Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, ATLOS!

One year ago today, the Atlanta Objectivist Society hosted its first social at a restaurant in Atlanta!

We wanted to expand beyond just our awesome core group of friends and become the resource for people in the Atlanta area who are interested in the ideas of Ayn Rand. I think we managed to do that very well!

Our first year has been wildly successful and I'm so proud of what we were able to accomplish: a profitable conference (MiniCon), monthly socials, study and discussion groups, a fall picnic, and a holiday party. We are in contact with the leaders of two local university Objectivist clubs, too.

This year, we've added more study groups, are in the process of redesigning our website, and planning our even more ambitious ATLOSCon. Once a few things that are still up in the air on the business side have been settled (we are applying for non-profit status and that's a long process), I think we'll be able to do even more. I have big ideas and plans for our group, and if this year's conference is successful in getting us a little money to work with, we'll be able to expand our promotions and advertising and outreach.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped make ATLOS a successful and FUN venture over the last year, especially the Queen of ATLOSCon and all of the moderators and organizers of our sub-groups--the study groups and Optional Value Clubs (play group, Latin Club, movie nights, etc). I am thrilled to know and work with all of you on this labor of love.

Here's to a wonderfully successful and FUN second year! :)

1 comment:

Bruce Majors said...

You could celebrate by watching this!

(I'll wave from the audience.)

Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea
(Paradigm Publishers, 2010)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)

Featuring the author C. Bradley Thompson, Clemson University; with comments by Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; moderated by David Boaz, Cato Institute.

The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Can't attend the event in person? Then watch a live video feed during the event's scheduled time.

Purchase bookC. Bradley Thompson, professor of political science and executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, has written (with Yaron Brook) a comprehensive and original analysis of neoconservatism. Neoconservatism probes what neoconservatives call their "philosophy of governance" — their plan for governing America. It explicates the deepest philosophic principles of neoconservatism, traces the intellectual relationship between the political philosopher Leo Strauss and contemporary neoconservative political actors, and provides a trenchant critique of neoconservatism from the perspective of America's founding principles. What makes this book so compelling is that Thompson actually lived for many years in the Straussian/neoconservative intellectual world. Neoconservatism therefore fits into the "breaking ranks" tradition of scholarly criticism. Thompson charges that neoconservatism is a species of anti-Americanism, a claim sure to draw strong opposition — probably from Tod Lindberg, editor of Policy Review and a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society.