Isabel Paterson





Isabel Paterson

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born
in Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
January 22, 1886

died
January 10, 1961

gender
female

genre

influences


About this author

Isabel Paterson (January 22, 1886, – January 10, 1961) was a Canadian-American journalist, novelist, political philosopher, and a leading literary critic of her day. Along with Rose Wilder Lane and Ayn Rand, who both acknowledged an intellectual debt to Paterson, she is one of the three founding mothers of American libertarianism. Paterson's best-known work, her 1943 book The God of the Machine, a treatise on political philosophy, economics, and history, reached conclusions and espoused beliefs that many libertarians credit as a foundation of their philosophy. Her biographer Stephen D. Cox (2004) believes Paterson is the "earliest progenitor of libertarianism as we know it today." Ayn Rand wrote in a letter in the 1940s that The God of the ...more


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The God of the Machine
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 201 ratings — published 1943 — 5 editions
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The Golden Vanity
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1934 — 3 editions
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Never Ask the End
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The Magpie's Nest
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The Singing Season
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The Shadow Riders (1916)
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If it Prove fair weather
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1940
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Culture and Liberty: Writin...
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Dance Again Mrs Pelican
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The Libertarian Reader: Cla...
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“A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.”
Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine

“Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends.”
Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine

“There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they shall be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds to pay for the procedure.”
Isabel Paterson