9780452011847

The Return of the Primitive The Anti-Industrial Revolution

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  • ISBN13:

    9780452011847

  • ISBN10:

    0452011841

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-01
  • Publisher: Plume
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Peter Schwartz
Foreword to the First Edition 1(4)
The Schools
The Cashing-In: The Student ``Rebellion''
5(36)
The Chickens' Homecoming
41(10)
The Comprachicos
51(48)
The Culture
Apollo and Dionysus
99(20)
The ``Inexplicable Personal Alchemy''
119(11)
The Age of Envy
130(31)
The Politics
The Left: Old and New
161(12)
From a Symposium
173(3)
``Political'' Crimes
176(3)
Racism
179(10)
Global Balkanization
189(16)
Gender Tribalism
205(14)
Peter Schwartz
The Anti-Industrial Revolution
The Philosophy of Privation
219(26)
Peter Schwartz
Multicultural Nihilism
245(25)
Peter Schwartz
The Anti-Industrial Revolution
270

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