Isabel Paterson is widely recognized as an advocate of radical individualism and a prophet of the libertarian movement. She influenced a wide variety of libertarian and conservative writers and public figures, from Ayn Rand to William F. Buckley, Jr. In her own time, Paterson was noted as a literary critic and novelist, and one of the wittiest writers in America. She is best known for The God of the Machine, also published by Transaction.

Culture and Liberty includes many of Paterson's works that are out of print or have never before been published. Stephen Cox collected Paterson's words on themes she favored, illustrating leading features of her accomplishments and her views. Paterson's way of combining individualist ideas with provocative writing made people look forward to her next pronouncement on American culture. Her fame while she lived and worked and the continuing interest in her ideas and writing are monuments to a complex but strongly unified personality.

Paterson remains one of the most distinctive voices in American literary history—as this selection of her writings will indicate. This book is a must read for English majors, literary critics, humanities scholars, and students of American culture.

part |142 pages

Part I: Essays and Reviews

chapter 11|10 pages

The True Individualist: Thoreau

chapter 2|4 pages

The Reformer as Tyrant

chapter 3|3 pages

What Is Known as a Practical Man

chapter 4|3 pages

The Achievement of the Wright Brothers

chapter 5|4 pages

American Concepts

chapter 6|4 pages

But Is It True?

chapter 7|4 pages

What Went Wrong

chapter 8|4 pages

The Devolution of America

chapter 9|4 pages

A Question of Privilege

chapter 10|4 pages

Save Us, at Least, from Boredom

chapter 11|4 pages

The Nobel Prize in Politics

chapter 12|6 pages

The Culture of Communism

chapter 13|4 pages

Freedom and Control

chapter 14|4 pages

Whose Agent Is He?

chapter 15|4 pages

Monkey-gland Economics 1

chapter 16|5 pages

The Elusive Law of Wages

chapter 17|6 pages

The Man with One Idea

chapter 18|16 pages

What Do They Do All Day?

chapter 19|4 pages

Adventures in Biology and Bunk

chapter 20|16 pages

The Riddle of ChiefJustice

chapter 21|10 pages

Has the World Grown Smaller?

chapter 22|6 pages

A Man of Destiny

chapter 23|8 pages

Learning to Read: Child’s Play

chapter 24|4 pages

What the Christmas Story Means

part II|108 pages


chapter 25|40 pages

Letters to 1940

chapter 26|24 pages

Letters, 1940-1949

chapter 27|42 pages

Letters, 1950 and After