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The Silence of James Valliant's Defenders

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2009-10-03 12:50

No word yet from the following people who defended James Valliant's The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics.

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Linz — by Neil Parille on Sat, 2013-11-02 14:02
Neil's devastating critique ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-06-06 08:06
Dan — by gregster on Wed, 2013-06-05 12:24

Happy Birthday John Calvin

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2009-07-19 11:21

July 10th was the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, one of the greatest humanity diminishers in history.

Let's look at a few gems from Calvin:


Ayn Rand and the World She Made

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Fri, 2009-07-17 13:04

Folks,

This book will be released in a little more than three months. Should be the "publishing event" of the year for those interested in Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

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Wasn't her corpse already abused enough... — by Frediano on Mon, 2009-07-20 21:56
Archives — by Neil Parille on Mon, 2009-07-20 11:48
Question re the Heller book — by Ellen Stuttle on Mon, 2009-07-20 11:00

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Thu, 2009-07-02 00:58

Here is an interview with Jennifer Burns, author of the forthcoming Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right.


PARC Wars, Extended Dance ReMix

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Mon, 2009-06-22 11:33

It's time to start a new thread.

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Fourth-Rate Claquery — by Robert Campbell on Tue, 2009-06-23 15:46
Gregster — by Neil Parille on Tue, 2009-06-23 11:41
Pariah — by gregster on Tue, 2009-06-23 11:37

The Silence of James Valliant's Defenders, Part 4

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2009-01-03 14:00

One of PARC's greatest hits is Jim's claim that Barbara Branden doesn't tell her readers that Allan Blumenthal (and by implication his wife Joan) left Rand (rather than the other way around).

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Unreal — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2010-03-21 16:57
Brant — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2010-02-17 21:31
"Death by Glop" — by John Donohue on Tue, 2010-01-26 01:29

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The Silence of James Valliant's Defenders, Part 3

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2009-01-03 01:08

Here is another excerpt from PARC concerning the 1967 loan.

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Linz — by Neil Parille on Sat, 2009-01-03 15:14
Yeah, Neil — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-01-03 04:56
First screenbab still shonky — by William Scott Scherk on Sat, 2009-01-03 04:39

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The Silence of James Valliant's Defenders, Part 2

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Fri, 2009-01-02 12:57

Since Valliant's defenders are apparently unable to respond to part 1 (about the financial statements) because they are putting in frenzied calls to their accountants to explain Jim's "fuzzy math," I'


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The Silence of James Valliant's Defenders, Part I

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Thu, 2009-01-01 21:13

On a recent post I asked James Valliant’s defenders to justify his claim that Nathaniel Branden conceded in 1968 that the 1967 loan from The Objectivist to The NBI depleted most of the cash reserves

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Truth, Shmooth — by William Scott Scherk on Fri, 2009-01-02 04:08

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James Valliant on "The Exploiters and the Exploited," Part VI

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2008-12-28 16:37

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Yes, they do — by Neil Parille on Mon, 2008-12-29 12:48
Do people read this — by gregster on Mon, 2008-12-29 11:35

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The Passion of James Valliant's Criticism

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2008-12-24 21:23

Here is the final version of my critique of James Valliant's atrocious book.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9421...

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PAR, MYWAR, PARC & PJVC — by William Scott Scherk on Fri, 2008-12-26 05:50
I do declare ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2008-12-26 02:52
Jameson — by Neil Parille on Fri, 2008-12-26 02:07

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Ayn Rand: Public Intellectual, Part 1

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2008-12-21 17:29

Introduction 


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10 Books for 2009

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2008-12-10 02:52

Here are ten books that I've always wanted to read, but never got around to. Maybe I'll read them in 2009. Five are "classics" and five are more recent.

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Poetry or prose — by Mario on Fri, 2008-12-12 00:42
My list — by James Heaps-Nelson on Wed, 2008-12-10 07:14
You should add ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2008-12-10 04:32

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The Passion of James Valliant's Criticism

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2008-11-19 11:13

Folks,

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80 pages — by Neil Parille on Wed, 2008-11-19 15:04
I would estimate by this — by Aaron on Wed, 2008-11-19 14:48

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James Valliant on "The Exploiters and the Exploited," Part V

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2008-11-15 17:08

Financial Exploitation 


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James Valliant on "The Exploiters and the Exploited," Part IV

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2008-11-09 13:27


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Stop The "Fact Checking" And Start The "Reporting"

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Mon, 2008-11-03 23:31


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James Valliant on "The Exploiters and the Exploited," Part III

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2008-11-02 14:42

Financial Wrongdoing


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James Valliant on "The Exploiters and the Exploited," Part I

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2008-11-01 22:17

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Yap Yap — by Neil Parille on Mon, 2008-11-03 11:06
Scherk — by gregster on Mon, 2008-11-03 05:51
When your readers are tired and emotional — by William Scott Scherk on Mon, 2008-11-03 01:59

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James Valliant On "The Exploiters and the Exploited," Part II

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2008-11-01 17:02

The September 1968 Business Plan  


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James Valliant, Naming Names, And The Burden Of Proof

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2008-10-25 18:41

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Kenny — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2008-11-02 16:13
The intellectual genius (sic) of Neil Parille — by Kenny on Sun, 2008-11-02 15:23
Gee Neil — by gregster on Sun, 2008-11-02 09:37

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James Valliant on Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, and the "Age Issue"

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Tue, 2008-10-07 22:58

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Valliant's Character — by Neil Parille on Thu, 2008-10-09 01:37
Leonid — by gregster on Wed, 2008-10-08 22:32
Dirty landry — by 0 on Wed, 2008-10-08 20:55

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James Valliant on the O'Connors' Marriage

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Mon, 2008-08-04 22:59

In The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics, James Valliant claims that “[i]f we are to take the Brandens’ word for it, the O’Connors’ marriage was an empty fraud.

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GD — by Neil Parille on Fri, 2013-05-10 13:59
NBI's Ed Nash & Iris Bell — by gregster on Thu, 2013-05-09 00:34
Iris Bell — by Neil Parille on Wed, 2013-05-08 23:39

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Barbara Branden's Meeting With Ayn Rand In 1981

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Fri, 2008-03-07 02:05

In The Passion of Ayn Rand, Barbara Branden says that she met Rand in 1981 and wrote Rand a letter thereafter. (PAR, pp. 397-400.)

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Bonehead — by gregster on Mon, 2008-05-19 04:23
Yes, — by Casey on Fri, 2008-03-07 04:31
Linz — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2008-03-07 04:08

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PARC: Four More Points

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2008-01-02 00:27

Since my two critiques of PARC, I've moved on to other projects, but here are a few things worth mentioning.

1. Frank's Drinking

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Neil — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2008-01-16 20:08
Greenspan — by Neil Parille on Wed, 2008-01-16 14:02
Greenspan — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2008-01-13 05:52

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Oh Yes, They Called Him The Streak

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Mon, 2007-12-31 13:28

Objectivists often accuse non-Objectivists, anti-Objectivists and apostates from ARI Objectivism as suffering from “rationalism.”

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  I've already moved on — by Mark Hubbard on Fri, 2008-01-04 00:07
Sorry — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2008-01-04 00:04
Well that's frustrating. I'd — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2008-01-01 05:23

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James Valliant and Rand's Claim that "No one helped me"

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Tue, 2007-08-07 21:56

Valliant accuses Nathaniel Branden of alleging that Rand engaged in “grandiose dishonesty” in making her claim in the About the Author postscript to Atlas Shrugged that “no one helped me . . .

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Fair "Reads"... — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2007-08-25 17:24
Wow! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2007-08-16 23:42
What a sad vision of humanity — by wngreen on Thu, 2007-08-16 12:26

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James Valliant and Rand's Use of Dexamyl

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Tue, 2007-07-31 10:46

The extent to which James Valliant is willing to misrepresent his sources can be seen in his distortion of Barbara Branden’s discussion of Rand’s use of a diet medicine, Dexamyl (which contains an

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Mr. Lawrence — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2007-08-25 18:17
Since I discovered that my — by RL0919 on Fri, 2007-08-17 05:28
This is a test post to make — by Jon Letendre on Tue, 2007-08-07 05:45

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James Valliant and "Uncritical Reliance" on "the Brandens"

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2007-05-20 20:16

In reading PARC, one gets the impression that all the negative reports about Rand’s personality have their origin in the Brandens’ books and that without these books there is no reason to accept as accurate the description of Rand provided in them. Let’s remember that the most Valliant is willing to concede about Rand is that her anger could be unjust at times and that she made some poor choices.

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For the Record — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2007-06-10 20:02
It appears that NP must have — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2007-06-10 10:51
Well! Welly welly welly well! — by Chris Cathcart on Sun, 2007-06-10 10:44

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James Valliant on TARC

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2007-03-18 17:50

One claim of PARC is that the Brandens’ books can be shown to be unreliable based on evidence that Valliant has unearthed. Most significantly, Valliant argues that Rand’s diaries contradict the Brandens’ version of the 1968 split. However, these diaries do not shed much (if any) light on other events.

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Phil Smith — by mcohen on Sun, 2007-07-08 00:56
Correct — by Neil Parille on Sat, 2007-07-07 18:44
Correct — by mcohen on Sat, 2007-07-07 18:34

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