Second, I realize that Lindsay Perigo wishes to jump on his anti-TOC hobby horse at every opportunity. In this case (post #19), he continues an obnoxious habit of attributing to TOC any view I happen to express, or attributing to me any view expressed by anyone associated with TOC.
Oh rubbish, Sir Robert. You menstruating or something? I can't speak for David Kelley, obviously, but I ask the question: would there be TOC without Barbara's book? David and his colleagues complained at the time, rightly, that ARI had adopted a head-in-the-sand attitude to the book and the questions it raised. One's position on the book became like a loyalty test, with folk thrown out, like David, if they praised it or suggested, as he did, that it raised matters that should be aired. Unconscionable behaviour by ARI, to be sure. But then along comes Valliant, who airs these matters in a way that shows Rand not to be the way the Brandens portrayed her, with Rand's own journal entries offered as corroborating evidence. What do we hear from the very people who said the Brandens' accounts should be debated? Nothing! Except from you, who condemned Valliant as a "parasite" before even reading his book!
Robert, as you know I was one of those who said, sight unseen, that the Valliant book had to be a waste of space and that we all had better things to do than rake over such old coals. I urged Barbara herself not to go on fretting about it the way she was. Then I read the damn thing. I strongly urge you to do the same, for reasons I gave in my review of it. It's no good saying Rand's achievements speak for themselves. Given that she espoused a philosophy to live by, if she didn't live by it, she was a fraud. Living by it has to be among her achievements if we are to take it, and her, seriously. The Brandens' accounts suggest that in several important respects, she failed; Valliant's suggests strongly that she didn't. Everyone wishing to be informed about Objectivist history should make himself familiar with it. Some of that history has unfolded before our eyes right here on SOLOHQ.
PS—The forthcoming Free Radical will feature an exclusive article by Casey Fahy, The Silence of Ayn Rand's Critics.