J.R.R. Tolkien vs. Ayn Rand
Via the Distributist Review:
There are two novels that can transform a bookish 14-year-kld’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs. — “The Value of Nothing” by Raj Pate.
Jason Hamza van Boon, who originally posted the quote on Tikkun Daily Blog, goes on to consider what Tolkien’s views on political economy might have been, concluding that the great fantasist was most sympathetic to Distributism — a “third way” economic theory proposing widespread ownership of private property as an alternative to laissez-faire capitalism and socialism alike.