Objectivism Versus Libertarianism
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 9 June 2013, Question 1
Are Objectivism and libertarianism allies in the struggle for liberty? Libertarians have long claimed that Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism (or just its politics) is a form of libertarianism, but Objectivists rejected that. More recently, however, notable Objectivist John Allison assumed the presidency of the thoroughly libertarian Cato Institute with the support of the Ayn Rand Institute, and he claimed that “all objectivists are libertarians, but not all libertarians are objectivists.” Is that true? What is the essence of libertarianism? When, if ever, should Objectivists ally or collaborate with libertarians?
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- Ayn Rand on Libertarianism
- NoodleFood: The Fable of the Cardiac Surgeon by Paul Hsieh and Libertarian vs. Objectivist Thinking by Greg Perkins
- Philosophy in Action: Why Anarcho-Capitalism Is Wrong
- The Objective Standard: Why “Big Government” is Not the Problem by Eric Daniels
- John Allison’s Letter to Cato Staff
- Ayn Rand and the Fight to Limit Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins
Hsieh answers that Allison is not a bad guy, but that he is, like many Objectivists, mistaken about the evil nature of libertarianism, especially its anarchists, and that she will be blogging about that in the near future. She also opined that Allison’s waywardness hardly matters, given that the “Objectivist movement has imploded anyway.”
On Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on replying to intrusive inquiries, changing minds on gay marriage, dealing with overzealous ideologues, buying from Chinese companies, and more. I thought that the question on changing minds on gay marriage might be of particular interest. That question is:
How might social conservatives be convinced to support gay marriage? Rob Portman, a Republican Senator from Ohio, recently decided to openly support gay marriage after his son came out to him and his wife. What can be done to help other conservatives see gay marriage in a new light – as a matter of liberty and individual identity?
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