Saturday, January 31, 2009

Joey Rothbard on the Rothard/Rand schism

In this audio recording, Joey Rothbard gives us a laugh-out-loud portrait of the Murray Rothbard/Objectivism schism, including the famous accusations of plagiarism directed at Rothbard.

(hat tip Neil Parille)

4 comments:

Andrew said...

Oh, ha ha ha ha, that is very much worth listening to!

Daniel Barnes said...

Isn't she a cut-up?...;-)

David said...

Wow. It takes a lot of evasion to slander a man and then "excommunicate" him rather than admit that you were wrong.

Andrew said...

Indeed :-) I also enjoy this Rothbard essay; The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult. From Lew Rockwell's site.

Rothbard makes an excellent case towards considering the the entire Objectivist organization to be a simple cult.

He also demonstrates more untenable contradictions within the "philosophy".

This one makes me smile:

"Thus, one time a leading Randian attorney was giving a speech on Randian political theory. During the question period, he was caught short by being asked how he could reconcile Rand’s support for the compulsory subpoena power with the Randian political axiom of non-initiation of force. He hemmed and hawed, and then said that he had to think about this – a code phrase for hurriedly checking with Rand and the other leaders on the proper answer. "