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The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1995
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In this series of essays, Ayn Rand examines the cultural upheaval of the 1960's and 1970's through the unique and perceptive lens of Objectivism. Her conclusions are radical and true. From hippies to student riots to Vietnam and plenty in between, Rand addresses all of these issues by cutting to the heart of the matter by analyzing the philosophical views that have been leading America towards its ultimate destruction.
I highly recommend this work for any individual who aspires to be a teacher, reporter, or anyone going into the humanities fields in order to obtain a rational perspective on what is wrong with the world as well as how to fight and change the world.
Rand juxtaposes the differences between ambiguity and morality, collectivism and free enterprise, socialism and liberty, self-serving power grabs and altruism, propaganda and truth, and the ongoing struggle between emotion and reason. She exposes the left for what they are and emphasizes the importance of true liberty and true freedom of speech. I wonder what she would say about the current federal regime, the cover-ups, and the complicity of the mainstream media!
I can recommend this book and will certainly endeavor to read more of Rand's works. The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
In the essay Apollo and Dionysus, she compares the 1 million people that converged on Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969 to witness the launch of Apollo 11 with the 300 000 that gathered at Woodstock on August 15 that year. Rand explores these events in the light of Nietzsche's metaphysical principles of reason and emotion as observed in Greek theatre.
Whilst denying that reason and emotion are irreconcilable antagonists, she shows how the media virtually ignored the one event while blowing the significance of the other out of all proportion. On the one hand, decent people were sharing an event of great achievement and on the other, self-indulgent hedonists were behaving like pigs. As she explains so eloquently, it is irrational emotions that drag people down into the mud, and it is reason that lifts us up to the stars.
In the essay The Left: Old And New, Rand predicted that the issue of the environment would be the next big crusade of the Leftists, after Vietnam. In this, as on so many other issues, she was correct and we still have the EnviroNuts with us and they are shriller than ever before with their self-serving fairy tales of global warming/climate change.
The short essay "Political Crimes" looks at the dangerous notion that there could be a distinction between political and non-political criminals. Crime is a violation of the rights of others by force of fraud, thus there is no such thing as a political crime. The essay The Chicken's Homecoming discusses the results of promulgating doctrines like Pragmatism, Logical Positivism and Linguistic Analysis, and how these doctrines disarmed the best and unleashed the nihilists. In this regard, see The Anti-Chomsky Reader, edited by David Horowitz and Peter Collier.
The Age Of Envy is one of the very best essays in this collection. In it, Rand claims that the Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment had been followed by ours, the Age of Envy. She takes envy to mean: The hatred of the good for being the good. Here too, she nails down the left, old and new, with keen insight and prescience. She demonstrates how the appeasement of evil has been an undertow of mankind's cultural stream down the ages.
The Comprachicos is the disturbing concludingessay. It warns against the hijacking of the minds of children and students by the leftist, collectivist educational establishment. This is even more true now than it was then: the modern seats of leftism are the universities and the Old Media which Rand exposes throughout the book. See The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz.
To show how right Ayn Rand has been, I highly recommend the following books: The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds and The Death Of Right And Wrong by Tammy Bruce, Intellectual Impostures by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left by David Horowitz, Treason by Ann Coulter and Unhinged by Michelle Malkin.
Left Illusions: An Intellectual Odyssey
Please note that this title has been replaced by Ayn Rand's "Return of the Primitive" which contains all the material from this book, plus additional essays by both Ayn Rand and a contemporary Objectivist.
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