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THE TRIALS OF HOWARD ROARK I. INTRODUCTIONThere are some literary beginnings so well-known as immediately to call to mind the phonograph records in which they appear Call me Ishmael1 It was the best of time. It was the worst of times2 and, increasingly, Howard Roark laughed.3 So begins the novel, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Published in 1943, The Fountainhead continues to sell 100,000 copies a year.4 For millions it provides the introduction to a philosophic/ cordial movement known as Objectivism. It has been suggested that Objectivism provided quick grounding for the decline of left-liberalism and the expanding crook of a libertarian shift in American culture.5 Yet despite its influence, the concord has engendered scant academic attention6 and virtually no attention in the legal academy. In The Fountainhead, as in all of Rands mature fancied works, the police forcemore specifically, i or more trial scenesfigures prominently. Indeed, in all of them trials are essential el ements of the plot development.7 Although Rands work is exactly unique in its use of the trial for dramatic purposes,8 it is distinctive in its use of the trial as illustrative of moral or philosophical principles.9 One would expect, therefore, that 431 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------at least in the philosophical literature of Objectivism, one would find discussion about the role and meaning of law yet one would be disappointed. Apart from occasional bromides about the importance of accusatory law, there is precious little, even in Objectivist literature, about law. Leonard Peikoff, Rands intellectual heir, has written what is perhaps the most systematic exegesis of Rands philosophy.10 The index to his book has no independent listing for law it lists law only as a subhead of government, under the rubric as requiring objective law.11 His discussion consumes just a few pages and is attached almost wholly to criminal law.12 The coup le of paragraphs on civil law are devoted entirely to the law of contracts.13 Moreover, the treatment is incredibly superficial and seems to equate objectiveness to particular concretes, as if abstractions could not be objectivea fix one would think Rand would find antithetical to her philosophy, which placed a grant on the conceptual level of awareness.14 The other leading book length interpretations of Rands work also lack so much as an index entry for law.15 This essay is an attempt at filling the rescind in legal scholarship and Objectivist literature at the intersection of law and Objectivism. I do not attempt a comprehensive mental testing of the Objectivist view of law.