Who is The Atlas Society?

We promote open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.

Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism was set forth in such works as her epic novel Atlas Shrugged, and in her brilliant non-fiction essays. Objectivism is designed as a guide to life, and celebrates the remarkable potential and power of the individual. Objectivism also challenges the doctrines of irrationalism, self-sacrifice, brute force, and collectivism that have brought centuries of chaos and misery into the lives of millions of individuals. It provides fascinating insights into the world of politics, art, education, foreign policy, science, and more, rewarding you with a rich understanding of how ideas shape your world. Those who discover Objectivism often describe the experience as life-changing and liberating.

Ayn Rand's philosophical works have been praised as presenting historic breakthroughs in thinking. At the Atlas Society, our scholars work to further develop this philosophy born in the mid-twentieth century. We present the empowering principles of Objectivism to a global audience, and offer those principles as a rational and moral alternative in the marketplace of philosophical ideas.

We do this through a variety of programs, which include:

  • Developing our digital channels which garner more than 1 million views annually.
  • Introducing tens of thousands of engaged young adults to Objectivism annually through this website and our social media channels.
  • Original scholarly research which further develops the philosophy.
  • Academic training of young intellectuals.
  • Publishing and commissioning influential books and monographs.
  • Original commentary and op-eds published in mainstream media.
  • Conferences and other sponored events.

Join our community of explorers. First, sign up for our email updates. Read more about what we stand for. Then explore this website, designed for the curious, truth-seeking, independent-minded individual.

La Sociedad Atlas

Sociedad Atlas provides Spanish-language content for the Latin American audience under the leadership of CEO Antonella Marty. Launched on May 1st, 2021, Sociedad Atlas is live on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, providing content in Spanish that includes some of our most popular publications, social media memes, Draw My Life videos, and new interviews with thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

“The Atlas Society is an organization that is vital for the spread of Objectivist ideas, and I am very excited to join its tremendous team of dedicated defenders of freedom,” says Antonella Marty, Senior Fellow at The Atlas Society.  “Today, more than ever, we have to promote Ayn Rand's ideas throughout Latin America and abandon the anchors of backwardness that have mired our region in socialism, paternalism, and altruism. La Sociedad Atlas will be vital to change this mentality in Latin America and make the world a freer place.”

Antonella Marty

Senior Fellow &
Director of Sociedad Atlas
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Vanessa Porras

Director of Strategy & Operations for Latin America
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Features of Sociedad Atlas include:

  • Conversaciones con Sociedad Atlas -- Spanish language interviews 3-4 times a month, in which Marty interviews politicians, authors, artists, and others.
  • Instagram Takeovers in Spanish on Sociedad Atlas Instagram channel every week,  where Marty (and partners) respond to followers’ questions with quick video answers. 
  • Instagram Live interviews monthly with notable thought leaders and social media personalities.
  • Spanish book club -- similar to our Atlas Advocates Book Club, but in Spanish, discussing books by Ayn Rand, Atlas Society publications, and other readings vital for understanding Objectivism. 
  • Academia Ayn Rand -- hybrid in-person/virtual seminar for selected groups of 30 young people from Latin America, once a year, with an education program on Objectivism led by Marty with another Sociedad Atlas Fellow, José Benegas.
  • ¿Qué pensaría Ayn Rand? Video Series For filming late 2021 featuring Marty with Objectivist takes on topics ranging from immigration to entrepreneurship, from race to relationships.

Also joining Sociedad Atlas is Vanessa Porras as Director of Strategy and Operations for Latin America, and Professor Richardo Manuel Rojas as Fellow, contributing to educational programs.

The Objectivist Movement

The Atlas Society was founded by David Kelley as The Institute for Objectivist Studies in 1990. In his statement at the Institute's founding (since published in The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand), David Kelley called for an open, intellectually tolerant Objectivist movement characterized by a benevolent and rational sense of life. Today, The Atlas Society stands at the heart of this branch of the movement. Not all Objectivists and admirers of Ayn Rand have agreed with Dr. Kelley's vision, and the Objectivist movement continues to be divided against itself by intense and often personal differences and debates. In this section of our website, we provide resources that explain the open, benevolent approach to Objectivism and provide responses to criticisms directed at our program and work.

We promote open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.