EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Dr. David Kelley

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You asked. He answered. The exclusive interview with The Atlas Society founder and Atlas Summit keynote speaker, Dr. David Kelley, is now available!

Find out what the current relationship is between the Ayn Rand Institute and The Atlas Society, how a church leader introduced Dr. Kelley to Ayn Rand, and more.

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INTERVIEW EXCERPT ( Download the full interview PDF here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1808... )

QUESTION: Did you think that “A Question of Sanction” (the essay that precipitated your departure from the Ayn Rand Institute ) would be so controversial?
ANSWER: No. I wrote that short piece as a response to an attack on me by Peter Schwartz for speaking to the Laissez-Faire Book Club, a small dinner meeting in NYC. I broadened the piece to address attitudes I was seeing among Objectivists, but I thought my colleagues in the movement would agree with what I said about tolerance, open Objectivism, and error and evil. I was stunned when so many disagreed.

QUESTION: Today, what is the relationship like between the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) and the Atlas Society?
ANSWER: By analogy with the U.S. and Russia, I would say we are no longer in a Cold War with missiles pointed at each other.

ARI is now on board with working with libertarians, so we move in some of the same circles. When we encounter ARI people there is a degree of cordiality; principals on the TAS board and staff (though not I) have had conversations with our opposite numbers. However, ARI and its affiliates still have a Putinesque hostility toward TAS. For example, people associated with us are not invited to ARI campus clubs and discussion lists. Scholars supported by ARI don’t communicate with our scholars. Etc.

Read the rest of the interview: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1808...

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This scaled down version of the epic John Galt speech in Atlas Shrugged was expertly crafted by Dr. David Kelley for Atlas Shrugged Part 3.

Watch the speech: http://www.galtsgulchonline.com/posts/31...

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The Atlas Society was founded in 1990 by Dr. David Kelley under the name “Institute for Objectivist Studies.” David Kelley is a professional philosopher, teacher, speaker, bestselling author, and long time proponent of Objectivism. He served as a consultant on all three parts of the Atlas Shrugged Trilogy.

A member of Ayn Rand's circle, Kelley read her favorite poem, "If—", by Rudyard Kipling, at her funeral in 1982.

Kelley has lectured at Vassar, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, and Amherst just to name a few. In addition, Kelley has written countless articles on philosophy, social issues, and public policy which have appeared in publications like Harper’s, Reason, and the Harvard Business Review.

Find David here in Galt’s Gulch under the username DavidKelley (http://www.galtsgulchonline.com/DavidKel...)

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Dive into the epic speeches of Atlas Shrugged with this free chapter provided by Dr. David Kelley from his book, “Atlas Shrugged: The Novel, the Films, the Philosophy”, and explore how the great speeches of Ayn Rand’s novel were adapted for the silver screen. This free chapter is available exclusively to Galt’s Gulch Online Producers.


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