[On The Ayn Rand Letter letterhead.]
October 18, 1980
Mr. John E. Marshall
JEM Television Productions
3316 Chili Avenue
Rochester, New York 14624
Dear Mr. Marshall:
Thank you for your letter of August 6, and for your invitation to take part in a television series dealing with “Cultural Conservatism.”
I appreciate your interest, but I’m not a Conservative as the term is used today. I am an Objectivist, which is quite a different thing. In politics, I call myself a radical for capitalism.
This year in particular, I would be ashamed to be connected with the so-called Conservatives in any way. Their anti-abortion stand is outrageous—and so is their mixture of politics with religion.
As you can see, I cannot accept your invitation.