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Event: Three Women Who Sparked a Revolution

January 19, 2023

In 1943, three books appeared that transformed American politics—all written by remarkable women. They were The God of the Machine by Isabel Paterson, The Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane, and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Together, these three writers—all friends, novelists, and philosophers—helped to preserve and advance the cause of individualism at a time when that idea was under attack as never before.

Paterson, the self-educated newspaper columnist who had risen to become one of the nation’s most important literary intellectuals; Lane, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder and secret co-author of the Little House on the Prairie novels; and Rand, the Russian immigrant who sought to fuse the intensity of romantic art with the Aristotelian philosophy of reason, were all writing at a time when dictatorship and collectivism were taking the world by storm, and even making shocking inroads in the United States.

In my new book, Freedom’s Furies, I explore their friendship, the ideas they shared and disagreed about, and the influence they had on the next generation of freedom-oriented intellectuals. I’ll be discussing my book here at the Goldwater Institute’s headquarters in Phoenix on February 16 at 4:00 p.m.

To register for the event, please send an email to or call my colleague Shannon at (602) 633-8984.

Please join us!

Timothy Sandefur is the Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Goldwater Institute and the author of Freedom’s Furies: How Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Ayn Rand Found Liberty in an Age of Darkness.



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