- "His only writing about anchors I can recall is Chapter 33
of his book _The Folding Schooner_ where he writes:
"'Nobody should buy a stockless anchor under fifty pounds', I
muttered to myself (I'm libertarian and *never* say 'there ought to
be a law')"" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bolger/message/22048
Well, there's at least some other asides on anchors, for example, in bottomless water for Storm Petrel. There's other insights written both explicit and implicit about his being anchored to a libertarian persuasion too.
"Bolger describes himself as "a card-carrying Libertarian,"" wrote Joseph Gribbens in the Nautical Quarterly 21, Spring 1983
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bolger/message/28603 In this group archive there's 73 hits for "libertarian", 2 for "ayn rand", and 0 for "objectiv/ist/ism".
The Richard Dawkins site currently links to an item "Evolutionary Anthropology to Ayn Rand: You Fail". http://io9.com/5950256/evolutionary-anthropology-to-ayn-rand-you-fail
What's the object? That item anchors to Slate and "Ayn Rand vs. the Pygmies" http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/human_evolution/2012/10/groups_and_gossip_drove_the_evolution_of_human_nature.single.html
At about thirty responses following the piece there, Guest-101, a Randian and frequent contributor to the commentary caught hold my attention, set a certain flukey resonance reminding me of someone else when they wrote:
"...These are the principles Ayn Rand stood for in a nutshell:
- The importance of recognizing facts.
- The principle that reason is man's means of knowledge.
- The principle that acting in one's best interest is in one's best interest.
- The principle that initiation of force or committing fraud is always wrong; whoever does it, for whatever reason.
- The principle that freedom is a requirement of a proper human life.
- The principle that one should think for oneself.
- The principle that whatever promotes human life is good, and that which harms or destroys human life is evil.
- The principle that men should deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit.
- Love of mankind and the accomplishments we have achieved."