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Ayn Rand chose Leonard Peikoff to be her successor as the spokesman for Objectivism. And in this brilliantly reasoned, thought-provoking work we learn why, as he demonstrates how far America has been detoured from its original path and led down the same road that Germany followed to Nazism. Self-sacrifice, Oriental mysticism, racial ?truth,? the public good, doing one's duty--these are among the seductive catch-phrases that Leonard Peikoff dissects, examining the kind of philosophy they symbolize, the type of thinking that lured Germany to its doom and that he says is now prevalent in the United States. Here is a frightening look at where America may be heading, a clarion call for all who are concerned about preserving our right to individual freedom.
Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the pre-eminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for 30 years and was designated by her as her intellectual heir and heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at Hunter College, Long Island University, and New York University, and hosted the national radio talk show "Philosophy: Who Needs It."
Table of Contents
Introduction by Ayn Rand Part One: Theory 1. The Cause of Nazism 2. The Totalitarian Universe 3. Hitler's War Against Reason 4. The Ethics of Evil 5. The Nation of the Enlightenment 6. Kant Versus America Part Two: Practice 7. United They Fell 8. The Emotionalist Republic 9. The Nazi Synthesis 10. The Culture of Hatred 11. The Killers Take Over 12. Hitler in Power 13. The Concentration Camps 14. America Reverses Direction 15. Convulsion and Paralysis 16. "A Republic - If You Can Keep It" References Index