What an interesting find. May I suggest clicking on the link and read the pages of the book before and after the quote?
Oh, Mises and Rand are so different. Oh, Mises and Rand are so similar. Human Action and Atlas Shrugged. Atlas Shrugged and Human Action.
George Reisman‘s The Jefferson School of Philosophy, Economics, and Psychology sites both books as inspirations. http://www.capitalism.net/TJS%20Mission%20Statement.htm
I do, too.
Here is the letter…
“Atlas Shrugged is not merely a novel. It is also – or may I say: first of all- a cogent analysis of the evils that plague our society, a substantiated rejection of the ideology of our self-styled “intellectuals” and a pitiless unmasking of the insincerity of the policies adopted by governments and political parties. It is a devastating exposure of the “moral cannibals,” the “gigolos of science” and of the “academic prattle” of the makers of the “anti-industrial revolution.” You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: you are inferior and all the improvements in your conditions which you simply take for granted you owe to the efforts of men who are better than you.
If this be arrogance, as some of your critics observed, it still is the truth that had to be said in this age of the Welfare State.”
“Ludwig von Mises letter to Ayn Rand, letter dates 23 January 1958; unknown provenance. Before he read Atlas Shrugged, Mises had not counted Ayn Rand among his foremost contemporary artists and philosophers.” – Jorg Guido Hulsman, Mises- The Last Knight of Liberalism