This conference is co-hosted by the Ayn Rand Institute (https://ari.aynrand.org) and the Ayn Rand Centre UK
“Socialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.”
Many decades after Ayn Rand identified the moral nature of socialist theory, and its inevitable consequences when put into practice, socialist parties and politicians are gaining popularity, most notably in the US and the UK. Why are those who have enjoyed the tremendous benefits of freedom demanding an end to it? How have advocates of free market policies failed at making the case for them, despite the evidence in their favour? And what will happen to this country if the chants in the streets turn into official government policy?
At this event we will look at the potential impact of socialism on the UK, with a focus on topics such as financial services, free speech, and the increasing demands to ban everything under the sun.
13:00: Opening Remarks - Razi Ginzberg
13:10: Anti-Capitalism and Antisemitism - Yaron Brook
"Wherever you find a group that is railing against capitalism, it won't be long before you attract types who want to blame Jews"
14:10: The Nanny State: Could Labour Outdo the Tories? Speakers: Douglas Carswell, Chris Snowdon, Lucy Harris, Razi Ginzberg
Government guidelines tell us how much vegetables to eat. The sugar tax “protects” us from our sugary drinks. Cigarette and tobacco packaging is covered with gruesome images and stark warnings, and brand logos are prohibited, lest an attractive font render us incapable of resisting.
These are just a few examples of areas in which the Tory government has introduced or enhanced the degree to which the state restricts our choices “for our own good”.
Would a Labour government manage to be worse?
15:30: Can We Disagree? Cultural and Legal attacks on Diversity of Speech. Speakers: Toby Young, Yaron Brook, Soutiam Goodarzi
The legal limitations on speech in the UK are a hotly debated topic. But the cultural atmosphere that contributes to it is directly related to what government takes action on, and to future legislation.
Can a free society truly thrive when individuals are afraid to speak their mind? Does free speech pertain strictly to government censorship, or are private companies obliged to provide a platform for all views?
People and Profits: Who Would Benefit From the End of the City? Speakers: Andrew Boff, George Grigoropoulos
Whether it’s from Brussels or from Westminster, the City of London faces a constant stream of new regulations. And that’s with the Conservatives in power…
Labour’s rhetoric against financial services is far more severe than anything the Tories have done so far. But if they intend to back up that rhetoric, they will have their work cut out for them.
So what can we expect to see, under a socialist government, happening to the sector that funds all other sectors?