Why Does National Debt Grow & When is it Excessive?
June 15, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Political Economy at Duke, Richard Salsman, Ph.D., for a Clubhouse discussion explaining the national debt and recent events surrounding the debt ceiling.
The Atlas Society Asks Ambassador Gordon Sondland
June 14, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 156 episode of The Atlas Society Asks with Ayn Rand fan and founder of Provenance Hotels, Gordon Sondland. Listen as they talk about Sondland's appointment in 2018 to serve as ambassador to the EU as recounted in his book "The Envoy: Mastering the Art of Diplomacy with Trump and the World."
Richard Salsman & Robert Tracinski - Conservatives and Nationalism
June 8, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Political Economy at Duke, Richard Salsman Ph.D., along with Senior Fellow Robert Tracinski for a Clubhouse discussion on the rise of National Conservatives and what are the key distinctions between traditional conservatives and nationalists.
The Atlas Society Asks Dr. Eamonn Butler
June 7, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 155th episode of the Atlas Society Asks with special guest and Co-founder of the Adam Smith Institute, Dr. Eamonn Butler. Join them as they celebrate the 300th birthday of Adam Smith, along with exploring Dr. Butler's numerous books on subjects, including "Ayn Rand: An Introduction," "Capitalism: An Introduction," and "An Introduction to Democracy."
The Atlas Society Asks Larry Elder
May 31, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 154th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews renowned libertarian political commentator and talk-radio host Larry Elder. Listen as they talk about his upcoming book "Ask Goes California: My Mission to Rescue the Golden State and Save the Nation" along with his entry into the 2024 presidential race.
The Atlas Society Asks Lars Tvede
May 24, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 153rd episode of The Atlas Society Asks for a conversation with Swiss-based venture capitalist Lars Tvede about his views on Objectivism, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Don't miss it as they also discuss Tvede's latest book, "From Malthus to Mars: How to Live, Lead, and Learn in an Exponential World."
AI: Promise and Peril
May 23, 2023
"AI is just a fancy name for automation—which is the embodiment of advanced human intelligence in tools and machines—and like all technology it should be welcomed, not feared, curbed, or banned. History shows that fire, the wheel, the gun, electricity, nuclear power, and many other technologies have been enormously beneficial to humans; that they’ve also been misused by evil actors only means we should prevent evil, not invention."
From The Vault: Why American Can't Win Wars Anymore
May 19, 2023
"The U.S. won the “Cold War” but hasn’t won a “hot” war since World War II. It’s been 0-5 since 1945. Korea. Viet Nam. The Gulf War. Iraq. Afghanistan. Why? The U.S. has had a large, strong economy, the best weaponry, and superb soldiers; yet it loses to far-inferior foes, costing thousands of American lives, trillions in American wealth, and a large measure of national pride. Instead of being guided by national self-interest, U.S. foreign policy embodies the alleged “nobility” of self-sacrifice (altruism) and thereby appeases and emboldens enemies. Presidents and military leaders (“top brass”) have accepted much of the anti-Americanism preached for years at universities and even in military academies. This can be fixed, but it’ll require a moral revolution – a case for both realism and egoism in foreign affairs." View Full Transcript Episode Transcript
Art & Aesthetics with Rob Tracinski
May 17, 2023
Join Atlas Society Senior Fellow Robert Tracinski for a special webinar discussion concerning the role and power of art and aesthetics in Objecitivst thinking. Listen as he also discusses music, a subject not extensively covered by Ayn Rand, herself. Previous Episode
Richard Salsman - Is Taxation Theft?
May 12, 2023
Join Atlas Society Senior Scholar and Professor of Political Economy at Duke, Richard Salsman, Ph.D., for a special 90-minute discussion on the age-old question in the liberty movement of whether taxation is a valid function of government or just theft. View Full Transcript Epis
From The Vault: The Religious Marxism of Critical Race Theory
May 12, 2023
“Critical Race Theory”(CRT) claims that contemporary America is systemically, institutionally, and structurally racist. In the same vein, President Obama in 2015 told NPR that in America “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and discrimination in almost every institution of our lives is still part of our DNA. We are not cured.” In fact, only America’s South was systemically racist–-and not after the 1960s. CRT is not new but reflects an odd amalgam of false theories: Marxism (“inherent conflict”), Christianity(“original sin”), and determinism (“no one can choose to be color blind”). CRT demands that Americans become more race conscious than they are. Reason and volition are the antidotes to CRT (and racism)."
The Atlas Society Asks Jean Twenge
May 10, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 151st episode of The Atlas Society Asks, where she interviews psychologist Dr. Jean Twenge about her recent book "Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents--and What They Mean for America's Future." Dr. Jean Twenge is a psychologist who researches generational differences, including work values, life goals, and speed of development. She is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of more than 180 scientific publications and books.
Being An Optimistic American: The Atlas Society Asks Paul Johnson
May 3, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 150th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews CEO and Co-Founder of Redirect Health Paul E. Johnson about his recent book "Addictive Ideologies: Finding Meaning and Agency When Politics Fail You." With a background in business, politics, and government becoming the youngest mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, at 30 years old, Paul has managed several state campaigns for presidential candidates and is the host of "The Optimistic American podcast," which works to create space in the news media for a positive and hopeful view of America.
Richard Salsman - The Insanity of Modern Monetary Theory
April 27, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Political Economy at Duke, Richard Salsman, Ph.D., for a discussion on the problems with Modern Monetary Theory and its anti-capitalistic principles.
Philosophy, Creativity, Communication: The Atlas Society Asks Leopold Ajami
April 26, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 149th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews Leopold Ajami, a public speaking coach, Creative & Strategic Consultant, and Objectivist. He integrates Philosophy with creativity and communication to help you design your voice above the noise and build a philosophical blueprint to live by. He is the co-host of the Ideas on Trial Podcast and the founder of the Novel Philosophy Academy.
From The Vault: Should College Be Free and Student Debts Canceled?
April 21, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Political Economy, Richard Salsman, Ph.D., in fresh episodes of Morals & Markets "From the Vault." These episodes were from early episodes of Morals & Markets from before it became a podcast. Tune in to this episode from back in May of 2021 in which Dr. Salsman discusses the idea of free college, President Biden's proposal for student debt forgiveness, and what thoughtful students think about it: “For decades U.S. public policy has subsidized college tuition and professors’ research while guaranteeing a burgeoning pile of student loans,” says Salsman. “Now politicians and pundits of every persuasion demand tuition price controls or free tuition plus ‘forgiveness’ of student debt. Is there a link between the first set of policies (subsidies) and the second set? What are the moral, economic, and political arguments for and against making college “free” and canceling student debt? Is it possible both sets of policies are morally unjust, economically destructive, and politically coercive?”
In Defense of the Second Amendment: The Atlas Society Asks Larry Correia
April 19, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 148 episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews bestselling author Larry Correia about his new non-fiction book "In Defense of The Second Amendment," which is a must-read for those looking for up-to-date news on the conversation surrounding gun policy and politics.
From The Vault: Environmentalism & Capitalism
April 14, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Political Economy, Richard Salsman, Ph.D., in fresh episodes of Morals & Markets "From the Vault." These episodes were from early episodes of Morals & Markets from before it became a podcast. Tune in to this episode from back in April of 2021 in which Dr. Salsman discusses anti-capitalist aspects of the environmental movement: “Initially called the 'ecology' movement, proponents seemed merely to want cleaner air and water, for the benefit of humans (while denying that capitalism alone delivers it),” explains Salsman. “Before long, the movement became ‘environmentalism,’ with the premise that ‘nature’ has intrinsic value (apart from man) and man is non-natural (not part of nature, hence expendable).”
The Student Debt Trap: The Atlas Society Asks Josh Mitchell
April 12, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 147 episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews journalist Josh Mitchell about his book "The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe." Josh Mitchell is a journalist for The Wall Street Journal who spent fourteen years in the Journal's D.C. bureau, winning the Education Writers Association's 2016 award as the nation's top higher education reporter for his coverage. "The Debt Trap" explores the last seventy years of the student loan industry that would submerge a generation of Americans into $1.5 trillion in student debt.
From The Vault: The Encouraging Spread of Academic Programs in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
April 7, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Political Economy, Richard Salsman, Ph.D., in fresh episodes of Morals & Markets "From the Vault." These episodes were from early episodes of Morals & Markets from before it became a podcast. Tune in to this episode in which Dr. Salsman discusses PPE Programs at Universities: "Until recently, the social sciences in academic - philosophy, politics, and economics - have existed in narrowly-specialized silos, detached from each other (and from reality). Thankfully, in recent decades an interdisciplinary approach has evolved, in the form of "PPE" programs, with studies that conform far better to the real world. The best and brightest students are drawn tothis integrated, non-paritsan approach and profit by it. In this webinar, Dr. Salsman, who teaches in Duke's PPE program, discusses the origins, content, spread, and future of these programs."
The Atlas Society Asks Gabrielle Bauer
April 5, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 146th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews Gabrielle Bauer about her book "Blindsight is 2020: Reflections on Covid Policies from Dissident Scientists, Philosophers, Artists, and More." Gabrielle Bauer's health and medical writing has won several national aways and her new publication from the Brownstone Institute profiles dozens of thinkers, bringing fresh and diverse perspectives on the ethical breaches and social upheaval resulting from COVID-19 policies.