The rhetoric of Kelley and his supporters all too closely fits an ominous pattern: the pattern followed by the Soviet spies, punks, terrorist sympathizers, Democrats, and assorted other fifth-column elements who have been using Americans' love of freedom and respect for rights--to destroy freedom and rights.
The fifth columnists know they cannot win by openly attacking the concept of rights. So instead they appeal to our respect for rights to protect their own anti-rights activities. "Doesn't freedom for America mean freedom for me?" they ask whenever they are criticized for being enemies of freedom. "They stifle dissent!" "They trample our rights to free speech!" are their boilerplate responses whenever somebody condemns their immoral ideas as immoral. "Liberal" and "progressive" they call themselves, but all they seek is the liberty of criminals and the progress of destruction. And they claim "tolerance," including a tolerance for evil, as an important American virtue, although it is perfectly antithetical to all that America stands for.
Kelley is to Objectivism and reason what these traitors are to America and freedom. The traitors appeal to our sense of rights and turn it against America. Kelley appeals to our commitment to independent, rational thought--and turns it against Objectivism. "Doesn't independent thought mean thought independent from the ARI?" he asks when the ARI criticizes him for undermining the independence of Objectivism by mixing it with other ideas. "They stifle dissent!" "Peikoff acts like a despot!" he screams when Objectivists reject his irrational ideas as irrational. "Objectivist" he calls himself, but his favorite activity seems to be the defamation of Objectivists. And he claims "tolerance," including a tolerance for evil, as an important Objectivist virtue, although it is perfectly antithetical to all that Objectivism stands for.
The enemies of capitalism have been infiltrating American institutions on a mass scale, distorting and perverting their ideas. Why wouldn't they try to do that with the number one proponent of capitalism--the Ayn Rand Institute? From what I have read about him so far, Kelley seems to fit the pattern perfectly. Applause to dr. Peikoff for booting him.