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Ayn Rand Lecture 2019 with Johan Norberg

  • Drapers' Hall Throgmorton Avenue London, England, EC2R United Kingdom (map)

On Thursday 14th November 2019, we will be honouring Ayn Rand and the enduring appeal of her ideas with a special guest lecture at the prestigious Drapers’ Hall.

Johan Norberg, lecturer, documentary filmmaker and internationally acclaimed author, will be giving our annual Ayn Rand Lecture on "Progress: Who Needs It?".

In The Fountainhead, Howard Roark says: "The creators' concern is the conquest of nature. The parasites' concern is the conquest of men". The first concern has given us this golden era of health, wealth and amazing technologies. But the second one is always lurking in the background, threatening to tear it all down. Ayn Rand's ideas influenced Johan Norberg to embrace the ideas of progress and liberty. In this lecture he will explain why they are the best way to understand mankind's progress, but also why our lack of appreciation might lead to an anti-industrial revolution and global balkanization.

Johan Norberg is a lecturer, documentary filmmaker and internationally acclaimed author. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington DC and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. A frequent commentator in Swedish and international media, he has a weekly column in Sweden's biggest daily, Metro. He lives in Malmö.

18:00 - Doors open
18:45 - Lecture starts + Q & A
20:00 - Drinks Reception

Dress code: Smart (lounge suits/business wear)

To request a place, please email