Of Firsts, Silence, and Truth

Reginald Firehammer

A Journal for Western Man-- Issue XLIV-- December 14, 2005

There is an interesting new article by Casey Fahy on Lindsay Perigo's new site, entitled "The Silence of Ayn Randís Critics". The title is interesting, too, especially the word silence. It's one of the things about the article that stands out most.

There is also this interesting paragraph:

"But a major reappraisal of the Brandensí works, and of Randís character, is now clearly in order. And while others have been notably silent, the first act of that reappraisal has taken place dramatically on SOLO over the months before and after PARCís publication."

The interesting word in that paragraph is first.

What exactly "first" means is a bit of a mystery. The earliest mention of James' Valliant's, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics [PARC], on SOLO was Feb. 8, 2005 on the thread "New Book: The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics". [There may have been earlier in-passing remarks by some posters I am unaware of.] Virtually all the comments on that thread were negative.

The article Mr. Fahy refers to as the, "first act of that reappraisal" of the Brandens' work is The Passion of the Critics of Ayn Rand's Critics by Lindsay Perigo, published September 26, 2005. It is the first positive comment by any major SOLO principal or poster about James's Valliant's book.

Is It Really First

On November 18, 2004, nearly a year before Perigo's "first," the article, "Efficient Versus Right Thinking," criticising Barbara Branden's vague understanding of the relationship between thoughts, values, and actions was published on The Autonomist. It was on the thread discussing this article that James Valliant's book is first mentioned. Immediately after that, I contacted James to make arrangements for promoting his book. But of course this is not a first.

On December 12, 2004, The Autonomist published the article, Repress, Repress, Repress, criticising the psychology of Nathaniel Branden. Neither this article nor the previous, which both dealt with the concepts behind the actions of the Brandens, is considered a "first reappraisel" of the Brandens. I might note, that the approach of both these articles deals strictly with ideas and not personalities.

On February 3, 2005, we published on The Autonomist Forum, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, which was James Valliant's own promotional material for his book. I requested that someone with posting privileges post it on SOLO. I was informed someone had, "albeit in a somewhat negative light," the poster said. Since that was on February 8th, I assume it is the fist post on SOLO I mentioned above. Interesting that it should happen on SOLO after my requestóbut of course SOLO was "first."

On Feb. 28, 2005 The Autonomist published, "The Vindication of Ayn Rand," a very positive review of The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics. But of course, Lindsay's mildly enthusiastic article published seven months later was "first."

Why The Silence

It is not possible that Mr. Fahy did not know of all the positive attempts to promote James Valliant's book on The Autonomist. Both he and Mr. Valliant posted on most of the threads at SOLO mentioning the book, and all of those threads had many very negative (and often crude) comments about the positive comments being made about Mr. Valliant's book on The Autonomist, and Mr. Perigo was a major contributor to that criticism.

The fact that Mr. Perigo's first was finally coming around to the view of the Brandens and James Valliant's book I and The Autonomist had been espousing for a whole year is treated with deafening silence.

I suppose it is too much to expect recognition of the fact that what Mr. Perigo finally admitted after being dragged, screaming and kicking, into reading the book, is what Reginald Firehammer had been saying for the last year or more. It would not be too much to expect of the kind of person who regards truth the most important of all values, but of the kind that will go to bed with anyone, if they think it is of use to them, nothing much can be expected.


[The following is my response to my being questioned on the appropriateness of this article and the suggestion that I possibly did not know the whole story.]

I do know the whole story, .... I started promoting Valliant's book a whole year before anyone on SOLO had anything positive to say about it. I think Jim is convinced, and probably correctly, that he will get a lot more visibility for his book there.

Problem was, Perigo gave him a lot of flack about having anything to do with this site. Such as, "I already remonstrated with Valliant for going on the Phirehammer phruitloop site." Jim had seen how anyone dealing with The Autonomist was treated and didn't want the same treatment.

The solution was to come here, set up some pretext for showing he was against our (meaning my) views on homosexuality, which he knows nothing about at all. He posted a whole lot of arguments proving I was wrong, but all the things he proved were things I never said, then went back to SOLO proudly announcing he had defended homosexuality on The Autonomist, and he was in.

All he had to do was tell me plainly he'd rather disassociate himself from this site, and it would have been done. I don't know if it's because he's a lawyer, or just his natural inclination, but some people just cannot be upfront in their dealings with people.

As for his writing the book, he didn't. It was a rework of someone else's material, Casey Fahy's, I believe, from a website he had done earlier.

Now actually I'm pulling their chain a little bit, because a really decent guy would have said, "I may disagree with Firehammer on everything else, but about the Brandens and this book, he was right." Don't hold your breath waiting for the morally courageous Mr. Danger to do that.

Now I'm sorry you're the first one, but you're not going to be the last. I don't care if every last poster on The Autonomist leaves, I'm tired of having the truth spit on, especially when I'm the one providing the platform for the spitting.

What I said about Fahy's article is mild compared to what is coming. Neither he nor James Valliant (what a misnomer) have the guts to publicly recognize or admit what I tried to do for his book for over a year. Maybe it didn't do much, be we know a lot of people from S--- saw what was written here. I don't want any recognition, and am not concerned about promoting the site, but I am interested in the truth.

Fact is, you can't hang around with skunks without beginning to smell like one. I'm glad they don't have anything more to do with this site. The air is a lot fresher around here. So let them drool praise for Perigo's so called "courage," [he just decided to jump on the bandwagon before it ran him over] and wallow with that bunch of subjectivist hedonists at the Sense Of Lust Obscurantists, down in Faghaven, NZ, all laughing and thumbing their noses at ARI, who provided the only real evidence for the book.

I wonder how ARI likes the fact the individual they entrusted with the material they had carefully guarded all those years, is now sucking up to those who most hate ARI, who have nothing but contempt, derision, and scorn for them. If I were ARI, I would immediately release the pertinent Ayn Rand journals themselves, in a nice binding, reasonably priced. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't need the poorly written, repetitious interpretations of some lawyer, who has no idea what Objectivism is about, to explain Ayn Rand for me.

Reginald Firehammer is a filosofer and author of the book: The Hijacking of a Philosophy: Homosexuals vs. Ayn Rand's Objectivism. He is the author and host of The Autonomist, an online intellectual journal, as well as a contributor to The Rational Argumentator. In the future, he intends to produce a comprehensive treatise on ontology, consciousness, and ultimately filosofy itself. Mr. Firehammer can be contacted at regi@usabig.com.

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