My contribution to Cato Unbounds Rand symposium is now online. Not many surprises for readers of this blog: I do my Aristotelean eudaimonist dance, my labortarian/anti-conflationist dance, my anarchist dance, and my thick-libertarian dance. (And I drop in links to lots of my friends.)
Heres Catos summary:
In his reply to Rasmussens lead essay, Auburn University philosopher Roderick Long sets out to sort the wheat from the chaff in Ayn Rand’s moral and political thought. Long maintains that Rand sets out to found a classical liberal conception of politics … upon a classical Greek conception of human nature and the human good, and he goes on to defend the plausibility of this project.
In particular, Long stands up for Rands reliance on a naturalistic teleology to ground her neo-Aristotlean ethic theory, pointing to contemporary philosophical work that supports Rands view.
Long is less happy with Rands political thought and criticizes her ideas of the pyramid of ability and of big business as a persecuted minority. Long credits Rand for her trenchant analysis of corporatism, but argues that she was mistaken to deny that corporatism and capitalism go hand in hand. According to Long, Rands ideal of voluntary interaction not only implies a radical departure from historical capitalism, but also a more thoroughly anti-statist social order.