Brian Doherty has published what looks like it might be an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Rand and the Right.” It begins:
Because of her opposition to New Deal government controls, novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand started off thinking of herself as a conservative. By the time her blockbuster novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” was published 50 years ago this week, she’d changed her mind. She decided she was a radical — a “radical for capitalism,” that is.
Conservatives, she’d come to believe, were insufficiently principled in their defense of a free society and once the novel was out, the official conservative movement turned its back on her.
While “Atlas Shrugged” was a ferocious defense of certain values shared by many conservatives, then and …
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