Objectivists are shot by both sides. As some of you might recall from previous blogging here, Lewis recently delivered a controversial paper at Virginia's George Mason University, 'There is No Substitute For Victory,' that had leftists and muslims up in arms. [A link page to that presentation is here. And here, just to remind you, is his fantastic article on the same topic.]
Mr. Lewis says his battles reflect the extraordinary and unfair degree of hostility that objectivists in academe receive from both left and right. "In the morning at Ashland, I was resigning because conservatives and evangelicals were opposed to me," he says. "And then in the evening I was at George Mason, and there were some Muslims and this new student Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) opposed to me. I found that poignant."The story is here at the Chronicle for Higher Education: Tenure Shrugged: A Scholar's Affinity for the Philosophy of Ayn Rand Cost Him His Job. Many Objectivists are also suggesting that this is further evidence for their assertion that the biggest threat to liberty in the US comes not from the left, but from the religious right.
"What does determine the survival of [America]," says Leonard Peikoff, "is not political concretes, but fundamental philosophy. And in this area the only real threat to the country now, the only political evil comparable to or even greater than the threat once posed by Soviet Communism, is religion and the Party which is its home and sponsor."Makes you think, doesn't it.