|Replying to Roger Bissell, James Vallient wrote,
"Precisely to the extent that you think it important to preserve Ms. Branden's voice, and ultimately for the same reason, others would be motivated to remove it. I do not think that we can say that this is dishonesty or malice, but what they sincerely believe justice requires."
Quite apart from the issue of justice, this kind of doctoring just makes them look obsessive and ridiculous.
Moreover, if they they're going to do something that vindictive, why stop there? Why not remove Nathaniel Branden's name, or better yet, his essays from the contents of _The Virtue of Selfishness_ and _Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal_, and then reissue them under slightly altered titles? Yes, I know, the answer will probably be that the copyright laws forbid it.
In a way, I'm surprised that Peikoff hasn't continued his policy of banning people from his lectures who committed the unpardonable sin of purchasing Branden's books on psychology, lest the vice of "tolerationism" lead one astray.
(Edited by William Dwyer
on 10/30, 3:57pm)