Author, founding member of Feminists for Free Expression

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Born

21 Dec 1926, in Manhattan, New York City

Died

29 Oct 2005, in New York City

Awards Received

2005 Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, granted by Center for Independent Thought, The Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, 2005

Associations

National Coordinator, 1989-2005, Association of Libertarian Feminists

Web Pages

Joan Kennedy Taylor (1926-2005)
Advocates for Self-Government

Articles

In Memoriam [PDF], by Jeff Riggenbach, ALF News, 2006
Biographical essay covering Joan Kennedy Taylor's varied career
"And all along, she was writing – for the Wall Street Journal, for the Washington Times, for Reason and Inquiry and Success and American Enterprise, and for scholarly publications like the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and the Journal of Information Ethics."
NewJoan Kennedy Taylor, by Jeff Riggenbach, 14 Jan 2011
Biographical essay, including a review of Taylor's book Reclaiming the Mainstream: Individualist Feminism Rediscovered; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcasts of 28 Dec 2010 and 12 Jan 2011
"Joan Kennedy Taylor first became involved in the libertarian movement in the early 1960s, when she was a student at the Nathaniel Branden Institute in New York City. As a student of Objectivism, she espoused the political views of Ayn Rand: the nonaggression principle, natural rights, a free market, and a state so minimal that it had no power to tax and had to raise its revenues by charging fees for its services or, perhaps, running a national lottery. ... She did show distinct signs of a strong interest in individualism when she was in her teens and twenties ..."
Book Review: Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor and the Rebirth of American Individualism, by Sara Budzik, 6 Oct 2014
"... Joan herself having been a writer, editor, artist, and participant in the social movements that identified individualism with libertarian politics. ... With a country dealing with the Great Depression and World War II and Joan dealing with an overbearing mother and a tendency to argue with her teachers, both the young girl and the country she lived in were ready for change and independence in the 1950s."
Related Topic: Jeff Riggenbach
NewThe Story of Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949–1992), by Jeff Riggenbach, 21 Jan 2011
Biographical essay; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 12 Jan 2011
"But where was there a female Randian who was knowledgeable about current issues and events, could write, and could be tolerant of Rothbardian anarchists? There was Joan Kennedy Taylor, of course. But she hadn't written anything on current issues and events in ten years. And would she be tolerant of the Rothbardians? Well, there could be no harm in trying. Childs tried and again got what he wanted. By the time of his first issue in July 1977, he had Joan Kennedy Taylor on his masthead as an associate editor along with the Rothbardians."

Writings

America's Overprotective Sexual Harassment Law, Investor's Business Daily, 6 Apr 2000
Protecting Opinions That We Loathe, FACT - First Amendment Cyber-Tribune, Jan 1997
Argues against the 1996 CPPA (which was overturned in 2002 by the Supreme Court for being too broad)
"... the new so-called Child Pornography Prevention Act (CPPA) goes far beyond society's interest in punishing real abuse against real children and sets a dangerous precedent — it creates what can only be described as a 'thought crime.' ... This is the argument that has been used throughout our history to ban expressive material — that it may be used to incite wrongful actions. A dangerous argument, because, as Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, 'Every idea is an incitement.'"
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech
The New Witchcraft, 2002
Free Inquiry, Winter 2002

Books

Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor and the Rebirth of American Individualism
    by Jeff Riggenbach, 2014

Books Authored

What to Do When You Don't Want to Call the Cops: A Non-Adversarial Approach to Sexual Harassment, 1999
Liberty Against Power: Essays by Roy A. Childs, Jr.
    by Roy A. Childs, Jr., Thomas S. Szasz (Foreword), Joan Kennedy Taylor (Editor), 1 Dec 1994
19 essays on political philosophy, policy analysis and book and music reviews; topics include capitalism, objectivism, libertarianism, property rights, the draft and the war on drugs
Related Topic: Liberty