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|New Book: The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics|
Posted by Jason Dixon on 2/08, 11:47am
|I have the enormous DIS-pleasure of posting this news item. I wrestled with myself on whether or not to even comment on it, but since this will fly through the Objectivist community it might as well be mentioned here. |
In reading the synopsis of the book I can't help but remember Barbara Branden's comments in "The Passion of Ayn Rand" describing Rand's endless "psychological papers" written after the split -- those desperate attempts to rationalize what had happened and demonize Nathaniel Branden in her own mind.
These empitomes of rationalization should be a moment of embarassement for ARI, not something to be published and enshrined as "showcasing her epochal mind at work resolving complex questions of personal life." I have to admit to feeling one primary emotion when I received the notice about this book: disgust. This just doesn't seem to be an honest attempt to answer Rand's critics - but rather to erect a cement wall (moat included) around ARI. Or of ripping the Rand/Branden rift-wound wide open again with a rusty knife.