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Some twenty-five years ago, on February 24, 1990, George Walsh and David Kelley stood before a crowded lecture hall in New York City to announce the birth of the Institute for Objectivist Studies, now named The Atlas Society.

As the late Professor Walsh pointed out in introducing Dr. Kelley’s talk that evening, this was the first time in the history of Objectivist excommunications that the heretics did not simply walk away. Rather, it signaled the beginning of a new, independent, and open Objectivist movement, one that appreciates the fact that individuals must come to the truth in their own way and that takes a tolerant, rational attitude toward intellectual debate.

Since that day, we have worked to eliminate from Objectivism the closed and dogmatic attitudes that had kept it from spreading its life-affirming message. In addition to the achievements of our organization over the past two decades, it is gratifying to see the many other initiatives—groups, websites, and publications—that have enriched this new movement.


David Kelley and Joan Carter enjoy a toast at the Atlas Summit. Celebrating our 25th Anniversary:

At our 2015 Atlas Summit we held a special celebratory dinner, where David Kelley and others reflected on where open Objectivism has been and where it is going. You can now view that video.

Travel back to our founding: listen to Dr. Kelley’s riveting presentation, with George Walsh’s introduction (and dry humor), below:




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