Feb 8 • 41M

The Lost World

A Conversation with Tim Sandefur

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Robert Tracinski
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Rob Tracinski talks to Tim Sandefur, author of the new book, Freedom’s Furies: How Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Ayn Rand Found Liberty in an Age of Darkness.

We discuss the long friendship between these three women in the years leading up to the Depression, the New Deal, and World War II, and how they all published books in 1943 that led them to be hailed as the “three furies” of the modern liberty movement. Most of all, we talk about the surprisingly “countercultural” aspect of their advocacy of freedom as a rebellion against conformity, contrasted against the small-town conformism and authoritarianism of many of their era’s “progressives.”

I refer to this as a “lost world” that Tim has uncovered in his book: a cultural context in which the prevailing political coalitions and their cultural affiliations are intriguingly different from what we expect today.

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