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on 20 February 1999
I recommend this book very strongly for those who want to grasp the deepest philosophical meaning of movements and events such as the student rebellion, multiculturalism, feminism and environmentalism. Ayn Rand and Peter Schwartz are brilliant in showing that these movements are anti-reason, anti-man and anti-life.
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on 18 May 1999
Return of the primitive: The anti industrial revolution is a modernized version of Rand's original work from the 1960's: The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution. I have read Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead, Anthem, We the Livng, Philosophy Who Needs It, Virtue of Selfishness...all by Ayn Rand. This book, The Anti-Industrial Revolution, in its original form is a very high quality addition to your Ayn Rand library.
Originally written at the suggestion of student/ reader, The Anti industrial revolution is a good application of Rand's philosopy to the troubles which plauged society both today and at the time of its writing, the riotous 1960's. Here you will see Rand analyse famous events such as Woodstock.. the mud pit fiasco of pot smoking non productive tribal minded people, and Apollo the launch representing man's highest abilities: the culmination of industry and technology in to man's greatest achievement to date (1960's). You will hear rand compare and contrast Woodstock with Apollo and you will be both surprised and enlightened.
The chapter on the comprachinos will take you for a psychological tour of what makes a man develope as a thinking individual, or not, from the time of birth through adolescence. Rand takes you on a virtual tour of a childs life, showing you which points are critical to the developement of individuality: the ability to percieve objectively. If you are concerned about what, if any, detrimental effects day care centers may have on the development of your child, you can find guidance here with Rand's writings.
Over all the book, composed of many short articles by Rand, is a very good addition to your works by Rand. I believe you will find it to be of the same high quality as other works by Rand. A really good book for those interested in reading some Rand for the first or fifth time.
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on 25 January 1999
"Return of the Primitive" is a masterfully re-edited version of Ayn Rand's "The New Left." By adding Ayn Rand's essays, and a number of his own, Peter Schwartz has assembled a new manifesto against the horrors of today's intellectuals.
Essays by Ayn Rand, new to this edition, include "Racism" and "Global Balkanization." The first explains Ayn Rand's unique (and powerful) case against racism; the second explains the deeper philosophic reasons why racism is engulfing the globe at an ever-expanding pace.
Mr. Schwartz's new essays also go a long way in addressing certain contemporary cultural questions (feminism, multiculturalism, and environmentalism) on which Ayn Rand herself was not able to comment in full.
Of particular interest is Mr. Schwartz's essay, "Multicultural Nihilism." By identifying the *epistemological* roots of contemporary diversity worship, Mr. Schwartz is able to resolve a nagging paradox of contemporary leftism: why do the multiculturalists advocate radical non-discrimination policies, but affirmative action (a form of discrimination) at the same time? The answer to this question -- which I will leave to the reader to discover -- is a stroke of integration of the brand I have come to expect (and appreciate) from Peter Schwartz.
Ayn Rand's original edition, "The New Left" focused mainly on the specifically anti-industrial doctrines of '60's leftists, such as "ecology." With the massive upswing of the multicultural movement (of which feminism is a part) in the 80's and 90's, however, the left became all the more variegated in its venom. Peter Schwartz's new edition shows what these new movements have in common with the anti-industrialism of the 60's: an all-out assault on values as such.
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on 1 February 2015
Every other page I had to bookmark whole paragraphs - powerful ideas - that can change the world! We must think.
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on 24 January 1999
Ayn Rand's analysis of the Left in the 60's was deadly accurate. It was eye-opening when I first read it, and remains relevant to this day.
One of Miss Rand's unique talents was in showing how important basic philosophical ideas are in shaping cultural trends. For example, if you're concerned about the deplorable state of education, her article "The Comprachicos" shows how educational problems have nothing to do with funding or class sizes, but everything to do with the way teachers teach, i.e., that the content and method of today's classrooms is designed to destroy a child's mind. Miss Rand's genius is that she exposes the basic philosophy behind this, and many other cultural phenomena.
Mr. Schwartz's essays on environmentalism, multiculturalism and feminism also hit the mark, highlighting Miss Rand's prescience. He shows that those who advocate these ideas want to take away all the values of your life--right down to the computer you're using to read this review--and how.
I highly recommend this book.
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on 1 March 1999
Anyone interested in the fundamental forces shaping the academic scene today should read this updated version of Rand's classic dissection of the New Left. Peter Schwartz's insightful contribution to the text should be especially enlightening for university students who are currently being bombarded with environmentalism and multiculturalism in the classroom and on campus. This book is a courageous stand, based on remarkable, sound philosophic principles, against the currently pervasive, stifling, anti-reason, anti-values intellectual atmosphere. Fuel for thought.
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on 2 July 2013
This is shockingly up to date. I want to decorate my school with it's quotes, Every parent and every young adult should read it.
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on 2 January 1999
This book both rearranges and has material added to Rand's original NAL (Signet) paperback work, "The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution." Although this edition includes Rand's original work, it is fundamentally fraudulent.
Rand carefully arranged the order of her non-fiction essays, when they entered her anthologies, and such choices weren't trivial. She progressed from the more theoretical points -- with more generally applicable principles -- to more particular and detailed aspects of irrational practice. Schwartz has disrupted this progression, for no apparent productive reason.
Rand constantly practiced and upheld this effort of guiding the reader by means of a conscious support of the human conceptual faculty. Distinguishing cultural phenomena with a faulty, irrational framework of analysis gets one nowhere. She carried out her approach -- principles to specifics -- in a half-dozen anthologies. "The New Left" was an example intended specifically for young people, and concentrated largely on issues of education and ecology.
Unfortunately, Schwartz has joined with Leonard Peikoff (who did a similar dilution of Rand's approach with his own essays in "The Voice of Reason") to stamp his own imprint on Rand's work. This is the effort of an intellectual mediocrity to tap the fame of another name that had genuinely earned its respect.
Schwartz's own essays don't deserve comment in this context. Apart from their sometimes baroque weaknesses of reasoning, they are inserted merely to add to his own royalties.
Rand's focus is diluted. Her intended audience has been altered. Even the title has been made much less specific, ignoring its historic emphases. All that garners two stars for this book are the original essays ... but the book Rand intended is still available in many locations, so purchase of this is not necessary.
Don't support someone such as Schwartz, who has turned his dilution and repackaging of Rand into a sinecure at the Ayn Rand Institute, and who has been a singularly inept public supporter of Rand's ideas.
Read, instead, the nonfiction that she shaped -- from "For the New Intellectual" through "Philosophy: Who Needs It." Go to the source.
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on 15 July 2011
I just love the way Rand writes, she can see through the fog of ilogical thinking and make a point very clear and concise.
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on 22 January 1999
Peter Schwartz's three new essays on feminism, environmentalism, and multiculturalism are excellent editions to this updated version of Ayn Rand's book "The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution." The essays demonstrate the latest radicalism of these movements that the New Left has given rise to, as Mr. Schwartz uncompromisingly demonstrates the essence of all three.
Joseph Kellard
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