For a detailed review of this monograph with an assessment of its merits and impact, check out Eric Fleischmann‘s Review: Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation
This monograph is an expanded, revised and fully re-edited version of a controversial five-part Free Radical magazine series (links to which appear below). A combination philosophical exegesis, sociological study, and political tract, it examines Ayn Rand’s impact on the sexual attitudes of self-identified Objectivists in the movement to which she gave birth and the gay subculture that she would have disowned.
“Chris Sciabarra’s discussion of homosexuality and the moralistic, unreasoning rage unleashed against it—and against Dr. Sciabarra—by a small number of self-appointed guardians of the ‘one true Objectivist faith’ almost make it embarrassing to admit that one has any past or present association with Objectivism. The booklet is an expose of cultism at its most hysterical.” — Nathaniel Branden
Table of Contents
Foreword – By Lindsay Perigo v
Ayn Rand on Homosexuality 6
Post-Randians on Homosexuality 10
The Horror File 17
The Times They Are A Changin’ 30
Male Bonding in the Randian Novel 45
Reconsidering Ayn Rand’s Views on Homosexuality 49
Toward a New Model for Gay—and Human—Liberation 55
About the Author
Chris Matthew Sciabarra received his Ph.D. in political theory, philosophy, and methodology from New York University. He is the author of the “Dialectics and Liberty Trilogy,” which includes Marx, Hayek, and Utopia (State University of New York Press, 1995), Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical (Penn State Press, 1995), and Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism (Penn State Press, 2000). He is also co-editor, with Mimi Reisel Gladstein, of Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand (Penn State Press, 1999), and a founding co-editor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.