Return of the Primitive
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- Full Title: Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
- Author(s): Ayn Rand, edited and with an introduction and additional articles by Peter Schwartz
- Year Published: 1999
- Publisher: Meridian
- Publication Type: Commercial
- ISBN-10: 0-452-01184-1 (paperback)
- Description: This collection of essays is an update of Rand's earlier book, The New Left. Schwartz has changed the sequencing of the essays and added five additional essays -- two by Rand and three by himself. The two addtional essays by Rand were also published in earlier books: "Racism" was included in The Virtue of Selfishness, and "Global Balkanization" was in The Voice of Reason. Schwartz's three additional essays were written after Rand's death.
- Cover Blurb:
The late 1960s saw the first widespread expression, in overt form, of the creed of anti-industrialism in America. The original edition of this book was published as a response -- as an analysis and refutation of that deadly phenomenon. Among noted thinkers of the day, Ayn Rand alone stood firm against the tide of Kantian nihilism and in support of reason, individualism, and Laissez-faire capitalism -- the philosophic ideals that are the foundation of American achievement and progress.
Three decades later, despite a seemingly different sociopolitical climate, the intellectual essence of the "New Left" endures. It is now called "political correctness." Its continued influence -- manifested in such ideologies as environmentalism and multiculturalism -- renders Rand's cogent observations and timely warnings as relevant, and as urgently needed, as when they were first written. In this newly revised and expanded volume, Peter Schwartz supplements Rand's landmark work by shedding new light on the dangerous legacy of the New Left -- a legacy that seeks to return mankind to the era of primitivism. (From a Meridian paperback printing.)
Where an item is by an author other than Rand, the author's name is noted in square brackets.
- Introduction [Peter Schwartz]
- Foreword to the First Edition
- The Cashing-In: The Student "Rebellion"
- The Chickens' Homecoming
- The Comprachios
- Apollo and Dionysus
- The "Inexplicable Personal Alchemy"
- The Age of Envy
- The Left: Old and New
- From a Symposium
- "Political" Crimes
- 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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