Testimonials by former libertarians and objectivists.
Part of the "Critiques of Libertarianism" site.
Last updated 10/25/07.
Let's see what we can learn from some of the many who have left
libertarianism. (I invite others to contribute their histories as
I include Nathaniel Branden here, even though he is probably still
an Objectivist, because of his discussion of the cult-like atmosphere
of early Objectivism.
ex-Libertarian email list.
Brent Allison has created this list for discussions of the ideological
dogma that former libertarians have left behind. There are a lot of
recovering libertarians out there: now they need to find this lis.
John Hodges: Why I'm a former Objectivist and former Libertarian.
Why I Am NOT a Libertarian
Rev. Jimi Freidenker's plain, straightforward reasons for rejecting
his former libertarian/objectivist beliefs.
The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand: A Personal Statement.
Nathaniel Branden details some errors Ayn Rand was prone to.
One of several self-aggrandizing discussions of her feet of clay,
written conveniently after her death.
Debating with Jehovah's Witnesses
Libertarians are not usually as dogmatic as JW's, but the parallels
are fairly strong (with a few exceptions.) The parallels with
Objectivists are even stronger.
How a Libertarian Capitalist Became a Libertarian Socialist.
Observation of real-world corporate behavior helped.
Another experience with Objectivism and Libertarian ideas.
Michael Swierczek relates his discovery and escape from Objectivism.
Jonathan R. Armstrong's ex-libertarian introduction.
"Suddenly, I realized that perhaps there might be a little more to it
all than a cartoonish, one-dimensional view of a repressive 'government'
that spawns evils that are divorced from any other sort of empirical
Charlie Reese: Why I am not a libertarian
"Not only is no man an island, but no man is self-made...
capitalism, unless moderated by Christian virtue or government,
is just as brutal and cruel as communism."
Libertarian to Liberal
Mike Bast presents a skeptic's repudiation of libertarianism.
Election 2004, 14: Abandoning Libertarianism
Bruce Baugh's sad evaluation of the worth of libertarianism and
Libertarianism. I've been conned! Part 1
Libertarianism. I've been conned! Part 2
Marc Geddes describes his conversion from libertarianism to his friends
at the World Transhumanist Association. Summary: poor models of human
nature make for poor politics and economics.
The links here are to
Amazon.com, through their associates program, primarily because of the
review information. Books without links are generally out of print,
and can often be easily found at
AddAll Used and Out Of Print Search.
Good sites for bargain shopping for sometimes expensive new books are
Online Bookstore Price Comparison
AddAll Book Search and Price Comparison.
Both of those list applicable coupons. Another is
"Is Objectivism A Religion?"
L. Stuart, 1968.
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