In this 1963 radio talk, Ayn Rand offers her assessment of President Kennedy’s signature New Frontier program. In doing so, Rand identifies a fundamental principle that Kennedy’s program shares with the fascist states of twentieth century Europe: the “subordination and sacrifice of the individual to the collective.” This principle, Rand argues, is the “ideological root of all statist systems, in any variation, from welfare statism to a totalitarian dictatorship,” and it was ubiquitous in the political dialogue of 1960s America.
A version of this talk was originally delivered live at the Ford Hall Forum on December 16, 1962. An edited version of this talk is available in The Ayn Rand Column, a collection of articles by Rand. The talk is 58 minutes long.