To Michael P. Levock, Jr., a fan [Letter 529]

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March 6, 1965


Michael P. Levock, Jr.


March 6, 1965

Mr. Michael P. Levock, Jr.
218 5th Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

Dear Mr. Levock:

Thank you for your letter of February 27th. I am pleased that you liked Atlas Shrugged and that you found my philosophy helpful. I hope that you will continue to develop your knowledge and your interest in ideas.

You are mistaken when you write about “stealing my philosophy.” Philosophy is a science that identifies principles which are objectively true. To recognize the truth and to accept it does not constitute “stealing.”

My article [“Who Is the Final Authority in Ethics?”] in the February issue of this Newsletter, which I am enclosing, will make this matter clear to you.



Ayn Rand