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09 February 2014 @ 05:59 am
My mother made me a libertarian  
We now know that Ayn Rand's excesses can be blamed on her childhood. Her mother made her give her toys to the needy, and she grew up to blame all our problems on mandatory altruism.

I have now learned that Ma in Little House on the Prairie is portrayed as the same sort of mother. Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, whose contribution to Little House was somewhere between editorial assistance and writing the whole thing, was one of the leading libertarian thinkers of the 1930s.

My mother made me feel bad ("you should be grateful"*) about having toys but never actually took them away from me, so I was able to get over libertarianism.

* When I read in Stranger in a Strange Land that gratitude always includes resentment, I believed it, but I've learned that such feelings are nowhere near universal, and I figured out how not to feel that way about those I love.

Thanx to Making Light.
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(Anonymous) on February 10th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
This is anne_jumps, not logging in at work:

Here's the article from The Toast that led me to it: http://the-toast.net/2013/09/09/hating-ma/
And here's the paper: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/frontiers/v029/29.1.blackford.html
Mari Nessmariness on February 10th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!