July 22nd, 2011 13:16 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Philosopher Edward Hudgins About Atlas Shrugged and The Atlas Society
Edward Hudgins first read Atlas Shrugged in the early 1970s. He was struck by its depiction of how a morality that puts the good of society " above that of individuals leads to personal misery and social and economic collapse as well as the novel`s vision of how a morality of rational self-interest brings both individual happiness and a benevolent and prosperous society. He has fought for that morality, for individual freedom, and for laissez-faire capitalism ever since.
Formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, Hudgins is an expert on space policy, transportation, privatization, trade, and international economic development. 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.
His writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicles, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Journal of Commerce, and Aviation Week Space Technology.
He is the editor of Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, Space: The Free Market Frontier, two books on postal service privatization, and An Objective Secular Reader.
Hudgins has appeared on the Bill O`Reilly Show, the Neil Cavuto Show, NBC`s Dateline NBC, CSPAN, 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 has taught at universities in the United States and in Germany.
He served as Washington director and then the executive director of The Atlas Society before taking up his current positions.
For more information, please consult www.atlassociety.org