I am a retired Chairman of the Board of the Ayn Rand Institute—the pre-eminent organization for the dissemination of Ayn Rand’s ideas. I held that position from 1994 to 2005, and am now a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute.

I was the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist (1979-1991), a periodical that covered political-social developments from a pro-individual-rights orientation.

From 1987 to 2003 I was president and editor-in-chief of Second Renaissance Books, a publisher and distributor of works that presented: the efficacy and value of reason; the benefits of free scientific inquiry and technological progress; the virtues of individual achievement and its guarantor: individual rights; and the moral/practical desirability of freedom and capitalism.


I am the author of In Defense of Selfishness (St. Martin’s Press, 2015), which was re-issued in softcover—with two new chaptersand re-titled The Tyranny of Need (Ayn Rand Institute Press, 2021). I am also the author of The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America (Ayn Rand Institute Press, 2004) and Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty (Ayn Rand Institute Press, 2010).

In addition, I’ve lectured at various campuses and conferences, and written extensively. My articles include ones published in Washington Post, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post and The Hill. For a list of my published writings, see here and here. For a list of my recorded lectures, see here.

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