There has been a lot of speculation that the “woke” fad may already be fading, that it has reached its peak and even its own supporters or fellow travelers on the center-left are getting sick of it. There is some evidence that this is true in academia. But if we’re looking for a moment that could mark a definitive turn away from wokeness in the culture at large, the Hamas war just might be it.
Ricardo Salinas is a Mexican visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist working to advance economic and educational opportunities and champion freedom and sound money in Latin America and worldwide. As The Atlas Society’s 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, he sat down for an interview with our CEO, Jennifer Grossman, during our 7th Annual Gala to talk about Ayn Rand, his vision for Bitcoin, and advice for defending freedom and rejecting the self-sacrificing premise of altruism.
Ayn Rand has converted more Americans to the causes of individual rights and limited government than all the nation’s conservative think tanks combined. Now the film version of her most accessible and underrated book, “We the Living,” is returning to theaters in a remastered and high-definition version at a time when these principles urgently need a renaissance.
Michael Shellenberger is a lifelong environmentalist who wrote the best-selling 2020 book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. In this wide-ranging interview with CEO Jennifer Grossman, Shellenberger shares his views on socialism, environmentalism, Venezuela, homelessness, and Greta Thumberng.
Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media and the host of podcast What’s Ahead, where he talks to newsmakers, politicians, and pioneers in business and economics. He authored Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity and Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It and writes editorials for each issue of Forbes called “Fact and Comment.” He twice ran for president, promoting a flat tax, school choice, and term limit policies. In this wide-ranging interview with CEO Jennifer Grossman on July 14, 2021, Forbes shared his views on inflation, modern monetary policy, Covid lockdowns, Cuba sanctions, cancel culture, and what he sees as the enormously destructive and divisive agenda of the Biden administration.
Economist Art Laffer is best known for the Laffer Curve and his work as a member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board for both of his two terms. Dr. Laffer also advised Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on fiscal policy in the U.K. during the 1980s. He has been a faculty member at the University of Chicago, University of Southern California, and Pepperdine University. Often referred to as the “Father of Supply-Side Economics,” he is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates and co-author of the 2018 book Trumponomics: Inside the America First Policy to Revive our Economy as well as The End of Prosperity and The Return to Prosperity. In speaking with CEO Jennifer Grossman on March 31, 2021, Laffer covers a whole range of topics, including his defense of Trump’s trade policy (making the distinction between negotiating tactics and actual protectionism), why he’ll never forgive George Herbert Walker Bush for raising taxes, his previous work with Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton, and his radical proposal to put all elected officials on a commission plan to incentivize pro-growth policies.