The Atlas Society has been fighting for liberty for over three decades, persevering against many challenges –– 9/11, the Great Recession, hurricanes, floods and fires. We’re stronger, leaner, more focused and more determined to face not just the current crisis, but the even greater threat to America embodied by those who seek to take advantage of the pandemic to cripple capitalism, crush civil liberties and promote socialism on American soil. We must do that with a sound philosophical defense of individualism, reason and free enterprise.
At The Atlas Society we do that through creative animated videos, graphic novels, provocative social media and Pocket Guides aimed at engaging young people with the ideas of Ayn Rand.
As all who revere liberty know, FREEDOM isn’t FREE. Money doesn’t grow on trees. And the greatest innovations, products and services aren’t funded by Santa Claus –– or his evil reincarnation in the politicians’ FREE STUFF. To revisit Ayn Rand’s famous refrain: “Paid for by whom?” The Atlas Society’s contributions to advancing liberty are paid for by capital investment via our DONORS –– the thousands of generous supporters who make tax-deductible donationsto keep our non-profit productive, creative and aggressive in sharing the ideas they so deeply cherish.
Unlike other organizations...
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By default, many parents are homeschooling now. School closures have also raised questions about whether the high cost of government education is providing decent returns, given the all too often dismal results. The paradigm shift has some families pondering whether homeschooling is a longer-term option they want to explore – but have doubts about whether they’re up to the task. Homeschooling expert Sam Sorbo has a clear message: Yes, you can do it, and it is going to be okay. In fact, it can even be great. Sorbo began homeschooling her kids over ten years ago, well before the current Covid-19 crisis.
Back in 2016 Sorbo published They’re YOUR Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate, about how she figured out that she was more than qualified to educate her own kids, and to provide practical advice about how you can follow her lead. Hers is an unequivocal and principled pushback against those voices – including those featured in Harvard Magazine calling for a presumptive ban on homeschooling.
Sam Sorbo – the glamorous...
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Editor’s Note: Friends and members of The Atlas Society are a major source of wisdom, inspiration, and moral and financial support. Some, at their own peril, bravely fight against socialism and totalitarianism. Vanessa Porras is a political and human rights activist, representing Vente Venezuela in Washington, DC, a libertarian political party led by Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado. She is also a member of the Center for Global Progress, a think tank dedicated to individual liberty, free enterprise, global progress and capitalism. Currently, Vanessa works as a software engineer at the Organization of American States (OAS) and consults with the national security think tank Center for a Secure Free Society.
MM: You were born in Venezuela –– what was it like to grow up there?
VP: It was terrible. I was ten years old when Hugo Chavez became president in 1999, and life got very depressing. We were no longer free. There was no more respect for us as individuals. There was no more private property. There was no more free market. Most of the time we couldn’t even find food. We couldn’t get medicine when we were sick. Hospitals had no supplies, no resources.
If you look at America now, during the coronavirus, that is the norm under socialism. People are shocked here to go to the store and not find bread and toilet paper on the shelves, but in Venezuela the shelves were always empty. It was as if we were living permanently with the coronavirus.
There was almost...
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While conferences and public appearances are on hold during lockdown, The Atlas Society CEO Jennifer Grossman has been hosting “Ask The Atlas Society” video chats with our student partner organizations, including Young Americans for Liberty, Students for Liberty and Turning Point USA, answering their questions about Ayn Rand, providing her perspective on the current crisis, and giving students helpful advice for applying the values of Open Objectivism to stay sane and productive. The process gave her an idea: We don’t have all the answers, but we’ve got a lot of really great, smart friends. Why don’t we get them involved?
So we flipped our “Ask The Atlas Society” series and created a second series: “The Atlas Society Asks.”
Grover Norquist is the first person we asked. Norquist is the President of Americans for Tax Reform and a longtime advocate for keeping the size and scope of government in check –– as a result he’s been a lightning rod of criticism for those seeking to blame limited government for the spread of coronavirus in the United States. He’s also been a good friend of our CEO going back to her days as a speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush –– and he’s been a great friend to The Atlas Society, serving on the Host Committee for our annual fundraising gala (even doing stand-up comedy at our first!), and being a...
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A Netflix show based on the life of Madam C. J. Walker is much better than most of our hairstyles right now.
It’s day who actually knows of coronavirus quarantine, and my housemates and I are making our plans for once this is all over.
Our wish list is quite humble. We just want a night at the pub a few blocks north on Charles Street in Baltimore, a trip on the commuter rail to nearby D.C. to visit our returning friends, an end to anything relating to Zoom, and, in my case, the pleasure of a fine haircut.
But thanks to Ms. Rona, also known as COVID-19, that’s not possible right now. So at her and others’ insistence, I instead watched Self Made, the widely popular Netflix miniseries inspired by the life of Madam C. J. Walker.
Self Made follows the entrepreneurial journey of Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, a working-class laundry woman with a dream of helping black women grow and nourish their hair. Her journey begins as a consumer of the products of Addie Monroe, a light-complexioned black woman who has crafted her own hair growth regimen. A true believer, Breedlove wants to sell the product to empower other black women but is consistently stopped by Monroe for not being “attractive,” or of light skin tone. Enough of this leads Breedlove to become Monroe’s fiercest competitor. Breedlove moves to Indianapolis and risks it all to expand her company, earning her a reputation and new name, Madam C. J. Walker. The Madam faces pressures both internal and...
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