Atlas Sumit 2012 -- 2012 is the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest modern defenders of the free society, Milton Friedman (1912–2006). Bradley provides an overview Friedman's life and ideas, documenting how this technical economist became more libertarian and “radical” through his long, distinguished career.
Read Article : Milton Friedman and Liberty
Atlas Summit 2012 - The federal government has been pursuing insider trading aggressively as a form of “securities fraud,” but is there really any justification for condemning—legally or morally—the practice of trading on the best information one can get about a company?
Read Article : The Law and Morality of Insider Trading
Atlas Shrugged is a paean to rational selfishness. But it also contrasts the social vision of rational, independent cooperation versus collectivism and irrationalism. In this talk, William R Thomas discusses the social values of goodwill and trust, and shows how they are earned and lost in the novel.
Read Article : Values in Atlas Shrugged (Part 2): Goodwill and Trust
Atlas Summit 2012 -- The heroes of Atlas Shrugged are rational, productive businesspeople. In Ayn Rand's thought, a career represents the central value in one's life, the means by which one supports oneself independently and reshapes the world.
Read Article : Values in Atlas Shrugged (Part 1: Career)
Atlas Summit 2012 -- In this talk on free will, David Kelley focuses, not on the classic issue of how freedom of choice relates to causal determinism, but on the inner experience of freedom. We experience free will in many forms and contexts. To explore this variety, he discusses three particular modes of experience: self-control of impulse, meditation, and flow. What are the similarities and differences among these experiences? In which of them do we experience free will most clearly? In addressing these questions, Kelley draws on the Objectivist theory of volition and on the work of psychologists.
Read Article : The Experience of Freedom