Peter Schwartz (writer)

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This article is about the writer on Ayn Rand. For the futurist, see Peter Schwartz (futurist).

Peter Schwartz is a writer and journalist who subscribes to Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.

Ayn Rand Institute[edit]

A former Chairman of the Board, and currently a Distinguished Fellow, of the Ayn Rand Institute, Schwartz writes and lectures on a variety of topics, including environmentalism, foreign policy, political philosophy and ethics.[1] He received a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University, and has taught advanced writing classes at the Ayn Rand Institute's Objectivist Graduate Center.


He is the author of In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice Is Unjust and Destructive; The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America; Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty and The Battle for Laissez-Faire Capitalism.[2] He also writes on current issues for his blog,

His articles have been published in The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, ForbesOnline, Huffington Post and the Hartford Courant.[3]


He was the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist (1979–1991), a periodical that covered political and social issues from a pro-individual rights perspective. From 1987 to 2003, he was president and editor-in-chief at Second Renaissance Books, a book publisher and distributor.

Schwartz edited two collections of essays by Ayn Rand: The Ayn Rand Column and Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution for which he was also a contributing author. He was also co-editor, with Marlene Podritske, of Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed.[2]

Published works[edit]


Schwartz lectures on college campuses and at various conferences. He has been interviewed on radio and TV by such personalities as Geraldo Rivera and Thom Hartmann. His lectures include:

  • The Writing Process
  • Capitalism and Selfishness
  • Clarity in Conceptualization: The Art of Identifying “Package-Deals”
  • Barriers to Cognition
  • The Epistemology of Altruism
  • The “Diversity” Delusion
  • The Virtue of Selfishness: Why Achieving Your Happiness Is Your Highest Moral Purpose
  • America’s Foreign Policy: Self-Interest vs Self-Sacrifice
  • Free Minds and Free Markets



  1. ^ "Experts: Peter Schwartz". Ayn Rand Institute. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Books". Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Other Writings". Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
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