Read The Russian Radical by Chris Matthew Sciabarra for the only objecgtive, intelligent, scholarlylook at Ayn Rand.
Typoed "objective" above.
Yes I've read it. I found it factually interesting, even if the basic thesis uncompelling.
I should also add that I greatly respect a lot of what Chris MS has done with Rand, even if I don't agree with much of it. The man has had to put up with seven shades of sh*t!
I have reservations about the extent to which dialectics framedRand's thought and also I do sharesome of the ARI types doubts about the influence of Russian philosophyor Russian anything on Rand given the great degree of her anti-Russian hatred. I do for once agree with Barbara Branden that Rand's Jewish background was the least important thing in the world to her. Her support for Israel wasstrictly a Cowboys vs. Injuns thing. So I can't put Rand's anti-Russian hatred to being Jewish since the Bolshevik Revolution wasvery heavily Jewish and Rand loathed them. I think the main point of Chris's work is the discussion of Rand's opposition to dualism in all forms. I think that's the main point that he made. Oh, he had the usual sniping from the ARI lowlife like John Ridpath, ad nauseum, but that never bothered Chris. Funny how ARI is EITHER obnoxious Jews, the predominant element or obnoxious WASPS like Locke, Hull, Ridpath, etc. No Micks, no WOPS, no blacks, etc.So if you define the basic thesis as her battle against dualism hisbook is compelling, if you define it as Russian influence on Rand, then no.
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