The Return of the Primitive

The Return of the Primitive

The Anti-Industrial Revolution


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  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101137277
  • 352 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult

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.

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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