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From what I gather, Miss Rand had developed her opposition to collectivism and mysticsm, and the seeds of her philosophical ideas, from an early age; yet based on what I've read, Kerensky was a socialist democrat. Did Rand ever say why she admired Kerelensky?

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By 1965 (September), Ayn Rand's view of the Kerensky government is indicated in the following excerpt from her article, "The Cashing-In: The Student 'Rebellion'," republished as Chapter 22 in CUI (p. 255):

Who would feel morally inspired to fight for [Lyndon] Johnson's "consensus"? Who fought for the aimless platitudes of the Kerensky government in Russia -- of the Weimar Republic in Germany -- of the Nationalist government in China?

These examples evidently illustrate the futility of trying to resist an opposing, integrated (misintegrated) philosophy (such as communism or Nazism) without offering a clearly named and articulated superior (rational) philosophy.

But Ayn Rand also once wrote a letter directly to Alexander Kerensky personally, and sent him a copy of her fairly recently published book, We the Living (WTL). The letter was handwritten in Russian and undated, but the letter makes reference to WTL having been published in America two years earlier, which would put the date of the letter sometime in 1938. She clearly held great admiration for Alexander Kerensky in that letter. She apparently saw him as a great Russian figure who could have offered a real alternative to the Czarist regime, until the Kerensky government was overthrown by the Bolsheviks in 1917, forcing Kerensky into exile for the remainder of his life. (More on Kerensky can be found in the Wikipedia article on "Alexander Kerensky.") An English translation of Ayn Rand's 1938 letter can be found in Letters of Ayn Rand, Chapter 2, p. 42.

I have no information on whether or not he replied to her letter and whether or not Ayn Rand's admiration for him changed for any reason between 1938 and 1965. Perhaps the questioner himself has additional sources of information which he has not yet disclosed. Remember, also, that the fully developed philosophy of Objectivism did not exist until the publication of Atlas Shrugged in 1957. Ayn Rand herself describes the "seeds" (essentials) of her philosophy in the brief statement at the end of Atlas Shrugged titled, "About the Author." Many issues that may seem obvious after Atlas were far from it before Ayn Rand completed that monumental work.

answered Apr 22 '13 at 01:40

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