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The Intellectual Activist - An Objectivist Review
About The Intellectual Activist


This magazine is for those who take ideas seriously those who realize that fundamental ideas shape our culture and change the course of the world those who believe that the philosophical ideas we accept are a matter of life and death.

This magazine is for those who agree that the job of a thinker is not to play academic word games, but to address the crucial issues of human life: what kind of government we should live under; what we should seek in art, in love, in friendship; what standards we should uphold in our thinking; where our civilization stands in history and in contrast to the rest of the world.

The Intellectual Activist examines and evaluates the ideas that influence the whole spectrum of human action from the immediate practical realities of politics and economics to the vision of human potential offered by art to the vast achievements of science and the threats of ignorance and superstition to the grand-scale drama and powerful lessons of history to the way in which basic ideas filter down to the smallest details of our lives, to our habits, our pastimes, our entertainment.

This magazine is for those who want to change the world, not through mindless street protests, but by changing the ideas that shape our lives. It is for those who want to be activists, not just in politics, but in the realm of the intellect.

The Intellectual Activist is especially dedicated to understanding and promoting the revolutionary ideas of the 20th-century novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand the great champion of the power of reason, the supreme value of the individual, and the unfettered liberty of a capitalist society. TIA 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.



1979 - 1991
TIA was founded as a fortnightly political newsletter by Peter Schwartz in 1979, earning Ayn Rand's recommendation as "an antidote to the cultural irrationality of our age." In the 1980s, it began to expand beyond politics, becoming a forum for applying Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy to art, literature, and culture.

TIA jumped fully into that role in 1991, when it acquired a new publisher, Bob Stubblefield, and a new subtitle: "An Objectivist Review."
1991-2001


The new TIA

In 1996, Robert Tracinski joined TIA as its new editor, and at the end of 2001, he became its owner and publisher, launching an exciting new format, bringing TIA a more visually stimulating style and a more ambitious intellectual scope.

To enjoy the intellectual journey offered in each issue of The Intellectual Activist, subscribe now. Welcome to a world where ideas matter.





A collection of unusual news items and sharp commentary from our regular feature, "The News in Focus." Find out the philosophic perspective that unites an anti-chip-frying ad campaign in Britain and a crusade against free diapers at maternity wards; discover what crucial epistemological failure tipped the scales of the Elian Gonzalez controversy; see what a scan of a single day's headlines in the New York Times reveals about the intellectual connection between religion and murder; and learn why the "new economy" is still dependent on old ideas.


From the author of "California's Green Brownout," the definitive analysis of last year's power crisis, comes this systematic demonstration of how the slogan of "alternative" or "renewable" energy is used to promote a crusade against all industrial power sources.


How the seemingly superficial comic adventures penned by P.G. Wodehouse actually reflect a profound assessment about the world we live in.


In a brilliant analysis of seemingly disparate phenomena a United Nations aid program, a little old ladies' investment club, and a pianist's nationwide tour TIA editor Robert Tracinski reveals how the essence of a widely accepted moral philosophy sanctions the perpetration of "well-intentioned" frauds.


In 1998, after Osama bin Laden orchestrated the bombings of US embassies in East Africa, politicians rushed to declare that there was no fundamental conflict between Islamic culture and the West. In a commentary that is even more timely today, Robert Tracinski refutes that claim, exploring the nature and history of the vast gulf in values between the Middle East and the West.


A thorough presentation of the case for a woman's right to her own body and how this argument hinges on a crucial metaphysical issue.


For the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America, Mike Berliner challenges the "politically correct" attacks on Columbus' legacy and shows how the values Columbus brought to the new world the values of Western Civilization represent mankind's best ideals.

And there is much, much more: powerful coverage of the war against Islamic fundamentalism; Richard Salsman's pithy debunking of economic myths; the ominous intellectual trends emanating from the ivory tower; our best experts reviewing the best in art, literature, music, and architecture; an inside look at Ayn Rand's early drafts for The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. From the Israeli "peace process" to the philosophy of mathematics, each issue of TIA offers a wealth of new and intriguing ideas.


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