Good as Goldwater

My review of Pure Goldwater, a volume of Barry Goldwater’s journals (and some other odds and ends), is now up on Reason‘s website.

I’m reading Bill Buckley’s posthumous Goldwater memoir, Flying High, right now. Here’s one striking anecdote I hadn’t heard before:

… at this dinner [for the 1950s Freeman], Rand contradicted Mises on some doctrinal point, causing the eminent professor to stop eating and mobilize his scorn and fury on her. Ayn Rand thereupon burst into tears and exclaimed, “You are treating me like an ignorant little Jewish girl!”

Mises jumped up from his chair with joy. “That is exactly what you are! An ignorant little Jewish girl!”

Rand was not one to be crossed lightly. But even she might have known better than to gainsay Ludwig von Mises.


5 thoughts on “Good as Goldwater

  1. brent burk May 28, 2008 / 2:33 am

    I’m not a fan of Buckleys 100%, but I think I really want to read that book.

    Also, where the hell can I get new books of all the Goldwater auto/biographies, they are all out of print is seems :[.

  2. Scott Lahti May 28, 2008 / 2:38 am

    As Jacques Barzun might say to brent burk, Begin Here:

  3. Dylan Waco May 28, 2008 / 4:58 am


    If you ever need help finding a rare/out of print book for a good price shoot me an email.


  4. Evan McLaren May 28, 2008 / 7:35 pm

    That is quite a Mises anecdote.

  5. Rob Frantz March 25, 2016 / 1:08 am

    I have never met anyone as emotionally and intellectually brittle as acolytes of Ayn Rand (Objectvists). They are completely incapable of entertaining disagreement with their ideas and anyone who does will quickly find the discussion has ended and they have gone. Any comments criticizing Rand herself are regarded as “disvaluing” her. Disvaluing, not devaluing. Disvaluing is ALL or NOTHING. Agree with her completely or not at all. Devaluing can mean accepting her ideas partially, but that was always UNACCEPTABLE to Rand and is to her acolytes today.

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