Today’s Intellectual State
In this 1968 radio interview, Ayn Rand analyzes the deep divide between the American people and their intellectual leaders. Americans, she argues, are increasingly uneasy about their government’s intrusion in economic and private affairs, but their intellectual leaders fail to identify such intervention as a problem, to locate its causes or to offer solutions. “What the people are starved for,” Rand says, is “a consistent, rational ideology, instead of the insane, pragmatic chaos of pressure-group warfare, empty slogans and blatant hypocrisy in which we are now drowning.” Rand illustrates the consequences of the prevailing anti-ideology by discussing the Republican appeasement of liberals in the 1940, 1952 and 1968 presidential elections.
This program lasts 30 minutes.