The Nightwatchman Society’s second book club meeting was held on the 18th of September 2018. The topic of discussion chosen for this session was “Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal” by Ayn Rand.
The meeting focused on the theme of capitalism based primarily based on the writings of the Russian-American philosopher, Ayn Rand and also the works of others including former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Capitalism was discussed not merely as an economic theory but in terms of ethics and morality.
The session also included an exclusive Q&A Session with Aaron Smith – an instructor and fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute – who joined us through Skype. Dr. Smith received his PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University where his research focused on Aristotle’s theory of knowledge. Prior to joining ARI in 2013, he was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he taught courses in ancient Greek philosophy, moral theory and epistemology. He is also a graduate of the Objectivist Academic Center and an alumnus of ARI’s Advanced Education Program.