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William R Thomas
Atlas Shrugged is a paean to rational selfishness. But it also contrasts the social vision of rational, independent cooperation versus collectivism and irrationalism. In this talk, William R Thomas discusses the social values of goodwill and trust, and shows how they are earned and lost in the novel. We see how Objectivist commitments to reason, achievement, happiness, justice, and liberty contribute to the development of goodwill and trust--and to one's ability to benefit from them.
Atlas Summit 2012 -- The heroes of Atlas Shrugged are rational, productive businesspeople. In Ayn Rand's thought, a career represents the central value in one's life, the means by which one supports oneself independently and reshapes the world. In this talk, William R Thomas discusses the value of a career of productive work in the context of the Objectivist philosophy and the events in the novel. He will consider how Objectivist ethics apply to productive titans Hank Rearden and how they apply to ordinary workers like Eddie Willers.
The Atlas Society is currently planning the Atlas Summit 2013, our annual summer conference, long known as the “Summer Seminar.” The Atlas Summit program will be held over three full days: June 28-30, at the Capital Hilton hotel, in Washington, DC. Most people will check in June 27 and check out July 1.
The Atlas Society is pleased to announce the site and date of the Atlas Summit 2013. The premier conference of open Objectivism will kick off with registration and receptions on Thursday, June 27. The main program days will be Friday June 28 through Sunday, June 30.
There will also be an extended special session for students on Thursday, June 27. Full program details will be announced during the Winter..
The 2012 Atlas Summit has come and gone. But what an event it was! From everything I heard from participants, to looking at my own goals as Conference Director, it was a huge hit!
We experimented with a new, more compressed schedule for our annual summer seminar this year. The Renaissance Washington DC Downtown provided comfort and elegance. Our speakers left everyone charged up with fresh ideas and renewed idealism.
Over the weekend, I was able to increase the total number of scholarship students accepted to 36, from an already high number in the low 20s. It's all thanks to our donors, with special thanks to Ashwin Vasan, who came through in the pinch with a donation that made it possible add 13 students right away, many from abroad
The Atlas Summit is going to be fantastic! It's our Summer Seminar on steroids, packed with headliners and fascinating content. It's where the open Objectivist movement will be this summer!
For those coming to the Atlas Summit from out of town, here's a primer on places to stay.
As manager of our student scholarship programs for many years, I have never seen such a huge a rush of students interested in our Atlas Summit scholarships as we are seeing this year. But our scholarship fund is running low. Objectivism's future needs your help!