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Edward Hudgins


Edward Hudgins writes on political and social issues. He is the editor of Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, Space: The Free Market Frontier, and two books on postal service privatization. His latest collection is entitled An Objectivist Secular Reader. He is director of advocacy for The Atlas Society.

America's April 15th Civil War

America's April 15th Civil War

H.L. Mencken once wrote that, “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

April 15: A Day of Moral Shame

April 15: A Day of Moral Shame

April 14, 2004 -- Americans celebrate July 4 with pride as the day we gained our independence. However, we should lament April 15—tax day—as the day that too many of us all too willingly surrender our liberty and opportunities in life.

Atlas Chased

Atlas Chased

August 6, 2004 -- When governments take too much money from productive individuals, not surprisingly individuals try to escape from their plunderers. To avoid high taxes and heavy-handed regulations, they might flee from cities to the suburbs, from one state to another—see all those business folks who left California for Arizona and Nevada—and from one country to another. In order to cut off the retreat of potential victims, the United Nations is pushing new proposals for global taxation.

Atlas Forced into Early Retirement

Atlas Forced into Early Retirement

April 5, 2006 -- Governments often get their wealth-destroying, morally depraved ideas from our often misnamed institutes of "higher learning." The latest that's popping up in bulletins, newsletters, and probably soon in legislation is from a 2005 study on "The Economics of Workaholism," co-authored by Joel Slemrod of the University of Michigan and Daniel Hammermesh of the University of Texas in Austin.  

Atlas Shrugged at 50

Atlas Shrugged at 50

October 11, 2007 -- Two important events occurred in October 1957. First, the Soviet Union launched into orbit the first artificial satellite, named Sputnik, causing many to speculate that the West was losing to the superior technology and, possibly, inevitable ideology of communism. Second, the novel Atlas Shrugged was published. Its author, Ayn Rand, had fled the tyranny of Soviet communism in 1926 for freedom in the West.

Interview with Executive Producer John Aglialoro

Interview with Executive Producer John Aglialoro

Editor's Note: John Aglialoro, a trustee of The Atlas Society, has worked for nearly two decades to produce a movie of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. Now he has reached his goal. The film is scheduled for release April 15, 2011. 

Let's Declare the Fourth of July a Tax-Free Day!

Let's Declare the Fourth of July a Tax-Free Day!

July 4, 2007 -- On July 4, 1776, America's Founders declared the country's independence from Britain, largely as a revolt against excessive and unfair taxation. So in our nation, which is much more overtaxed than it was over two centuries ago, it would be fitting if, in recognition of our Founding principles, federal, state and, local governments made July Fourth a totally tax-free day.

Make Trade, Not War

Make Trade, Not War

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY SAW more deaths from wars than at any time in human history—some 15 million in World War I and 60 million in World War II to name but the worst examples. But it also highlighted a force that has and can continue to replace international enmity with amity: free trade. 

New Jersey Doctors in Work Action

New Jersey Doctors in Work Action

On February 3, approximately 70 percent of New Jersey's 22,000 doctors took part in a work stoppage to protest the skyrocketing costs of malpractice insurance, according to Robert S. Rigolosi, the president of the Medical Society of New Jersey. The doctors either did not hold office hours or canceled appointments for non-emergency treatments or check-ups. But many of the physicians' protests were not wholly passive. Some 700 chanted "Tort reform now" outside of a Neptune, New Jersey, hospital.