Neil Parille's blog

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

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


( categories: )

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

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


( categories: )

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

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

Financial Wrongdoing


( categories: )

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

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

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

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

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

The September 1968 Business Plan  


( categories: )

James Valliant, Naming Names, And The Burden Of Proof

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

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

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

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

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

James Valliant on the O'Connors' Marriage

Neil Parille's picture
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.

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

Barbara Branden's Meeting With Ayn Rand In 1981

Neil Parille's picture
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.)

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

PARC: Four More Points

Neil Parille's picture
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

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

Oh Yes, They Called Him The Streak

Neil Parille's picture
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.”

Recent Comments:
  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

( categories: )

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

Neil Parille's picture
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 . . .

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

James Valliant and Rand's Use of Dexamyl

Neil Parille's picture
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

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

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

Neil Parille's picture
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.

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

James Valliant on TARC

Neil Parille's picture
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.

Recent Comments:
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

( categories: )

James Valliant on Nathaniel Branden as Objectivist Heretic

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2007-03-18 15:00

One of the central sub themes of PARC is that not only that the Brandens’ books are untrustworthy, but also that the Brandens have so departed from Objectivism that they view Rand from their new perspective, often distorting Rand as result.

Recent Comments:
Footnotes — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2007-03-24 14:40
Yes, Phil, "Details" Matter -- Like Yours — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-03-22 21:26
I don't know ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-03-21 04:22

( categories: )

James Valliant on Ayn Rand, Barbara Branden and Libertarianism

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:13

On pages 69-70 of The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics, James Valliant discusses Rand’s disapproval of libertarianism and the Libertarian Party (LP). According to Valliant “[t]he Brandens, along with many others, believe that Rand was intolerant and ‘close-minded’ because she denounced the Libertarian Party.” (PARC, p. 70.) In support of his claim that both Brandens and “others” disagree with Rand’s denunciation of the LP, Valliant cites to PAR once and to Peter Schwartz’s article on libertarianism once.

Recent Comments:
One obstacle for — by Orson on Sun, 2006-12-03 22:33
Kenny: Radicalism — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-16 17:43
The Brandens and Libertarianism — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-09-16 14:54

( categories: )

James Valliant on Ayn Rand, John Hospers and the Brandens

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Sat, 2006-08-26 12:03

Barbara Branden's discussion of Rand's relationship with philosophy professor John Hospers is four paragraphs on pages 323-324 of PAR.

In paragraph 1, Branden talks of their first meeting. Hospers said that Rand had a "tremendously powerful intellect." (p. 323.)

Recent Comments:
Breaks — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-08-29 10:29
Not trying to evaluate Branden — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-08-29 10:15
Mr. Lee — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-08-29 03:34

( categories: )

James Valliant on The Passion of Ayn Rand

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2006-08-20 13:48

In my previous post, I showed how James Valliant misrepresented Barbara Branden in claiming that she omits the fact that it was the Blumenthals that broke with Rand. Let’s look at two additional misrepresentations in The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics.

Recent Comments:
Ants Don't... — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-08-29 16:00
Ants don't lie — by Boaz the Boor on Tue, 2006-08-29 03:39
Neil — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-08-28 22:41

( categories: )

James Valliant on Ayn Rand and the Blumenthals

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Sun, 2006-08-13 21:20

On pages 74-75 of The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics (“PARC”) James Valliant discusses Rand’s breaks with Henry Holzer and Allan Blumenthal as related by Barbara Branden in The Passion of Ayn Rand (“PAR”).

Recent Comments:
One-sidedness — by Fred Weiss on Mon, 2006-08-14 18:22
Neil — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2006-08-14 16:44
Well . . . — by Neil Parille on Mon, 2006-08-14 11:29

( categories: )

James Valliant and the Remington Rand Story

Neil Parille's picture
Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2006-07-26 23:58

James Valliant, in his book The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, practically begins his attack on the Brandens with Barabara Branden's claim that Rand took her name from the Remington-Rand typewriter. He quotes Allan Gotthelf as discovering that it wasn't until 1927 that Remington-Rand typwriters began to be produced. He says that Gotthelf, in a future edition of his 2000 work On Ayn Rand will discuss the results of his research.

Recent Comments:
So, what's your point? — by Lindsay Blair on Thu, 2006-07-27 20:33
A Clarification — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-07-27 03:19
Big Difference — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2006-07-27 00:32

( categories: )
Syndicate content