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... is the guest speaker scheduled for the 127th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on January 17, 2005.



     Dr. John Hospers on "Rand and Her Circle"

This month we are extremely pleased and honored to again welcome Dr. Hospers to our dais. This time he will be giving the inaugural program of our 2005 season, the Theme of which is "The Year of Ayn Rand," which will celebrate Rand's centenary. 

Ayn Rand was born February 2,1905 in St. Petersburg, in what was then Czarist Russia. From time to time throughout the year we will be presenting programs and speakers relating in some way to Ayn Rand and objectivism. 

Dr. Hospers will be discussing Rand and her influence on the worlds of aesthetics, economics, literature and politics from the perspective of one who is numbered among her circle and who contributed to a mutually beneficial synthesis of ideas between them.

Later, of course, John Hospers was a candidate for U.S. President on the newly minted Libertarian Party ticket. We hope to explore how his influence on Rand's thinking was expressed in her writings in the early part of the decade of the 1960s, and also how Rand's ideas informed Dr. Hospers' eventual decision to engage in electoral politics.

We are very fortunate to be able to host Dr. Hospers this month as he has limited the number of his public appearances. Please don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the company of a true libertarian movement living legend.


     About John Hospers

John Hospers  was the first presidential candidate of the United States Libertarian Party, running in the 1972 presidential election. He and his vice-presidential running mate, Theodora Nathan, received one electoral vote from Roger MacBride, a Republican elector from Virginia.

Following his unsuccessful presidential campaign, Hospers also ran for governor of California as a Libertarian in 1974. Hospers earned advanced degrees from the University of Iowa and Columbia University and taught in the fields of philosophy and aesthetics. Early in his career he taught philosophy at Brooklyn College and at California State University, Los Angeles. He is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.

Hospers was an editor of Liberty magazine. He endorsed George W. Bush for president in 2004.

From the Wikipedia.