Wisconsin Constitution Party: ‘What did Ayn Rand think about Libertarians?’

Riley Hood, Wisconsin Constitution Party State Chairman

By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman

A gracious woman retaineth honor, and strong men retain riches.” Proverbs 11:16

I’d rather vote for Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, or Jerry Lewis, than a candidate from the Libertarian Party.” -Ayn Rand

The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), which promotes the philosophy of Objectivism declares:

“The libertarianism we oppose is a specific set of ideas, the essence of which is a dedicated, thoroughgoing subjectivism. Libertarianism in this sense was spearheaded by Murray Rothbard and his followers in the 1960s and 1970s. Its political expression is anarchism or “anarcho-capitalism” as they often term it, and a foreign policy of rabid anti-Americanism (which they pass off as “non-interventionism”).  The “libertarians,” in this usage of the term, plagiarize Ayn Rand’s non-initiation of force principle and convert it into an axiom, denying the need for and relevance of philosophical fundamentals — not only the underlying ethics, but also the underlying metaphysics and epistemology.”

In 1985, former ARI Chairman Peter Schwartz wrote in his essay Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty: “…the Libertarian substitutes ‘hate the state’ for intellectual content.”

The most stinging criticism of Libertarians comes from Ayn Rand herself, who when talking about Libertarianism correctly equates it with Anarchism.

“I disapprove of, disagree with, and have no connection with, the latest aberration of some conservatives, the so-called “hippies of the right,” who ….by claiming simultaneously to be followers of my philosophy and advocates of anarchism. Anyone offering such a combination confesses his inability to understand either. Anarchism is the most irrational, anti-intellectual notion ever spun by the concrete-bound, context-dropping, whim-worshiping fringe of the collectivist movement, where it properly belongs.  The anarchist is the scum of the intellectual world of the left, which has given them up. So the right picks up another leftist discard. That’s the Libertarian movement.”

When asked why she didn’t approve of the Libertarians, Ayn replied,

 “Because Libertarians are a monstrous, disgusting bunch of people: they plagiarize my ideas when that fits their purpose, and they denounce me in a more vicious manner than any communist publication, when that fits their purpose. They are lower than any pragmatists, and what they hold against Objectivism is morality. They’d like to have an amoral political program.”

Before I go into my remarks, I’m no Objectivist. I find Ayn Rand to be intelligent, and she forces you to think; however I am not in agreement with everything she wrote and in some areas I would have stated things differently. After being Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) State Chairman for four years, I think Ayn Rand was taking it easy on the Libertarians. From my personal experience, they are slanderous, immoral Christ-hating, America-hating brats who have a demonic affinity for all that is evil and for every enemy America has.

If you are a Christian who is locked arm and arm with the Libertarian Party, you are marching in the wrong parade. If your political party or action group has been infiltrated by the Libertarian, and they love to infiltrate, then you are compromised by interlopers who will distract you from your goals, and reduce your group to nothing. Finally, if you are trying to promote a Christian-Libertarian hybrid, to paraphrase Ayn Rand, “you confess your inability to understand either.”

Constitution Party of Wisconsin
PO Box 070344
Milwaukee WI, 53207


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