SATURDAY, May 19, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

Atlas Shrugged 50 Years Later
Talk at FreeMinds 2009 by Edward Hudgins
July 9, 2009 filling in for Stephen Moore

Article in the Wall Street Journal January 9, 2009
‘Atlas Shrugged’: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years
By Stephen Moore

Jackie Hazelton

Hudgins discusses the parallels between Atlas Shrugged and the world today, including the economic carnage, the moral carnage and the evasion of reality.  He ends on a positive note with Atlas Shrugged and the promise of tomorrow.  Stephen Moore, author of the article in the Wall Street Journal ‘Atlas Shrugged’: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years, was to give the talk.  Hudgins speaks on the same theme.

Edward Hudgins formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, is an expert on the regulation of space, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor.  He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation.  He has testified on many occasions before Congress.

Ed’s opinion writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Journal of Commerce, Aviation Week & Space Technology, among other publications.

He is the editor of Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, Space: The Free Market Frontier and two books on postal service privatization.  His latest collection is entitled An Objectivist Secular Reader.

Ed has appeared on NBC’s Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, PBS, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and Voice of America.  Hudgins has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a master’s from American University, and a doctorate from Catholic University in political philosophy.  He taught at universities in the United States and in Germany.  He served as Washington director and then executive director of The Atlas Society before taking up his current position.

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