Politics

Malcolm Fraser: Errors and Misconceptions

Admiration for Ayn Rand’s autonomous heroes, support for multiculturalism, belief in smaller government, a disliking for big banks, defence of illegal immigrants, distrust of United States global policy, a non-Marxist anti-imperialism (compare Ron and Rand Paul or Dennis Kucinich), advocacy of a protectionist national industry policy. Any consistency in all that? Many of Malcolm Fraser’s attitudes were based on his perception of institutional threats to individuals, cultures, even nations. Ayn Rand, whom he went out of his way to meet because he admired much of her philosophy (though not her contempt for the weak—her heart never bled), pits her fictional…

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