Leonard S. Peikoff is a Canadian-American philosopher. He is an author, a leading advocate of Objectivism, and the founder of the Ayn Rand Institute. A former professor of philosophy, he was designated by the philosopher Ayn Rand as heir to her estate. For several years, he hosted a nationally syndicated radio talk show.
The unphilosophical majority among men are the ones most helplessly dependent on their era's dominant ideas. In times of crises these men need the guidance of some kind of theory; but, being unfamiliar with the field of ideas, they do not know that alternatives to the popular theories are possible. They know only what they have always been taught.