Other Objectivist Organizations
Some political parties are members of, or are branches of, international
political organizations. Other parties have no official connection
with international political bodies. Below, we list first the parties
with connections to an international political organization. Then,
grouped according to the country in which they found, we list those
parties that have no known affiliation with an international political
Affiliated Political Parties (by affiliation):
Parties without International Affiliaton (by country):
of Philosophy - Site provides explanation of philosophy
from an Objectivist point of view. Operated by SOLO (the Sense Of
Life Objectivists), in New Zealand.
Objectivist Philosophers and Other Proponents
- philosopher of Objectivism, and holder of the intellectual property
of the works of Ayn Rand.
Brandon - Ayn Rand's close friend and colleague for
eighteen years. Her "The Passion of Ayn Rand" (a popular
biography of Ayn Rand that was made into a movie) was published
Brandon - Ayn Rand's closest Objectivism associate for 18
years, until their break in 1968. Currently a psychologist in private
practice, and a corporate consultant.
Matthew Sciabarra -
including philosophical writings by this influential New York University
Objectivist professor, author and editor of Journal of Ayn Rand
Capitalism and Capitalist Economics
Operated by Bahamas 2000 Co, Ltd.. A philosophical, moral, and
economic defense of Capitalism. The most popular aspect of the
site is the Capitalism Tour (basically, a tutorial on the philosophical
justification for Capitalism).
von Mises Institute -
This very popular site is a treasure. Almost all written works of
Ludwig von Mises can be read here, online, and there are almost
daily articles concerning the perils of inflation. Ludwig von Mises'
support for capitalism, and his condemnation of socialism, arguably
were expressed more in terms of what works than in terms of what
is moral. However, more than any other economist before, during
or since his time, Mises' description of a truly capitalist economy
was consistent with Objectivism. He is typically grouped with others
under the term "Austrian school of economics" but, unlike
his Nobel Laureate student Friedrich von Hayek (another member of
the Austrian school), he did not support immoral exceptions to capitalism,
such as anti-trust laws. And, while other self-styled economists
identify themselves and their theories as Capitalist, many nonetheless
embrace manipulations of the money supply (i.e., inflation) as an
acceptable practice (e.g., Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman) though
such manipulation clearly results in an unvoluntary transfer of
buying power (i.e., theft), which is contrary to Objectivism. It
is important to note that the Ludwig von Mises Institute was founded
by Lew Rockwell, who was a student of Murray Rothbard (who some
regard as the father of Libertarianism), and is a Libertarian, not
an Objectivist. Not surprisingly, therefore, documents (books, articles
etc.) written by authors who are not Objectivist, or who oppose
Objectivism, will also be encountered at the Ludwig von Mises Institute
Magazine - Published
by Bahamas 2000 Co, Ltd., articles cover a host of subjects (e.g.,
anti-trust, entertainment, science, war, etc.) from an Objectivist
Context - Founded by Karen Minto, Full Context is an internationally-distributed
newsletter that presents the politics, the principles, and the people
behind the recent explosion of interest in Objectivist thought,
and of the Renaissance of individualism surrounding it. Regular
features include revealing, personal interviews with many of the
leading personalities in the Objectivist and free-market movements—from
the academics to the artists, to the political pundits. It is an
excellent source of interviews. All back-issues are online.
- Journal of ideas and opinions on individual freedom. Originally
published by Freedom Party of Ontario, it is now published by Freedom
Party International. All back-issues are available online. Few articles
are about Objectivism itself, but many articles are written by Objectivists.
Most articles relate less to philosophy and more to politics and
political issues. Freedom Party also publishes a number of issue
papers, calendars, submission to hearings by legislatures, etc..
The table of contents for those publications - including the popular
Alert!" and "Just
Say Know to Whole Language" is here.
Intellectual Activist - Founded as a fortnightly political
newsletter by Peter Schwartz (chairman of the Board of Directors
of the Ayn Rand Institute and president of Second Renaissance Book
Service), the Intellectual Activist is now owned and published by
Robert Tracinski, a member of the faculty of the Ayn Rand Institute's
Objectivist Academic Centre. TIA is dedicated to understanding and
promoting the ideas of Ayn Rand. It serves as a forum for those
who are working to gain a deeper understanding of Ayn Rand's fiction
and philosophy and applying her ideas to gain new insights in every
field of human knowledge. NOTE: Only article excerpts
are available online: a subscription must be purchased to read the
articles in full.
- Published by The Objectivist Center eleven times per year, Navigator's
articles and reviews tackle issues from ethics to psychology, art
to cultural analysis, cognitive sciences to child-raising. Navigator
also provides news about the Objectivist movement, plus information
about upcoming events and new products. Full text of articles available
online without a subscription.
Free Radical - Objectivist magazine apparently published
by SOLO (the Sense Of Life Objectivists in New Zealand) and edited
by Lindsay Perigo, the Convenor of SOLO.
of Ayn Rand Studies - Articles not available online: table
of contents only. Available only in hardcopy, with a subscription.
Published by The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies Foundantion and edited
by New York University professor Chris Matthew Sciabarra, The Journal
of Ayn Rand Studies is a nonpartisan journal devoted to the study
of Ayn Rand and her times. The journal is not aligned with any advocacy
group, institute, or person. It welcomes papers from every discipline
and from a variety of interpretive and critical perspectives. It
aims to foster scholarly dialogue through a respectful exchange
A Journal of the Arts - Edited by Louis Torres & Michelle
Marder Kamhi (authors of "What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory
of Ayn Rand"), Aristos is an independent journal advocating
objective standards in arts scholarship and criticism. Aristos argues
that the concept of art (in the sense of the traditional "fine arts"
of painting, sculpture, literature, music, and dance) can be objectively
defined. There are no new issues, but the back issues are archived
and can be read online.
Objectivism - by Ayn Rand. Objectivism in a nutshell.
of Objectivism - a very succinct (one small page) overview
of, well, the essentials of Objectivism (provided by the Ayn Rand
Capitalism Visual Tour - at capitalism.org. This brief,
step by step (page by page) tour takes you step by step through
the basic tenets of Objectivism and shows why Objectivism is the
moral basis for Capitalism...why Capitalism is the only moral social/political
system. If you have never read much about Objectivism or the nature
of capitalism, this is an excellent way to start.
Philosophy of Objectivism: A Brief Summary - More technical
than the Capitalism Visual Tour at capitalism.org, this excerpt
from Leonard Piekoff's excellent book "The Ominous Parallels"
(which shows the similarities between Naziism and some aspects of
American society). Excellent for those with some basic knowledge
Objectivist radio show. Listen online!
of Freedom - Audio selections from Freedom Party International's
very large collection of audio and video appearances of FpI members,
leaders, and executive (most, if not all of whom are Objectivists).
Most feature debates between Objectivists and the left. Great listening.
The audio files download while you listen to them. At any
given time, there are approximately 12 programs that you can listen
to. Selections are changed from time to time.
Ayn Rand Institute - The Center for the Advancement of Objectivism.
Formed in 1985 by Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand's intellectual heir.
The Institute Promotes Objectivism as Ayn Rand explained it. See
Objectivist Center - Founded in 1989 by former Ayn Rand
Institute member David Kelley, the stated goal of The Objectivist
Center is "to help create a new culture in our society, a culture
in tune with the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy, a culture
that affirms the core Objectivist values of reason, individualism,
freedom, and achievement". See note.
The Jefferson School, of Economics, Philosophy,
and Psychology. The school is run by Dr. George Reisman and Dr.
Edith Packer (husband and wife). The site's main feature
is the full text (.pdf format) of Reisman's "Capitalism",
a textbook advancing the moral and economical case for Laissez-Faire
Capitalism. See note.
- Sense of Life Objectivists. Based in New Zealand, SOLO says it
"...has been set up, to invoke George Walsh's famous remark
when he helped David Kelley launch the Institute for Objectivist
Studies, for those who consider themselves "homeless Objectivists"
still. Affilated with online Objectivist magazine "Free Radical",
the LibertariaNZ (political party in New Zealand), and the Importance
of Philosophy website (Objectivist).
Schisms within Objectivism
It could be
argued that a link to The Jefferson School, to The Objectivist Centre,
or to the Ayn Rand Institute, does not belong in the Atlantis directory:
that one or more of those organizations does not truly promote Objectivism.
Mondo Politico has chosen to include all purported Objectivist organizations
in the Atlantis directory, so that you can judge for yourself.
The Ayn Rand
Institute distanced itself from David Kelley, who subsequently founded
The Objectivist Centre. The root cause for the rift can be gleaned
from reading the exchange of articles that led to David Kelley's
separation from the Ayn Rand Institute. Brief history: Peter Schwarz
wrote an article, "On Sanctioning the Sanctioners" that
appeared in The Intellectual Activist (February 27, 1989). It spoke
out against speaking to Libertarian groups (Schwarz's opposition
to Libertarianism is thoroughly explained in his "Libertarianism:
the Perversion of Liberty", which is one of the essays included
in Ayn Rand's book, "The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist
Thought"). David Kelley had spoken to Libertarian groups, and
took Schwartz's article to be directed at himself. In response,
David Kelley wrote "A
Question of Sanction". In response, Ayn Rand Institute
founder Leonard Peikoff wrote "Fact
and Value", saying that Objectivism is a closed system
(i.e., not, as Kelley had suggested, a potentially flawed work in
progress, subject to amendment) and that David Kelley - by saying
objectivism does not require one to cast moral judgment on ideas,
but requires only that one determine ideas to be true or false -
was actually rejecting Objectivism. This was followed by Peter Schwartz's
addendum to "Fact and Value", "On
Moral Sanctions". Since then Kelley has published "The
Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand", in which he argues that we ought
not to quickly conclude that immoral ideas are the result of a wilful
refusal to see the truth (i.e., irrationality), and that one should
tolerate a person whose ideas are incorrect until one has evidence
of that person's irrationality (at which point, moral judgment about
the person's idea, and the person, can be made). He argues, also,
that Objectivism is not a closed system and, effectively, that Objectivism
requires that it not be a closed system. In short, self-identified
Objectivists now fall into two camps (each would probably say that
the other is not a camp of Objectivism at all), and various web
sites, authors, and magazines etc. now tend to ally themselves with
one or the other camp. (Additional reading on the subject: ”Notes
On 'A Question of Sanction' ” by Robert W. Tracinski; "Facts,
Values and Moral Sanctions: An Open Letter To Objectivists"
by Robert J. Bidinotto; "Reintroducing
the Measurements: An Old Fallacy with a New Name" by Bennett
C. Karp; "POP
culture Premises Of Post-Objectivism" [a letter from Kirsti
Minsaas to Harry Binswanger]; "Introduction
to 'Truth and Toleration' " by David Kelley).
about the split between the Ayn Rand Institute on the one hand,
and George Reisman and Edith Packer (co-founders of The Jefferson
School) is harder to come by. However, you can read Olaf
Samuelson's account here.
- Objectivism, the philosophy originated by Ayn Rand, advocates
reason, egoism and laissez-faire capitalism. Join SVO to make new
friends, enjoy intellectual discussion and advance laissez-faire
Objectivist Network - an
informal group of students and adults of all ages, whose common
bond is an interest in the philosophy of Ayn Rand. We meet once
per month (on the last Saturday of the month) to discuss relevant
issues from a viewpoint influenced by Rand's ideas.
Mellon University Objectivist Club - The purpose of the
CMU Objectivist Club is to study Objectivism and to promote it to
the campus community. This is accomplished primarily through regular
meetings at which Objectivism and its applications are discussed,
through study groups at which the club focuses on a particular Objectivist
work, and through live lectures which feature major Objectivist
Polytechnic Institute Objectivist Club
University Objectivist Club -
Studies and promotes the study of Objectivism. Anyone interested
in philosophy and its real-world application is invited to join.