Dr. Edward Hudgins notes that America has been the land of the individual, and that most Americans have thought of themselves as individualists. We still speak favorably of individual rights — yet paternalism and collectivism underlies much contemporary mainstream American political thought. Hudgins cites key examples not only from leftists and socialists but also from traditional conservatives and neo-conservatives — and contrasts the principles of genuine and robust moral individualism to all of them.
Edward Hudgins, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Atlas Society in Washington, D.C. He was formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and has testified on many occasions before Congress. Hudgins received his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland, his M.A. from American University, and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Catholic University in political philosophy. He has taught at universities in the United States and in Germany.