Peter Schwartz

Distinguished Fellow
Ayn Rand Institute

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  • Egoism/Selfishness
  • Culture & Society
  • Foreign Policy
  • Government & Business
  • Science & Industrialization

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Peter Schwartz is a writer and journalist, who has been writing and lecturing extensively on philosophy, ethics, capitalism, environmentalism, foreign policy and multiculturalism.

Schwartz is the author of The Battle for Laissez-Faire Capitalism, Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty and The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America. He is currently seeking a publisher for his most recent book, “The Tyranny of Need: Examining the Code of Altruism.” He is a contributing author to The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought and editor of and contributing author to Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (an expanded version of Ayn Rand’s The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution) and (with Marlene Podritske) co-editor of Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed.

Schwartz was the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist (1979 – 1991), a periodical that covered current events from a pro-individual rights viewpoint.

From 1994 to 2005, Peter Schwartz was chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute. From 1987 to 2003, he was president and editor-in-chief of Second Renaissance Books, a publisher and distributor of works that presented the value of reason, science, technology and individualism. Peter Schwartz is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. 

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Career Roles

Editor and Publisher

The Intellectual Activist
1979 – 1991

President and Editor in Chief

Second Renaissance Books
1987 – 2003

Chairman Board of Directors

Ayn Rand Institute
1994 – 2005

Distinguished Fellow

Ayn Rand Institute
2006 – Present

Selected Work

Selected Works: Talks and Lectures

"Altruism vs. Priniciples"

"Analyzing Libertarianism: A Case Study in Thinking in Principles"

"Barriers to Cognition"

"Capitalism and Selfishness: Ayn Rand's Radical Code of Values"

"Clarity in Conceptualization: The Art of Identifying Package Deals"

"Contextual Knowledge"

"Environmentalism: Sacrificing Mankind to Nature"

"Free Minds and Free Markets"

"Integration by Essentials"

"Multiculturalism and the Anti-Conceptual Mentality"

"New Primitivism: Today's Attack on Reason and Individualism"

"Requirements of Objective Journalism"

"The 'Diversity' Delusion"

"The Epistemology of Altruism"

"The Objectivist Virtue of Selfishness"

"The Threats to Freedom: A Philosophic Dissection"

"The Writing Process"