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James Valliant on Nathaniel Branden as Objectivist Heretic

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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.

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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

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James Valliant on Ayn Rand, Barbara Branden and Libertarianism

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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.

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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

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James Valliant on Ayn Rand, John Hospers and the Brandens

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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.)

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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

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James Valliant on The Passion of Ayn Rand

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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.

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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

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James Valliant on Ayn Rand and the Blumenthals

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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”).

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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

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James Valliant and the Remington Rand Story

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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.

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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

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