https://www.hbletter.com/   "How We Know" by Harry Binswanger - https://www.amazon.com/How-Know-Epistemology-Objectivist-Foundation/dp/1493753142/   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.      Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:16:16
March 24, 2021
Storytelling with Corey Mandell
Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, and one of the most influential screenwriting teachers in the world.    Corey's Professional Screenwriting and Television Writing Workshop - https://coreymandell.net/professional-screenwriting-and-television-writing/  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.      Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
54:39
March 11, 2021
Government - Commentaries on OPAR 46
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time. Except this episode where we do two sections. This episode covers "Government as an Agency to Protect Rights" and "Statism as the Politics of Unreason" from Chapter 10. "What is Liberty?" by Onkar Ghate and Greg Salmieri - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqsoWxJ-qmMusQPtWeOIXnWMYaOegGCOJ "Government: Who Needs It" by Gregory Salmieri - https://youtu.be/_78JtNzVi64  "The Structure of Government" by Ayn Rand - https://youtu.be/5mQmP-JG8o4 For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
36:35
March 10, 2021
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out with Steffen Henne
Steffen Henne is Head of Research at the Center for Industrial Progress.   "How bad are solar and wind?" - https://youtu.be/bcdsiHT0iOo​  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​​ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.      Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​​  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:03:11
March 9, 2021
Individual Rights - Commentaries on OPAR 45
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.   This episode covers "Individual Rights as Absolutes" from Chapter 10.   "What is Liberty?" by Onkar Ghate and Greg Salmieri - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqsoWxJ-qmMusQPtWeOIXnWMYaOegGCOJ "The Morality of Freedom" by Onkar Ghate - https://youtu.be/3rTsHAXZIjY "Religion vs. America" by Leonard Peikoff - https://youtu.be/GAzDNaRrS4I "Religion vs. Freedom" by Onkar Ghate - https://youtu.be/IJjD-a0qMFo For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​​  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​​    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
39:45
February 28, 2021
Sex as Metaphysical - Commentaries on OPAR 44
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time. This episode covers "Sex as Metaphysical" from Chapter 9. Objectivism Through Induction on Sex by Leonard Peikoff - https://youtu.be/-jDCItWY5a8 Yaron Brook vs. Jordan Peterson on love and romance - https://youtu.be/lAKjvpvH53I Analysis of Atlas Shrugged:—Supplement on Love and Sex - https://youtu.be/mF15DkucDog For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
26:54
February 27, 2021
Happiness - Commentaries OPAR 43
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.   This episode covers "Happiness as the Normal Condition of Man" from Chapter 9.   Taking Your Happiness Seriously (Dave Rubin Interview with Tara Smith) - https://youtu.be/dCp8i90Pr4c  Taking Responsibility for Your Happiness: Insights from Ayn Rand's Ethics (Greg Salmieri) - https://youtu.be/bVZJMdMpib8  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
36:32
February 26, 2021
The psychology of the super-rich with Rainer Zitelmann
Rainer Zitelmann is the author of "The Wealth Elite: A groundbreaking study of the psychology of the super rich."   Website: https://www.rainer-zitelmann.com/   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​​   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.      Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​​   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
59:42
February 25, 2021
Virtue as Practical - Commentaries on OPAR 42
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.   This episode covers "Virtue as Practical" from Chapter 9.   "The Moral and the Practical" by Onkar Ghate -  https://youtu.be/y29T0ETrmns  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
24:52
February 16, 2021
The Evil of Force - Commentaries on OPAR 41
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.   This episode covers "'The Initiation of Physical Force as Evil" from Chapter 8.   "Individual Rights: The Bridge Between Morality and Politics" by Onkar Ghate -  https://youtu.be/YuFzTM0odqQ   "Objectivism Through Induction: The Evil of Initiating Physical Force" by Leonard Peikoff - https://youtu.be/yYmMA91PTmg   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
32:43
February 12, 2021
Jeff Britting on the Joy of Creating
Jeff Britting is an writer, artist, musician, and an archivist at the Ayn Rand Archives. He is author of the 2004 short biography "Ayn Rand."    For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/​   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.      Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support​   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:01:07
February 2, 2021
The Virtue of Pride - Commentaries on OPAR 40
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.   This episode covers "'Pride as Moral Ambitiousness" from Chapter 8.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
41:33
January 27, 2021
The Virtue of Productiveness - Commentaries on OPAR 39
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time. This episode covers "'Productiveness as the Adjustment of Nature to Man" from Chapter 8. Productive Achievement: Man's "Noblest Activity" - https://youtu.be/0HLe7jonMGI Creating Your Hierarchy of Values - https://donswriting.medium.com/creating-your-hierarchy-of-values-4d30f40349f0 For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
33:60
January 19, 2021
Relishing Romanticism with Kirk Barbera
Kirk Barbera is the co-host of Surprised by Art and Founder of Troubadour Magazine. Troubadour Magazine - https://www.troubadourmag.com/ Surprised by Art #10 "Struggle" W/Guest Don Watkins - https://www.troubadourmag.com/post/surprised-by-art-10-struggle-w-guest-don-watkins For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:05:36
January 18, 2021
The Virtue of Justice - Commentaries on OPAR 38
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time. This episode covers "'Justice as Rationality in the Evaluation of Men" from Chapter 8. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
36:48
January 8, 2021
Onkar Ghate on Learning and Living Objectivism
Onkar Ghate is Chief Philosophy Officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. "The Moral and the Practical" - https://youtu.be/y29T0ETrmns "Morality is about Choosing a Kind of Life" - https://youtu.be/PE8IwDimAkM "Religion and Morality" - https://youtu.be/zK9o-aG5hnQ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
58:59
January 4, 2021
The Virtue of Honesty - Commentaries on OPAR 37
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.         This episode covers "'Honesty as the Rejection of Unreality" from Chapter 8.     Earning Your Own Trust: The Psychology of Honesty by Gena Gorlin - https://youtu.be/9S-gXf1x-YU For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.  Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
57:53
December 11, 2020
The Virtue of Integrity - Commentaries on OPAR 36
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.       This episode covers "'Integrity as Loyalty to Rational Principles" from Chapter 8.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.  Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
42:17
December 9, 2020
The Virtue of Independence - Commentaries on OPAR 35
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.       This episode covers "'Independence as a Primary Orientation to Reality, Not to Other Men" from Chapter 8.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
47:43
December 6, 2020
Values as Objective - Commentaries on OPAR 34
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.     This episode covers "'Values as Objective" from Chapter 7. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
52:48
December 3, 2020
NEW NAME: The Don Watkins Show
I've changed the name of the podcast to reflect the wider scope of issues I want to cover. Listen in for a bit about my plans for 2021, what will change, and what won't.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    Support the show at https://www.donswriting.com/support  You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
07:13
December 1, 2020
The Morality of Sacrifice - Commentaries on OPAR 33
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.     This episode covers Ayn Rand's analysis of the morality of self-sacrifice.    For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/          Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support        Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
52:33
November 29, 2020
The Virtue of Selfishness - Commentaries on OPAR 32
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.   This episode covers "'The Individual as the Proper Beneficiary of His Own Moral Action " from Chapter 7.  "Creating Your Hierarchy of Values" - https://donswriting.medium.com/creating-your-hierarchy-of-values-4d30f40349f0       For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/        Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support      Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
51:25
November 28, 2020
Peter Schwartz on the Tyranny of Need
Peter Schwartz is the author of “In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive.” In this episode, we discuss the clash between altruism and freedom, how “the public interest” whitewashes sacrifice, and how to become a better thinker and writer.    In Defense of Selfishness - https://www.amazon.com/Defense-Selfishness-Self-Sacrifice-Unjust-Destructive-ebook/dp/B00PF7820S/   Peter Schwartz's website - http://peterschwartz.com/   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:11:17
November 23, 2020
Reason and Rationality, Evasion and Evil - Commentaries on OPAR 31
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time. This episode covers "'Rationality as the Primary Virtue" from Chapter 7.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
59:09
November 22, 2020
Man's Life as the Standard of Value - Commentaries on OPAR 30
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "'Man's Life as the Standard of Moral Value" from Chapter 7.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
35:01
November 20, 2020
Values and Life - Commentaries on OPAR 29
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "'Life' as the Essential Root of 'Value'" from Chapter 7.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
30:60
November 19, 2020
Alex Epstein on the Art of Communication
Alex Epstein is the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels." In this episode, we discuss the pleasure of reading and producing good writing, the value of focusing on a single issue for over a decade, and how to leverage others' expertise.    The Center for Industrial Progress - http://industrialprogress.com/  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:08:24
November 17, 2020
The Good - Commentaries on OPAR 28
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers the introduction to from Chapter 7.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
32:37
November 15, 2020
Reason as Individualistic - Commentaries on OPAR 27
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Reason as an Attribute of the Individual" from Chapter 6.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
24:14
November 12, 2020
Liberty Live with Matt Day
Matt Day is Director of Programming for FreedomFest. In this episode, we discuss the value of live events for promoting liberty, why some live events succeed while others fail, and how aspiring speakers can book speaking gigs.    FreedomFest - http://freedomfest.com/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:00:20
November 10, 2020
Reason as Man's Basic Means of Survival - Commentaries on OPAR 26
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Reason as Man's Basic Means of Survival" from Chapter 6.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
36:22
November 8, 2020
Man as a Living Being - Commentaries on OPAR 25
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Living Organisms as Goal-Directed and Conditional" from Chapter 6.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
31:30
November 5, 2020
Reason, Skepticism, and Mysticism - Commentaries on OPAR 24
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Mysticism and Skepticism as Denials of Reason" from Chapter 5.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
29:56
November 1, 2020
Certainty - Commentaries on OPAR 23
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Certainty as Contextual" from Chapter 5.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
21:02
October 28, 2020
God versus Nature with Fred Seiler
Fred Seiler is the author of "God Versus Nature: The Conflict Between Religion and Science in History." In this episode, we discuss the relationship between religion and science, the disturbingly common opposition to evolution, and how to present complex ideas simply without oversimplifying.    "Go Versus Nature" website - https://godversusnaturebook.com/  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/    You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:11:55
October 27, 2020
Reason, Emotion, and the Arbitrary - Commentaries on OPAR 22
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      \This episode covers "Reason as Man's Only Means of Knowledge" and "The Arbitrary as Neither True nor False" from Chapter 5.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
23:14
October 23, 2020
Emotions as a Product of Ideas - Commentaries on OPAR 21
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Emotions as a Product of Ideas" from Chapter 5.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
33:19
October 21, 2020
The Ideas that Created America with C. Bradley Thompson
C. Bradley Thompson is a Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study Capitalism, and author of America’s Revolutionary Mind. In this episode, we discuss John Locke’s influence on the Founding Fathers, the evolution of the Founders’ understanding of individual rights, and how to think about the founding and slavery. C. Bradley Thompson’s website - http://cbradleythompson.com/ America’s Revolutionary Mind - https://www.amazon.com/Americas-Revolutionary-Mind-Revolution-Declaration/dp/164177066X/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:07:03
October 19, 2020
Knowledge as Hierarchical - Commentaries on OPAR 20
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Knowledge as Hierarchical" from Chapter 4.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
31:57
October 17, 2020
The Quest for Meaning with Lisa VanDamme
Lisa VanDamme is the founder of VanDamme Academy, a K-8 private school, and Read With Me. In this episode, we talk about how education and art bolster our pursuit of a meaningful life. Along the way, we discuss the role of hierarchy in education, cultivating a love of literature, and why I believe that the Bible can’t be the voice of God, because if that voice exists on earth, it’s Victor Hugo’s.   Follow Lisa on Twitter - https://twitter.com/lisakvandamme   Read With Me - https://readwithmesalon.com/   Literature and the Quest for Meaning - https://youtu.be/JZed0X3-q5o   "The Hierarchy of Knowledge: The Most Neglected Issue in Education” - https://theobjectivestandard.com/2006/02/hierarchy-of-knowledge/   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:00:31
October 12, 2020
Knowledge as Contextual - Commentaries on OPAR 19
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Knowledge as Contextual" from Chapter 4.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
19:03
October 11, 2020
Objectivity - Commentaries on OPAR 18
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.     This episode covers "Objectivity as Volitional Adherence to Reality by the Method of Logic" from Chapter 4.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
33:21
October 7, 2020
Thinking Skills with Jean Moroney
Jean Moroney is president of Thinking Directions, where she teaches people the psycho-epistemological skills they need to achieve challenging, selfish goals.  In this episode, we talk about how Jean became interested in psycho-epistemology (a field identified by Ayn Rand that studies how we habitually use our mind). Along the way we delve into boredom, retaining what you read, and how to cope with strong emotions when discussing contentious ideas.    Jean's website: https://www.thinkingdirections.com/   Thinking Directions Starter Kit: https://www.thinkingdirections.com/freebie/   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:15:03
October 6, 2020
Concepts as Objective - Commentaries on OPAR 17
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Concepts as Objective" from Chapter 4.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
38:04
October 4, 2020
Unit Economy - Commentaries on OPAR 16
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.      This episode covers "Concepts as Devices to Achieve Unit-Economy" from Chapter 3.     For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/      Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support    Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
20:02
September 30, 2020
Don Watkins on Capitalism
In this week's episode, I discuss what I learned about capitalism and how to champion it from writing each of my four books. Along the way I cover the complex ways morality influences politics, the value of reading Ayn Rand closely, and how to cut the legs out from egalitarianism with a single word.    For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
57:44
September 29, 2020
Definitions - Commentaries on OPAR 15
SHOW LESSDiving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Definition as the Final Step in Concept Formation" from Chapter 3.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:14:12
September 27, 2020
Concepts of Consciousness - Commentaries on OPAR 14
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Concepts of Consciousness as Involving Measurement Omission" from Chapter 3.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
32:02
September 24, 2020
Integrity with Justin Lesniewski
Justin Lesniewski is the author of the novel The Cut: You Can’t Make It Alone and host of the podcast Welcome to the Midside. In this episode, we discuss the challenge of artistic integrity in Hollywood, the role of humor in life, and the virtues of art, friendship, and athletics.    Justin’s book: http://themidside.com/thecut/   Read the Preface: http://themidside.com/preface/   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.    To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:09:41
September 22, 2020
Measurement Omission - Commentaries on OPAR 13
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Concept-Formation as a Mathematical Process" from Chapter 3.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
27:49
September 20, 2020
The Unit Perspective - Commentaries on OPAR 12
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Differentiation and Integration as the Means to a Unit-Perspective" from Chapter 3.   Errata: I mistakenly referred to the word as equivalent to the label on a file folder. The correct analogy is: the word IS the file folder and the definition of the word is the label. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
25:21
September 18, 2020
Loving Liberty with Agustina Vergara Cid
This week’s guest is Agustina Vergara Cid, a lawyer and US immigrant from Argentina. In this episode, we discuss falling in love with freedom, the challenges of navigating the US immigration system, and how to build a career as an advocate for liberty and Objectivism. Agustina's newsletter: https://www.agustinavcid.com/newsletter For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:10:07
September 15, 2020
Free Will as Axiomatic - Commentaries on OPAR 11
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Volition as Axiomatic" from Chapter 2.   Read my paper on free will: https://www.donswriting.com/free-will-paper   (Note: This paper is shared with the permission of the Objectivist Academic Center: https://aynrand.org/students/objectivist-academic-center/) For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
27:03
September 14, 2020
Free Will and Science - Commentaries on OPAR 10
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Human Actions, Mental and Physical, as Both Caused and Free" from Chapter 2.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
34:35
September 13, 2020
Free Will and Focus - Commentaries on OPAR 9
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "The Primary Choice as the Choice to Focus or Not" from Chapter 2.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
28:23
September 12, 2020
The Perceptual Level as the Given - Commentaries on OPAR 8
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.   This episode covers "The Perceptual Level as the Given" from Chapter 2.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
14:07
September 9, 2020
The Allure of Marxism with Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a senior lecturer in social sciences at York St John University and director of ARI Europe. In this episode, we discuss Nikos’s journey from Marxism to Objectivism. Along the way, we talk about the importance of being relevant, the virtues of understanding false ideologies, and the state of the modern left.    Ayn Rand Centre UK on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPasYvikUOas440qbC5hguA For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:12:30
September 8, 2020
Consciousness Has Identity - Commentaries on OPAR 7
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.  (Except this time.) This episode covers "Sensory Qualities as Real" and "Consciousness as Possessing Identity" from Chapter 2.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
19:41
September 6, 2020
Mastering Digital Media with Daniel Richards
Daniel Richards is a digital and social media expert. In this episode, we talk about how to build an online audience. Along the way we talk about Daniel's journey to Objectivism, the state of the liberty movement, and the importance of cultivating great friends.    For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
58:29
September 1, 2020
The Validity of the Senses - Commentaries on OPAR 6
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "The Senses as Necessarily Valid" from Chapter 2.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
24:34
August 31, 2020
The Metaphysical vs the Man-Made - Commentaries on OPAR 5
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "The Metaphysically Given as Absolute" from Chapter 1.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
35:10
August 30, 2020
The Primacy of Existence - Commentaries on OPAR 4
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Existence as Possessing Primacy over Consciousness" from Chapter 1.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
25:44
August 26, 2020
From Rawls to Rand with Ben Bayer
Ben Bayer is a philosopher and fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. In this episode we discuss the appeal of John Rawls, the power of Ayn Rand, the pitfalls of social media, and challenges and joys of writing.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/ You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/ You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
01:01:59
August 25, 2020
Causality as a Corollary of Identity - Commentaries on OPAR 3
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Causality as a Corollary of Identity" from Chapter 1.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
28:16
August 24, 2020
The Basic Axioms of Objectivism - Commentaries on OPAR 2
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers "Existence, Consciousness, and Identity as the Basic Axioms" from Chapter 1.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
24:24
August 22, 2020
Who Needs Philosophy? Commentaries on OPAR 1
Diving deep into Leonard Peikoff's book, "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand," one section at a time.    This episode covers the preamble to chapter 1 on the importance of philosophy.   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
27:09
August 21, 2020
Ending Anti-Rich Prejudice with Rainer Zitelmann
Rainer Zitelmann is a historian and author of "The Rich in Public Opinion: What We Think When We Think about Wealth." In this episode of Liberty Unlocked, we discuss anti-rich prejudice, why the wealthy are used as scapegoats, and the failure of the liberty movement to champion business success.   The Rich in Public Opinion: What We Think When We Think about Wealth - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0888QGPWY/   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
52:18
August 18, 2020
Hannah Cox on the Power of Facts
Hannah Cox is a political commentator and self-described rabid capitalist. We talk about the role of powerful facts in persuasion. Along the way we discuss her disenchantment with the GOP, finding pro-liberty stories, and coping with criticism and the risks of speaking out. How Much Long Can We Afford the Death Penalty? - https://www.newsmax.com/hannahcox/exoneration-lwop-life-parole/2020/07/21/id/978216/ Hannah Cox on Twitter - https://twitter.com/HannahCox7 For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
53:58
August 11, 2020
Q&A 6 - What's Wrong With The Libertarian Party?
In this episode...   1. What's wrong with the Libertarian Party?   2. Is watching porn bad?   3. What did Ayn Rand want to express with the character of Eddie Willers?   4. How can I better use Objectivism in my career?   5. Jeff Bezos said his decision to found Amazon was made with his heart and not his head. Are Objectivists missing opportunities by being too logical?   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at https://donswriting.com/    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
33:45
August 10, 2020
The Laws of Persuasion with Jeff Rowes
Jeff Rowes is a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice. We discuss lessons he’s learned from championing liberty in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion. Along the way we discuss story-telling, heroes of liberty, and the unique advantage lawyers have in learning the skillsets of persuasion. Jeff Rows Institute for Justice bio: https://ij.org/staff/jrowes/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
01:01:30
August 4, 2020
Thinking Your Way to Freedom with David Birnbaum
David Birnbaum is a podcaster. We talk about his journey from the left to liberty and Objectivism. Along the way we discuss the link between mental health and the support for freedom and the state of political discourse. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
01:03:14
July 28, 2020
Q&A 5 - Birth, Sex, and Death
In this episode...   1. What's the Objectivist position on abortion?   2. Why is "man's life" the Objectivist standard of morality rather than "my life"?   3. What is the Objectivist position on animal cruelty?   4. Why couldn't Gail Wynand persuade people towards a favorable opinion of Howard Roark? Was it that since he pandered to people's irrationality, no one listened to him anymore? Or did he lack a persuasion technique?   5. What do you disagree with in Objectivism?   6. Are Objectivists against team sports?   7. Should the death penalty be abolished?   8. What is a philosopher--and was Ayn Rand one?   9. Should we go on strike?   10. Is a corollary of an axiom itself an axiom, even though it is not an independent axiom?   11. Do I need to find a perfect woman to get married?   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
42:16
July 27, 2020
Unleash Your Passion with Jeremiah Cobra
Jeremiah Cobra is the author of "And Then He Shot His Cousin." We talk about what it takes to rise from nothing, learning how to create great art, and the state of race relations in America. Plus a "Liberty Unlocked" first...Jeremiah reads one of my favorite poems.  Jeremiah Cobra: https://jeremiahcobra.com/ Help me build an outrageously good recording studio: https://www.donswriting.com/studio For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
01:15:33
July 21, 2020
Q&A 4 - Questions about Objectivism I can't answer
In this episode, I tackle some questions I can't answer...   1. Why is 'entity' an axiom but not a basic axiom? Is it because 'entity' is not basic to understanding Objectivism?   2. What do you think is the reason why Kant's fundamentals were so convincing to (most) intellectuals and why did the intellectuals, who spread (parts of) his system, discard his classical liberal politics?   3. What do you think of Ayn Rand's comments about Native Americans in the Q&A of her West Point lecture?   4. Objectivism battle royal between all the heavy hitters in Objectivism you know, who wins?   5. Being that caring for a child with disabilities is rarely a choice, what counsel does Objectivism have on caring for disabled children and/or adults who are incapable for independent living?   6. Why are so few Objectivists in the entertainment industry?   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
48:22
July 19, 2020
Q&A 3 - Is it in my interest to respect property rights?
In this episode...   1. What do you make of Leonard Peikoff apparently donating to Trump’s campaign?   2. Why is it in your self-interest to respect property rights?   3. How can I constructively criticize Objectivists?   4. Don’t we all sometimes think subjectively?   5. What should I tell someone hurt by Ayn Rand’s comments about homosexuality?   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
36:02
July 16, 2020
Unleashing Your Creativity with Sean Malone
Sean Malone is the Creative Director at the Foundation for Economic Education. In this episode, Don and Sean talk about how to launch a creative career in the liberty movement and how to create story-driven media that speaks to audiences who don't already support liberty.  How to Talk Liberty With People Unlike Us - https://go.fee.org/year-research For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
01:28:46
July 14, 2020
Q&A 2 - Should taxes be voluntary?
In this episode...   1. Does Ayn Rand's "immortal robot" analogy make sense?   2. Aren't taxes the price we pay to live in a free society?   3. How do we make the time to fight for freedom?   4. Was it a mistake for Ayn Rand to use the term "selfishness"?   5. Can we condemn people who choose to die? Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
29:32
July 10, 2020
Q&A 1 - Is Ayn Rand's Philosophy a Religion?
NEW FEATURE: In addition to the weekly interview, I'm going to start including some new segments. The first addition is a Q&A segment. In this first episode...   1. "Is Objectivism due to a priori or a posteriori reasoning?"   2. "When we as Objectivists look at the left how do we differentiate between Marxism and nihilism? How do the two interrelate?"   3. "How do you overcome the widespread view of equality of outcomes being intrinsically moral?"   4. "Do most adherents treat [Objectivism] as most people treat the Bible (take the good bits, ignore the bad bad bits, assume different contexts) or do they treat it as crazed evangelicals treat the Bible (take it all literally and seriously)?"   5. "Why are so many of the 'intellectual faces' of Objectivism so awkward in public? and...Why do those same people often seem like they don't experience any joy on a regular basis?"   6. "How does Objectivism relate to 'the Liberty movement?' Are they the same thing?"   7. "Did Rand really believe in full tabula rasa? Does the fact that genetics play a huge role in IQ and even self control have any implications for Rand's ethical conclusions that flow out of her tabula rasa premise?"   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
40:58
July 10, 2020
John Stossel on Persuading Through Stories
John Stossel is an award-winning journalist. In this episode, we discuss John's career, how to tell powerful stories about liberty, and what liberty advocates can do to make their ideas more appealing to journalists.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting. Mentioned on the show: "If you stand for nothing, what will you fall for?" by Don Watkins - https://www.donswriting.com/ideas/the-positive "A Pro-Freedom Approach to Infectious Disease" by Onkar Ghate - https://newideal.aynrand.org/pandemic-response/
53:05
July 6, 2020
The Appeal of the Left with Adam Edmonsond
Adam Edmonsond is a marketing expert, one of my best friends, and all-around brilliant guy. In this episode, we discuss his journey from the left to supporting laissez-faire capitalism. Along the way we delve deep into the appeal of the left, what communicators can learn from marketers, and why most Objectivists find it difficult to persuade people of Ayn Rand's ideas.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
01:06:57
June 30, 2020
The Philosophy of Liberty with Greg Salmieri
Greg Salmieri is a philosopher, co-editor of "A Companion to Ayn Rand," and director of the Program in Objectivity in Thought, Action, and Enterprise at the Salem Center for Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. In this episode we discuss how philosophy shapes our political conclusions, the value of thinking about political issues, how to assess political movements, and what makes Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" such a powerful novel of ideas.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.     To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
01:03:36
June 22, 2020
Yaron Brook on Increasing Your Influence
Yaron Brook is Chairman of the Board of the Ayn Rand Institute, host of the Yaron Brook Show (https://yaronbrookshow.com), and my long-time collaborator. Our books including the national bestseller "Free Market Revolution" and "Equal Is Unfair."  In this episode, we discuss how to become a more influential advocate for liberty. Along the way we delve deep into the state of the liberty movement, what we can learn from public intellectuals like Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, and Tyler Cowen, and how to become a more effective public speaker.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.
01:10:24
June 16, 2020
The Virtue of Audience Obsession with Ezra Drake
Don Watkins and Ezra Drake discuss why focusing on persuasion can stop your from connecting with your audience--and why focusing on being helpful can lead to dramatically better persuasion results.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.  To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.
59:39
June 10, 2020
The Psychology of Change with Gena Gorlin
Don Watkins and Gena Gorlin (clinical psychologist) discuss the psychology of change. We touch on everything from how psychologists encourage change while respecting patients’ autonomy to the psychological reasons people are attracted to freedom (or not) to the role of empathy in persuasion. Special guest appearance by Gena’s baby Alice. Gena Gorlin’s blog, The Psychology of Self-Change - https://genagorlin.com/blog/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.
01:16:28
June 6, 2020
Mark Pellegrino's journey from environmentalist to capitalist
Don Watkins and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural) discuss Mark's journey from environmentalist to capitalist. Along the way they explore the challenges of debating controversial ideas on social media, being pro-liberty in Hollywood, and whether anarchism is truly part of the liberty movement.    "Government: Who Needs It" by Gregory Salmieri - https://youtu.be/_78JtNzVi64   Anarchism: The Enemy of Liberty - https://youtu.be/gjFevWb6p8M   SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER - https://www.donswriting.com/   SUPPORT THE SHOW - http://libertyunlocked.com/
53:12
June 1, 2020
Dave Rubin on Leaving the Left
My guest today is Dave Rubin, host of the Rubin Report and author of the new book Don’t Burn This Book.  We discuss Dave's fascinating journey from up-and-coming progressive media figure into a free-market loving classical liberal. Along the way we talk about what liberty supporters need to understand about progressives if they want to be more persuasive, ways Dave aims to make conservatives more pro-liberty, lessons about effective communication Dave learned from his friend Jordan Peterson, and a whole lot more. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at donswriting.com. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit libertyunlocked.com. 
52:35
May 27, 2020
Introducing "Liberty Unlocked"
The podcast that will help you win hearts and minds for freedom by talking those who've taken the journey from liberty opponents to liberty champions.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at donswriting.com. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit anchor.fm/don-watkins. First 3 episodes drop June 2.
02:26
May 22, 2020