May 1, 2008 – Edward L. Hudgins

May 1, 2008

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Edward L. Hudgins
Executive Director, The Atlas Society

Measuring Economic Freedom
How to Do It and What It Tells Us

One of the great economic innovations in recent years has been the development of two indices to measure economic freedom around the world one by Heritage Foundation and the other, in the United States, by the Cato Institute.

The systematic approach of these indices allows us to rigorously advocate capitalism. These indices point to measures of the ethical infrastructure of free markets, including the Objectivist morality, on which is should be based.

To mark Tax Day 2008, Hudgins spoke on the civil war created by our moral monstrosity of a tax system at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform.

He began with this quote from H.L. Mencken: “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” You can read his talk on The Atlas Society’s website, or watch it on YouTube.

Learn more about Objectivism and The Atlas Society on the TAS website.

Hudgins last spoke at Junto in February 2006, as part of Ayn Rand 101.

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

General Society Library
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
1, 2, 3, 9, N, Q, R, S, or W to Times Square – 42nd St.

Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.


Previous post:

Next post: