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Rand and Seriozha

goddessOfTheMarket02I’m reading Jennifer Burns’s excellent biography of Rand, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. She mentions that one of Rand’s first suitors in Russia was a guy named Seriozha. I could not help but be reminded of Rothbard’s derisive term “dimwit and serioso libertarians“.

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  • t w v October 29, 2009, 11:07 am

    When I used the word “serioso” in a magazine piece, once, I had to assure the editors that the word had some play. I cited the movement title (and direction) for a Beethoven string quartet. I figured I COULD NOT use “serioso” just because Murray Rothbard did, but I COULD because Beethoven did. (Most intelligent readers are supposed to be familiar with great music, but not necessarily with Rothbard’s political writing.)

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