This week began with the United States’ favourite celebration; the 4th of July! I spent the day in lush Piedmont Park where runners from all over the state of Georgia congregated for the annual Peachtree Road Race. The city’s excitement and patriotism reached a boiling point in the evening at Lenox Square Mall, which hosted the largest (and most deafening) fireworks display in the Southeast!
The elation of the night’s spectacle carried well into the week with all members of staff being in high spirits following the long weekend. I spent much of this week delving into FEE’s vast archives, having the chance to dig deep into the philosophical underpinnings and roots of the think tank. Particularly interesting was uncovering several personal files and journal entries of Leonard E. Read, in conjunction with correspondence between FEE and other libertarian-associated organisations such as the Mises Institute.
Also notable this week was office discussion surrounding the monopoly of law enforcement and the subsequent racial warfare that has flooded the media as of late. Being in the midst of America’s political climate at a time where protesters have taken to Atlanta’s streets has markedly opened my eyes to the tangibility of issues involving police brutality.
With the week coming to a close, I chose to spend the weekend visiting the High Museum of Art and Atlanta’s eclectic district in Little Five Points. The neighbourhood featured musicians playing on every corner and people from all walks of life visiting thrift shops, record stores, and beer gardens. A vibrant sight indeed!
After such a refreshing weekend, I am eager to return to the office on Monday before attending Freedom Fest later in the week. Watch this space!