An unusual side of N. Branden

Daniel Walden's picture
Submitted by Daniel Walden on Mon, 2006-07-24 00:55

http://video.google.com/videop...

Thought I'd share this with my fellow SOLOists; it got posted on Google Video at the end of April. To my great surprise, he's treating Rand and her ideas with more respect than I've ever seen from him. He even gives her credit for advocating what we call libertarian ideas before the term "libertarianism" was in popular use. Thoughts?


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Daniel ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Linz, you're a horrible person and we love you for it.

And I love you for cracking me up. Thanks! Smiling

Linz

Daniel Walden's picture

"It involves comparing broomsticks."

Linz, you're a horrible person and we love you for it. Smiling

opps!

eg's picture

Opps! Sorry, Linz, I misread your second post on this thread.Eye

okay

eg's picture

Okay, Linz. Will you marry me?

--Brant

Brant ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Only one way to find out: do it, man! It may enable you to decide whether you love her or hate her. Then I wouldn't have to feel your pain. Smiling

Linz

eg's picture

Do you really think marriage would put you out of your misery?

--Brant

Brandens

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Daniel—reflecting on your observation that NB was much more benign here toward AR, it suddenly occurred to me that he might have been on his best behaviour because of PARC. It's dramatically noticeable that he refrains from the usual acerbic asides & catty put-downs that one had become accustomed to. I interviewed him myself way back in the 80s & most of his statements in that interview were about what was wrong with Ayn & what was flawed in her philosophy. He gave me a hard copy of Benefits and Hazards as I left. I took it all as gospel at the time. There's none of that in the interview to which you linked. A newbie ignorant of Objectivist history could look at that and never know the two had fallen out! Remarkable. The thing to remember is that the man is a consummate actor. He can do a really good "sincere." It's easy to see why folk get captivated by him.

Brant—you wrote:

It's vintage NB to me. He's covering basic stuff for newbies. Glad to see him again. I owe that man a lot. I owe Barbara a lot, too.

Personally I think you should just marry Barbara & be done with it. Put us all out of our misery. I have a wicked line you could use when proposing to her. It involves comparing broomsticks. Smiling

Linz

Ah, okay.

Daniel Walden's picture

I hadn't seen live interviews with Branden before; my only experience with him is his writing. He's really not so bad on television, although it does turn my stomach a bit to know that he's such a fair-weather friend to admirers of Ayn Rand.

Daniel

eg's picture

When he speaks extemporaneously this is the way he has generally been coming across for years, at least while there is a camera on him.

Brant

It just seems to me

Daniel Walden's picture

It just seems to me that he's projecting more respect for Rand as a person than he has in his writings. Perhaps it's simply that he's marketing the philosophy, as it would be difficult to get people interested in Rand's ideas if he went about denouncing her on television, but some of his comments projected outright admiration. Given the tendancy of both the Brandens to talk down about Ayn Rand the person, I find it unusual (and welcome!) indeed.

Unusual side?

eg's picture

It's vintage NB to me. He's covering basic stuff for newbies. Glad to see him again. I owe that man a lot.

I owe Barbara a lot, too.

--Brant

Great interview!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Personal estimate of Branden notwithstanding, excellent exposition & excellent television. If only there were stuff like that in the mainstream media!

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