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Tuesday, July 12 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Success in Business Symposium: Ayn Rand and Best Business Practices

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The heroes in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are successful businessmen. All readers of the novels can agree that the heroes behave heroically. But do they behave in ways that characterize successful businessmen?

This lecture will compare the behavior of Rand’s heroes with the insights of four authors in the classical-liberal tradition whose works identify key aspects of free-market business success: Samuel Smiles, Joseph Schumpeter, Ronald Coase, and Friedrich Hayek. Along the way, it will demonstrate that the classical liberal capitalist Charles Koch has adopted and updated all of these insights. It will then argue that Rand thoroughly understood the insights of two of these authors but slighted the insights of two others. And it will suggest that her moral and aesthetic philosophy may have been responsible for her oversights.

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Robert Bradley Jr.

CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (www.politicalcapitalism.org) is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research. He is the author of seven books, most recently "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies," and blogs at www.masterresource.org.Bradley's interest has grown... Read More →

Tuesday July 12, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am PDT
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

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