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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.

Atlas Shrugging in Late 2012

Atlas Shrugging in Late 2012

By Edward Hudgins

As we approach the end of 2012 we continue to see the scenario that Ayn Rand dramatized in Atlas Shrugged playing out in our world. As predatory politicians penalize and vilify the most productive members of our society (who are, on average, the most prosperous, too), those would-be victims flee.

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Leaving America for Freedom, Earth for Mars

Leaving America for Freedom, Earth for Mars

By Edward Hudgins

A record number of Americans are renouncing their U.S. citizenship in order to avoid confiscatory taxes.

And 100,000 individuals have signed up with Mars One, a company seeking volunteers for a one-way trip to be permanent settlers on the Red Planet.

Both of these facts indicate that the best in the human spirit is still alive.

A 2014 New Year's Wish

A 2014 New Year's Wish

By Edward Hudgins

December 31, 2013 – A new year is usually a time
when we recommit ourselves to making a difference in our own lives, when we reflect on our past achievements--and, perhaps, shortcomings--and anticipate with excitement the opportunities that tomorrow will offer.

Akin’s Idiocy and Lessons for Republicans

Akin’s Idiocy and Lessons for Republicans

By Edward Hudgins

Representative Todd Akin, this year’s GOP candidate in the Missouri U.S. Senate race, has highlighted campaign-killing idiocies that provide valuable lessons for Republicans.

Everyone is now familiar with Akin’s idiotic response to a question concerning his pro-life views as they apply to abortion in cases of rape and incest: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

America's "Civil War" Debt Battle

America's "Civil War" Debt Battle

By Edward Hudgins
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August 3, 2011—The major German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote that the debt-ceiling battle in Washington had a “civil war atmosphere.” But the war was not confined to atmospherics.

America's Pioneer Spirit: Government vs. New Frontiers

America's Pioneer Spirit: Government vs. New Frontiers

By Edward Hudgins
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Pioneers have a vision of something better.

Atlas Shrugged: Now Non-Fiction

Atlas Shrugged: Now Non-Fiction

By Edward Hudgins

Atlas Shrugged Part III, the concluding installment of the film trilogy of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, is now in theaters. Its producers are on the mark to promote the film as “Now non-fiction.”atlas shrugged now non-fiction atlas shrugged movie part 3 III

Ayn in India

Ayn in India

By Edward Hudgins

A recent article by Ammu Kannampilly entitled "India's unlikely romance with Ayn Rand," published by the Asian-based DAWN media group, calls attention to a trend that really isn’t so surprising. With free-market reforms in recent decades, India has become a fast-growing economy with new entrepreneurs and a middle class of millions.

One would thus expect an interest in Atlas Shrugged and Rand’s advocacy of capitalism. But interest goes deeper than this.

Banning Over-the-counter Drug Inhalers

Banning Over-the-counter Drug Inhalers

By Edward Hudgins

September 30, 2011 -- This one will take your breath away and, when you recover, teach you a life-saving philosophy lesson.

Brits Escalate Global War on Producers

Brits Escalate Global War on Producers

By Edward Hudgins

British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging the leaders of the major industrialized countries to engage in a concerted global war to penalize producers who try to avoid having their earnings stolen by governments.