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America’s Fatal Compromise

By Joan Kennedy Taylor (1926–2005)

With an Appreciation for the author

Text, copyright © 1967 by Joan Kennedy Taylor

Copyright © 2009 Michael Cook.

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First published in February, 1967 by Persuasion, New York.

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This article was first published in Persuasion, a political newsletter that Ms. Taylor edited in the mid 1960’s.

The magazine dealt with political issues of the day, primarily the Vietnam War and the draft, from what would now be called a “libertarian” point of view. Both Joan and her husband David Dawson were students of Ayn Rand’s objectivism, and they carried her philosophical commitment to laissez faire capitalism into the trenches of political advocacy. David, in particular, campaigned vigorously against the draft in many forums, and wrote many articles on the subject for Persuasion.

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