Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Real Deal

Till I get around to narrowing down the 5 most cringe-inducing moments in TPARC - it's what you call a target-rich environment - my Amazon review is here:

8 comments:

Mark Plus said...

You can download an interview with James Valliant from this page.

J. Goard said...

I haven't read POARC yet, and may never, but this Amazon comment by William Bucko is pretty funny (in a familiar way):

I once knew a woman who professed to admire Ayn Rand. She even claimed to accept Miss Rand's philosophy. But when Barbara Branden's pseudo-biography came out, this woman accepted it hook, line, and sinker.

"How," I asked, "can you believe such contradictory nonsense? Branden claims, again and again, that Ayn Rand suffered from a lifelong neurotic fear of physical reality. Yet here she describes Ayn Rand as a child joyfully climbing a mountain, on a vacation in Switzerland. And later in life, happily taking the throttle of a Diesel locomotive!"

The woman shrugged it off, as though self-contradiction meant nothing to her.


How evil must Barbara Branden be! to make a generalization about someone's personality that does not apply to every waking moment of that person's life.

J. Goard said...

I haven't read POARC yet, and may never, but this Amazon comment by William Bucko is pretty funny (in a familiar way):

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I once knew a woman who professed to admire Ayn Rand. She even claimed to accept Miss Rand's philosophy. But when Barbara Branden's pseudo-biography came out, this woman accepted it hook, line, and sinker.

"How," I asked, "can you believe such contradictory nonsense? Branden claims, again and again, that Ayn Rand suffered from a lifelong neurotic fear of physical reality. Yet here she describes Ayn Rand as a child joyfully climbing a mountain, on a vacation in Switzerland. And later in life, happily taking the throttle of a Diesel locomotive!"

The woman shrugged it off, as though self-contradiction meant nothing to her.

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How evil must Barbara Branden be! to make a generalization about someone's personality that does not apply to every waking moment of that person's life.

Daniel Barnes said...

J Goard:
>How evil must Barbara Branden be! to make a generalization about someone's personality that does not apply to every waking moment of that person's life.

This sort of thing is typical of the entire book. James Valliant would have you believe this is because Barbara Branden,being evil, does not think A=A.

Daniel Barnes said...

Mark Plus:
>You can download an interview with James Valliant from this page.

I listened to most of it. Naturally he sounds quite calm and reasonable. Just like David Icke....;-)

Neil Parille said...

Daniel,

That is a subtheme of the book. The Brandens have allgedly abandoned Objectivism so they can't be trusted. So when they think that Rand was too judgmental, they believe that judgment is per se evil, when they think Rand got too angry, they believe that anger is per se evil.

Michael Hardesty said...

Thanks for sharing your review, Daniel. I dislike Valliant a great deal just from reading his arrogant posts on SOLO but I thought his book was a long overdue corrective to the self-serving BS of both Brandens and between the two it's hard to say
who is more contemptible. Obviously
Nathan is smarter but they both share Rand's bad politics on the Mideast and other issues.
And while it's true that Valliant strains to give Rand the benefit
of the doubt on everything, it is
a damning indictment of the many lies of both Brandens. It could
only be compared to Walker in the sense of a reverse mirror. Just
as Rand is the anti-Marx. If you
have been following the extensive debate here the Randroids have been
winning it hands down. I remember
Nathan's 1971 interview with Reason in which he stated that it would have been easier for him to
make a name for himself without Rand. Right. I couldn't stop laughing for a week. NO one would
ever had heard of either Branden
except for the association with Rand.

mista kurtz said...

when i was 18 to 24 i read everything ayn rand wrote. big devotee. now, 17 years later, i noticed my thinking has changed 180 degrees. wow.