What is the Objectivist Movement?June 26, 2021
In 1950 Rand moved to New York and in 1951 met Nathaniel Branden, a young 19-year-old psychology student.
He enjoyed discussing Branden Rand’s revealing objectivist philosophy with him, who read The Fountain of Life at age 14. Together with Branden and some of his friends, they formed a group and benefited from the participation of Alan Greenspan, who would later become the chairman of the United States Federal Reserve. Years later, Rand and Branden’s friendship turned into a romantic relationship, although both were married. Despite being accepted by their spouses, this relationship led to Branden’s separation from his wife and then their divorce. In the 60’s and 70’s Rand developed and spread the objectivist philosophy through his books and lectures at various universities. He gave most of his lectures at the Nathaniel Branden Institute (NBI), which Nathaniel Branden founded to spread philosophy.
In 1968, after a complicated series of breakups and learning of Nathaniel Branden’s affair with Patrecia Scott, he definitively ended his relationship with both himself and his wife, Barbara Branden. (This relationship did not coincide with the Rand-Branden relationship.) Rand ended his relationship with the NBI and announced his separation from Branden in a letter published in “The Objectivist” magazine. They never met again, and Branden became a “persona non grata” in the objectivist movement.
Later, due to other separations and the death of her husband in 1979, her activities towards the objectivist movement decreased. One of his latest projects was a television adaptation of Atlas Abandoned.
Rand died of a heart attack on March 6, 1982, after overcoming cancer. His grave is in the Kensico cemetery in Valhalla, New York.