PETER SCHWARTZ is retired Chairman of the Board of Directors, and currently a Distinguished Fellow, of the Ayn Rand Institute--the pre-eminent organization for the dissemination of Ayn Rand's ideas. Schwartz is the author of The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America (ARI Press) and Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty (ARI Press). He is the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist (1979-1991), a publication that covered political/social issues from a pro-individual rights orientation. From 1987-2003, he was president and editor-in-chief of Second Renaissance Books, a publisher and distributor of titles promoting the value of reason, individualism, science, technology and capitalism.
In addition, Schwartz is the editor and contributing author of Ayn Rand's Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (Meridian), editor of The Ayn Rand Column (ARI Press) and co-editor of Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed (Lexington Books). He lectures extensively, on topics ranging from ethics and political philosophy to environmentalism and foreign policy. He is often interviewed on radio and TV, by such personalities as Geraldo Rivera and Thom Hartmann. He lives in Danbury, CT.