has become the leading "underground" Objectivist monthly.
It has become well known for its personal orientation, conversational
tone, fresh, provocative articles, and spirited discussions.
If you are tired of "Objectivist
then Full Context is for you.
We cover a broad
spectrum of topics — from logic to law, from sex to art. We also include
pieces written in a variety of styles, from informal commentaries
and personal reflections to more advanced, analytical pieces. We try
to keep a wide focus, and to have something for everyone. It's occasionally
controversial, but always contains at least a dozen pages of great
reading for active, free-thinking, independent minds who enjoy "discovering"
rational people, new ideas, and new perspectives on the familiar.
If you are tired of "Objectivist re-hash," then Full Context
is for you.
is the place where freethinking, independent-minded writers wrestle
with the implications of Objectivism. We welcome dissent—we encourage
the articulation of daring positions. Since we are editorially committed
to the pursuit of truth above all other values, we do not view ourselves
as defenders of the orthodoxy, but as facilitators of intellectual
As a new reader
to Full Context, you will enjoy the lively articles, commentaries,
and letters from other readers that are regularly published. But what
Full Context readers tell us they enjoy the most are our interviews—with
Objectivist movement personalities, with free-market thinkers and
with productive, outspoken, voices of reason.
Where can you
learn the most about the people behind the recent explosion of interest
in Objectivist thought, and behind the Renaissance of free-market
activism surrounding it? Not in Reason, not in Liberty, but in Full
Context. We regularly feature revealing, personal interviews with
many of the leading personalities in the Objectivist and free-market
movements—from the academics to the artists, to the political pundits.
Full Context is the only place where you will read people relating
how they discovered Objectivism, how they struggled to apply the philosophy,
and how it enriched their lives as they ultimately embraced it or
how they came to find fault with it. You will read frank discussions
about the "old days" of Objectivism in the 1960s and opinions
about the prospects for Objectivism in the future. You will also read
about these people as people—as ordinary human beings with family,
hobbies, and favorite stories.
As a Full Context subscriber, you benefit by
having a front-row seat to the intellectual history of Objectivism
in the making.
historical project is fundamental to its editorial identity. Full
Context began publishing in October 1988, during the midst of the
split between the two leading Objectivist intellectuals, Drs. David
Kelley and Leonard Peikoff. The split brought to the surface some
long-standing and fundamental disagreements regarding the interpretation
of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and effectively divided the adherents of
the philosophy into two roughly equally sized camps. The emergence
of the "Cold War" between the two sides is chronicled in
the back issues of Full Context. Essayists traded both critiques and
barbs as they developed their responses to the central documents of
the rift (Kelley’s "A Question of Sanction" and Truth and
Toleration, and Peikoff’s "Fact and Value").
From its earliest
days, Full Context’s pages have been filled with controversial thought
and opinion, befitting an open forum for the discussion of ideas.
It will continue to document the history of Objectivism as it unfolds,
through the eyes of the movement’s leading intellectuals, activists,
writers and artists, and through the conversations among subscribers
and editorial contributors. By reading about the ideas, lives and
struggles of others that have been influenced by Ayn Rand, Full Context
aims to enlighten, entertain, and inspire. As a Full Context subscriber,
you benefit by having a front-row seat to the intellectual history
of Objectivism in the making.
If you have never
read Full Context, you have missed literally dozens of great interviews
with the leaders
of the Objectivist movement, with prominent pro-capitalist theorists
and free-market activists. Fortunately, back
issues of any previous issue can still be ordered, so you can
catch up on what you have missed.
and October 1996, for example, we interviewed Nathaniel Branden, who
has put on record some of his most candid comments ever about his
years with Ayn Rand. You will read why he is back from his 28-year
vacation from Objectivism, and read his revealing personal and philosophical
confessions. According to Branden, his
interview with us was "the best interview he has ever done."
editor, Karen Reedstrom, has interviewed journalists Roger Donway
and Robert J. Bidinotto, philanthropists Ed Snider and Victor Niederhoffer
and economists Walter Williams, Larry Sechrest and Hans Sennholz.
We have featured interviews with authors Barbara Branden and Joan
Kennedy Taylor, as well as with artist Joan Blumenthal and psychologist
Ken Livingston. We have discussed education with Marva Collins, philosophy
with Fred Miller, James Lennox and George Walsh, and discussed literature
with Kirsti Minsaas and Stephen Cox. We have learned about racial
issues from Anne Wortham and Roy Innis, and about politics from Richard
Ebeling, Tibor Machan and Ed Hudgins. We’ve talked science with Petr
Beckmann and Peter Duesberg and foreign policy with E. G. Ross, Jack
Wheeler and Viktor Belenko. Altogether, we have interviewed over 40
Objectivist-movement men and women, and over a dozen more who are
sympathetic with the spirit of Rand’s philosophy — to the values of
reason, freedom and personal integrity.
These are the
kinds of people who are teaching in our universities, working for
think-tanks, lecturing, editing and writing books and articles, and
contributing to the momentum started by Ayn Rand—a momentum carrying
us toward a better future. These are the kinds of people whose wisdom
you will want to hear, and whose lives you will want to learn about.
has been giving its readers this "insider’s" perspective
on the Objectivist movement regularly for nine years. Many Objectivist
periodicals have come and gone, and few have ever managed to publish
regularly. Full Context, on the other hand, has put out ten issues
per year (we do not publish during July or August) without ever missing
a deadline. How many other other Objectivist-oriented publications
have managed to put out issues on a regular basis, on time, for as
long as we have?
The battle for
a free society is one that will be long and intellectually taxing.
We all face ever-higher taxes, burdensome regulation, courts that
fail to punish the guilty, an art establishment that peddles trash,
and hostility to the values of science, reason and wealth. Yet at
the same time, the growing interest in, and general knowledge about
Ayn Rand and about free-market ideas gives us hope for the future.
We could tell
you that if you don’t get Full Context, you are missing out on a monthly
source of entertainment, inspiration, intellectual invigoration, and
a sense of spiritual community. And you could, of course, just take
our word for it. But we thought we would let some of our
readers speak for themselves about us ...