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Ayn Rand and the “Savages” (455)

Beyond the apologia for settler-colonialism, note her debts to a Lockean understanding of what constitutes property and ownership, as well as what we could call– following Patterson– her Civilizationist rhetoric.

But now, as to the Indians, I don’t even care to discuss that kind of alleged complaints that they have against this country. I do believe with serious, scientific reasons the worst kind of movie that you have probably seen—worst from the Indian viewpoint—as to what they did to the white man.

I do not think that they have any right to live in a country merely because they were born here and acted and lived like savages. Americans didn’t conquer; Americans did not conquer that country.

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