Atlas Society Leaders to Speak at FreedomFest in Las Vegas

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Aaron Day and Ed Hudgins will speak at this premiere libertarian event, scheduled for July 10-13, at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

The Atlas Society is pleased to announce that Aaron Day and Ed Hudgins will be speaking at this year's FreedomFest, scheduled for July 10-13, at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

Aaron Day will speak on "Lightning Speed: The Imagineering of Space and Travel." Ed Hudgins will speak on "Are We Rome?" a topic centered on the decline of America and what the future holds.

Freedomfest, a premiere libertarian event, has an extensive line-up of speakers including billionaire investor Jim Rogers, Steve Forbes, CATO's David Boaz, and John Allison, Chairman of BB&T.

FreedomFest is an annual festival where free minds meet to celebrate “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers” in an open-minded society. It is independent, non-partisan, and not affiliated with any organization or think tank. Founded and produced by Mark Skousen since 2002, FreedomFest invites the “best and the brightest” from around the world to talk, strategize, socialize, and celebrate liberty. FreedomFest is open to all and is purely egalitarian, where speakers, attendees, and exhibitors are treated as equals.

This year's theme for FreedomFest is "Are We Rome?" The FreedomFest website explains: "Many historians have warned that the West is going the way of Rome. Rome was the #1 superpower 2000 years ago, and then collapsed. When the British historian Edward Gibbon wrote about “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” in 1776, the British worried that Britain, the #1 Superpower, would lose its dominance in the world…..and it did within a century.

Now many experts fear that the United States (and the West in general) is on a road to decline and financial collapse. In 1947, Pulitzer-prize winner H. J. Haskill wrote a book called “New Deal in Old Rome,” making apt comparisons between Rome and the welfare state. Harold Bloom, the famed literary critic at Yale, recently warned, 'Twenty-first-century America is in a state of decline. It is scary to reread the final volume of Gibbon these days because the fate of the Roman Empire seems to continue even now. We have approached bankruptcy, foreign wars we cannot pay for, and defrauded our urban and rural poor. We have no Emerson or Whitman among us.'"

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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