Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation. This is a full-length book that criticizes those " politically conservative homosexuals [who] are attracted to Objectivism because of Objectivism's emphasis on individual liberty. The movement repudiates anyone calling themselves an Objectivist who does not support homosexual practices, as well as, embracing them as normal, moral, and benevolent, while claiming themselves and their movement to be the ' true Objectivism.
I have learned that author Erika Holzer has passed away. She was a dear friend for many years, from whom I learned much. Erika and I developed a warm, personable relationship back inas she worked on a wonderful essay, " Passing the Torch ," which was published in the first of two Journal of Ayn Rand Studies symposia marking the Rand Centenary.
Ayn Rand was not a libertarian. She claimed strongly that the libertarian movement was a badly done rip-off of Objectivism. This is an article by the Ayn Rand Institute showing all the comments she has made on libertarianism and the libertarian party.
In particular, she is discussing the foreword to the first book, written by Lindsay Perigo, in which he pledges to challenge Ayn Rand's "outrageous view" of homosexuality "in the name of objectivism". Now, I have read none of these books and do not intend to, primarily because I simply don't care what Ayn Rand thinks about homosexuality, or any other type of sexuality for that matter. As a small "l" libertarian who isn't much of a fan of Rand, I've long thought that the obsessive fawning over her work by so many of her followers was more akin to a cult than than a serious intellectual movement.
Objectivism is a philosophical system developed by Russian-American writer Ayn Rand. Rand first expressed Objectivism in her fiction, most notably The Fountainhead and Atlas Shruggedand later in non-fiction essays and books. Rand described Objectivism as "the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute".
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Chris Matthew Sciabarra is the kind of man I wish I never had to disagree with; but, if I must have an adversary, I could not ask for a more decent or worthy one. To most of Dr. Sciabarra's criticisms, I plead guilty.
Is his comment regarding Rand's dislike of homosexuality correct? Can someone link to a source for this? A, I'll let the experts link to a source on this, but I got a confirmation on this in email from an economist who was once very high up in the Objectivist community who knew Rand very well.