Posted at LPWV.org by LPWV chairman Matt Harris:
Many in the liberty movement worship and idolize Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, and a myriad of other novels and shorts. Ms. Rand, however, hated the liberty movement and the Libertarian Party in particular. Rand was particularly critical of the LP’s presidential candidates running in opposition to Nixon and Reagan, as she was herself both a staunch Republican and advocate of authoritarian statism. Unlike what many believe, Rand in fact believed that a strict authoritarian state with dictatorial powers was the best way to impose her brand of objectivism and capitalism on the unwashed masses. In fact, it’s quite clear that Rand in fact loathed the productive class of society in general.
Rand is quoted in “A Nation’s Unity” in 1972 as saying “ If, at a time like this, John Hospers takes ten votes away from Nixon (which I doubt he’ll do), it would be a moral crime.“ Furthermore, she goes on to state, speaking of the Libertarian Party “Capitalism is the one system that requires absolute objective law, yet they want to combine capitalism and anarchism. That is worse than anything the New Left has proposed.“ If these two quotes – an endorsement of statist president Richard Nixon, and a lambasting of anarchism while stating that capitalism requires absolute objective law, do not show you that Rand was in fact a statist, then perhaps you’re dense.
Regardless of her beliefs in statism however, perhaps you should also give consideration to her hatred for you, as libertarians. “Now here is a party that plagiarizes some of my ideas, mixes it with the exact opposite—with religionists, anarchists, and just about every intellectual misfit and scum they can find—and they call themselves Libertarians, and run for office.”, Rand stated in a 1975 interview. She makes an accusation of plagiarism (which is, in fact, quite common for Rand – even though there’s never any credible evidence thereof given whatsoever) while denouncing the Libertarian Party and libertarians. History shows that Rand never supported libertarians politically and in fact unilaterally sided with statist Republicans.
Throughout her career, Rand showed a genuine loathing for the productive classes of society – those who were not her beloved “capitalists”, but were the workers that allowed such people to do anything whatsoever. Face it – without workers, there’d be no industry. Yet while claiming moral superiority, Rand lambasted those very workers while championing the non-productive classes of society. By supporting statist Republicans, she championed the political class. In Atlas Shrugged, she clearly showed a love for the non-productive “management” class. On the other hand, her dislike for the productive class – those who actually do useful things and create useful things – was obvious in many of her writings.
Not everyone in the liberty movement cares much for the Libertarian Party, it’s true. Many of those who choose not to support the LP are in fact great activists, philosophers, thinkers, writers, and otherwise. Just because they choose not to support the LP does not make them authoritarians or statists. Rand, however, has clearly shown herself to be a statist and proponent of the useless political class in America. Her writings, thoughts, ideas,. and statist notions of capitalism ought be tossed out of our philosophy once and for all.
Ayn Rand hates you, and philosophically, you can do so much better than her drivel.