Objectivism and the State: An Open Letter to Ayn Rand

First published in 1969 by the Society for Individual Liberty (now Liberty International). Nineteen of his essays are collected in Liberty Against Power. Dear Miss Rand: The purpose of this letter is to convert you to free market anarchism. As far as I can determine, no one has ever pointed out to you in detail the errors in your political philosophy. That is my intention here. I attempted this task once before, in my essay “The Contradiction in Objectivism,” in the March 1968 issue of the Rampart Journal, but I now think that my argument was ineffective and weak, not emphasizing the...

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