Before the government interfered, milk was already expensive, but people could buy it. Now there is only an insufficient amount of milk available. Therefore, total milk consumption falls. The next measure the government can resort to is rationing, but this only means that certain people get milk while other people get no milk at all. These were the exact words of Ludwig von Mises in his 1959 book Economic Policy .
“I am in Kyiv,” writes Jaroslav Romanchuk, “doing all I can to fight the war against the Russian aggressor on the one hand and against Marxists, socialists and Big Government advocates inside Ukraine. It is clear and obvious when the fight is against the Russian Nazi forces. It is different when you challenge Ukrainian bureaucrats, inspectors, ministers and other Leviathan servants.”
The accelerating advance of technological breakthroughs in automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence has prompted both wildly techno-optimistic visions of endless abundance as well as dark techno-pessimistic fears of unemployment and eroding privacy. How can we best objectively evaluate the opportunities and challenges presented by these transformative technologies? Atlas Society Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. and Senior Fellow Robert Tracinski lead the way in this 45-minute panel discussion with our CEO Jennifer Grossman during our 6th Annual Gala.
In the United States, no government censor can stop the publication of media content—print or digital—through the use of prior restraint. African Americans descended from slaves are now active, influential citizens participating in all walks of life in the world’s most powerful liberal democracy. Even among other liberal democracies, the United States stands out as “exceptional” in protecting free speech and free expression thanks to a robust interpretation of the First Amendment.
Michael Saylor is the leading advocate for Bitcoin, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Microstrategy, author of The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, and founder of Saylor Academy, which provides free education to students. He participated in a 90-minute panel discussion, during our 6th Annual Gala, alongside Society Senior Scholar Richard Salsman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Blockchain Investment Group Eric Weiss, and host of the Coin Stories podcast Natalie Brunell. Read on as the panel explores the history of money, the need for an objective standard of value, and the historical and future roles of gold and Bitcoin as tools to emancipate individuals from the manipulation of fiat currencies.
Michael Saylor is the leading advocate for Bitcoin, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Microstrategy, author of The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, and founder of Saylor Academy, which provides free education to students. He took the stage to accept The Atlas Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at our 6th Annual Gala and gave a rousing speech on Bitcoin as "an economic machine based on a truth machine poised to emerge as a freedom machine."
Argentinian Antonella Marty is a recognized liberal intellectual, lecturer, political scientist and internationalist. "The facts show that where there is greater economic freedom there are better wages and a better quality of life," she stressed in her contact with Dinero. She was in Santa Cruz to present her book 'Capitalism: An antidote against poverty'.
Kmele Foster is one of the most original and important public intellectuals you will hear speak candidly on race. Foster co-hosts The Fifth Column podcast and co-founded Freethink Media, an online video platform dedicated to telling stories about human perseverance, inspiration and progress. In speaking with our CEO Jennifer Grossman on June 30th, 2021, Foster shared his nuanced perspective on Black Lives Matter, affirmative action, Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Critical Race Theory.
As bad actors attempt to weaponize the courts to penalize political dissent or silence free speech on campus and social media, one of our more viral Draw My Life videos—“My Name is Cancel Culture”—takes on new resonance. Read of Cancel Culture’s roots as the spineless offspring of Fragility and Postmodernism, raised to shun Reality and cripple Free Speech in defense of his preferred narratives, teaming up with a new pal, Antifa, to cancel dissent through brute force and intimidation.
In one of our edgiest productions yet, we present a new villainess, who traces the roots of her creed back to its first prophet, Karl Marx, who separated the world into “oppressors and the oppressed.” In the wake of Marxism’s myriad and manifest failures, Postmodernism rose to fill the void, yielding Critical Theory to pursue struggle in the service of “Social Justice.”
We honored Peter Diamandis with The Atlas Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2020 gala for his vision and shared his life story in our Draw My Life video, “My Name is Peter Diamandis.” Founder of the XPRIZE Foundation along with several ventures in the space tourism and communication space, Diamandis is also a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of four books: Abundance - The Future is Better Than You Think, BOLD - How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World, The Future is Faster Than You Think and his latest book with Tony Robbins: Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love. In speaking with our CEO Jennifer Grossman on March 16, 2022, Peter discussed the power of a positive mindset, the future of exponential technologies, and why Atlas Shrugged became his “bible” in his entrepreneurial journey.
America at her best loves liberty and respects rights, prizes individualism, eschews racism, disdains tyranny, extolls constitutionalism, and respects the rule of law. Her “can-do” spirit values science, invention, business, entrepreneurialism, vibrant cities, and spreading prosperity. At her best, America welcomes immigrants who seek to embrace the American way, as well as trade with foreigners who create products we want. And she is willing to wage war if necessary to protect the rights of her citizens—but not self-sacrificially nor for conquest.
Economics is widely regarded today as dry, lifeless, boring. But given what economics properly studies, this should not be the case. Economics studies the production and exchange of material values in a division of labor society. We live in a material world; we produce material values in order to live and prosper; and we exchange these values for those produced by others in order to live even better lives. In other words, economics studies one of the major means by which people live and achieve happiness. Why, then, do so many people regard this science as boring? And what could remedy the situation?
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