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The Libertarian Tradition: Isabel Paterson

February 2, 2010 by

Isabel Paterson
Isabel Paterson

Today is Ayn Rand’s birthday, but the Libertarian Tradition podcast dedicated two episodes to Rand last month. Today we learn about her friend and (as it turns out) her mentor, Isabel Paterson (1886–1961). Paterson was a journalist, author, political philosopher, and a leading literary critic of her day. Along with Rose Wilder Lane and Ayn Rand, she is one of the three founding mothers of American libertarianism.


Anon February 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

Okay, great. But why did you use Anthony Gregory’s photo? IP issues?

GC February 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

In honour of Ms. Rand, I offer the following link, “Journey into Gilt’s Gulch:


MD: Payment in gold? What kind of nutjob town have I landed in?! I thought I was on the road to Kelowna! Isn’t there somebody here who will take payment in Canadian dollars?

John: In Kelowna they will, but you aren’t in Canada any more. Gilt’s Gulch lies on a spot of borderland that was accidentally left off the map many years ago. When President Nixon abandoned the gold standard in 1971, a number of people from around the world came here to participate in an economy based on real money.

MD: Why is a gold coin any more real than my paper money? Don’t they both have a picture of a queen on them?

John: The difference, sir, is that cash can be made for nothing. Its supply is only limited by the discipline of government officials – people who serve the whims of a mob. A gold coin, on the other hand, is different. It is minted from a scarce, sought-after metal which men have used to store value for thousands of years. Gold can’t be undone by a coup d’etat, can never be assassinated, and doesn’t need to run for re-election.



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