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July 1996

Barbara Branden on the Psychology of Ayn Rand

Barbara Branden is a writer and lecturer. She is known for her personal friendship (and subsequent break) with Ayn Rand, and is the author of The Passion of Ayn Rand (1986).

In this talk, given at an International Society for Individual Liberty Conference in 1996, Branden claims that Ayn Rand’s life and work could be seen as a feminist manifesto. Branden critically analyzes Rand’s novels and psychology in an attempt to explain this claim. She also reminisces about her own time spent with Rand, and along with John Hospers, answers questions from the audience about Rand’s life.

Watch Part 1 of this talk, featuring John Hospers, here.