Liberty Discussion on “Man’s Rights” by Ayn Rand

Returning to the fundamentals of classical liberalism in the political-economic front, the liberty discussion for the month of September was held on September 24, 2021, on the classic reader “Man’s Rights” by Ayn Rand. After months of online-based liberty discussions, this month’s discussion was held in person with the participants due to eased restrictions and less number of COVID 19 cases in the country.
The session attracted participants who were involved in advocacy of various socio-economic issues prevalent in Nepal. With participants who were actively working on social-economic issues of the country, the main argument reeled on how individuals could take full advantage of individuals’ rights when socio-economic and cultural differences are still prevalent in the society. This argument led to discussions on the role of government and humanitarian agencies to ensure the development of individuals in an equitable manner. Relating to several local examples the ability of the government to secure the rights of the individuals was also analyzed. The session also covered discussion on whether the government should have other responsibilities than just protecting individual rights and whether an entity such as the government is enough to secure the rights of individuals. Relating to the individual rights mentioned in the reader the ideas of free trade and free-market were also discussed. Participants stressed the importance of localization of international theories and ideas while developing policies, rights, and rules by the government due to differing socio-economic and cultural history of Nepal and western countries.