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Jason starts the show talking about tech stocks and looks back at the internet bubble in the late 90s. He brings on investment counselor Adam to help dissect an article about the dot com bust. Later on the show, Jason hosts Tal Tsfany, President & CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute. They discuss free speech in university settings, defining happiness and selfishness, and what we should be focusing on. They end with philosophies on the distribution of wealth.
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Jason Hartman 1:00
Welcome to Episode 1171 170. Thank you so much for joining me today. This is a 10th episode show where we discuss something of general interest. And I think you will like our talk a lot today about happiness and fulfillment in life. So we will get to that in a few minutes. Adam is here with me and we want to talk about bubbles before we start. Adam, are we in a bubble in the stock market? Now we’re talking about the stock market, mostly because we have some parallels to draw for you. Are we in a bubble? What do you think?
Are we in a bubble? I think we’re getting close to it. I I don’t know if I can say we’re exactly in a bubble yet. But I think there’s definitely some areas of our society that are reaching bubble status potentially.
Jason Hartman 1:46
Well, I would agree that we are very close to bubble status in in many things. That’s what the doom and gloom errs are always saying, but there’s this interesting investopedia article that I posted in our content. Group seven ways that 2019 mirrors the.com bubble. Now, Adam, you were pretty young during the.com bubble, I was not as young. And I remember it well, folks, I want you to go back to 1999 2000 2001. And try to remember how the world was, you know, there’s the old saying those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It’s pretty interesting because there were so many shows, there was such a gold rush, such a mania mindset, where all of these incredibly silly ideas, were getting massive amounts of funding from venture capitalists from angel investors. And an angel investor is just a private investor. Basically, the ideas were just stupid. Some of them some of them very very heavily funded, you know, small and large. And you could attract money if you just put.com after your name.
Yeah, it was like, it was like Icos this past year or two years. That is a great
Jason Hartman 3:11
comparison from about two years ago, the Ico market. In other words, the cryptocurrency world the initial coin offering, and you know that that’s a fad, I did not fall for right. Many times said I, I would love to be wrong about it, because I would love nothing more than to see a sort of a private money alternative that is not controlled by central banks and governments. But yes, yeah. And it’s probably never going to happen, because the powers that be are just too powerful. So when we look at the Ico market, the stock market in general Now, every company is a tech company, every company is a.com company, if you will, but back in 1999 in 2000, that was sort of a I remember what was the company? I don’t remember. But the first Super Bowl ad to feature a.com.
It was GoDaddy.
It was it was GoDaddy, but maybe I do remember there was a book published then that was, I think it was dow 30,000.
Jason Hartman 4:16
Yo, you will Harry dent. He was out with some of those predictions. And there were several dow 30,000 35,000 books. So waiting on that one. Yeah, we’ll see. Certainly 20 years. Adam, come on be patient. Yeah, I know. It’s crazy, these these predictions, but is there a parallel? So they say in the article, they talked about seven signs of a new bubble. And the first one being that venture capital investments in tech companies are in excessive levels. And I would agree these tech IPOs initial public offerings are absolutely crazy. We saw lift, we saw snap, you know, from what a little over a year ago that up down Looks like it may be coming back. Uber is coming. And that’s the most valuable private company in the world. We’ll see what happens with that one. But Adam, there’s there’s some other bullet points here. Why don’t you share a couple of them?
First off, I was gonna say about the venture capital and tech companies. You have to look, I know back in the 90s, late 90s, early 2000s, this kind of tech companies were just on the, in their infancy. I know. Now, they’re a little bit more tech savvy, but some of the money is going into things that may actually work now, as opposed to back then where it was just, you know, dogs calm, right saying that. So it may be a little different just because they’re actually creating technology, like Uber is at least a thing.
Jason Hartman 5:43
Yeah, it’s a real thing. Yeah. And same with left,
it might be losing money left and right. But it’s at least a thing and you can tweak a thing to make money. Some of the things back in the.com bubble were not really things they were retail businesses that put a.com and absolutely
Jason Hartman 5:59
and you know, let’s say interesting about that the Ico world had the same exact thing. A couple of years ago, we and we profiled the stories I did some of that on my crypto cast show, which by the way, I have another podcast on this. I’ve interviewed many of these people, but you can sell ice t make it an Ico and suddenly, you know, there’s all this money chasing you. It’s just the the capacity for otherwise seemingly sophisticated investors to do just dumb things is absolutely crazy. It is amazing to me how this happens and history repeats itself over and over and over again. I would say that the one trait that was the thinking behind the crazy.com boom and bust of the late 90s is the idea that well, investors would throw money at these companies because they had infinite scale. Right? You could reach the whole world on the internet with your thing with You’re your business. But what they didn’t realize is that so could the competition. It’s not like any profitable thing is going to be left alone, there’s always going to be a competitor that springs up. And yes, the whole world is just a mouse click away, but it’s easy for them to click their mouse to your competitor as well. So it is different this time, these businesses are much more sensible this time around. But still, it’s just far too heady. The other parallel they talk about is the financial crises around the world in these emerging market countries. Now, it’s not even fair to call it an emerging market anymore, but I’m heading to China next week. For a couple of weeks. It’ll be my first trip to mainland China. And I’ll be reporting from there. Can’t wait to see these ghost cities. We’ve talked about that a little bit. And there are some real parallels, you know, the Federal Reserve the way they’re acting, they draw another parallel there. Well with financial crises, you didn’t even mention the biggest one. And that’s what on earth is going to happen with Brexit. True enough, True enough, you know, you know, I would be interested. Adam, you were probably against Brexit. I’m guessing.
I’m not necessarily against it. I, I think it’s hilarious at the moment just because it hasn’t kicked in, though it’s a total so far that they voted to do it. And now they’re threatening to kick out all the politicians because they’re actually going to do it because they change their mind. And it’s suddenly the politicians fault they voted this way and not their own. It’s incredible. I actually, if they can get out and start running their own currency and foreign trade alliances, it makes sense. It’s just going to be painful for a little while. I mean, anytime any of those countries eventually decide to get out. It’s going to be painful.
Jason Hartman 8:47
I think it’s got to happen. The EU is just is not good. It’s certainly convenient as a tourist, but that plan was unworkable from the beginning. The idea that these countries with such different Look, when you look at something like the United States, there is a federal government that creates uniformity. And there’s the Commerce Clause and all of this stuff, you know, the states aren’t that different. But the European Union is just absolutely nuts that you have these. I’ll call them lazy countries, and then productive countries mixed in you can’t it’s just never gonna work.
Totally unworkable plan. It reminds me of the situation where when our nation was originally founded, when people were deciding, like, Hey, we don’t want a trade alliance with every single state, and then we have to go out individually and make it with other governments. And they said, let’s just do it together under a federal government. And then we can do interstate commerce with no real hiccups. And they did. We can trade amongst each other with no tariffs and all that kind of stuff. But they didn’t do the overarching government. And that’s created an issue where they just can fight against each other and then when when you do leave, it just creates an absolute nightmare for everybody. Yeah, no.
Jason Hartman 9:59
Thank you. You and not to mention different languages and cultures, they’re so different, you know, the uniting the US was a much easier task than uniting the EU.
Because it was just little territories and not an established country that I mean, what are you going to do go up to Germany and say, Hey, give up more race?
Jason Hartman 10:17
Yeah, right. Yeah, you know, give just support the lazy Greeks who want to retire at age 47. You know, it’s
everybody wants to retire at 47. Sure. It’s crazy. Okay, so the Fed pause rate hikes in 1998. They’re doing the same thing. Now. I’m not sure that’s a big deal. In terms of parallels. I think that one’s a bit off because right now the Fed’s policy interest hikes because our economy isn’t doing as well. Right comparatively to how it was back then. It was skyrocketing, and they pause interest rate hikes. Now they’re saying, Hey, we’re going to raise it. Oh, wait, hang on. Our economy isn’t as great as we thought. So we’re going to pause. It’s not like they’re doing it just for the sake of doing it and Not slow down, arise.
Jason Hartman 11:02
Yeah. Okay. tech stocks lead the market in 2019 as they did in 1999. Well, is that really a parallel? I mean, tech is the market. Yeah. You know, it’s like, what is a tech stock anymore? For example, would you take a company like Exxon and say, well, that’s an old economy company. It’s an oil company. It’s not a tech stock, tech impacts everything. Every company is a tech company. I mean, you know, it used to be I remember when I wrote my first book, right? You know, there was a whole rant in there about, get a website before you do anything. Create your website, stop reading, stop doing everything. Go launch your website, but that was a big deal in 1999.
Jason Hartman 11:48
it’s like if you don’t have a website, you’re not in business, right? Oh, yeah. If you
don’t have a company, nobody’s gonna trust you.
Jason Hartman 11:55
Yeah, of course. Every company’s a tech company, duh. So I don’t know. It’s just different almost daily gains and stock prices with very little retreat. And then growth stocks outperforming value stocks. Adam, that’s a big one we got to get to our guests, but just a couple of quick comments on that one. Okay. So you can either be a cyclical market investor or a linear market investor when you’re in the real estate game. The cyclical market is the growth stock. The linear market is the value stock. The linear market is the Warren Buffett philosophy, the buy and hold philosophy. That’s what we recommend. We just apply it to a better asset class, income property, and the growth stocks or the speculative, crazy things that just don’t necessarily make any sense. And what they didn’t say here, which I guess you could read in the subtext, is all this money chasing, unprofitable or marginally profitable Investments companies. So, you know you have companies that have never reported a profit yet their stock is is booming. And, and that’s like investing in a property in Los Angeles, California that never has any cash flow yet the price is rising like crazy. It’s it’s the speculative gambler mentality that is violating commandment number five. Thou shalt not gamble that I think is probably the most important. Maybe of all seven points. You’ve got it balancing on a one legged stool. That’s situation and that stool. All this always always falls over. It could be the crazy calm stock. It could be the cryptocurrency. It could be the New York City, Los Angeles, South Florida, Boston, London, Dubai. Hong Kong market right Those are all those crazy cyclical markets and they always always, they always collapse as many of them are now. So be a long term buy and hold investor be a value investor. That is the message we want to leave you with today, Adam. Let’s get to our guests have a good one, everyone.
Jason Hartman 14:28
It’s my pleasure to welcome tell Stephanie to the show. We’ve had people on from the iron Rand Institute before and he is now president and CEO of the Iran Institute. He’s former CEO of kinam, the largest private education company in Israel before it was sold to Kaplan University. He’s co founder of the iron Rand center in Israel. I took the objectivism courses at the iron Rand Institute, back when I lived in Irvine, California. So tell welcome it’s good to have you on the show. How are you? I’m good. Thank you very much
Tal Tsfany 14:58
guy. Oh, just see that. You know, you know To know a little bit of who I am, I have a pretty significant tech background. And kind of in the middle between my Israeli I moved to the US in 2006 with a technology company and then helped start another company and then been in Silicon Valley for five years, and so on and so forth.
Jason Hartman 15:18
That’s fantastic. because really what you’re doing with the iron Rand Institute, now, under your leadership is kind of changing the focus and making it more accessible. You just created an app that is getting a lot of downloads very quickly. You’re doing courses in Prague and hopefully all over the world to spread the word about objectivism. We live in a pretty strange time, you know, these American colleges. I mean, the universities have become oppressive regimes against free speech. They are so far left. It’s mind boggling. What do you make of all this?
Tal Tsfany 15:53
I think politics and what we’re seeing in the culture is a reflection of undercurrents that are more focused offical in nature. And I think Rand opened my mind to really understand how we think how we operate. We’re basically organisms that are trying to find meaning and trying to do the right thing for us. We’re not born like a squirrels and knowing how to collect nuts and find a hole in a tree, right, we if you leave us alone will die. So we have programmed ourselves. I think what we see in politics right now what’s happening in colleges, is just a reflection of or a result of, let’s call it progressive philosophies that have detached us from reality and the real nature of who we are. Yeah. And that has a lot of issues. It resulted in collectivism and communism, and now it’s taking different shapes and forms. But I think the tragedy To be more specific of what I see talking to thousands of students all over the world is this generational gap that we have right now. People all the way from 1617 to 25. Having no idea what life is about and
Jason Hartman 17:01
pursue their happiness? Well, we live in this world of it’s like this dystopian world of apathy and luxury and it’s just we’ll get into that. But you know, I’d like to clear something up first. And I think when I came to the iron Rand Institute many years ago, and I studied objectivism after reading Atlas Shrugged is such a profound book. I mean, it’s just life changing. Everybody says that, and I don’t agree with everything Iran says or believes. But a lot of I definitely do agree with. There’s this misconception I believe and I when I had your and Brooke, your predecessor on the show, I believe I asked him this question to I’d love to ask you on the political spectrum. I think most people believe ein Rand would be some sort of and it’s really this is the wrong description in and of itself, but like a right wing libertarian, but she actually I believe called the libertarians. The hippies have the right if I’m not mistaken. So she’s new. Really a libertarian or I mean, she wasn’t, she wouldn’t be a Democrat or a socialist or a collectivist or a communist. She hated communism with a passion. And she was obviously very right about that. What would her political beliefs be?
Tal Tsfany 18:16
That would be objective? They will be scientific. I think she creates a whole different dimension that we’re not seeing in that spectrum. And that’s, you know, before tripping over atlas shrugged and understanding with the role of philosophy in one’s life. I thought that it’s all in physics. I love physics. So it’s like asking, Where would you put Einstein in the spectrum of physics before Einstein created a whole whole new dimension that people didn’t see exist? Yeah, that’s what Rand is offering, at least from my perspective, she would agree with the left that we know we should leave you alone to be be gay or whatever you want to be. She literally wasn’t right that economically you should leave people alone and she advocated laissez faire capitalism. She really understood why we we as human beings need freedom in everything we do. And she separated out force and coercion to a whole different dimension that you should not trade with. You just try to remove it as far away as from human interaction. This is where she disagrees with libertarians, and the anarchic narco capitalist and all of them because they don’t understand the nature of why we need freedom and things like that. So you’re right to say she doesn’t fall anywhere. She, you know, the right loves to hate her for some of her ideas. And the left loves to hate her about some of her ideas. She doesn’t fit anywhere. But this is how I see it.
Jason Hartman 19:36
I know it’s interesting, because, you know, I have friends who are like these are narco capitalist. I mean, she was she wouldn’t be in favor of that either, which he
Tal Tsfany 19:45
completely she thought that the most dangerous are the people that are advocating for freedom from the wrong philosophical Foundation, not understanding the nature of force incursion, and how destruct and disrupts our ability to do what we do our The means of survival is our ability to think and integrate the world into our consciousness. Right? She proves, I think, you know, she laid out a whole philosophy. It’s like a scientific progression, you integrate one one step after the other to come to the conclusion that in the realm of society, you and I need to trade voluntarily, I cannot see because I basically disrupt your ability to be human if I you know, Tokyo or I punch you in the face, or I just knew to kill you, if you don’t what I say
Jason Hartman 20:29
plan would not approve of any vigilantism, I believe but through her reading, she loved the court system and the legal system that she said, that is one of the major roles of government is to provide a court system because if you don’t have the law, you have the point of a gun.
Tal Tsfany 20:47
That’s the choice that brings the worst out of us and she said the three things government should do police to protect us from the inside army from the outside and of course system which is the rule of law. Am to, you know, solve resolve conflicts in a non violent way. But no way she advocates dealing with trading like she thinks it’s gang warfare. If you start thinking about Yeah, free market for armies and police and so on so forth. There’s a reason why we have countries there was a reason why we have armies and police and rule of law. And that’s it. The rest she says, leave us alone.
Jason Hartman 21:24
Yeah, it’s a great philosophy. You know, it’s very true. Talk to us about happiness, I assume you’re familiar with and you’re probably a fan of Dennis Prager and Prager University and so forth. I think that does the job. I don’t think that I agree on everything. Nobody’s gonna agree with everyone. So I don’t agree with iron Rand on everything either. Okay. But one of the things that Prager talks about is he does on his radio show the happiness hour, right, and he says that look happy people, make the world a better place. If you want to contribute to humanity, and be altruistic. The first goal should be to be happy, because then you’ll contribute more and so I know Iran would not say be altruistic or is terribly.
Tal Tsfany 22:03
Yeah, I thought the utilitarian kind of point of view of like should be happiness because it serves a higher goal. I don’t think there’s a higher goal. And that’s the revolutionary perspective that Iran continues from the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, which is the life is about you, she has this wonderful definition for happiness and happiness is that state of consciousness that proceeds from one’s achievement of their own. I add rational goals, goals, she says goals, I find that fascinating. She basically says, there are two things you need to do. One is to define your goals, they have to be rational, they have to be aligned with who you are, what you love, what you’re good at what people want to buy from you. And second is that effective way to achieve it because if you don’t achieve it, and you fail over and over again, you won’t get to this result, which is a state of consciousness of wow, you know, I’m pretty effective. I’m successful things are working at according to plan, I’m in a state of happiness. It’s a state of mind. And it’s beautiful how Jefferson put it like it’s a continuous pursuit. Why? Because goals change over time. I change over time, I become more specialized in specific areas. And I think that’s what it is all about. It is about figuring out first what is your central purpose and she has this concept central purpose that I haven’t heard anywhere. It’s like in my world of business, everything is clear and permission from the cup for the company. I have a clear plan. I know exactly what to focus in on and how to measure it. When it comes to my happiness. It’s pretty blurry What am I am I and what she says that my the way I interpret it is take that level of clarity that we’ve developed in business and apply it to your life and that’s a fascinating idea. So I can pick up talk a little bit more about how to find this or how to Yeah,
Jason Hartman 23:54
discovery process, but you know, happiness is hard work you Right, right. I would like you to talk About that, but you know, I want to say one other thing, try and talk during the interview, just leave a little more time because I want to ask you about something that very few people really talk about when it comes time around. And that is her views on romantic relationships, and even sexuality. She’s got some different angles on that it’s kind of interesting, you know, I haven’t studied very much but since that becomes such a part of happiness, I think it’s it’s worth throwing that in, you know, not just about achieving goals and you know, fulfillment, but do you know it’s certainly romantic relationships and, and that kind of thing? It’s part of the equation for sure. So yeah, tell us more
Tal Tsfany 24:37
first half just have not and I’m not a philosopher so you know, I don’t presume to to know things you’re at.
Jason Hartman 24:42
You’re a practical philosopher, you’re a you’re a tech guy.
Tal Tsfany 24:46
A call it professional, intellectual professional, not in the profession intellectual, but I will say this, I think it’s all the same. It all integrates to one point which is values. you’re pursuing values. It could be spiritual values, it could be material values for me, and a lot of people don’t like to think about it this way. But love is a spiritual goal. It’s a spiritual value. figuring out who is that person that reflects, and projects that sense of life she calls it the sense of life that you attract, are attracted to, I think love is it again is a goal is a value that you pursue. If you’re successful. If you see this beautiful woman, and you are attracted to her and you get to know her and she’s not that smart. Then you find a way that you know, you’ll find out that you’re not that attracted and then find the other person and she is amazing. And then she becomes a value brand, then you end up marrying her and having kids with her. She’s an enormous value. And you need to continue to pursue that value. As we know you have to maintain and sustain relationships. It’s a spiritual trade, and that people don’t like to equate love and relationship and sex to trade. But it is exactly the same thing. I Just looking out to the world, as a valuer. What do I love about this? And I go and pursue this if it could be my, my wife and my relationship with her, he could be business partner and how we succeed in making more money. For me, it’s all the same look at the squirrel. I mentioned the squirrel before, right?
Jason Hartman 26:18
What is he trying to do? survive,
Tal Tsfany 26:20
survive, but more, you know, collect enough nuts and make and create a look really the nicest hole they can find in a tree. They’re pursuing their own values and they are programmed, if you will, by nature, to go and pursue those values. The thing about humans is that we’re not coming to this world program. This is why philosophy is so important. It’s like our operating system. If you have an operating system that is which aligns with reality and and how the nature of our consciousness and the nature of reality and the relationship between them, you will be very successful. And that brings me to the second thing which is one is finding your values and second how to go achieve it and she developed a whole system of more morality which could be reduced to principles to live your life, have integrity, treat people with justice, be an independent thinker, be rational, be productive, give a lot of attention to your productive work. But this is a huge source of, of self esteem and happiness. And that code of morality, I think was proven in the American system to work and people thrive and create, and they don’t create for someone else. This is where I don’t like it they create for themselves. Exactly. That’s what it is. I think when people talk to me about, you know, random philosophy, I said, Look, the first thing I care about is myself and you. And the question is, do you know how to live life? Are you happy? By the way, if you’re super happy and fulfilled and everything’s working? Yeah, just continue to do what you’re doing. But a lot of people have issues with anxiety and lack of self esteem and issues and they don’t understand why things just don’t align in their head and a lot of contradictions that tells you You have a problem. I think it’s a philosophical problem. But as you can see, I’m very passionate about
Jason Hartman 28:05
the application of philosophy specifically objectivism into one’s life. Yeah, yeah, absolutely. You talked about the trade before the iron Rand detractors would say, you know, those objectivists aren’t they just so selfish and self centered? But like you gave the example and talked about romantic relationships? Is it a quid pro quo? Is it all a value for value trade? Is that really what it is? Or? I just elaborate on that a little bit?
Tal Tsfany 28:32
Yes. What else is there? Let me ask you why I’m just
Jason Hartman 28:35
playing devil’s advocate. I agree.
Tal Tsfany 28:38
You know, with my wife, let’s take the most I trade value for value with her. She’s amazing. She’s beautiful. And she’s life loving and she’s benevolent. And she’s, she’s an interior designer. I love everything about it. The reason why, you know, I was concerned about noises around because she’s fixing our house now and I’m excited about is I am getting something from her and I am The center of the universe, meaning she is very valuable to me because of me, she’s not valuable to you because you don’t know her, right? And so what is selfishness, you have one life to live, it’s going to end Pretty soon, and you need to make the most out of it. And you need to care about this thing. It showed Iran defined selfishness in a specific way. And most people see it as what she calls a package deal. Two things bundled together, either by those two are not and she says that’s wrong, separate the fact that you should be self centered, self interested, without the lying stealing liar who trap over people and push them aside because they want what she’s advocating is rational self interest. If I want to trade with you, if I want to have a, you know, a society around me that I want to live in, why steal and cheat, right? That’s a very bad strategy. So that’s, I would say, if I’m self less than I would cheat and steal, so she breaks down this package. Dealing to two things take the rational self interest. But that’s really controversial. It means your life is yours. It’s not your mom’s it’s not your sister,
Jason Hartman 30:08
certainly, and it’s certainly not the government’s.
Tal Tsfany 30:11
Again, the government is there to do the same thing, which is to help me center my life around my life and not have people interfere with my life.
Jason Hartman 30:20
It’s just amazing when you talk on the macro political perspective, and you look at the concept of taxation, for example, and all of these special interest groups that want to take from the rich and as long as they earn that money ethically and legally, it’s there’s, you know, I mean, this whole concept of wealth redistribution is it’s literally immoral. You look at someone like Bernie Sanders or AOC, or any of these politicians on the left, but hey, they’re on the right to it’s not, you know, it’s only a small amount of difference. And what they’re advocating is literally immoral. I mean, it is unbelievable that this is entertained in the public square. I can’t believe it.
Tal Tsfany 31:06
Well, I don’t think you should be surprised. Because if
Jason Hartman 31:09
I’m not really surprised, but yeah,
Tal Tsfany 31:11
if the morality is altruism if the morality is good for others, if I’m being good, if I sacrifice or give away my money and not a producer who’s profit seeking and goal oriented, and so on and so forth, why should be you should be surprised because as I said, people want to do good. And when I need a radical leftist sounds like Wait, what are you trying to achieve? And then you say, Okay, I just I want to challenge your goal. I don’t want to challenge you know, you the fact that you’re stealing from other people. You know, if they’re smart enough, they’ll see that the problem is realizing that if I am not living for myself, it’s a destructive, deadly philosophy. In the end, we’ll all die for each other. Yeah, that’s the way I see it politically. You can see it in many different ways. But if I could just have a rational discussion with someone who wants to take my my money away his taxes and say, Okay, wait, wait, is that money going to do good for anyone else who didn’t produce it? I claimed it will actually destroy them.
Jason Hartman 32:13
Oh, I agree. I couldn’t agree more. And you know, something interesting. My mother went to Berkeley, graduated from Berkeley. Listen to this combination of layers, right? She graduated from Berkeley in the 60s with a degree in social welfare, became a social worker for a few years and saw how giving away government money that was her job doling out the government money to these families just destroyed them. It made them worse. They became inferior people that could not sustain their lives. They became weaker and weaker, as they were more coddled you give more stuff. I mean, look, everybody knows this is true. Look at what happens when you spoil a child. They become a disaster, right? You want to make your children strong and Independent, you don’t want to spoil them and ruin them. Of course, the same is true on a societal level. Interestingly, after all of that, my mother would agree with everything we’re talking about here. It’s amazing. It’s an amazing combo. You know, you can’t, you can’t get much worse than Berkeley in the 60s, social welfare. And then social worker obtained something else interesting. She shared with me. She said that, interestingly, in the 60s at Berkeley, people were walking around with copies of the fountainhead and atlas shrugged. And I said, Why that doesn’t seem like and she said, You know, it was just cool. They were reading on Rand.
Tal Tsfany 33:33
Yeah, let me tell you something I so I can compete with your mother because I was born in better shape, which is a southern city in Israel, but then we moved to a kibbutz Do you know what a
Jason Hartman 33:44
Caboose is the only example where communism is sort of working on the planet,
Tal Tsfany 33:49
right I can I can. I’m a living proof that it’s not working. And by the way, all it is
Jason Hartman 33:53
working a little bit people liberalists will argue that the kibbutz works, okay.
Tal Tsfany 33:57
Because they really wasn’t we’re focused. Like, if you treat people like ants, they will produce like, and so anyway, but I completely agree with you, I will give you even something more deeper than that. When someone, a member of the keyboards, which is a commune, right where I was actually not my parents property, I was raised in a kid’s house. I got to see my parents like four to 8pm every day. But the interesting thing is that everybody shared everybody shared the property and so on everybody’s equal. But when a mother one of the members got sick with cancer, and he went around to ask for a little bit of money from each one, nobody gave him money. No, because we’re already sacrificing our lives, right? When you walk in the laundry room, I’m managing the factory and we make the same money. I’m already sacrificing for you. So it brings the worst out of people. There was like horrible relationships. people hated each other. And really that’s true. That’s,
Jason Hartman 34:55
you know, capitalism is human nature. It’s the most natural thing in the world. to trade, it’s just it’s like breathing. It’s just natural. I mean, from the beginning of time people have traded, they’ve gone to markets, people who have developed specialized skills and that’s what brought us this incredible modern world. If we didn’t have people specializing, we would have none of this. You know, but but to your comment about the everybody’s equal in the books, well, hey, George Orwell, Animal Farm would say some animals are more equal than others, right?
Tal Tsfany 35:28
That’s the problem. But I think I want to take your point, even a little deeper. Yes, we are producers, we shape the world in our vision. This is the power of this machine here the conceptual faculty we own but why are we doing this? We’re doing this to advance our own life. We’re born egos. Yeah, we’re born selfish and retry. People are trying to kind of detach this from our morality, and this is so destructive. In a capitalist environment. You get to create Keep what you have it what you make, it drives you to do more, and it brings the best in you. So this is why I think the combination of free trade and the rule of law is what the capitalist system really offers us,
Jason Hartman 36:13
right? And then and then just to wrap it up here, the only thing you have to have is you have to have just laws, right? And not all laws are just and so I will call it objective objective, right? And hopefully, the people get the chance to change them when they’re not just right. So very good. Now, you’ve got people out there like Elizabeth Warren and AOC, saying, Well, you know, if you have over $50 million, you should have a wealth tax of 2% per year, so you can have less every year. And the question is
Tal Tsfany 36:41
why, why where’s the logic here?
Jason Hartman 36:44
their logic would be Hey, you know, we’ll redistribute that wealth and give it to people who need it more right by their standards.
Tal Tsfany 36:52
The only question I have for them is why take my money with a force with a gun? Yeah,
Jason Hartman 36:57
because that’s what every law comes down to is a gun. In a jail cell, okay, that’s what every law ends in a gun and I
Tal Tsfany 37:04
don’t see the contradiction. Like, you want to push the gun away. So we all live freely. And you have to really understand it’s all basically down to morality. Elizabeth Warren believes that the good is to give others to sacrifice. And by the way, this is why I always see so dangerous because she identifies the moral foundation. When you she’s asked, how are you going to implement the new Green Deal? She says, I don’t really care. It’s the right thing to do. So she would rather see people I don’t you know,
Jason Hartman 37:37
that means justifies the end. Here we are at Karl Marx. Right? Look at it every place on earth and every time on history. These ideas have failed repeatedly. And yet you still have these idiots that want to do this experiment again. They’ve done nothing more than oppress people. They’re responsible for the deaths of over 150 million people in the last century. It is a This is scary stuff. And people should view it that way. give out your website and any closing thoughts you have.
Tal Tsfany 38:05
Yeah. So there’s that with my closing thoughts would be, it comes back to haunt us because we don’t understand the moral foundation of all of this. We won’t see any other results if we don’t change the morality of the left to an objective morality. Yeah, I want to let people know that the Iran Institute just launched a new mobile app. It’s called the Iran University. Just look for it on Android on a iOS and we have an amazing campus that has a lot of introductory content and advanced content to learn about brand herself and objectivism in iran.org.
Jason Hartman 38:38
That’s great. Excellent. All thanks for joining me today and keep getting the good word out there.
Tal Tsfany 38:43
Thank you very much, Jason. Appreciate it.
Jason Hartman 38:47
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