The Intellectual Activist
An Objectivist Review

Who is 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.

Our History

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.”

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.