NOTE: Hospers’ speech was given at an I.S.I.L. conference, and was largely directed at libertarians and the libertarian movement. Freedom Party is not a libertarian party – we advocate rational governance, by a government, not the “less government” or anarchy advocated by libertarians.
Hospers considers himself a libertarian. Author/philosopher Ayn Rand – whose philosophy informs Freedom Party’s policies – opposed libertarianism floating political concepts, and its anti-government/less-government nature. However, Hospers was, for a time, a friend of Objectivist philosopher and author Ayn Rand (whose philosophy informs Freedom Party’s policies) and her philosophy, and friendship, made a lasting impression upon Hospers and his writing. Hospers’ friendship with Rand reportedly ended not because of their philosophical differences, but because of his conduct toward her at an academic philosophy event.