Freedom’s Furies: How Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Ayn Rand Found Liberty in an Age of Darkness. May 11, 2023


Timothy Sandefur’s new book, ‘Freedom’s Furies’ charts the friendships between three remarkable American women who in 1943 published books that helped spark a revival of interest in individual liberty at a time when collectivism and war were dominating the earth: Isabel Paterson, the brilliant self-educated journalist whose ‘The God of the Machine’ anticipated the ideas of the later Austrian economists; Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder and secret co-author of the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ novels, whose ‘The Discovery of Freedom’ charted the history of liberty; and Ayn Rand, the iconoclastic refugee from Soviet tyranny whose ‘The Fountainhead’ dramatized the theme of the individual against he collective.

Speaker: Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur is the Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation and holds the Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government. He litigates to promote economic liberty, private property rights, free speech, and other crucial values in states across the country.

Timothy is the author of eight books, including most recently Freedom’s Furies: How Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Ayn Rand Found Liberty in an Age of Darkness (2022), and Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man (2018), as well as more than 50 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from Indian law and antitrust to copyright law, the constitutional issues involved in the Civil War, and the political philosophy of Shakespeare, ancient Greek drama, and Star Trek.

A frequent guest on radio and television, he is well known to radio audiences as “Tim the Lawyer” on The Armstrong & Getty Show, and his writings have appeared in Reason, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and The Objective Standard, where he is a contributing editor. He has taught classes at Pepperdine University, McGeorge School of Law, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.