National Review’s MO Regarding Ayn Rand - The Objective Standard

National Review once again attacks and tries to mock Ayn Rand and Objectivism.

As usual, they—Kevin Williamson this time—don’t specify which principle(s) of Rand’s philosophy they oppose and why.

  • Is it the principle that things are what they are and can act only in accordance with their identities?
  • Or the principle that reason (i.e., the use of observation, conceptualization, and logic) is man’s only means of knowledge and basic means of living?
  • Or perhaps the principle that man’s free will lies in his choice to think or not to think?
  • Or maybe the principle that being moral consists in choosing and pursuing life-serving values while respecting the rights of others to do the same?
  • Or could it be the principle that the proper purpose of government is to protect the individual rights of all citizens, regardless of race, sex, creed, or color? . . .

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