The Ayn Rand Lecture: The Long-term Consequences of the Financial Crisis

The ASI’s Ayn Rand Lecture will be presented by John Allison and will examine the “Long-term Consequences of the Financial Crisis”:

John Allison held [his position at BB&T] during the height of the financial crisis and his banking principles are largely seen as the reason behind his bank’s relative success during the financial crisis.

Therefore his experience has given him great insight into our tumultuous financial landscape and the ongoing economic downturn. His lecture will address the long-term consequences of public policy decisions made during the crisis, and will outline a fundamentally different set of solutions to our economic challenges.

Mr Allison is a strong proponent of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, and his lecture will also explore the profound philosophic causes of and cures for the economic problems we face today.

If you’re still undecided, or would like to learn more about Mr Allison there are a couple of opportunities to see him speaking online already. His 2009 lecture on the causes and possible cures for the financial crisis (86 mins) is perhaps most relevant, though the quality is poor.

Another option, is this 68 minute lecture that applies Objectivist philosophy – a much broader and more personal set of ideas than just the politics – to the problem of leadership in business. As the ASI mentioned, Allison knows a thing or two about this. He won awards for his spell as CEO of Branch Banking & Trust which made him a millionaire nearly 8 times over.


The lecture will take place at Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AN Thursday 21 June 2012 with doors opening at 6.15pm.

RSVP to aynrand@adamsmith.org

Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to the benevolent logic of Objectivism. Find him on Google+ 

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