In 1969, two contrasting events occurred almost simultaneously, the Woodstock Music Festival, and the Apollo 11 flight and landing on the moon. Ayn Rand gave a magnificent lecture titled Apollo and Dionysus comparing the two events and discussing the news coverage, the politics of both. Although this is an audio lecture that is quite long, it is well worth listening to the entire 69 minutes. Ms. Rand compares the majestic intellectual triumph of Apollo 11 with the "Mindless Mud-wallowing" of the Woodstock festival, the rational Apollo 11 vs the irrational Woodstock festival. She discussed the irrational mean spirited media analysis of Apollo 11 vs their irrational elevation to the heroic of the hippies at Woodstock. Her brilliant lecture gives one pause, and puts in perspective the protests going on in Downtown Manhattan and elsewhere.


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