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  • Full Title: Liberty Against Power: Essays by Roy A. Childs, Jr.
  • Author(s): Roy A. Childs, Jr., Edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor, Foreword by Thomas Szasz
  • Year Published: 1994
  • Publisher: Fox & Wilkes
  • Publication Type: Commercial
  • ISBN-10: 0-930073-13-4 (hardcover), 0-930073-12-6 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-930073-13-8 (hardcover), 978-0-930073-12-1 (paperback)
  • Description: Childs was a libertarian writer best known for an "open letter" to Ayn Rand in which he argued that she should endorse anarchism. She never did, nor did she respond to his letter. This posthumous collection includes that essay and a couple of others related to Objectivism, along with more essays on other topics. Childs died in 1992.


Chapters significantly related to Ayn Rand or Objectivism are indicated in bold. Where an item is by an author other than Childs, the author's name is noted in parentheses. Years noted in parentheses are part of the original chapter listings.

The Practice of Power

Toward a Theory of Liberty

Cultural Observations

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