From Nathaniel Branden, who arguably knew her as well as anybody. Given the bitter end of their relationship, both personal and professional, Branden would no doubt have every motivation to skewer Rand. He intimates as much:Closing I want to close on a more personal note. I have been asked: Would I be giving this presentation if Ayn Rand were still alive? Although I can't answer with certainty, I am inclined to say: No, I wouldn't. I am not an altruist. I do not believe in practicing self-sacrifice. In view of the disgraceful lies that she spread about me at the time of our break, in view of her efforts to destroy me, to ruin my reputation and career—which is a story I do not care to get into here—I would not have wanted to do anything that would benefit her directly while she was still alive. I am not that disinterested. I won't deny that, when she was alive, almost in spite of myself I did do a number of things that directly benefited her; they seemed necessary at the time. I wasn't too happy about doing them. One of the things that happened in consequence of her death is that I am free once again to speak comfortably and openly about what I admire in her work.A pretty good essay on the strengths and weaknesses Branden sees in Rand's Objectivism:http://www.nathanielbranden.com/catalog/rand.php#
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