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The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought

Ayn Rand, Author, Leonard Peikoff, Editor Dutton Books $19.95 (353p) ISBN 978-0-453-00634-7
Rand's strident right-wing rhetoric is on display in these posthumously collected essays. Upholding egoistic self-interest as the wellspring of capitalism, she derides liberals ``crawling on their stomachs to Moscow'' and targets ``psychologizers'' who excuse the behavior of ``college-campus thugs'' and criminals; in her estimation, the modern arts are a ``sewer.'' Novelist ( Atlas Shrugged ) and self-styled Objectivist philosopher, Rand, who died in 1982, staunchly opposes a ``mixed economy,'' a term which seems to stand for anything contrary to unregulated monopoly capitalism. Liberals should appreciate her diatribe against the Catholic Church's opposition to birth control and abortion. Her eulogy of Marilyn Monroe is sentimental and silly, while her argument to the effect that no psychologically balanced woman would want to be U.S. president is old-fashioned. In supplementary essays, Peikoff, an Objectivist follower of Rand, condemns the New Right's religious zeal and attacks socialized medicine. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
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The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought

As you will learn from this collection of essays, most written by Ayn Rand, her philosophy of Objectivism entailed that she was neither a “liberal” (see chs. 10 and 13) nor a “conservative” (chs. 8 and 14) nor a “Libertarian” (ch. 31)—but instead, an uncompromising advocate for reason and self-interest. That commitment to rationality informs Rand’s distinctive intellectual approach, manifest in the essays in this book: she penetrates to the timeless, fundamental ideas underlying a given event, movement, or issue.

In “The Lessons of Vietnam,” for example, Rand argues (ch. 14) that the fundamental failure of that war lay not with America’s military, but with its morally bankrupt intellectual and political leaders. Discussing the persistence of world hunger (ch. 28), she notes that its cause is not a shortage of Western financial support, but a shortage in the Third World of Western ideas. Culpability for the death of Marilyn Monroe (ch. 16), Rand argues, rests with anyone who has ever felt and given voice to a resentment against human achievement. The enduring tragedy of American businessmen, she explains (ch. 15), is that they lend moral (and financial) support to their own destroyers.

The Voice of Reason also features a number of landmark essays on philosophy and its relation to human life. Rand discusses religion’s war on human life (ch. 8); considers the progressive psychological damage incurred by men who embrace the ethics of altruism (ch. 6), and responds to the popular question “Who decides what is right or wrong?” by explaining the profound error contained in this question (ch. 4).

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction by Leonard Peikoff
  • Part One: Philosophy
    1. Introducing Objectivism
    2. Review of Aristotle by John Herman Randall, Jr.
    3. To Young Scientists
    4. Who Is the Final Authority in Ethics?
    5. The Psychology of Psychologizing
    6. Altruism as Appeasement
    7. The Question of Scholarships
    8. Of Living Death
    9. Religion vs. America by Leonard Peikoff
  • Part Two: Culture
    1. The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our Age
    2. Our Cultural Value-Deprivation
    3. Global Balkanization
    4. How to Read (and Not to Write)
    5. The Lessons of Vietnam
    6. The Sanction of the Victims
    7. Through Your Most Grievous Fault
    8. Apollo 11
    9. Epitaph for a Culture
    10. Assault from the Ivory Tower: The Professor’s War Against America by Leonard Peikoff
    11. The American School: Why Johnny Can’t Think by Leonard Peikoff
  • Part Three: Politics
    1. Representation Without Authorization
    2. To Dream the Noncommercial Dream
    3. Tax Credits for Education
    4. Antitrust: The Rule of Unreason
    5. The Pull Peddlers
    6. About a Woman President
    7. The Inverted Moral Priorities
    8. Hunger and Freedom
    9. How Not to Fight Against Socialized Medicine
    10. Medicine: The Death of a Profession by Leonard Peikoff
    11. Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty by Peter Schwartz
  • Epilogue. My Thirty Years With Ayn Rand: An Intellectual Memoir by Leonard Peikoff

(Softcover; 353 pages)

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