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The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

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Overview

In the tumultuous late 60s and early 70s, a social movement known as the "New Left" emerged as a major cultural influence, especially on the youth of America. It was a movement that embraced "flower-power" and psychedelic "consciousness-expansion," that lionized Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro and launched the Black Panthers and the Theater of the Absurd.In Return Of The Primitive (originally published in 1971 as The New Left), Ayn Rand, bestselling novelist and originator of the theory of Objectivism, identified the intellectual roots of this movement. She urged people to repudiate its mindless nihilism and to uphold, instead, a philosophy of reason, individualism, capitalism, and technological progress.Editor Peter Schwartz, in this new, expanded version of The New Left, has reorganized Rand's essays and added some of his own in order to underscore the continuing relevance of her analysis of that period. He examines such current ideologies as feminism, environmentalism and multiculturalism and argues that the same primitive, tribalist, "anti-industrial" mentality which animated the New Left a generation ago is shaping society today.


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ISBN-13: 9780452011847
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Edition description: New
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 167,511
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

Date of Birth:

February 2, 1905

Date of Death:

March 6, 1982

Place of Birth:

St. Petersburg, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd, 1924

Table of Contents

Introduction (Peter Schwartz)
Foreword to the First Edition
The Schools
The Cashing-In: The Student "Rebellion"
The Chickens' Homecoming
The Comprachicos
The Culture
Apollo and Dionysus
The "Inexplicable Personal Alchemy"
The Age of Envy
The Politics
The Left: Old and New
From a Symposium
"Political" Crimes
Racism
Global Balkanization
Gender Tribalism (Peter Schwartz)
The Anti-Industrial Revolution
The Philosophy of Privation (Peter Schwartz)
Multicultural Nihilism (Peter Schwartz)
The Anti-Industrial Revolution

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