To Michael G. Moody, a fan [Letter 535]

Item Reference Code: 040_07E_012_001

Date(s) of creation

May 23, 1965


Michael G. Moody


May 23, 1965

Mr. Michael G. Moody
Antioch Union
Antioch College
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Dear Mr. Moody:

This is in reply to your letter of May 17.

I am opposed to the organization known as Young Americans for Freedom. That organization is controlled by, or shares the policies of the National Review Magazine, and is my avowed enemy.

There can be no cooperation or rapprochement between me and “conservatives” of that type.

Therefore, under no circumstances can I permit a chapter of YAF to be called after me.

If, as you say, you are “Objectivists at heart,” I suggest that you check your premises and make a choice. It’s either-or.

I am enclosing a copy of “Conservatism: An Obituary” which will tell you why I consider the “conservative” movement an intellectual dead-end.



Ayn Rand