Category Archives: Video

John Hospers: The Future of Liberty Video

In July of 2000, philosopher John Hospers gave a speech at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) titled “The Future of Liberty”. This video of the speech is being made available on the Freedom Party International channel because Hospers speaks, from experience, about the philosophical and psychological barriers faced by anyone hoping to promote individual freedom in today’s society (or, at least, in society as it existed in 2000). It is a passionate, moving speech, worthy of several watchings.

NOTE: Hospers’ speech was given at an I.S.I.L. conference, and was largely directed at libertarians and the libertarian movement. Freedom Party is not a libertarian party – we advocate rational governance, by a government, not the “less government” or anarchy advocated by libertarians.

Hospers considers himself a libertarian. Author/philosopher Ayn Rand – whose philosophy informs Freedom Party’s policies – opposed libertarianism floating political concepts, and its anti-government/less-government nature. However, Hospers was, for a time, a friend of Objectivist philosopher and author Ayn Rand (whose philosophy informs Freedom Party’s policies) and her philosophy, and friendship, made a lasting impression upon Hospers and his writing. Hospers’ friendship with Rand reportedly ended not because of their philosophical differences, but because of his conduct toward her at an academic philosophy event.

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John Hospers on ‘Pure’ versus ‘Impure’ Libertarianism Video

John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972.

In this lecture given at a California Libertarian Party conference in 1989, Hospers describes the differences between what he calls ‘pure’ and ‘impure’ libertarianism. He illustrates differences of opinion between the two in three situations: consent, privacy, and endangerment/risk.

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John Hospers on His Friendship with Ayn Rand Video

John Hospers talks about his friendship with Ayn Rand at an International Society of Individual Liberty event in 1996. He talks about her mannerisms and aesthetic tastes, her writing style, the kinds of people she surrounded herself with, and memorable conversations they shared regarding philosophy.

John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972.

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John Hospers From 1776 to 1984 Video

 

 

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John Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was also the first Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1972. He passed away in 2011.

In this video from a Libertarian International conference in London, England in 1984, Hospers compares 1984 (and Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell’s popular novel) to 1776, the year of the American Revolution. Hospers speaks about everything from dystopia to new technology to the inevitable failure of global communism.

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