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Covering a wide range of policy and philosophic issues in diverse venues, from classrooms and academic forums, to Capitol Hill, to boardrooms and media outlets worldwide.

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ARI Writers & Speakers

  • Keith Lockitch

    Keith Lockitch

    Fellow and Vice President of Educational Programs, Ayn Rand Institute


    Ayn Rand’s novels & ideas, Environmental issues, Evolution vs. creationism

  • Doug Altner

    Doug Altner

    Doug Altner was an analyst and instructor at the Ayn Rand Institute between 2011 and 2014.,


    Laissez-faire capitalism, Government regulations, Morality of business

  • Ritu Basu

    Rituparna Basu

    Rituparna Basu was a researcher and analyst at the Ayn Rand Institute between 2011 and 2016.,


    Health care policy, Free market health care, Affordable Care Act

  • Yaron Brook

    Yaron Brook

    Chairman of the Board, Ayn Rand Institute


    Laissez-faire capitalism, Objectivism, Rights

  • Onkar Ghate

    Onkar Ghate

    Senior Fellow and Chief Content Officer, Ayn Rand Institute


    Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s novels & ideas, Religion & morality

Research Associates

  • Carl Svanberg | Ayn Rand Institute

    Carl Svanberg

    Former junior fellow and later a research associate (2013-2018), Ayn Rand Institute


    Educational freedom, Education, Europe/Scandinavia


  • Steve Simpson

    Steve Simpson

    Former Director of Legal Studies (2013-2018) , Ayn Rand Institute


    The Supreme Court, Constitutional law, Freedom of speech

  • Don Watkins

    Don Watkins

    Former Fellow (2006-2017), Ayn Rand Institute


    Laissez-faire capitalism, Social Security, Entitlements

  • Tara Smith

    Tara Smith

    Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin


    Morality/Ethics, Egoism/Selfishness, Individual rights

  • Peter Schwartz

    Peter Schwartz

    Distinguished Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute


    Egoism/Selfishness, Culture & society, Foreign policy

Suggested Course


The Philosophy of Objectivism

This course presents, in essential terms, the theoretical structure of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. Rand endorsed the course, attending every lecture and participating in many of the question periods.

Leonard Peikoff
Course Length
12 Lessons