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Objectivism, Libertarianism and Anarchism

In her own lifetime, Ayn Rand disavowed the use of the term "libertarian" to describe her own ideas. She was also harshly critical of anarchism. However, some people who consider themselves Objectivists disagree with these positions. Some claim that "libertarianism" is the best term to describe the Objectivist political theory. Others argue Rand's ethics lead naturally to anarchism, rather than to a limited government. The links below reflect different positions in these two areas.

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Are Objectivists Libertarians?

Ayn Rand's own attitude about "libertarianism" was negative. Rand's comments on libertarianism can be found in the Ayn Rand Biographical FAQ. However, that has not stopped some from arguing that the term is the best description of the Objectivist theory of politics.

Should Objectivists Be Anarchists?

Ayn Rand rejected anarchism in her essay "The Nature of Government" in The Virtue of Selfishness. However, some claim that anarchism is the natural outcome of her ethical theories about rights and the proper use of force.


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