May 23, 1965
Mr. Michael G. Moody
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.