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From: "Leonard Peikoff" <usrbsbv0i AT peikoff DoT com>
To: <jwales At wikia DoT com>
Cc: <campber At CLEMSON DoT EDU>
Subject: Wikipedia removing references to "The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics"
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 16:13:36 -0600
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Dear Mr. Wales,
I learned recently to my astonishment that while books by Nathaniel and Barbara Branden, attacking Ayn Rand and her personal life, enjoy the status of reputable references in Wikipedia, a book disputing their claims and presenting the opposite viewpoint has been removed from your list as non-reputable. I refer to The Passion of Ayn Randís Critics by James Valliant published in May 2005. On its face, this is a policy of egregious injustice on your part.
As Ayn Randís executor, heir, and longtime personal friend, I will testify in any forum to the accuracy of Mr. Valliantís book. I do not pretend to know every detail of the clash between Rand and the Brandens, but I do know firsthand the essential truth of the Valliant book. I leave aside here my own personal observations and discussions on this issue with Rand, because the book itself contains lengthy excerpts from her own personal notes, which completely bear out Valliantís thesis in her own words. I released these notes only after a 20 year wait, because in Valliant I found at last a writer who would give her personal viewpoint a rational hearing, neither hostile nor worshipful.
My understanding, which may not be correct, is that one of the instigators of your new policy is Barbara Branden, one of the two persons identified in the Valliant book, with substantial corroborating evidence, as hostile to Ayn Rand. Surely such an individual and her claque have a transparent motive to kill this book. Can you justify removing one side of this dispute, the one endorsed by someone with my credentials? Do you describe as ďreputableĒ only enemies of Ayn Rand?
There are those in the academic world who question the objectivity of Wikipedia. I hope that your action on this matter will prove that they are wrong.
Executor, Estate of Ayn Rand
Edited June 4 to disable email addresses.