Are we ready to embrace and pursue progress—and what is holding us back? A lot of answers to that have just been provided by Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and, long ago, co-author of the first Web browser. Some of the answers are in his “Techno-Optimist Manifesto”—and a lot of them are in the response he got.
Steven E. Koonin is the author of Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters and the director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. He also served in the Obama administration as Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, was Chief Scientist at BP, and professor and provost at California Institute of Technology. He joins our CEO, Jennifer Grossman, to discuss his thoughts about climate change and the media’s dire prediction for our future. Watch the entire interview HERE or check out the transcript below.
Described by industry press as “the Western Hemisphere’s greatest living pop star” and a “Generation YouTube renaissance man,” Akira the Don is a world-renowned musician/DJ. He’s most famous for his Meaningwave Universe, a musical oeuvre which integrates philosophically lyrical content. In producing these releases, he’s collaborated with Jordan Peterson, Naval Ravikant, and Joe Rogan. He joins our CEO, Jennifer Grossman, to discuss his career in music, along with his collaboration with The Atlas Society on our very first Ayn Rand-inspired Meangingwave experience.
What’s behind the rise of right-wing populist movements in Western democracies? In his book Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities, Eric Kaufmann makes the case that unease with increased immigration rates, and stigmatization of those wanting slower rates are among the forces fueling phenomena ranging from Brexit to Trump’s unexpected 2016 win. A Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London and an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Kaufmann has authored, co-authored, and edited nine books, including The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America. In this wide-ranging interview with CEO Jennifer Anju Grossman (JAG), Kaufmann explores how “the progressive storyline for white majorities is a morality tale celebrating their demise,” and how the indignant resistance to that celebration is helping shape current political trends.
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.