Hurra for Ayn Rand!

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Hurra for Ayn Rand!

Innlegg Rekkart_ 02 Feb 2005, 07:42

Hun er 100 år idag!

Var forresten ikke klar over at Ayn Rand og Ludwig von Mises faktisk var bekjente.
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Innlegg Lars-Erik Bruce 02 Feb 2005, 16:18

Cox og Forkum har markert seg ved anledningen også :)
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 03 Apr 2005, 09:11

Her er to kommentarer om boken "The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics", som kommer ut i disse dager (april 2005).

Kommentarene er hentet fra . Den ene er fra Kirkus Revies, et tidsskrift for bibliotekarer, og den andre er skrevet av bokens forlegger.

Kirkus Reviews

In the "heroic-capitalist" novelist's centenary year, prosecuting attorney Valliant skillfully cross-examines two previous biographers' accounts of her tumultuous love affair with a younger man. The affair itself is notorious: In the middle 1950s, having first obtained the blessing of their respective spouses, brilliant, bestselling Rand, then 50, began a sexual relationship with her 25-year-old protege, Nathaniel Branden, who became her public spokesman. Fourteen years later, the affair blew up after Rand learned of a longstanding extra-extramarital liaison between Branden and one of his female students.

He later became a psychologist and author of popular books on self-esteem, but he still had a score to settle with Rand. His memoir-cum-biography, My Years with Ayn Rand (1989), portrayed her as an especially ruthless, hysterical version of the woman scorned, and former wife Barbara Branden did much the same in The Passion of Ayn Rand (1986).

Valliant disputes this view, bringing to bear a persuasively close reading of internal contradictions and implausibilities in the Brandens' books and subsequent statements. The author also makes use of previously unpublished personal journals kept by Rand in 1967 and '68, when her vast Objectivist following split into camps and drifted away over the rupture between the philosopher-queen and her "intellectual heir."

Valliant appears to be a member of the still-very-active pro-Rand camp, but if the excerpts and editing of these journals can be trusted, they show the Brandens in a harsher light and offer a new glimpse of Rand as a remarkably patient, even "objective" expositor of facts that must have pained her. Far too arcane and cumbersome to enthrall most fans of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, but [it] deserves a place on the lengthening shelf of books about the influential Rand's accomplishments and character.


Casey Fahy: A truly historic book

Having read this book before its broader availability, I can say that it is not only an important book, which will take an important place in the scholarship about Ayn Rand, but it is also a profound book, with a plot that is, in a tragic way, worthy of one of Rand's own novels.

The author describes, fully at last, the life of a great thinker and writer with unexpected power simply through the process of debunking her most grievous betrayers and influential critics, Nathaniel and Barbara Branden. In the process of revealing their sins against Rand, and the insincerity of their own narratives, the author simultaneously reveals the extraordinary person whose talents, genius, courage and individualism stands as a monument in contrast to her detractors.

Whatever one thinks of the lightning rod that was Ayn Rand, and certainly to whatever extent his or her appraisal might depend upon the legend perpetrated by the Brandens, the reader will see a figure of enormous proportions who challenges the most modern viewpoints on life, art, and sex to live up to a standard the most liberal-minded today will find invigorating and inspirational, and enviable in its unapologetic purity. No book about Rand has ever gone here; this is untread territory.

Apparently, even the Ayn Rand Institute has understood this, and, though the author is unaffiliated with the Objectivist movement, allowed the author to publish her last unpublished journal entries, which deal with the events preceding her break with Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden.

These fascinating notes, which comprise psychological ideas that would, arguably and ironically, fuel Nathaniel Branden's career long after their split, make up the second half of Valliant's book. They are a window into a soul that was, prior to this book, diminished by the works of the Brandens in a way that cheats history and the future as well. This book should, finally, rectify that injustice.
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