RE: Herding Extropycats [was Shame on Australia]

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Date: Sun Sep 02 2001 - 14:55:00 MDT

--> Charlie Stross
> On Sun, Sep 02, 2001 at 12:50:50PM -0700, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> > >
> > > You don't get it in British SF fandom, either. (Libertarianism isn't
> > > any big deal over here; IIRC Ayn Rand never got published in the UK.
> >
> > I had no idea that the UK was that backwards or practiced so
> > much censorship of ideas. Never published one of the most
> > powerful novelist/philosophers of the 20th century (regardless
> > of what you think of her opinions)? That is unbelievable.
> It's not censorship. It's just that there's not really a market for
> her ideas here. Clue: she's considered rather radical by US standards.
> By British norms she's barking mad. She may well have been published
> here -- but never made the bestseller lists, and isn't in print today
> (or at any time in my living memory).

By *your* British norms, you mean; I can't say that I think you speak for
everyone. I'm British (or rather English, if we're going to be elitist about
our accidental birth locations) and pretty much an objectivist. Barking mad,
I am not. You could certainly walk into any half-way decent chain bookstore
in the UK and pick up a copy of Atlas Shrugged when I lived in the UK, five
years or so ago.


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