Joan Kennedy Taylor
The Birth of Objectivism - Volume 1 - Remembering the Early Years
Joan Kennedy Taylor, a pioneer in individualist feminist thought, was a Rand associate and former publisher of an Objectivist-themed magazine "Persuasion," and for over twenty years.
Joan Kennedy Taylor has written and spoken on feminist issues since the early 1970's. She has also directed book programs for the Manhattan Institute and the Foundation for Economic Education, was an editor for The Libertarian Review and The Freeman, and was a commentator for the Cato Institute's syndicated radio program Byline for ten years.
She is the author of Reclaiming the Mainstreem: Individualist Feminism Rediscovered.
Kennedy Taylor was an associate of Ayn Rand for over twenty years.
(Interviewed April 4, 2004)
During our interview, I was surprised to learn that a group of Objectivists put together a conference in Washington, DC, during the Vietnam War, in an effort to end the military draft. - DS
Kennedy Taylor: "It was very successful. We got a couple of hundred people at the conference. [One of the speakers,] Martin Anderson, decided that he would like to work on the presidential campaign and he went to see Nixon and he said, “I'm down here speaking on the economics of the draft and I thought maybe I could persuade you to make [elimination of the draft] one of your issues.”
Nixon, who had been raised a Quaker, said yes, he'd be interested. And he hired Marty to be one of his aides. He went from being an aide in the campaign, to being an aide in the White House, to being the person who was the liaison with the commission that was supposed to decide what should be done with the Army. He got them all to decide unanimously for abolishing the draft."
Selections from the Joan Kennedy Taylor interview are available on The Birth of Objectivism, Vol. 1 - Remembering the Early Years DVD, Available for purchase here: