The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

The Return of the Primitive The Anti Industrial Revolution In the tumultuous late s and early s 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

  • Title: The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
  • Author: Ayn Rand Peter Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9780452011847
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 PIn 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 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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    1. Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre revolutionary St Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea Alisa returned to the city renamed Leningrad to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there With money from the sale of her mother s jewelry, Alisa bought a ticket to New York On arrival at Ellis Island, she changed into Ayn after a name of some Finnish author, probably Aino Rand which she said was an abbreviation of her Russian surname She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, and wrote through the night on screenplays and novels She also married a bit part actor called Frank O Connor because he was beautiful and because her original visitor s visa had run out.Rand sold her first screenplay in 1932, but nobody would buy her first novel We the Living 1936 a melodrama set in Russia Her first real success was The Fountainhead rejected by than ten publishers before publication in 1943.She started a new philosophy known as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds, and her follow up novel Atlas Shrugged 1957 describes a group who attempt to escape America s conspiracy of mediocrity Objectivism has been an influence on various other movements such as Libertarianism, and Rand s vocal support for Laissez faire Capitalism and the free market has earned her a distinct spot among American philosophers, and philosophers in general.

    2. The six scariest words in the English language are "Climate change is a Chinese hoax". The world view inherent in those six words and all of Donald's Trumps beliefs are within this book. There is no more thought within these essays than what a fifth grader would bring to the table. To Rand and Trump, all of the age of enlightenment must be rejected because they just can't stand relativism or nihilism or non immanent truth that doesn't come from the gut. A=A and everything that appears as phenome [...]

    3. This was probably the Ayn Rand book that I agreed with the least. I know many environmentalists, and although a small number do want to send us all back to the stone age, most merely want to prevent the destruction of a planet that they love. As for myself, my prime motive is to save the human race. Ayn Rand even said: the dinosaurs died out long ago, and that did not end life on the planet. So the Earth First ecologists are fighting a pointless battle, but as for me, it is not the Earth that I [...]

    4. If you are even thinking about reading this book you will have some preconceived sentiment, either positive or negative, towards the author before opening the cover. I also presume that the majority's sentiment would be positive. I had mixed feelings about Ayn Rand before reading this book, and I have mixed feelings about her after reading this book. But one thing I know is that I am better off for having read the book. It challenges the way we (I at least) were (was) raised to view the world. T [...]

    5. Shockingly relevant to the culture turmoil of the 21st century, scary that most of the essays were written decades ago.

    6. Rand is a polemical writer, but sometimes I enjoy a good polemic. This collection of essays, an expanded edition of The New Left, was compiled by Ayn Rand's disciple Peter Schwartz, founding editor of The Intellectual Activist magazine. In addition to Rand's 12 essays, Schwartz has added three of his own to tackle modern issues from an Objectivist world-view: "Gender Tribalism," "The Philosophy of Privation," and "Multicultural Nihilism." These works approach the issues much as I suspect Ayn Ran [...]

    7. I've enjoyed Rand periodically over 17 years. Her blatant emotionalism, even as she denies doing so, is refreshingly clear and without devolving into the empty pandering of pop culture. There is no holding back, no couching of opinions, no attempt to lessen the impact of her message. This is Rand screaming mad at the absurdity of a culture that sent man to the moon and yet falls victim to the emptiness of the caricature of 60's counter-culture. What becomes increasingly obvious in this book is h [...]

    8. The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution is a collection of essays written by Ayn Rand and Peter Schwartz. In the articles the authors criticize anti-industrial attitudes that are anti-human and deny Reason and uman Dignity. In this work you can read about the activities of the New Left in the Seventies on the universities, criticism of the state education that does not teach people to think independently and a general critique of collectivism. Most of the criticism gets hippies and environm [...]

    9. This has to be the most important, relevant, and thought provoking reads I've picked up this year. Being an already established Ayn Rand fan (having read Atlas Shrugged) I already knew the general idea and that her values would agree with my own. So there is a little prior bias going in. That being said, I've not read her essay writing before and I was surprised. The kinds of connections she makes between a single political topic and how it plays out in the world is very prophetic. She is very w [...]

    10. This collection of essays is an expanded edition of “The New Left: The Anti-industrial Revolution” by philosopher Ayn Rand (author of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead"). The additions include a few timely essays on subjects such as the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of multiculturalism and environmentalism by Peter Schwartz.All of the essays by Rand feature her application of her unique philosophy of Objectivism, and her trademark precision and ability to reduce complex issues to th [...]

    11. While her novels are boring and drummed up soap boxes for her philosophy, her skills as an essayist are actually astonishing and remarkable. Even if you hate her philosophy, it's hard not to appreciate the precision and focus found within this collection of essays and response pieces that were originally published in news papers and magazines. Some of the ideas found within are never explicitly brought up again in any of her works, which makes it a very unique read. And to be frank, some of the [...]

    12. Aynstein spares few in this book of her collected essays. Caustic, filled with passione, this book harshly critiques the 60's and 70's radical movement: The New Left. She calls 'em as she sees 'em. Rand on Folk Art: "If you've seen one people jumping up and down and clapping their hands, you've seen them all." Her championing of the individual finds few adherents in modern academe, but her work still seems fresh and relevant. The added essays by Peter Schwartz bring a number of her ideas into a [...]

    13. I have read a lot of Rand so this book did not really have anything to offer me except for the essay "The Comprachicos". The environmentalism one was good too. Every parent should read the comprachicos. Children want to learn about life and they are told to play, children want to understand the world and they are lied to in the form of all the fictional crap we stuff down their throats, and her views on "socialization" of kids in school!!!! A MUST.

    14. I read Ayn Rand, but I do not agree with most of her philosophy. In this anthology of essays I especially liked "Apollo and Dionysus," though I strongly dispute Rand's conclusion that Dionysus has nothing to teach us, and that only Apollo matters . . . Anyway, as much as I agree with Rand about the horrors of collectivism and the importance of individualism, I find I simply can't agree with much of her philosophy.

    15. I read this, as The New Left, several years ago. On beginning to read it recently, I thought it might be dated, having been written nearly fifty years ago. It isn't. Aside from references to news and then current events that are now history, Rand's analysis applies luminously to today's culture, current events, academia, college students, politicians, media, pressure groups and leftist mobs.

    16. Powerful book describing the New Left, the left that is different from the old progressives; they just are motivated to destroy values. I particularly enjoyed the essays "The Anti-Industrial Revolution" and "The Comprachicos."

    17. This is a more than average tedious read for an Ayn Rand book. I think that it points out some interesting perspectives on how the Berkley free speech movement has shaped (disfigured may be a better word) the body of politics and popular accepted thought currently accepted today.

    18. I'd read Altas and Foundtainhead first. More discussion of the same ideas. Probably wouldn't bother with it if you've read the others.

    19. The predictions she makes in here are wonderfully accurate. I think this is the best collection of her essays I've read yet.

    20. Perfect points on environmentalism. A bit week on issues about "folk cultures". Tribalism should not be equated to the fact that different cultures have different values.

    21. Some of Rand's best nonfiction work compiled into a good compilation. Kind of odd structuring but the writing is interesting. Her piece on Apollo 11 is one of the best thing's she wrote.

    22. Though I fail to appreciate some of the things she loves - bah this is true of anyone, its a good book so far :) And it already has some of my favorite passages of any book.

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