Music & Meaning: The Atlas Society Asks Akira The Don
November 30, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman as she is joined by Youtube's internet DJ Akira The Don to discuss his career and explore the power and purpose of music, along with his collaboration with The Atlas Society on the very first Ayn Rand-inspired Meaningwave experience. Described by industry press as “the Western Hemisphere’s greatest living pop star” and a “Generation YouTube renaissance man,” Akira the Don is most famous for his Meaningwave Universe, a musical oeuvre which integrates philosophically lyrical content. In producing these releases, he’s collaborated with Elon Musk, Jordan Peterson, Naval Ravikant, and Joe Rogan.
A Capitalist Approach to Immigration and Borders
November 29, 2023
A free society welcomes manageable flows of goods, capital, and people over its borders, whether incoming or outgoing. A state is defined as the institution with a monopoly on the legitimate use of retaliatory force within a specific territory – and the last feature requires fixed and protected borders. An indispensable job of a legitimate government includes managing the borders, setting liberal terms, processing the flows, and interdicting dangers (hostile actors, transmissible diseases). America’s most capitalist era (1865-1915) coincided with the “Ellis Island model” and we need that again, instead of the false choice of “open borders” (with no processing) or “closed borders” (with despotic-type walls).
The Future of the Gun: The Atlas Society Asks Frank Miniter
November 22, 2023
Join Atlas Society CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 180th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and political commentator Frank Miniter. Editor-in-chief of the NRA's political magazine, America's 1st Freedom, Frank is the author of The Future of the Gun, which explores new developments in gun technology that could make today’s firearms exponentially safer and smarter if anti-gun lobbyists weren’t halting progress in its tracks.
An Objectivist Perspective on the Techno-Optimist Manifesto with Stephen Hicks & Richard Salsman
November 15, 2023
Join Senior Scholars Richard Salsman, Ph.D., and Stephen Hicks, Ph.D., for a Twitter/X Spaces discussion where the duo will provide an Objectivist perspective on Marc Andreessen's Techno-Optimist manifesto.
Nationalism Worldwide: Current Events with Antonella Marty & Rob Tracinski
November 14, 2023
Join Sociedad Atlas CEO Antonella Marty and Atlas Society Senior Fellow Robert for an Objectivist perspective on Nationalism and how it is understood globally, along with a discussion on Marc Andreessen's Techno-Optimist Manifesto. Previous Episode
The Creation, Corruption, and Redemption of Money: The Atlas Society Asks Robert Breedlove
November 8, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 178th episode of The Atlas Society Asks, where she interviews Bitcoin-focused entrepreneur Robert Breedlove about his viral video on Francisco D'Anconia's Money Speech, along with Breedlove's book "Thank God for Bitcoin: The Creation, Corruption, and Redemption of Money." Robert Breedlove is a Bitcoin-focused entrepreneur, writer, and philosopher. Last month he produced a viral video on Francisco’s “Money Speech” in Atlas Shrugged that prompted a surge of interest in Rand’s work. Breedlove is the host of the What is Money? podcast and author of Thank God For Bitcoin: The Creation, Corruption, and Redemption of Money. As a self-described freedom maximalist, Robert advocates for the importance of freedom across all spheres of human action and calls Bitcoin a humanitarian movement exposing the greatest con in human history: central banking.
Stephen Hicks - Derrida on Liberating Insanity from Western Reason
November 8, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at Rockford, Stephen Hicks, Ph.D., for a deep dive into the philosophy of Jacques Derrida and his abandonment of a reason-based tradition in lieu of promoting insanity.
The Conservative Futurist - The Atlas Society Asks Jim Pethokoukis
November 1, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 177th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews author Jim Pethokoukis about his new book, "The Conservative Futurist: How to Create the Sci-Fi World We Were Promised." James (Jim) Pethokoukis is author of The Conservative Futurist: How to Create the Sci-Fi World We Were Promised, laying out a detailed roadmap to a freer, more prosperous and benevolent future. Drawing on insights from top economists, historians, and technologists, Pethokoukis reveals that the failed futuristic visions of the past were totally possible—and still are. A senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Pethokoukis also writes the Faster, Please! newsletter on Substack, where he explores how technological innovation, economic growth, and a pro-progress culture can help discover, create, and invent a better world.
The Atlas Society Asks Kevin Sorbo
October 25, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for a special episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews actor, producer, and director Kevin Sorbo, who joins to talk about the new independent film produced with his wife, Sam Sorbo, "The Miracle in East Texas," TO BE RELEASED IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON OCTOBER 29 & 30. Kevin Sorbo clearly needs no introduction, as most of our audience knows him as an actor, producer, and director, famous for his starring roles in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda. He is also the author of several books, including True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal—and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life and the children's book The Test of Lionhood.
The Soul of Civility: The Atlas Society Asks Alexandra Hudson
October 18, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 175th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where founder and curator of Civic Renaissance, Alexandra Hudson, joins to discuss her new book "The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves." Alexandra Hudson is the founder and curator of Civic Renaissance, a publication, newsletter, and community dedicated to ennobling our modern public discourse with the wisdom of the past. She earned a master’s degree in public policy at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar and was named the 2020 Novak Journalism Fellow. Her new book "The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves" seeks to mend division, empower readers to live tolerantly with others, and debate issues rather than silencing disagreements.
ISRAEL UNDER SEIGE: On the Ground with Michael Kauffman
October 12, 2023
The news out of Israel this weekend was so horrifying and shocking, the anti-semitic celebration of the carnage so disheartening, the scope and implications of the crisis so overwhelming, that some may be tempted to unfocus the mind, routinely tending to your diurnal priorities—or as Rand put it: “If you don’t look…you are free to believe what you wish—and you experience a foggy, pleasant, but somehow guilty, kind of hope.” For those living in Israel, there is no looking away from the immediate, existential threat presented by Hamas’s vicious terrorist invasion. That’s why this Thursday, we’re turning to Michael Kauffann, MD, Ph.D., on the ground in Tel Aviv with his wife and children, for his in-person, Objectivist perspective on the attacks. He will analyze the failure of Israeli intelligence and the deeper governmental dysfunction it represents, along with the ongoing Israeli defense response. Michael Kauffman has spent the last 28 years in the pharmaceutical industry and currently splits his time between Tel Aviv, Israel, Miami, and Boston. A generous supporter of our work at The Atlas Society, he gave a keynote speech at our Galt’s Gulch student conference in Nashville this summer, decrying the alliance of the Mystics & the Muscle in Israeli politics, and advancing an agenda of how Objectivist principles must set the agenda for a flourishing democracy in the Jewish state.
Work, Abundance, & When Politicians Panicked: The Atlas Society Asks John Tamny
October 11, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 173rd episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews returning guest John Tamny. Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks and editor at RealClear Markets, Tamny returns to talk about work, abundance, economics, and his two new books "When Politicians Panicked" and "The Money Confusion: How Illiteracy About Currencies and Inflation Sets the Stage for the Crypto Revolution."
Stephen Hicks - How Foucault And Derrida Won The Transgender And Insanity Debates
October 11, 2023
Join Senior Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at Rockford, Stephen Hicks, Ph.D., for a deep dive into the philosophy of Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida and what paved the way to today's current debate insanity surrounding gender, sexuality, and transgenderism.
The Atlas Society Asks Chris Stirewalt
October 4, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 172nd episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews Senior Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute Chris Stirewalt about his latest book "Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back." Chris Stirewalt is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and contributing editor for The Dispatch, where he focuses on American politics, voting trends, public opinion, and the media. He has worked for a variety of media outlets as a political editor, including Fox News Channel and the Washington Examiner.
The Atlas Society Asks Brendan O'Neill
September 27, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 171st episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews British pundit and author Brendan O'Neill about his latest book "A Heretic's Manifesto: Essays on the Unsayable." Brendan O'Neill was the editor of Spiked magazine from 2007 to 2021, and is now its chief political writer and is also a contributor to the Daily Telegraph and a variety of other publications across Europe and America. In his battle against cancel culture and groupthink, O’Neill has published several books including "A Duty to Offend," "Anti-Woke," and his latest book "A Heretic’s Manifesto: Essays on the Unsayable."
China's Economic Trouble & the BRICS Alliance: Current Events with Salsman & Tracinski
September 20, 2023
Join Senior Scholar Richard Salsman, Ph.D., and Senior Fellow Robert Tracinski for an Objectivist perspective on the damage to China’s economy since the CCP’s turn back towards central planning, along with a brief overview of the BRICS alliance and what that means for the U.S.
"Humility vs. Pride" with Kelley & Salsman
September 14, 2023
Join Atlas Society founder David Kelley, Ph.D., and Senior Scholar Richard Salsman, Ph.D., for a special 90-minute discussion exploring the definitions of humility and pride and comparing which one is better. Previous Episode
The Atlas Society Asks Jorge Díaz Cuervo
September 13, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman on the 169th episode of The Atlas Society Asks, where she interviews the president of the newly-founded Universidad de la Libertad in Mexico City, Jorge Díaz Cuervo. Listen as the duo discuss education and what is needed to create the next generation of liberty-lovers. Jorge is a longtime advocate for government reforms having previously served in both the Mexican federal government as well as Mexico City’s local congress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, master’s degrees in both international management and management of social security systems, and a Ph.D. in law.
The Atlas Society Asks Michele Tafoya
September 6, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman on the 168th episode of The Atlas Society Asks, where she interviews famed American sportscaster Michele Tafoya and why her growing disenchantment with increasingly work sports coverage and desire to have a more unconstrained voice on politics led her to leave her longtime post at NBC Sunday Night Football. Michele Tafoya runs the "Let's Get Sane" Substack Column and hosts the Michele Tafoya Podcast, where she interviews guests to discuss the state of American politics and culture. She is also the narrator of an upcoming documentary, "Triangle Park," based on the very first NFL game ever played -- at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio. Check out more from Michele Tafoya on her website: https://micheletafoya.com/
The Atlas Society Asks Heather Mac Donald
August 30, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman on the 167th episode of The Atlas Society Asks, where she interviews critically acclaimed author Heather Mac Donald about her latest book "When Race Trumps Merit: How the Pursuit of Equity Sacrifices Excellence, Destroys Beauty, and Threatens Lives." Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor at City Journal, and the 2005 recipient of the Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work covers a range of topics, from higher education and immigration to policing and race relations, with writings that have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times.
The Atlas Society Asks Stephanie Slade
August 22, 2023
Join CEO Jennifer Grossman on the 166th episode of The Atlas Society Asks, where she interviews senior editor at Reason Stephanie Slade about her defense of "fusionism"—in which she argues that libertarian principles of limited government and individual liberty can be harmoniously combined with certain traditional or conservative values. Stephanie Slade is a journalist and senior editor at Reason, a fellow in liberal studies at the Acton Institute, and a media fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology.