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  • Published: 1 January 1999
  • ISBN: 9780452011847
  • Imprint: Nal
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $31.99

The Return of the Primitive

The Anti-Industrial Revolution



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.

  • Published: 1 January 1999
  • ISBN: 9780452011847
  • Imprint: Nal
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $31.99

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Ayn Rand

A Life More Compelling Than Fiction' was the slogan of the 1997 Academy Award-nominated documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. The film poster describes Ayn Rand as 'The most original, uncompromising and controversial writer/philosopher of the twentieth century.' Born and raised in the mysticism and collectivism of Russia, she escaped to America in 1926 and became a champion of reason and individualism. To learn more about the woman who wrote inspiring, best-selling novels and created a new philosophy, choose from the related subjects to learn more.

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