As politicians today assert, so loudly and sanctimoniously, that things like food, housing, health care, jobs, childcare, a cleaner-safer environment, transportation, schooling, utilities, and even college should be “free,” or publicly subsidized, almost no one asks why such claims are valid. Are they to be accepted blindly on faith or affirmed by mere intuition (feeling)? It doesn’t sound scientific. Shouldn’t all crucial claims pass tests of logic and evidence?
Throughout most of the history of civilizations, religion has provided the core of culture, but it has been losing many cultural as well as social functions over the centuries. My table lists various needs, religion’s role as a provider—the main, significant, or minimal one—and the other forms and institutions that also serve these needs.
Andrew Bernstein is a lifelong Objectivist who frequently writes for The Objective Standard and speaks at student conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and taught philosophy for many years at Marist College. As a prolific writer, Andrew Bernstein has written both fiction and nonfiction works, along with co-hosting several podcasts, including “Truth In Politics” and “The Hero Show.” In Speaking with CEO Jennifer Grossman on December 14, 2023, Bernstein talks about his latest book “Why Johnny Still Can’t Read or Write or Understand Math: And What We Can Do About it?” along with the state of American education, his introduction to Ayn Rand, and thoughts on the liberty movement in America. Watch the interview HERE or check the transcript below.
What are the biggest political trends of the day, and which ones are the most destructive? How can the principles of Objectivism help us change course? Atlas Society Senior Scholars Richard Saslman, Ph.D., and Jason Hill, Ph.D., join our founder David Kelley, Ph.D. to discuss these questions in an hour-long panel discussion with our CEO Jennifer Grossman during our 6th Annual Gala. We invite you to listen HERE or read the transcript below.
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'.