August 17, 2002


Suddenly Tories are asking: who is John Galt? The answer is: bad news (Michael Harrington, The Spectator)
According to the Daily Telegraph, a number of Conservative MPs and candidates are seriously planning to establish a breakaway right-wing party influenced by the ideas of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, first published in 1957. Rand is one of those strange but intriguing figures who used to hang around in the intellectual underworld of the 20th century and never entirely went away. She is still a hero on the libertarian Right in the United States, but it is rare to hear her name in English Conservative circles.

It's encouraging to see any sign of life in Britain's otherwise moribund Tory Party, even if it's just an enthusiasm for Randian libertarianism. But they might be better advised to return to Burkean first principles and try to restore the moral fiber of the nation, before bestowing freedom upon an atomized and demoralized people. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2002 1:27 PM
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