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We promote open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom. Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism was set forth in such works as her epic novel Atlas Shrugged, and in her brilliant non-fiction essays. Objectivism is designed as a guide to life, and celebrates the remarkable potential and power of the individual. Objectivism also challenges the doctrines of irrationalism, self-sacrifice, brute force, and collectivism that have brought centuries of chaos and misery into the lives of millions of individuals. It provides fascinating insights into the world of politics, art, education, foreign policy, science, and more, rewarding you with a rich understanding of how ideas shape your world. Those who discover Objectivism often describe the experience as life-changing and liberating. Ayn Rand's philosophical works have been praised as presenting historic breakthroughs in thinking. At the Atlas Society, our scholars work to further develop this philosophy born in the mid-twentieth century. We present the empowering principles of Objectivism to a global audience, and offer those principles as a rational and moral alternative in the marketplace of philosophical ideas.

Episode Date
The Atlas Society Asks Jason Hill

Jason Hill is a philosophy professor at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the author of four books, including "We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People." His fifth book, "What Do White Americans Owe Black People?," is scheduled for publication in October 2021. An immigrant from Jamaica, Mr. Hill frequently writes and speaks about ethics, moral psychology, and American politics. He is deeply committed to the “absolutism of reason.”

Apr 14, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Tim Draper

Tim Draper is a leading spokesperson on the topics of Bitcoin, Blockchain, ICOs, and cryptocurrencies. Draper is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and the founder of Draper Associates, DFJ, and the Draper Venture Network. The author of "How to Be the Startup Hero," he is also active in promoting school choice, he founded Draper University to teach entrepreneurship. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the future of Bitcoin, Robinhood, and free markets.

Apr 07, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Art Laffer

Economist Art Laffer is best known for the "Laffer Curve," an illustration of the theory that there exists a tax rate between 0% and 100% that will result in maximum tax revenue for governments. Thanks to his work as a member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, the
founder and chairman of Laffer Associates has been called the “Father of Supply Side Economics.” He is also the co-author of the 2018 book "Trumponomics: Inside the America First Policy to Revive our Economy" as well as "The End of Prosperity" and "The Return to Prosperity."

Mar 31, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Jose Cordeiro

Jose Cordeiro ( is a futurist, an MIT engineer, an economist, a transhumanist, and an author of a dozen books, his most recent being "La Muerte de la Muerte," also available in French. Born in Venezuela, He serves as the executive director of the Ibero-American Futurists Network, vice chair of Humanity Plus, and chair of Venezuela Node of The Millennium Project. Cordeiro has been an advocate of sound monetary policy and dollarization in Eastern Europe and Latin America. He is optimistic about the advancement of technology to end aging and defeat death. 

Mar 24, 2021
Current Events with Hicks, Kelley, Salsman and Grossman

The Atlas Society Senior Scholar Dr. Stephen Hicks, Founder Dr. David Kelley, and Professor of Political Economy Dr. Richard Salsman join host CEO Jennifer Grossman for a discussion on an Objectivist perspective of what’s currently happening in the country. Those interested can register and join the Zoom session or can watch live on Facebook or YouTube. You will also have an opportunity to submit your questions no matter what format you are on. Be sure to tune in for what will prove to be a thought-provoking discussion!

Mar 17, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Dale Launer

Dale Launer is a writer, producer, and director who got his start in Hollywood when his screenplay for "Ruthless People" was optioned. Some of his other credits include "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Blind Date," and "My Cousin Vinny."

Mar 10, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Tim Sandefur

Tim Sandefur is vice president for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute and an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute. He litigates important cases for economic liberty, private property rights, and free speech. He is also the author of "Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man." His book and input helped shape our Draw My Life “My Name is Frederick Douglass.”

Mar 03, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Virginia Postrel

An award-winning journalist, Virginia Postrel is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and author of the recently released "The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World," which explores how the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture. She is currently on the board of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and previously served as editor of Reason magazine.

Feb 24, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Greg Lukianoff

Greg Lukianoff is co-author of "The Coddling of the American Mind" and president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an organization dedicated to fighting for free speech on college campuses.

Feb 17, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Chip Wilson

Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon and author of "Little Black Stretchy Pants," is a huge friend of The Atlas Society. The recipient of The Atlas Society 2019 Lifetime Achievement award, he presented the 2020 award to Peter Diamandis. He has been the subject of a Draw My Life video, “My Name Is Chip Wilson,” which has been translated into five languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hindi, and Georgian.

Feb 10, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen is the author of "HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship." A law professor specializing in constitutional law and civil liberties, she served as the first woman president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, she has been named one of America’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers" by the National Law Journal. Hear what she has to say about the state of free speech in American today.

Feb 03, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Lenore Skenazy

Lenore Skenazy is the author of "Free Range Kids" and the president and co-founder of Let Grow, promoting childhood independence and resilience. She gained notoriety when she published the 2008 newspaper article “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” and was labelled “America’s Worst Mom.” Tune in for her ideas on raising children to become strong, productive adults.

Jan 27, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Michael Walsh

Having authored more than fifteen books, Michael Walsh is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and screenwriter. His latest book, "Last Stands: Why Men FIght When All Is Lost," is a praise of what many today criticize as “toxic” masculinity. In addition to his years as the classical music critic for Time Magazine and columnist at National Review, his nonfiction books "The Devil’s Pleasure Palace" (2015) and "The Fiery Angel" (2018) examine the enemies, heroes, triumphs, and struggles of Western Civilization.

Jan 20, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks John Tierney

Best-selling science writer and speaker, John Tierney is the author of The Power of Bad, which explores the brain’s bias for negativity, how that impacts us, and strategies to overcome it. 

Jan 13, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Phil Kerpen

Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, an organization dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom. A nationally syndicated columnist, Kerpen is chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.

Jan 06, 2021
The Atlas Society Asks Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the "Science Salon Podcast," and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. A prolific writer, his most recent book is the 2020 "Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist."

Dec 30, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Jacki Deason

A senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, attorney, and energy policy expert Jacki Deason hosts The Jacki Daily Show. She most recently garnered attention when she presented evidence of election illegalities to the Georgia State Senate regarding the cases of ballots under a table at the State Farm Arena.

Dec 23, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Johan Norberg

Johan Norberg is the author of several books, including the newly released "Open: The Story of Human Progress," which argues that the key to human success is openness, “the freedom to explore and exchange – whether it’s goods, ideas or people.” A native of Sweden and a Cato Senior Fellow, Norberg’s writing, lectures, and documentary films focus on economics and popular science.

Dec 16, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Frank Brooks

For over twenty years, Trustee of The Atlas Society, Frank Brooks was the managing principal, CEO, and chairman of design firm FreemanWhite, Inc., and coordinated its sale in 2015 to the Haskell Company. A registered architect in over 20 states, he has been personally responsible for the planning and design of facilities with a total construction value of over $2 billion.

Dec 09, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Victor Davis Hanson

The Atlas Society Asks Victor Davis Hanson, the award-winning historian and political commentator. He is the author of The Case for Trump, which details Trump’s journey from businessman to president.

Dec 02, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Anne Heller

Anne Heller is the author of the groundbreaking biography "Ayn Rand and the World She Made." Anne delves into Ayn Rand’s early childhood in czarist Russia, through the Russian Revolution, to her life and career in the United States. Anne has also written "Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark TImes," a biography about the controversial woman who wrote a 1963 New Yorker series and book on the trial of Adolph Eichmann.

Nov 24, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger’s latest best-selling book, Apocalypse Never, is a lifelong environmentalist activist. The 2020 book came about as a result of his concern about the lack of science in the public discussion on climate change. He writes on a variety of topics, such as homelessness, addiction, and California’s forest fires.

Nov 18, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Jay Lapeyre

Join us for The Atlas Society Asks Jay Lapeyre - Chairman of The Atlas Society Board of Trustees, Jay Lapeyre is also president of Laitram, LLC, a diversified global manufacturer of plastic conveyor belting, shrimp processing equipment, and space-saving stairs in New Orleans. An entrepreneur who promotes the ideas of economic liberty, Jay is committed to teaching young people the evils of socialism and the benefits of capitalism. Learn how the ideas of Ayn Rand changed his world-view and resulted in him taking responsibility for his own life. 

Nov 11, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks John Fund

We are tremendously lucky to host political journalist and election expert John Fund on the day after the most contentious presidential election of our time! He is currently the national-affairs reporter for National Review Online and a senior editor at "The American Spectator" after spending twenty years at the Wall Street Journal where he was a member of its editorial board for six years. John is the author of "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy" and co-author of "Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk." John will share his thoughts on this consequential election.

Nov 04, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks John Tamny

John Tamny is Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks and editor at RealClearMarkets. He is widely published in the areas of tax, trade, and monetary policy. His most recent book, "The End of Work", sees that end as a net positive, allowing people to pursue their passions and highlight their unique skills. Hear what he has to say about the changes to the workplace resulting from COVID-19 and government restrictions.

Oct 28, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher, Ph. D., is a biological anthropologist and a senior fellow at The Kinsey Institute. She has studied the brain circuitry of romantic love and written sic books, including Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Morriage, and Why We Stray.

Oct 21, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Clint Bolick

The Atlas Society Asks Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick. Justice Bolick founded the Institute for Justice in 1991, a non-profit law firm that litigates to limit government power, especially when it comes to property rights, economic liberty, and free speech. Justice Bolick is well known for his support of school choice and defense of vouchers. He has written a number of books, including "David’s Hammer: The Case for an Activist Judiciary" and "Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold over Economic Liberty."

Oct 07, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Christina Sandefur

Join us for The Atlas Society Asks Christina Sandefur. Christina is executive vice president at the Goldwater Institute and co-drafter of the Right to Try initiative, which is now federal law, protecting terminally ill patients' right to try safe investigational treatments not yet FDA approved. She is also co-author of Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America. On September 30th, Christina will discuss her thoughts on Right to Try and on the changes in innovation and regulation as a reaction to COVID.

Sep 30, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Emily Ekins

Join us for The Atlas Society Asks Emily Ekins. Emily is a research fellow and director of polling at Cato Institute. She recently published a much-quoted article on a Cato survey that found 62% of Americans fear sharing their political views. Tune in to hear her thoughts on public opinion regarding free speech, cancel culture, and policing.

Sep 23, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Andy Puzder

As the former CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., Andy Puzder rescued the company from financial struggles and transformed it into a global fast food giant. He is also an attorney and an author, having written the 2018 book The Capitalist Comeback. Join in to hear Puzder’s thoughts on the impact of the shutdowns on businesses and of COVID on governmental economic policy.

Sep 16, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Terrance Wren

Join us for The Atlas Society Asks Terrance Wren. Terrance is a popular TikTok commentator and entrepreneur. The father of four from East Saint Louis, Illinois, decided to push back against negativity and hatred with a simple but powerful message: "I love everyone no matter your color, shape or size.” He started the We Are Human clothing line to support his United BBQ events (including one sponsored by The Atlas Society on October 15th in Los Angeles), which bring people of different races and backgrounds together. A featured guest at the upcoming Atlas Society Gala on October 14th, Terrance frequently incorporates the content and ideas of The Atlas Society into his social media posts. Learn about Terrance's fascinating trajectory -- including growing up in foster homes and time in and out of prison -- and learn what inspired him to explore the philosophy of Ayn Rand. 

Sep 14, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Dr. Jeffrey Singer

Join us for The Atlas Society Asks Jeffrey Singer. In addition to being a Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute and working in the Department of Health Policy Studies, Dr. Singer is the founder of Valley Surgical Clinics, Ltd., the largest and oldest group private surgical practice in Arizona. He has been in private practice as a general surgeon for more than 35 years. Tune in to hear what he has to say about healthcare and policy in the time of COVID.

Sep 09, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks with Agnieszka Pilat

Pilat, born in communist Poland, is an award-winning painter in San Francisco, whose paintings can be found in collections around the world. Her most current project, disrupt, consists of “heroic portraits of antiquated technology,” in which she “treat[s] every machine as an individual.” She considers her work to be a tribute to not only technology but also to everything that is good about America.

Sep 02, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks with Michael Newberry & Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.

Join us for The Atlas Society Asks Michael Newberry and Stephen Hicks. Michael Newberry is an American neo-romanticist painter based in Idyllwild, California. He blends a variety of influences, notably Rembrandt and the French Impressionists. The Atlas Society Senior Scholar Dr. Stephen Hicks is a professor of philosophy at Rockford University as well as the Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. Professor Hicks has written a number of books, including Explaining Postmodernism (he also just wrote the intro to our just released Pocket Guide to Postmodernism).
“Newberry’s work speaks to the senses, the intellect, and the passions of those who do not need the judgment of history to tell them what is great, but who can themselves make the judgment of history today.” –Dr. Hicks

Aug 26, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks with Roger Bissell

Roger is a writer and musician who has considered himself an “Objectivist” since 1966. He has written four books plus many essays, mostly published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, and he has edited many other books, including two by Nathaniel Branden. He has been a professional musician for sixty years, performing live and recording in the studio. Tune in to hear what he has to say about how Objectivism, Libertarianism, and music has changed over the years!

Aug 19, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Peter Copses

Join us for The Atlas Society Asks Peter Copses. In our ELEVENTH episode in the series, Peter Copses joins CEO of The Atlas Society Jennifer Grossman for a discussion on topics such as on the impact of the educational system that teaches students to hate America as well as the government’s role in sacrificing our rights in the name of safety. Peter Copses is a trustee of The Atlas Society and a founding senior partner of Apollo Management, LP.

Jul 29, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Stephen Hicks & Marian Tupy

Join Jennifer Grossman On Wednesday! The Atlas Society Asks Resident Philosopher Stephen Hicks And Editor of and senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Marian Tupy! Join Us On Zoom & FB!

Jul 15, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Richard Salsman

The Atlas Society CEO, Jennifer Grossman, Is Joined By AIER Senior Fellow And President Of InterMarket Forecasting, Richard M. Salsman! Don't Miss It!

Jul 08, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Jeffrey Tucker

The Atlas Society Asks Episode With The Atlas Society CEO, Jennifer Grossman, And AIER Editorial Director And Economics Writer, Jeffrey A. Tucker

Jul 01, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Stephen Moore

The Atlas Society CEO, Jennifer Grossman, is joined by Club For Growth Founder And Heritage Foundation Economist Steve Moore!

Jun 24, 2020
The Atlas Society Asks Stephen Hicks

The Atlas Society's CEO Jennifer Grossman Is Joined By Their Resident Philosopher and Professor, Stephen Hicks Ph.D. 

Jun 11, 2020