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Mendenhall Series on JARS Branden Symposium

Allen Mendenhall is in the middle of a series of essays covering The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies symposium, "Nathaniel Branden: His Work and Legacy." Readers should begin with the first installment on "The Legacy of Nathaniel Branden," and proceed to the second installment on "'Nathaniel Branden's Oedipus Complex' by Susan Love Brown." As I remarked on one of the Facebook pages, debating Brown's provocative take on the Rand-Branden relationship:

Folks, all I can say is Allen Mendenhall is doing a remarkable job of covering an extraordinarily diverse selection of essays coming from different disciplines and perspectives. It is not our job, as editors of JARS, to agree or disagree with our writers, but to encourage them to present their cases coherently and in anticipation of potential criticisms. On that count alone, Susan Love Brown's essay certainly qualified as both "controversial" and "provocative"; if we had excluded it because Freudian analysis is not typical in Rand-land, we would be defeating the "nonpartisan" purpose of the journal; we might also have been criticized for sweeping the Rand-Branden affair under the rug. I'm glad it was included, whatever anyone's view of its perspective. It certainly gave us pause enough to want to include it among the sixteen pieces in the symposium.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the coming installments in Allen's discussion of the symposium. Thanks for the engagement, Allen!