The Atlas Society Publishes Video of Debate between Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Philosopher David Kelley

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Is self-interest enough to create personal happiness or a good society? This was the topic of debate at the 2011 FreedomFest in Las Vegas.

Is self-interest enough to create personal happiness or a good society?

What is the foundation of human happiness, prosperity, cooperation and freedom? At the 2011 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey and philosopher David Kelley debated "Is self-interest enough to create personal happiness or a good society?"

Kelley is the founder and chief intellectual officer of The Atlas Society and author of numerous books including "A Life of One's Own."

Mackey and Kelley are introduced by Tom G. Palmer, a senior scholar with the Cato Institute and Vice President at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Palmer also sits on The Atlas Society's Board of Advisors.

Watch the John Mackey - David Kelley debate here:

David Kelley earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and taught cognitive science and philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University. His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harpers, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. His books include Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand"; "The Evidence of the Senses; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. Kelley is founder and executive director of The Atlas Society.


The Atlas Society promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom. 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.

We do this through a variety of programs, which include:

-Original scholarly research which further develops the philosophy.
-Academic training of young intellectuals.
-Publishing and commissioning influential books and monographs.
-Our rich multi-media website
-Original commentary and op-eds published in mainstream media.
-Speeches and media appearances.

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