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This is a phrase coined by Ayn Rand and only used by her followers. When others use it, it is usually in quotes. AFAIK, Rand never explicity defined the term. It is clearly not NPOV and should be removed unless someone can explain to me why isn't. --dm(talk) 21:09, 6 April 2006 (UTC)
I don't know of any evidence that Rand coined the term; do you have citatiions? Regardless, a quick Google confirms there are plenty of instances where the term is used in a different context, and without the scare quotes. The reason for the quotes in the case of Rand is to show that she used those words in specific, rather than the term being a paraphrase. I don't see how the term could inherently be POV, even if it was coined by Rand. You're going to need to explain this. Alienus 21:17, 6 April 2006 (UTC)
There are two issues here. One is whether Rand used the phrase. The other is whether she ever conferred the title on Leonard Peikoff. Whatever you may think of the notion (personally, I regard it as unfortunate), Rand did publicly proclaim Nathaniel Branden her intellectual heir. After Nathaniel Branden was given the boot, Leonard Peikoff eventually became the sole heir to her estate, but where is she on record saying that Leonard Peikoff was her intellectual heir? Peikoff is on record claiming the title for himself, but that isn't quite the same thing. -RLCampbell (talk) 14:06, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
I have eliminated a statement saying that TOC is willing to work with non-Objectivists on "joint projects" (implying that ARI isn't) because ARI does so as well; they often invite people like Daniel Pipes to speak at their events and sell the works of Ludwig von Mises and Thomas Sowell. They've also (I believe) worked with Wafa Sultan. 184.108.40.206 23:37, 12 June 2006 (UTC)